Dressel and Ledecky win Athletes of the Year at Golden Goggles

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were honored as Male and Female Athletes of the Year at USA Swimming’s annual Golden Goggle Awards on Tuesday night.

Dressel was named Athlete of the Year after winning gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics. He was also a key member of the men’s 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley relays, becoming the fourth American swimmer to win five gold medals in a single game.

Ledecky won two gold and two silver medals in Tokyo to become the most decorated individual female gold medalist in Olympic history. She won the 800 freestyle and the inaugural 1500 freestyle, finished second in the 400 freestyle and anchored the 4×200 freestyle relay to a silver medal.

Lydia Jacoby won two awards for best artist and female race of the year. She won the 100 breaststroke in a surprise over defending Olympic champion Lilly King. She also helped the US to a silver medal in the 4×100 medley relay. The 17-year-old was the first swimmer from Alaska to make the US Olympic team.

The other winners were Bobby Finke for the men’s race of the year; Dressel, Zach Apple, Michael Andrew and Ryan Murphy for Relay Performance of the Year; Annie Lazor for the perseverance award; and Gregg Troy as Coach of the Year. He coached Dressel during the Olympics before the swimmer moved on to Anthony Nesty.

Naomi C. Amerson