USA Swimming – Golden Goggles at a Glance: Perseverance Award
GOLDEN GOGGLES AT A GLANCE: PERSEVERANCE AWARD 10/11/2016In the lead up to the Nov. 21 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will take a closer look at the nominees in each of the eight award categories. Up next is the Perseverance Award. This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance(s) in 2016, with special emphasis on the 2016 Olympic Games.Take a closer look at the nominees and cast your vote online before Nov. 11. KATHLEEN BAKERHaving battled Crohn’s disease since she was a middle schooler, Kathleen Baker spoke publicly about her diagnosis for the first time in 2016 and also posted the fastest swims of her life in the 100m backstroke to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team and ultimately reach the Olympic podium. After finishing second in the 100m back at Olympic Trials, the 19-year-old earned silver in the Olympic final in a lifetime best 58.75. She also led off the gold-medal-winning 4x100m medley relay in Rio and earlier in the year took second in the 200y individual medley at the NCAA Championships for Cal.