2020 BREAKOUT FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: KASIA WASICK, POLAND
Kasia Wasick is the marginally unconventional recipient of this 12 months’s Feminine Breakout Swimmer of the Yr. Wasick had a breakout 12 months regardless of having already competed for Poland at three Olympic Video games. Her 2020 breakout comes following a 2016 retirement and subsequent 2018 comeback. Wasick has wasted no time along with her return, surging to the highest of the world rankings within the 50 freestyle as 2nd quickest on this planet this 12 months and seventh quickest of all time.
Wasick’s Olympic debut was on the Beijing Video games again in 2008 the place she swam the 4×200 freestyle relay, contributing to Poland’s 15th place end. 4 years later, Wasick swam the 100 freestyle in London, lacking the semi-final and inserting 27th with a 56.13. She additionally raced the 4×200 freestyle there, ending in 16th. At the latest Video games, Wasick once more raced the 100 freestyle however dropped to 29th place with a 55.14 and completed 15th within the 4×100 freestyle.
Following the 2016 Olympics, Wasick retired from the game. Two years later, nevertheless, Wasick made a 2018 comeback as a masters swimmer after which in 2019 returned to the elite swimming scene when she signed with the Cali Condors within the first season of the Worldwide Swimming League. Wasick had a stable 12 months with the Condors and wound up as #13 worldwide within the quick course 50 freestyle.
Her 2020 efficiency, nevertheless, served as a show of Wasick’s longevity within the sport and was a real post-retirement breakout 12 months. Wasick switched from the Cali Condors to the New York Breakers and was a key member of New York’s 2020 ISL squad.
Wasick’s first victory of the 2020 ISL season got here at match Four when she gained the 50 freestyle in a 23.43, forward of the Iron duo of Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Melanie Henique. She was again the subsequent day to swim the 100 freestyle, coming second to Kromowidjojo’s 51.73 with a 51.22.
Wasick gained the 50 freestyle once more at New York’s subsequent two regular-season matches, beating the likes of Femke Heemskerk, Michelle Coleman, and Anastasiya Shkurdai at match 6, and Maria Kameneva, Freya Anderson, and Olivia Smoliga at match 8.
Wasick practically made it 4-for-Four wins within the 50 free this season with a 23.43 at semi-final #1 however completed 0.06 seconds behind victor Sarah Sjostrom’s 23.49. Regardless of a loss to Sjostrom and the truth that New York didn’t qualify for the finals, Wasick closed out the 2020 season with the quickest 50 freestyle within the league.
Her 23.30 from match 6 was the quickest time swum by any lady within the ISL this season:
2020 ISL Prime 5 50 Freestyle Performers (SCM)
- Kasia Wasick – 23.30 (Match 6)
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo – 23.37 (Semi-final 2)
- Sarah Sjostrom – 23.41 (Match 7)
- Abbey Weitzeil – 23.45 (Match 10)
- Melanie Henique – 23.61 (Match 9)
Wasick’s time additionally topped the general world rankings for 2020 up till Ranomi Kromowidjojo dipped underneath her 23.30 with a 23.05 on the Wouda Cup earlier this month.
Not solely did Wasick’s 23.30 permit her to shoot to the highest of the 2020 world rankings; additionally they gave her a spot because the #6 all-time performer within the occasion. Together with her swim, she handed Hinkelien Schreuder’s 23.32 from 2009.
All-time 50 Freestyle Performances (SCM)
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo – 22.93 (2017)
- Sarah Sjostrom – 23.00 (2017)
- Cate Campbell – 23.19 (2017)
- Marleen Veldhuis – 23.25 (2008)
- Therese Alshammar – 23.27 (2009)
- Kasia Wasick – 23.30 (2020)
- Hinkelien Schreuder – 23.32 (2009)
- Fran Halsall – 23.44 (2009)
Whereas Wasick’s 50 freestyles have been actually her sturdy go well with this 12 months, she additionally delivered some stable 100 freestyles, incomes three 2nd place and 24th place finishes all through the season.
Wasick’s 23.30 50 freestyle and season-best of 51.81 100 freestyle have been each quick sufficient to decrease the Polish data within the occasions.
Wasick closed out the season tied at #59 with Joe Litchfield in season MVP factors, scoring a complete of 112.50, The 2 additionally tied for #20 amongst these swimmers who solely raced at 5 meets this season versus the utmost of 6.
Whereas her quick course season yielded nearly all of her greatest leads to 2020, Wasick obtained the prospect sneak in a 24.58 50 freestyle again in March to earn #7 worldwide this 12 months within the occasion:
Prime 8 50 Freestyle Performers in 2020 (LCM)
- Liu Xiang – 24.03
- Sarah Sjostrom – 24.14
- Melanie Henique – 24.34
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo – 24.38
- Simone Manuel – 24.56
- Erika Brown – 24.57
- Kasia Wasick – 24.58
- Valeria van Roon – 24.63
Wasick’s breakout efficiency in 2020 served as a stable launching level for her comeback profession and we are going to get the prospect to see the place she stands come subsequent summer time. Wasick is about to race at her fourth Olympic Video games in at Tokyo 2020, slated to ship her Olympic debut within the 50 freestyle.
In no specific order
- Maddy Banic — Maddy Banic spent her whole first ISL season and the start of her second season as a relatively unknown title within the league. The previous Tennessee swimmer debuted as a member of the LA Present in 2019 and made the change to Power Normal for 2020. When teammate Sarah Sjostrom suffered a again harm, Banic subbed in for ENS as Anastasiya Shrkurdai’s butterfly associate. Banic was a right away hit for the staff, profitable the 50 fly at match 6 and coming 2nd to Shkurdai within the 100 fly. At Power Normal’s semi-final, she made it to the ultimate spherical of the butterfly skins occasion, dropping solely to teammate Sjostrom. Banic wrapped the season with a second place end within the particular person 50 fly with a time of 24.80 for a brand new American file.
- Abbie Wood — Abbie Wood was one among New York Breakers’ shining stars this season, taking up a heavy occasion load at every of the staff’s 5 meets. Wooden swam the 100/200/400 triple and every of her matches this season, repeated scoring inside the high three in every occasion all through the season. Wooden completed the season with a brand new British file within the 200 IM along with her season-leading time of two:04.77, breaking Siobhan-Marie O’Connor’s 2:05.13 mark from 2015. Regardless of not hitting the British data within the 100 or 400, Wooden ended 2020 because the nation’s quickest in each with a 58.16 and 4:25.65, respectively.