2019 Annual Awards Banquet Highlights
The Connecticut Swimming (CSI) 2019 Annual Awards Banquet was held Sunday, November 3, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. For this event Connecticut Swimming comes together to celebrate the athletes, coaches, and volunteers whose exceptional accomplishments have stood out over the 2018-2019 season. Returning again this year was guest speaker Josh Davis, two-time Olympian and winner of 3 Olympic gold medals and 2 silver medals. Josh presented short videos and spoke of persistence, dedication and sticking with your goals.
USA Swimming Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award: The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1981 to recognize volunteers for their contributions to USA Swimming on the local level. The award, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, is presented annually to an honoree named by each of the 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSC). Selected by the CSI Board of Directors, this year's award was presented to Nancy Wargo.
Coach of the Year: CSI coaches honor their peers with the Coach of the Year Age Group and Senior awards. Coaches are nominated and elected by coaches at the conclusion of the long course season. This year's honorees are Emmanuel Lanzo, RAC, Senior Coach of the Year; and Graham Bodner, RAC, Bill Krumm Age Group Coach of the Year.
Swimmer of the Year: Maxine Parker, CPAC, and Matthew Torres, WRAT, were awarded Swimmer of the Year by the Senior Committee. For the 2018-2019 season Maxine was the highest ranked CSI member of USA Swimming and Matthew was the most awarded athlete at the Paralympic Pan Pac Games.
Judy Snow Student Athlete Service Award: Judy Snow was a longtime Connecticut Swimming volunteer. She gave selflessly to all the members of Connecticut Swimming, never asking for anything in return. To honor her memory, the Judy Snow Student Athlete Service Award was established in 2018 to recognize an athlete in our swimming community who emulates qualities of leadership, academics, and volunteerism. This year's awardee is Erin Reilly.
USA Swimming Top 10 #1 Rankings: Each competitive season, USA Swimming ranks the Top 10 athletes across all 59 Local Swim Committees (LSC). Times from USA Swimming sanctioned, approved, or observed competition are eligible for consideration and athletes are ranked by single age group 11 through 18 years old. For the 2018-2019 season 5 CSI swimmers were ranked #1 by USA Swimming. Congratulations to: Bryce Gold, SSAC, 11 year old 50M Breaststroke; Maxine Parker, CPAC, 17 year old 50M and 100M Freestyle; James Plage, BEAR, 16 year old 800M and 1500M Freestyle; Tyler Sicignano, CPAC, 15 year old 200Y Butterfly; and Kieran Smith, RAC, 18 year old 400Y IM. All CSI athletes ranked in the USA Swimming's National Top 10 are listed here.
Other recognized achievements are listed below.
- CSI Records Achieved 2018-2019
- Age Group Championship High Point Recipients
- CSI Scholar Athletes
- USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
Special thanks and gratitude to Ellen Johnston, General Chair, and Banquet Coordinators Joan Lynch, Duffy Mudry, and Kaeley Steinnagel.