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USA Swimming honors stars

November 22, 2009 |  9:40 pm

Ryan So what about the swimmers?

Oh, them.

It wasn't ALL about the soon-to-be-banned bodysuits in 2009. That's only the way it seemed this past year, especially at the World Championships in Rome in which 43 world records went down.

Swimming grabbed plenty of headlines this year, not something usually happening in a non-Olympic year.

On Sunday night, USA Swimming honored its stars with a swank event, the Golden Goggle Awards, at the Beverly Hilton. Here are some of the winners, and a couple of quotes, via USA Swimming.

Male Swimmer of the Year: Ryan Lochte.

Female Swimmer of the Year: Rebecca Soni.

Male Race of the Year: Michael Phelps, 100-meter butterfly, at Worlds.

Coach of the Year: Eddie Reese.

Female Race of the Year: Ariana Kukors, 200 individual medley, at Worlds.

Soni: "It's a huge honor to be named Female Athlete of the Year. After such a year of ups and downs, it's amazing to be able to race well in a pool and be recognized for all the hard work."

Lochte: "It feels amazing that all the hard work pays off. The USA Swimming Foundation put on a great event, and I'm just happy to be here and be a part of it."

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Ryan Lochte. Credit: Jason Redmond / Associated Press

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