Katie Ledecky won three trophies, including female athlete of the year, and Michael Phelps earned male athlete honors at the Golden Goggle awards as USA Swimming honored its top performers.
Ledecky beat out open water swimmer Haley Anderson and Missy Franklin for female athlete Sunday night at the 12th annual gala in downtown Los Angeles. The 18-year-old swimmer from Bethesda, Maryland, also won the award the last two years.
She towered over presenter Victor Espinoza, who rode Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
"With Thanksgiving coming up, we all have a lot to be thankful for," Ledecky said. "We're all pretty blessed."
Three-peat or hat trick?Ledecky won female race of the year for her 200-meter freestyle victory at last summer's world championships in Kazan, Russia. She earned nominations for two of her other winning races in Kazan. She shared the relay performance of the year award with Franklin, Leah Smith and Katie McLaughlin for their victory in the 800 free relay in Kazan. Ledecky won a record five golds at the world meet.