Unfortunately, there were early examples of fraudulent online voting at the 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year poll, the 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year poll and the Great Open Water Swims of 2009 poll.
However, software engineers identified the illegal votes and posted the revised legal voting totals last evening here at The Water is Open.
At this time, Poliana Okimoto is leading in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year poll with Lisa Cummins in second and the Mighty Mermaids in third.
Petar Stoychev is leading in the 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year poll with Rick Walker of Southern Illinois University in second and Thomas Lurz in third.
Andrew Smilley is leading in the Great Open Water Swims of 2009 poll with Ireland's Camlough Team's World's Longest Relay in second and New Zealand's Kane Radford's RCP Tiburon Mile victory in third.
But the voting is not over. Voting remains open until December 31, 2009. You can view the current and updated voting results here.
Photo of Poliana Okimoto (center) at the 2009 FINA World Cup in Copenhagen by Danielle