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2014 Golden Goggle Award Nominees

Breakout Performer of the Year

This award is given to the athlete whose performance(s) stand out in relation to other years, with special emphasis given to the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Maya DiRado - A member of the U.S. roster for the 2013 FINA World Championships, Maya DiRado continued her ascent with Team USA this summer by claiming first individual appearances on an international podium. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, she claimed gold in the 200m IM and silver in the 400m IM with times of 2:09.93 and 4:35.37, respectively. DiRado overtook the race leaders over the final 50 to earn the win in the 200m IM and touched second to teammate Elizabeth Beisel in the 400m IM to give Team USA a one-two sweep. At the Phillips 66 Nationals, DiRado took second in the 200m IM and 400m IM, and she added national titles in both IM events at the 2014 NCAA Championships. 

Katie McLaughlin -
After excelling on the junior scene in recent years, Katie McLaughlin made the most of her first senior-level international competition this summer at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. In Australia, the 17-year-old won bronze in the 200m fly in 2:07.08 and also added the seventh-fastest swim in the 100m fly in the prelims. At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, McLaughlin earned a spot on the Pan Pacs roster with a runner-up finish in the 200m fly and also placed fourth in the 100m fly. 

Ryan Murphy -  The youngest member of the Team USA men’s roster at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 19-year-old Ryan Murphy continued his rise among the U.S. backstroke ranks with a bronze medal in the 100m back in 53.27 and a fourth-place finish in the 200m back at Pan Pacs. To punch his ticket to Australia, Murphy was second in the 100m and 200m back at Phillips 66 Nationals behind Olympic gold medalists Matt Grevers and Tyler Clary, respectively. Earlier in the year, Murphy notched an impressive debut at the NCAA Championships where he won the 100y and 200y back national titles for Cal. 

Cierra Runge - After winning four relay medals at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, 18-year-old Cierra Runge made the jump to senior-level standout this season. In addition to a silver-medal performance in the 400m free at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in 4:04.55, she also added top-five finishes in the 800m free and 1500m free in Australia. At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, Runge earned runner-up finishes to world record-holder Katie Ledecky in the 400m and 800m free to earn her spot on the Pan Pacs roster, her first for a major international meet.

 

KENDYL STEWART - Having medaled at 2013 World University Games and 2011 FINA World Junior Championships, Kendyl Stewart has been on the cusp of big things on the international stage in recent years and delivered this summer with a pair of podium appearances at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Individually, Stewart was Team USA’s top finisher in the 100m fly, taking the bronze medal in 57.82. Following that swim, she earned a silver medal as a member of the U.S. 4x100m medley relay squad. At Phillips 66 Nationals, the 20-year-old Stewart won her first career national titles, touching first in the 100m fly and 50m fly. 
 

Perseverance Award
This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance(s) in 2013, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Open Water Gold Medalists: Haley Anderson & Andrew Gemmell - Open water swimmers are known for dealing with tough and unpredictable conditions, and Olympians Haley Anderson and Andrew Gemmell did just that this summer when water quality issues forced a dramatic change to the schedule for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Not only was the event delayed a week, it was shifted from Australia to Hawaii where it was contested alongside the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. The change in venue did little to deter Anderson and Gemmell, who each touched first to win gold in their respective 10-kilometer events. Gemmell pulled away late to win the men’s race going away, while Anderson out-touched teammate Eva Fabian to take the women’s title.  

Kevin Cordes - Following disappointment on the international stage in 2013, Kevin Cordes delivered this summer and played a key role in leading Team USA to gold in the men’s 4x100m medley relay at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. A year ago at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, a false start by Cordes in the medley relay led to a disqualification for the American relay. This summer in Australia, he had another hardship to overcome. After posting the top swim in the 100m breast prelims at Pan Pacs, Cordes’ goggles filled with water on the start of the final and he was disqualified for taking an illegal dolphin kick on the turn as he removed the goggles. Two days later, Cordes came through in the clutch in the 4x100m medley relay with a 58.64 breaststroke split to give Team USA a lead it would not relinquish. 

