Golden Goggles at a Glance: Breakout Performer of the Year

Golden Goggles at a Glance: Breakout Performer of the Year

By USA Swimming  | Friday, September 28, 2018

In the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight the eight award categories. 

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 on the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

Michael AndrewMichaelAndrew280x250

After rewriting the national age group record book in recent years, 19-year-old Michael Andrew had a breakthrough senior-level season in 2018. At the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, Andrew won national titles and posted lifetime-best swims in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly to become the first male since 2008 to win at least four titles at Nationals or Olympic Trials. In Tokyo at Pan Pacs, Andrew won gold in the 50m free for his first career individual medal at a major long-course, international meet.

Zach HartingHarting280x250

Zach Harting continued his rise among Team USA’s top butterfliers in 2018. On his first major international roster, he was the top American and the bronze medalist in the 200m butterfly at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships with a personal-best swim of 1:55.05 in Tokyo. At Phillips 66 Nationals, Harting raced to second in the 200m fly to claim his spot on the Pan Pacs roster. On the collegiate front, Harting was a key contributor for the University of Louisville’s successful program.  


Austin KatzAustinKatz280x250

A University of Texas standout, Austin Katz made his first major international team this summer and delivered with bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in a lifetime-best 1:56.00. He clinched his spot in Tokyo with a third-place finish in the same event at Phillips 66 Nationals. Earlier in 2018, Katz won the NCAA title in the 200y back and took fourth in the 100y back for the Longhorns as a freshman.


Andrew SeliskarAndrewSeliskar280x250

Representing Team USA for the first time at a major international competition, Andrew Seliskar was a double medalist at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, as he took silver in the 200m freestyle and led off the gold-medal-winning 4x200m free relay. At the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, Seliskar won his first career national title in the 200m free in a lifetime best 1:45.70 and tied for third in the 200m individual medley. Earlier in 2018, Seliskar posted three top-five finishes for Cal at the NCAA Championships.




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