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2020 Swammy For Feminine Swimmer Of The 12 months Goes To Australia’s Kaylee McKeown

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2020 FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: KAYLEE MCKEOWN (AUS)

If one was to take a guess 12 months in the past who would win the Swammy for 2020 Feminine Swimmer of the 12 months, they might in all probability be wanting in the direction of the Olympic Video games to put their guess. Maybe Katie Ledecky would use Tokyo as a chance to drag off a history-making 400/800/1500 freestyle triple victory. Maybe 2019 winner Regan Smith would use her momentum to once more decrease the 100 and 200 backstroke information changing into a first-time Olympic medalist. Maybe 16-year-old Benedetta Pilato would upset the 100 breaststroke King en path to her first-ever gold. Maybe one in every of swimming’s elites within the type of Sjostrom, Kromowidjojo, Hosszu, Pellegrini, or Campbell would show as soon as once more their longevity within the sport and dig their heels deeper into the historical past books with one other few world record-breaking, gold medal-winning performances. Maybe we’d have been handled to an Oleksiak-like breakout efficiency from a previously unknown star.

It’s enjoyable to think about what would have occurred had the coronavirus pandemic not taken 2020 by storm, infecting greater than 82 million worldwide and killing practically 2 million. Maybe all of these aforementioned would have occurred, and possibly they nonetheless will on the Tokyo 2020 Video games to be held simply half a 12 months from now. In lieu of the Olympics, nevertheless, 2020 was a 12 months of canceled swim meets, lack of coaching amenities, and scarce alternatives for athletes to placed on their racing fits. The silver lining to the in any other case disappointing 12 months although was that when athletes did get an opportunity to race – they made it rely. In the course of the summer time, athletes started rising from quarantine, relishing each alternative to race, questioning if the house exercises and self-made weight rooms have been sufficient to maintain their expertise. By and huge, swimmers across the globe answered that query with a convincing sure.

Put up-quarantine 2020 featured some top-tier racing that might have been spectacular in any 12 months, not to mention 2020. August-December featured extra swim meets that we may have solely dreamed of within the depths of March, April, and Could. Meets such because the Sette Colli Trophy in Italy, the Wouda Cup within the Netherlands, Australia’s nationwide Championships, China’s nationwide championships, and the 13 meet Worldwide Swimming League have been merely the headliners as nationwide, continental, and world information fell all world wide. In whole, new world information have been set in 10 brief course occasions and 1 lengthy course in 2020 with just a few of them being damaged greater than as soon as.

So as an alternative of the Olympics because the deciding meet for this award, we have been as an alternative given an array of meets and information, making for a fairly powerful determination. Ultimately, we determined that the award would go to the swimmer who greatest defied the percentages that 2020 dealt her, received it collectively within the fall, and posted some unbelievable swims each brief course and lengthy course.

Kaylee McKeown re-wrote half of the Australian backstroke file e book final 12 months, setting new nationwide information within the 100 and 200 backstrokes lengthy course and the 200 backstroke brief course. That brief course file of 1:58.94 was additionally the world’s fastest-ever swim within the occasion, breaking Katinka Hosszu’s 2014 world file of 1:59.23. That makes McKeown the primary and nonetheless the one girl to ever swim beneath the 1:59 barrier within the occasion. She was additionally the one girl in 2020 to get beneath 2 minutes within the brief course 200 backstroke within the 12 months with the second-fastest performer being Beata Nelson’s 2:00.27 from the ISL last.

Whereas she didn’t fairly hit the world information within the 50 and 100, McKeown additionally swam extremely occasions of 26.00 and 55.68, simply off Minna Atherton’s Australian information of 25.81 and 54.89, respectively. The 100 swim from McKeown, nevertheless, was the second-fastest on the planet in 2020 behind Olivia Smoliga’s 55.04.

McKeown’s lengthy course backstrokes have been additionally among the many quickest of all time. On the 2020 Queensland Championships, McKeown threw down a 57.93 to grow to be simply the second particular person to ever dip beneath the 58-second mark after Regan Smith‘s 57.57 world file from final 12 months. Being the second-fastest ever to an American implies that the swim was adequate to set a brand new Australian, Oceanian, and Commonwealth file.

Within the 200 again, McKeown swam a 2:04.49, additionally setting new Australian, Oceanian, and Commonwealth information because the third quickest girl within the occasion all-time. The swim was only a second off Regan Smith‘s 2:03.35 world file from 2019 and inside half a second of Missy Franklin’s #2 time of two:04.06.