MISSY FRANKLIN - Accustomed to immense success at the international level, Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Missy Franklin was thrown a curve ball on the eve of the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships when she suffered a bout of back spasms just two days before the start of the meet. With the support of the Team USA medical staff, Franklin courageously swam her full program at Pan Pacs, including a tough 200m free and 100m back double on the opening day of competition. Despite being less than 100 percent, Franklin claimed four medals in Australia – gold in the 4x200m free relay, silver in the 4x100m medley and free relays and bronze in the 100m back. In the process, she won the admiration of her teammates and the swimming community with the toughness she displayed. 

Michael Phelps - After stepping away from the sport as the most decorated Olympian of all-time following the 2012 London Olympic Games, Michael Phelps returned to the international stage two years later at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Just four months after returning to competition and working his way into racing shape, Phelps led the U.S. men in Australia with five medals – three gold and two silver. Individually, he won gold in the 100m fly and silver in the 200m IM. In relay action, he won gold in the 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relays and silver in the 4x100m free. To earn his spot on the Pan Pacs roster, Phelps was second in the 100m fly and 200m IM at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships and posted the top time in the world this year in the 100m fly prelims with a 51.17 swim.

 

Tom Shields - After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 FINA World Championships, Tom Shields made the leap to a primetime long-course performer in 2014. Late in 2013, he put himself in position to succeed this summer by excelling at a number of short-course FINA World Cup events around the globe, winning seven medals and setting short-course American records in both butterfly events. At this year’s Phillips 66 National Championships, the hard work paid off. Shields won his first career national titles, topping the podium in the 100m and 200m fly, and punching his ticket to Australia in the process.


Coach of the Year
This award is given to the coach whose athlete(s) performed at the highest level throughout the year, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

bob bowman - Bob Bowman and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club put six swimmers on the U.S. roster for the Pan Pacific Championships. In total, five NBAC athletes returned home from Australia with hardware, as they earned a combined nine medals. Michael Phelps led the U.S. men with three gold and two silver medals, while Conor Dwyer and Matt McLean teamed with Phelps to lead Team USA to gold in the 4x200m free relay. Cierra Runge won silver in the 400m free, and Chase Kalisz earned bronze in the 400m IM. Additionally, Becca Mann won the 2014 10-kilometer open water national title and competed in pool and open water events at Pan Pacs.  

Dave Durden - Dave Durden and his California Aquatics staff enjoyed a banner year in 2014, placing six men on the Team USA roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. In Australia, Durden-coached swimmers combined to win seven medals. Nathan Adrian claimed silver in the 100m free, bronze in the 50m free, gold in the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 4x100m free relay. Anthony Ervin won silver in the 50m free and 4x100m free relay, and Ryan Murphy broke through on the international stage with bronze in the 100m back. Prior to Pan Pacs at Phillips 66 Nationals, Durden led Tom Shields to a sweep of the national titles in the 100m and 200m butterfly events. In addition, his Cal Bears won the NCAA Championships team title in March. 
 
Bruce Gemmell - An assistant coach for Team USA at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, Bruce Gemmell guided Katie Ledecky and Andrew Gemmell to a combined six gold medals at Pan Pacs at distances ranging from 200 meters to 10 kilometers. In his second season at Nation’s Capital, Gemmell continued to push Ledecky to new heights at a variety of distances. She won gold in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles at Pan Pacs; anchored the 4x200m free relay to gold; and in the process became the first woman to win four individual gold medals at the event. On back-to-back nights, she set world records in the 400m and 1500m free at Pan Pacs to cap a stretch of five world-record swims over a two-month period this summer. At Nationals, Ledecky topped the podium in the 200m, 400m and 800m free to earn her spot on the Pan Pacs roster. Andrew Gemmell meanwhile overcame a change of venue – from Australia to Hawaii – and a week-long postponement to win gold in the men’s open water 10K at Pan Pacs after taking the top spot at Open Water Nationals earlier in the summer.  

