Preview: Women at the 2017 AT&T Winter National Championships

Hello again, swimming enthusiasts!

 

While many of us are still recovering from Thursday’s feast, some of the country’s fastest swimmers are preparing to compete in the SCY Winter National Championships in just a few days.

 

The short-course meet will take place in Columbus, Ohio from November 29 to December 2, and will feature big-name female swimmers like Melanie Margalis, Mallory Comerford, Olivia Smoliga, Kelsi Worrell, and Breeja Larson.

To watch the competition, you can live-stream the entire event online, or you can catch NBC’s coverage on December 10 from noon-1 p.m. ET. Here are some key moments for female swimmers that you can look out for:

 

  • Watch Kelsi Worrell swim the 100 back and 100 free in addition to her usual 100 and 200 butterfly
  • The 50 and 100 free will be a battle between top seed Olivia Smoliga and second seed Mallory Comerford
  • Watch Melanie Margalis defend her top spot in the 200 IM
  • Margalis and Breeja Larson will compete for first in the 100 breaststroke
  • Comerford will swim the 100 fly for the first time in almost a year

 

Stay tuned for an exciting couple of days in Columbus!

 

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Girls Glow at the Golden Goggles Awards

Hello swimming enthusiasts, and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

 

This is the first of two posts that I will be publishing today, as there is so much to catch up on in the swimming world.

 

The Golden Goggle Awards, which is hosted annually to honor and celebrate the U.S. National Swim Team, took place in Los Angeles last weekend.

 

In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights of the night for women in swimming:

 

  • Katie Ledecky won Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth year in a row! Ledecky had a very successful year in 2017. She brought home 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the FINA World Championships, making her the female swimmer with the most World Championship gold medals. She also won gold at the NCAA Championships in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1650 free

  • Lilly King snagged the Female Race of the Year award with her 100 breaststroke at the FINA World Championships. She beat her long-time rival Yulia Efimova, from Russia, and set a new world record with a time of 1:04.13. King was the only American to set an individual world record this year.

  • The Relay Performance of the Year of course went to the women’s 4×100 medley relay at the FINA World Championships. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting race, see my previous post from August.

  • Michigan-born Mallory Comerford won the Breakout Performer of the Year award. At the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, Comerford tied with Katie Ledecky for first place in the 200 freestyle in a big upset. Then, at the FINA World Championships, Comerford took down Simone Manuel’s 100 free record in her opening leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay. Way to go Comerford!

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