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Katie Ledecky ties Michael Phelps’ record for USA Swimming awards

Katie Ledecky

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky, left, reacts after winning the women’s 400m freestyle final during the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Tokyo, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Her teammate Leah Smith, right, finished in the third.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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At age 21, Katie Ledecky has matched a Michael Phelps career record.

Ledecky was voted USA Swimming’s Athlete of the Year for a fifth time, tying Phelps’ mark. USA Swimming’s House of Delegates votes on the annual winner.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion, earned three golds, a silver and a bronze at this year’s major international meet, the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. She also broke her first world record since the Rio Games, taking five seconds off her 1500m freestyle time on May 16.

Ledecky earned Swimmer of the Year four straight years from 2013-16, with Caeleb Dressel snapping her streak last year. Dressel tied Phelps’ record seven gold medals at a single world championships in 2017.

Phelps was Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.

The award debuted in 1981. No other woman has earned it more than twice.

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