April 15, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams announced their 2013-14 award winners during their 30th annual end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, April 13.
The Cindi Luciani Award was awarded to senior Jill Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) Named after Cindi Luciani '91, this award honors the women's Most Valuable Student-Athlete in dual and championship meet competition. Team members and coaching staff vote on the recipient of the award. Mullany swam the fastest 50y freestyle (23.90) all-time this season, smashing Samantha Schlich's record set last year. She also swam the second fastest 100y freestyle (51.79), and 200y freestyle (1:51.54) all-time, the fastest times on the team this season. Mullany was the recipient of Boston College's Eagle Eye Award, which honors the individual that served as their strongest competitor in dual and invitational meets. Mullany earned 446 points this season, the most points earned in one season in the history of the program. Mullany finished her career with 901.50 points, ranking 1st all-time.
Junior John Fatigati (Mahwah, N.J.) was honored with the Horace Bowden Award for the third time. Named for Horace Bowden '89, this award honors the men's Most Valuable Student-Athlete in dual and championship meet competition, as voted by the coaching staff and team. Fatigati broke school records in three individual events, the 200y IM (1:51.33), the 200y backstroke (1:50.99), and the 400y IM (4:01.06). He earned third place at the BIG EAST Championships in the 200y IM (1:51.33).
Freshmen Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.) and Zachary Begnaud (Natchitoches, La.) won the O'Neill Family Award. Created in 2008, the O'Neill Family Award honors the most valuable male and female freshmen athletes in meet competitions, as voted on by the team and coaching staff. Smith swam the fastest 100y butterfly (58.87), 200y butterfly (2:08.54), and 500y freestyle (5:03.59) on the team this season. Her 100y butterfly and 200y butterfly times are the second fastest all-time. Begnaud swam the fastest 1650y freestyle (16:23.18), the fastest 1000y freestyle, and the second-fastest 500y freestyle on the team this season. His 1000y freestyle and 1650y freestyle are the fourth fastest all-time.
Sophomore Leah Moynihan (Lowell, Mass.) won the Clara Lamore Walker Award, while junior Daniel Murphy (Cos Cob, Conn.) was awarded the Jan and Brian Larkin Award. These awards recognize the female and male athletes who have improved the most during the season, as voted on by the team and coaching staff. Moynihan qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 100y butterfly during the last dual meet of the season against Georgetown. She went on to swim her personal best at the championships with a time of 1:00.64. Murphy broke the school record in the 100y breaststroke with a time of 57.52 at the BIG EAST Championships. He swam a personal record time of 2:09.29 in the 200y breaststroke at the championships.
Sophomore Lauren Griffin (Coatesville, Pa.) was awarded the Sears Diving Award. This award, named for Patrick Sears '88 and Kevin Sears '93, honors the diver who makes an outstanding contribution to the sport of diving at Providence College. In her first season diving, Griffin qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the one meter diving event. She earned a combined score of 368.10 to finish eighth in the competition.
Junior Leia Federiconi (Williamsville, N.Y.) and senior Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) won the David Hardy Coach's Award. Named for David Hardy '89, this award honors the male and female student-athletes who exhibit those qualities which Hardy brought to the swimming and diving team: loyalty, dedication, good sportsmanship, and outstanding effort in the pool and in the classroom. Federiconi swam the fastest 100y breaststroke (1:05.21) all-time. She finished third in the 100y breaststroke at the BIG EAST Championships. This is the second time that Lui has earned the Hardy Award. After tying with the 100y backstroke record last season, he finally broke it this season with a time of 52.06. He also set the record in the 100y butterfly (51.02).
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