As if her backstroke resume from 2020 wasn’t sufficient, McKeown additionally delivered a world-leading brief course 200 IM. Her 2:03.68 swim in March was the quickest time on the planet within the 12 months and made her the second-fastest performer in historical past after Katinka Hosszu’s 2:01.86 world file from 2014.

So if you happen to weren’t preserving monitor, right here’s a abstract of McKeown’s information from 2020:

200 Backstroke Brief Course (1:58.94)

  • Australian Document
  • Oceanian Document
  • Commonwealth Document
  • World Document
  • First and presently the one girl to swim beneath 1:59

200 IM Brief Course (2:03.68)

  • Australian Document
  • Oceanian Document
  • Commonwealth Document
  • #1 performer in 2020
  • #2 performer of all time

100 Backstroke Lengthy Course (57.93)

  • Australian Document
  • Oceanian Document
  • Commonwealth Document
  • #1 performer in 2020
  • #2 performer of all time

200 Backstroke Lengthy Course (2:04.49)

  • Australian Document
  • Oceanian Document
  • Commonwealth Document
  • #1 performer in 2020
  • #three performer of all time

Till just some months in the past, it was as much as debate whether or not McKeown was even the most effective backstroker of 2020. Early within the 12 months we noticed Reagan Smith because the early chief together with her lengthy course swims on the TYR Professional Swim Collection after which throughout ISL season 2, Kira Toussaint, Olivia Smoliga, and Beata Nelson have been amongst those that threw their hats within the ring. Finally, in a 12 months the place the Olympic Video games’ cancellation left a sizeable gap in a swimming viewer’s consideration, McKeown’s quite a few information made it clear that she was not solely essentially the most profitable backstroker of the 12 months however that she was additionally worthy of this award. As we enter 2020, Kaylee McKeown is among the latest gamers within the prime tier of elite swimming and may have many eyes on her as she inches her means in the direction of a long-awaited Olympic debut.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

In no specific order

  • Kira ToussaintKira Toussaint was one in every of London Roar’s stars this ISL season, downing Etienne Medeiros’ brief course 50 backstroke world file. Medeiros’s WR stood for practically 6 years at 25.67 till Toussaint received beneath that mark by 0.07 seconds. Toussaint practically lowered the mark once more the following month however ended up precisely tying the 25.60 on the 2020 Amsterdam Christmas Meet. All through the ISL season, Toussaint additionally swam exceptionally within the 100 backstroke, successful Four of her 6 races, dropping solely to Olivia Smoliga at match 10 and the ultimate. Her 50 and 100 backstroke performances mixed with some strong relay legs and 200 backstrokes gave her a complete of 179 factors season-wide which was adequate to rank her as #17 in MVP factors for 2020.
  • Lilly King – Cali Condor Lilly King had one other unbelievable ISL season, sustaining her good file within the breaststroke occasion from 2019 all the best way till match 10 of the 2020 season. For almost all of the season, King received each 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke she raced. The streak was interupted by Annie Lazor at match 10 when beat King by 0.14 seconds within the 200. Regardless of the lapse, King continued to win at semifinals and closed out the season with a 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke victory, a 50 skins victory, and 4×100 medley relay victory on the season finale. King completed 2020 season with 350 whole factors, rating #2 within the league behind solely fellow Condor Caeleb Dressel.
  • Beryl Gastaldello – The 2020 European feminine swimmer of the 12 months Beryl Gastaldello completed simply behind King in MVP factors this season with 340.50 factors. Gastaldello’s success this season was largely attributable to her unbelievable dash versatility – the proper components for an ISL all star. She persistently received occasions, choosing up victories within the 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, and 1o0 IM. Additional, she was a key a part of LA’s feminine and medley relays. All through the season, Gastaldello additionally notched new French information in each the 100 freestyle and IM at 51.16 and 57.30, respectively and was the quickest swimmer within the league in each the 100 IM and 100 fly (55.32).

Earlier Winners:

  • 2020 – Kaylee McKeown (AUS)
  • 2019 – Regan Smith (USA)
  • 2018 – Katie Ledecky (USA)
  • 2017 – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)
  • 2016 – Katie Ledecky (USA)
  • 2015 – Katie Ledecky (USA)
  • 2014 – Katie Ledecky (USA)
  • 2013 – Katinka Hosszu (HUN)