Kalisz, Vreeland, Romano Earn Golden Goggles
Megan Romano accepts one of her two Golden Goggles awards on Sunday.

Nov. 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES --- Georgia swimmers Chase Kalisz, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano earned awards during the USA Swimming Golden Goggles Awards event on Sunday.

Kalisz was tabbed as the Breakout Performer of the Year after making a successful debut in major international competition with a silver medal in the 400 individual medley at the World Championships. He also won the event at Phillips 66 Nationals and took home the 400 individual medley at the 2013 NCAA Championships.


Vreeland and Romano made up half of the relay that picked up the Relay Performance of the Year. The 400 freestyle relay of Vreeland, Romano, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin won gold and set the American record at the World Championships. Romano's 52.60 anchor leg was one of the lasting memories of the World Championships.

Romano, who completed her eligibility in March after leading the Lady Bulldogs to the NCAA title, also picked up the Perseverance Award. After falling short of making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, Romano rebounded to collect a team-high six medals at the 2013 World University Games in Russia, and followed with a pair of relay gold medals at the 2013 World Championships.

Also, Nation’s Capital Swim Club's Bruce Gemmell, whose son Andrew swims for Georgia, was honored as the Coach of the Year.

Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards will benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, which has the mission to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-­focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. The Foundation also serves as the home for National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.



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