GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky has been selected USA Swimming athlete of the year.
The 16-year-old swimmer from Bethesda, Md., won the award at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday.
Ledecky also won the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking swim in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the world championships in Spain this summer. She won in a world-record time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds, beating the field by 2.35 seconds and lowering the old mark by more than six seconds.
She won four gold medals and broke two world records at the world meet in Barcelona. She won the 400, 1,500 and 1,800 freestyles, and helped the U.S. win the 4×200 freestyle relay.