David Marsh - An assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, David Marsh had the unique opportunity to mentor several of his swimmers in Australia, as he placed eight SwimMAC Carolina athletes on the Team USA roster. At Pan Pacs, SwimMAC swimmers accounted for seven total medals, including three gold medals. Tyler Clary won a trio of individual medals, including gold in the 200m back. Cammile Adams won gold in the 200m fly, and Ryan Lochte claimed three medals, including gold in the 4x200m free relay. Joining this trio at Pan Pacs were SwimMAC athletes Kathleen Baker, Micah Lawrence, Cullen Jones, Tim Phillips and Nick Thoman. At SwimMAC Carolina, Marsh has built one of the nation’s premier programs, and his squad captured the team title at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in August. 

 
Relay Performance of the Year
This award is given to the best team relay performance, male or female. The performance considered must be a finals performance, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - In just her second career international relay, Katie Ledecky anchored the Americans to gold in the 4x200m free relay at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Shannon Vreeland (1:57.89), Missy Franklin (1:56.12) and Leah Smith (1:58.03) kept Team USA within striking distance of the host Australians, and Ledecky entered the pool for the anchor leg just 1.2 seconds off the pace. She quickly made up the difference over the first 100 meters, and continued to pull away from Australia’s Melanie Schlanger over the final 100 to give Team USA the win in 7:46.40, good for a meet record. Ledecky’s 1:54.36 split was more than a second faster than any other swimmer in the event.

Men’s 4x200m Free Relay, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - The men’s 4x200m free relay lineup of Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Matt McLean rallied past Japan to strike gold at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships by 0.13 seconds – 7:05.17 to 7:05.30 – and run its unbeaten streak in this relay in major international competitions to 11 years. After Dwyer (1:47.08) and Phelps (1:46.08) opened the relay, Lochte split 1:45.57 to give Team USA its first lead at the 600-meter mark by just one-hundredth of a second. From there, McLean held off Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda on the anchor leg with a 1:46.44 split to give the Americans the gold medal. 

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - The men’s 4x100m medley relay of Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian won gold at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships with a meet-record time of 3:29.94, which was more than two seconds clear of runner-up Japan. After Grevers (53.10) led things off, Cordes (58.64) put Team USA in front for good on the breaststroke leg. Phelps pushed the lead to nearly two seconds with a 50.60 butterfly split, and Adrian closed it out with a 47.60 split on the freestyle anchor. 


Female RACE of the Year
This award is given to the female swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Cammile Adams – 200m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Cammile Adams won her first major international medal by racing to gold in the 200m fly at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. She sat third after 100 meters and was second to Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi at the 150-meter mark. Over the final 50, Adams surged past Hoshi to touch in 2:06.61 and top the podium by just seven-hundredths of a second. She became the first American woman to win Pan Pacs gold in the event since Summer Sanders in 1991 with her victory. 

Maya DiRado – 200m IM, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Maya DiRado claimed her first individual international gold medal with a victory in the 200m IM at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in 2:09.93, which equaled the meet record. She was second at the 100-meter mark and third after 150 meters, but closed quickly over the freestyle leg to overtake Australia’s Alicia Coutts over the final 50 to take gold. DiRado won Team USA’s first Pan Pacs gold in the event since 2006.

Jessica Hardy – 100m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Jessica Hardy took the lead off the blocks of the women’s 100m breast at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and held on for gold with a time of 1:06.74. Over the first 50, Hardy surged to a big lead and was nearly seven-tenths of a second clear of the field at the turn. Down the stretch, she held off a hard-charging Kanak Watanabe of Japan to win by four-hundredths of a second. She won her sixth career Pan Pacs gold medal and first in the 100m breast.
 
