Swim Poll of the Week: Who Will Win the Breakout Swimmer Award at Golden Goggles?

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This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday, November 11, 2021, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Who will win the Breakout Performer of the Year award at Golden Goggles?

The nominees for the award were Bobby FinkeKatie Grimes, Lydia Jacoby and Emma Weyant. Each of these swimmers pulled off memorable performances during the summer of 2021. Finke was a favorite to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team and a medal contender heading into Tokyo in the 800 free and 1500 free, but he stunned the world with breathtaking comeback finishes to win gold in both races at the Olympics.

Grimes, just 15 years old, barely missed winning an Olympic medal as she placed fourth in the women’s 800 free in the Tokyo final, but she shocked the world just to make the team, dropping more than 10 seconds in the event to edge out veteran Haley Anderson and qualify for the Olympics. Jacoby was another surprising Olympic qualifier as she only emerged onto the scene a few months prior to Olympic Trials, but she swam past world-record holder Lilly King and Olympic-record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker in the 100 breast Olympic final to put up another gold medal. Finally, Emma Weyant also swam on her first senior-level national team in 2021, and she ended up winning Olympic silver in the 400 IM while pushing Yui Ohashi for the gold.

So which of these swimmers deserves to win the Golden Goggle?

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Swim Poll of the Week: Who will win the Breakout Performer of the Year award at Golden Goggles?

Bobby Finke — 42%

Katie Grimes — 7%

Lydia Jacoby — 42%

Emma Weyant — 7%


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