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Phelps, Hoff honored as best U.S. swimmers

Associated Press

Michael Phelps won a leading three Golden Goggles awards, including Male Athlete of the Year, on Sunday night when USA Swimming honored the year's top American performers.

Phelps was nominated in three individual categories and for two relays in connection with his historic performance in March at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. He won seven gold medals and broke four individual world records.

Phelps, from Rodgers Forge, beat out Ryan Lochte and backstroker Aaron Peirsol for Male Athlete of the Year. That trio also was nominated for Male Performance of the Year, which Phelps won for his world-record 200-meter butterfly race in Melbourne. He lowered his mark by 1.62 seconds, and finished in 1 minute, 52.09 seconds.

Katie Hoff, 18, who is from the same North Baltimore club that produced Phelps, was chosen Female Athlete of the Year, having won three golds at the world championships. She set her first individual world record in the 400 individual medley at Melbourne, beating the competition by 7.25 seconds.

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