Katie Ledecky – 400m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Just 14 days after setting the 400m free world record at the Phillips 66 National Championships, Katie Ledecky did it again en route to her fourth of five gold medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. She took control of the race from the start and was already more than a second clear of the field at the 100-meter mark and three seconds in front of the competition at the midway point of the race. With the victory secured, Ledecky took aim at her own world record over the final 200 meters and touched in 3:58.37 to eclipse the previous mark by nearly a half second. 

Katie Ledecky – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Katie Ledecky set her second world record in as many nights, breaking her own mark in the 1500m free by nearly six seconds at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships with a time of 15:28.36. After posting incredibly consistent splits over the first 1450 meters, she closed with a final 50-meter split of 28.99 to put an emphasis on the record-setting swim. Ledecky finished 27 seconds – and more than 40 meters – ahead of the field. With the win, Ledecky became the first woman to win four individual gold medals at a single Pan Pacific Championships. 


Male RACE of the Year
This award is given to the male swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

 

Tyler Clary – 200m Back, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Tyler Clary came on strong over the final 50 meters to win gold in the 200m back with a time of 1:54.91 at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The reigning Olympic gold medalist in the event, Clary was third at the 100-meter mark and move into the No. 2 position at 150 meters. On the final lap, he dropped a closing split of 28.70 to overtake Japan’s Ryosuke Irie and touch first by about two-tenths of a second. The gold medal was Clary’s first in Pan Pacs action.

Nic Fink – 200m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Nic Fink secured his spot as one of Team USA’s next great breaststrokers when he claimed his first career international medal with silver in the 200m breast at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Fink chased Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki the entire race, slowly but surely chipping away at his early lead in the race. Over the final 50 meters, Fink out-split Koseki, but just fell short of overtaking him.  Fink finished in 2:08.94 for a personal-best by nearly seven-tenths of a second, just 0.37 seconds behind Koseki. 

Connor Jaeger – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - Connor Jaeger claimed his first career international gold medal with a late surge in the 1500m free at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Throughout much of the race Canada’s Ryan Cochrane paced a group of six swimmers, including Jaeger, in contention for the victory. Jaeger made his move over the final 150 meters and grabbed the lead for the first time with 100 meters to go. Over the final 50, he held off a hard-charging Cochrane to win his first of three medals at Pan Pacs, touching in 14:51.79. 

Michael Phelps – 100m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships - In his first international competition since the 2012 London Olympic Games, Michael Phelps won gold in the 100m fly at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in 51.29. Phelps took the race out conservatively, touching fifth at the 50-meter mark. But in typical Phelps fashion, he surged over the final 50 meters to earn the victory thanks to a 26.67 second 50, nearly a 0.75 seconds faster than anyone else in the field. This medal was his second of five at Pan Pacs. 

 

 
Female Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top female swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Elizabeth Beisel - Elizabeth Beisel continued to stake her claim as one of Team USA’s most versatile swimmers with a strong 2014 season, which was capped by gold in the 400m IM and bronze in the 200m back at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. In the 400m IM at Pan Pacs, Beisel repeated as gold medalist in the event and established a meet record with a time of 4:31.99. She now owns three career Pan Pacs gold medals. In the 200m back, Beisel was also a repeat medalist, touching third in 2:08.33. At Phillips 66 Nationals, Beisel was victorious in the 400m IM to earn a spot on the Pan Pacs roster. In her final NCAA Championships as a member of the Florida Gators, Beisel was second in the 400y IM. 

Maya DiRado - By claiming her first individual international medals in 2014, Maya DiRado made the jump to one of Team USA’s elite swimmers this summer. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships DiRado made two appearances on the podium, winning gold in the 200m IM and silver in the 400m IM with times of 2:09.93 and 4:35.37, respectively. She overtook the race leaders over the final 50 to earn the win in the 200m IM and touched second to teammate Elizabeth Beisel in the 400m IM to give Team USA a one-two sweep. At the Phillips 66 Nationals, DiRado took second in the 200m IM and 400m IM to earn a spot on the Pan Pacs roster. Competing for Stanford at the 2014 NCAA Championships, DiRado won national titles in the 200y and 400y IM and was second in the 200y fly. 

