The Week That Was: Dressel Takes Home USA Swimming Athlete Of The Year

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This week, Caeleb Dressel was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year award at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, while some Olympic news finally became official and a former U.S. Olympian announced her pregnancy. Read about the biggest stories of the week below in The Week That Was.

The Week That Was #5 – Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry Announce They Are Expecting

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U.S. Olympian and former world record holder Jessica Hardy and her husband, Swiss Olympian Dominik Meichtry, announced they are expecting their first child next spring. Hardy finished her competitive career last summer, when she made the final in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Trials. She was the American record holder in the 50 and 100 breast events until this summer, when Lilly King broke both world records at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. The two have been married since October of 2013. You can see Hardy’s original Instagram post of the announcement here.

The Week That Was #4 – Officially Official: Olympics Coming Stateside in 2028

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the Los Angeles Olympic Games officially official this week, confirming the city will serve at the host for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This marks the third time that Los Angeles will host the Olympics and the first time the Summer Olympics will return to the United State since 1996, when they were held in Atlanta. The move was official following the IOC session in Lima, where members agreed to ratify an agreement that simultaneously named the host cities for 2024 and 2028. As expected, the 2024 Games will be headed to Paris. American aquatic Olympians quickly appeared on the Official LA 2028 Twitter handle to share their excitement for the Games returning the to the United States.

The Week That Was #3 – Rikako Ikee Breaks World Junior Record

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Japanese sprinter Rikako Ikee has lowered her own World Junior Record in the 50 meter freestyle once again. Competing at the National Sports Festival of Japan the 17-year-old touched the wall in 24.33 to take more than a tenth off her previous record of 24.48. That time was also a new national record for Japan, which brings Ikee’s total number of long course national records to five. Ikee is currently the national record holder in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 50 and 100 butterfly. The Japanese swimmer also owns three long course WJR’-s in the 50 butterfly and 200 IM in addition to the 50 freestyle.

The Week That Was #2 – David Boudia Announces He’s Training For 2020 Olympics

US Swimming and diving Day 4, Mens 10 meter semifinals at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis Indiana on June 21st 2016.

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In a press conference this week, 2012 Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia announced that he is planning to return to training with his eyes on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Boudia took a year off after the most recent 2016 Olympics, announcing last summer that he would made a decision about retirement by the fall of 2017. Boudia made the announcement at his alma mater, Purdue, alongside his longtime coach Adam Soldati. Should Boudia qualify for the 2020 Games he will be 31 years old, the second oldest diver to make the U.S. Diving Team behind Troy Dumais in 2012, and could be the second male diver behind Dumais to qualify for four Olympic Teams. Boudia’s Olympic debut came in 2008 in Beijing, where he finished fifth on synchronized 10-meter and 10th in the individual 10-meter. He has gone on to win an Olympic gold, silver, and two bronze medals in two more Olympic Games. Notably, Boudia and his wife recently welcomed their second child, Mila Primm Boudia, who was born on August 24.

The Week That Was #1 – Caeleb Dressel Crowned USA Swimming Athlete of the Year

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Late this week Caeleb Dressel was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention. Dressel was one of the breakout stars of the 2017 FINA World Championships for the United States, bringing home seven titles to tie Michael Phelps as the only swimmer to win that many titles in a single World Championship. He also became the first swimmer in history to win three different world titles on the the same day, earning gold in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and the mixed 400 free relay on June 29 in Budapest. Dressel also set three individual American records throughout the meet in the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 fly. Several other awards were presented at the event, including the 2017 USA Swimming Award which was present to the late Chuck Wielgus, the former executive director of USA Swimming who passed away in the spring. Other award winners included Lilly King (Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award), Ashley Twichell (Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year) and Jordan Wilimovsky (Fran Crippen Male Open W

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US Swimming and diving Day 4, Mens 10 meter semifinals at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis Indiana on June 21st 2016.

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ater Swimmer of the Year). You can see a full list of award winners here.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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