Townley Haas looks on at the 2017 FINA World Championships on July 25, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.
One Olympian and a number of hopefuls were among those honored as the finalists for the 2019 AAU James E. Sullivan Award were announced on Monday.
Included among the eight finalists are Townley Haas, who won the gold medal in the men’s 4x200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Haas won gold in the 200 freestyle at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles at the 2018 NCAA championships.
The finalists also include Tokyo 2020 contenders Aleia Hobbs, who in 2018 became the first collegiate winner of the women’s 100-meter at the USATF Outdoor Championships since 1991, UCLA softball pitcher Rachel Garcia, who helped the U.S. softball team win gold at the 2018 WBSC Women's Softball World Championship and herself was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and 2018 world team gold, floor exercise silver and all-around bronze medalist gymnast Morgan Hurd.
Volleyball players Kathryn Plummer, a standout at Stanford, and Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke, who have both played with various USA Volleyball teams, were also nominated along with University of Central Florida football played McKenzie Milton and University of North Carolina basketball player Luke Maye.
The Sullivan Award has been awarded to the best amateur athlete in the U.S. every year since 1930. Over the years a number of decorated Olympic stars have won the award, including Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, Missy Franklin, Kyle Snyder in recent years as well as legends such as Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen.
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