Missy Franklin - Missy Franklin may not have claimed as many gold medals as she is accustomed to on the international stage in 2014, but she won the admiration of her teammates and the swimming community with the toughness she displayed at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Despite suffering a bout of back spasms two days before the start of competition, Franklin swam a full program in Australia and walked away with four medals – gold in the 4x200m free relay, silver in the 4x100m medley and free relays and bronze in the 100m back. Earlier in August at the Phillips 66 National Championships, Franklin repeated as national champion in the 100m free, 100m back and 200m back and was second in the 200m free. In her NCAA Championships debut, Franklin recorded a trio of top-three finishes, including a win and American record in the 200y free. 

Katie Ledecky - For the second straight season, Katie Ledecky simply had a record-setting summer. In 2014, she posted five world-record swims over a two-month stretch, which was capped with world records in the 400m free and 1500m free on back-to-back nights at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Her run of records started by eclipsing her own world-record marks in the 800m free and 1500m free at The Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational in Shenandoah, Texas, in late June. It continued in August at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships where she took possession of the 400m free world record for the first time with a time of 3:58.86 and in the process became the first woman to hold the 400m, 800m and 1500m free world records at the same time since the legendary Janet Evans. At Phillips 66 Nationals, Ledecky won titles in the 200m, 400m and 800m free to earn her spot on the Pan Pacs roster. In Australia, she became the first woman to win four individual gold medals as she topped the podium in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m free and added gold in the 4x200m free relay. Over the final two nights of competition at Pan Pacs, Ledecky broke her 400m free record by nearly a half second with a time of 3:58.37 and took an amazing six seconds off her 1500m free record with at time of 15:28.36. 

 
Male Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top male swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. 

Tyler Clary - After winning gold in the 200m back at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tyler Clary returned to the top of the international podium this summer in the same event at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. He wrapped up the meet with a medal of each color, as he added silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 200m fly in Australia. In the 200m back, he took the lead over the final 50 meters and claimed gold in 1:54.91. On the opening night of completion he won bronze in the 200m fly in 1:55.42 and followed the next night with silver in the 400m IM in 4:09.03. At 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals, Clary won the 200m back and 400m IM titles to earn his spot on the Pan Pacs roster. 

Connor Jaeger - A rising star on the distance freestyle scene, Connor Jaeger claimed a trio of medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, winning gold in the 1500m free and bronze in the 400m and 800m free. On the opening night of competition, Jaeger took the lead for the first time with just 100 meters to go in the 1500m free and touched in 14:51.79 to win his first major international gold medal. Two nights later, he won bronze in the 400m free in 3:45.31 and picked up bronze in the 800m free to wrap up the meet in 7:47.75 – just two hundredths of a second out of silver. At Phillips 66 Nationals, Jaeger won the 1500m free and grabbed third in the 400m free. Competing for the University of Michigan, Jaeger won the 1650y free and was third in the 500y free at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
 

Michael Phelps - After returning to competition for the first time since the 2012 London Olympic Games at the April 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa, Michael Phelps quickly re-established himself as a factor on the national and international stages. At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, he logged the fastest time in the world in the 100m fly this year – 51.17 – in the prelims and grabbed second in the 100m fly and 200m IM to earn his ticket to the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, his fourth career Pan Pacs appearance. In Australia, Phelps led the Team USA men with five medals – three gold and two silver. Individually, he surged past the field on the second 50 to win gold in the 100m fly in 51.29 and took silver in the 200m IM in 1:56.04 – just two hundredths of a second away from gold. In relay action, he won gold in the 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relays and silver in the 4x100m free.

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