Caeleb Dressel, winner of seven gold medals at the World Championships in Budapest back in July, and Sarah Sjostrom, who claimed three gold and a silver at world titles and went on to claim the top prize among women on World Cup tour as well as three gold and three silver medals at European short-course Championships, have been voted swimmers of the year by SwimVortex readers.
While Sjostrom also topped the vote for performance of the year among women, for the 51.71 world record over 100m freestyle she established leading Sweden in the 100m freestyle at world titles before claiming silver in the 100m final proper, readers chose Brit Adam Peaty and his 25.95sec world record in the 50m breaststroke – a stunning swim that topped the “over-1000-points” tally among all world-record efforts this year.
Dressel’s Seven-gold tally included two stunning world textile bests, in the 50m freestyle and the 100m butterfly. His coach Gregg Troy, of the Gators at University of Florida in Gainesville, earned world men’s coach go the year, while Greg Meehan, of Stanford University, topped the women’s coach poll, courtesy of his efforts with Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and the college team he leads.
Readers voted Rikako Ikee, of Japan, top girl and Kliment Kolesnikov, of Russia, top boy of the year in the juniors section, while France’s Aurelie Mueller and Dutchman Ferry Weertman topped the open water votes.
The SwimVortex Reader Awards Winners
Best Solo Performers of the Year Long-Course
- Top swimmer: Caeleb Dressel, USA/Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (runner-up, Sarah Sjostrom SWE)
- Top woman: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (runner-up, Katie Ledecky USA)
- Top man: Caeleb Dressel, USA (runner-up, Adam Peaty GBR)
Performances of the Year:
- Men: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 25.95, 50m breaststroke, World champion, WR
- Women: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 51.71, 100m freestyle WR in semi-final at World titles
Open Water Swimmers of the Year:
- Women: Aurelie Mueller (FRA) – 10km World champion
- Men: Ferry Weertman (NED) – 10km World champion
- Boy: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS)
- Girl: Rikako Ikee (JPN)
Race of the Year
(not the performance of an individual but the best race of swimmers, plural)
- Men: 2o0m breaststroke, won by Anton Chupkov (RUS)
- Women: 200m freestyle, won by Federica Pellegrini (ITA)
Mentor Medals – coaches of the year:
- Men’s: Gregg Troy, coach to Caeleb Dressel and others at the University of Florida (right)
- Women’s: Greg Meehan, coach to Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and others at Stanford University
The regional swimmers of the year
- Africa – men and women: Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Farida Osman (EGY)
- Americas – men and women: Caleb Dressel (USA) and Katie Ledecky (USA)
- Asia – men and women: Ippei Watanabe (JPN) and Rikako Ikee (JPN)
- Europe – men and women: Adam Peaty (GBR) and Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)
- Oceania – men and women: Mack Horton (AUS) and Emily Seebohm (AUS)
Quartet Cup – Relays
- Men: GBR 4x200m freestyle – Stephen Milne (1:47.25); Nick Grainger (1:46.05); Duncan Scott (1:44.60) James Guy (1:43.80) – 7:01.70 Heats: Milne; Grainger; Calum Jarvis; Scott
- Women: USA 4x100m medley – Kathleen Baker (58.54); Lilly King (1:04.48); Kelsi Worrell (56.30); Simone Manuel (52.23) – 3:51.55 WR. Heats: Olivia Smoliga; Katie Meili, Sarah Gibson; Mallory Comerford
Most improved nation:
- Great Britain (men)
All seven of Britain’s medals at world titles in Budapest were won by nine men, including relay medals topped by the 4x200m freestyle gold.
Carlisle Cup – Lifetime Achievement:
Local volunteers (SwimVortex has specific achievers in mind for this award but a significant thread of responses from readers noted ‘volunteers’ in various guises). Here, we are looking at the un-calculated and incalculable value of the work of officials, deckside and elsewhere at meets, in clubs and local galas the world over, week in and week out in what a sport heavily subsidised by parents and taxpayers without that filtering through to a feeling of responsibility and appreciation from the likes of FINA and their domestic federation backers happier to see prizes reserved for Putin, not those who underpin the existence of it all.
The sentiment was summed up by this tweet from one of the swimmers of the European s/c Championships in Copenhagen last week, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, the Dutch sprinter who claimed double Olympic gold at London 2012:
Thank you Denmark for this beautiful event! Thank you volunteers and of course the crowd you were amazing! God Jul
Betterment of Swimming:
SwimVortex (sincere thanks from the team here to those who expressed their appreciation for our coverage of FINA’s poor governance of the sport, stretching to the international federation’s failure to protect clean athletes against those who fall foul of anti-doping rules).
Who Would You Give An Award Too – and Why?
Lots of suggestions, including some to those volunteers praised above. One strong thread was ‘role model’, especially when swimmer are nominated.
- And among those, Adam Peaty was the most cited, for a number of reasons that we will look at in the SwimVortex Awards and in our top stories of the year series that will end our coverage in 2017.
Honouring the Dishonourable
Your suggestions for amusing awards you would give to those who don’t even merit a wooden spoon but deserve to be called out for the damage they do to swimming.
- There was no need to count, so overwhelming was the majority decision: the leadership of FINA (and more on that in coverage past and yet to come).
Thank you to all those who sent in their votes and suggestions and for the accompanying notes. More on all the above – and much more – in our SwimVortex Awards for 2017 and our top stories of the year…