By USA Swimming | Tuesday, November 20, 2018
In the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight the eight award categories.
Male Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top male swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.
Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz swept the individual medley titles at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, taking the 200m IM in 1:55.40 and the 400m IM in 4:07.95 over his Japanese rivals, becoming the first American since 2010 to win both events. Kalisz also won both IM races at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships and claimed the overall men’s TYR Pro Swim Series title, displaying his consistency across 2018.
Olympic champion Ryan Murphy was a triple gold medalist at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, winning gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay. He took the 100m back in 51.94, good for the third-fastest swim of all-time and added gold in the 200m back in a lifetime-best 1:53.57. Murphy set Pan Pacs records in both events and was awarded Male Swimmer of the Championships honors. Earlier in the summer, he swept the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke titles at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky was Team USA’s most decorated male performer at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in terms of individual medals, as he claimed two gold and one silver. In the pool, Wilimovsky raced to gold in the 1500m freestyle in 14:46.93 and silver in the 800m free in 7:45.19. Just two days later, he came back to win the men’s 10K gold medal at Hojo Beach by 6 seconds in 1:58:50.5. He also added U.S. national titles in the 10K and 1500m free earlier in 2018.