Phelps picked for 2 of sport's highest honors

Bowman coach of year

attacks delay awards

Terrorism Strikes America

Swimming

September 15, 2001|By Paul McMullen

The North Baltimore Aquatic Club garnered three of USA Swimming's top awards yesterday when Michael Phelps was honored as the organization's Athlete of the Year.

The 16-year-old from Towson also earned the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year award for his effort at the world championships in Fukuoka, Japan, in July when he lowered his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly to 1 minute, 54.48 seconds.

Phelps' coach at the NBAC, Bob Bowman, was named the Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year.

"I'm definitely honored to win both awards," Phelps said. "To also have the coach of the year says a lot for the NBAC. I'm glad to have that on our side. I don't know where I'd be without Bob."

Phelps, a junior at Towson High, and Bowman were supposed to receive their awards at a USA Swimming convention in Dearborn, Mich., but Tuesday's terrorist attacks affected those plans.

The awards will instead be presented at Phelps' next meet, the U.S. Open, on Long Island, New York, in late November.

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