By USA Swimming | Wednesday, November 14, 2018
- 2018 Golden Goggle Awards Nominees
- 2018 Golden Goggle Awards Online Voting
- 2018 Golden Goggle Awards Event Information
In the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight the eight award categories.
Female Athlete of the Year
Haley AndersonOlympian Haley Anderson had a strong 2018 season, highlighted by a second straight open water 10K gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships and lifetime bests in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals, where she placed in the top four in all three events. Anderson also was the 10K runner-up at USA Swimming Open Water Nationals and posted multiple podium finishes – two gold, one silver – at FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series and LEN European Open Water Cup events this summer in Europe.
Olympian Kathleen Baker posted a huge 2018 season thanks to her first career world record, three national titles and four medals at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Baker kicked her summer off with a world record of 58.00 in the 100m backstroke, as well as titles in the 200m back and 200m individual medley, at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals. She followed with gold in the 200m back in a championship-record and lifetime-best 2:06.14 at Pan Pacs and added bronze in the 100m back, silver in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 4x100m mixed medley relay in Tokyo. Earlier in 2018, Baker notched three top-three finishes at the 2018 NCAA Championships for Cal.