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The Providence College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams announced their 2017-18 award winners during their 34th annual end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, April 15th.
The Luciani Award was awarded to junior Maddie Snow (Bethany, Conn.) Named for Cindi Luciani ’91, this award honors the women’s Most Valuable Student-Athlete in dual and championship meet competition as voted by team members and coaching staff. In dual meet competition, she was a consistent force for the Friars and scored in the individual medley, distance freestyle and butterfly events. At the 2018 BIG EAST Championships, Snow helped the Friars to an outstanding meet scoring as a member of the team’s 800 Freestyle relay.
Junior Ryan Trammell (Lake Mary, Fla.) was honored with The Bowden Award. 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 members. Trammell led the Friars in team scoring during the 2017-2018 season with 257.25 points, recording lifetime best times while swimming both breaststroke and butterfly events. At the BIG EAST Championships, Trammell set school records in his specialties, the 100 (55.52) and 200 Breaststroke (2:04.35,) and closed out an outstanding season by qualifying for USA Swimming’s Winter Nationals.
Freshmen Katie Thornton (Fairfield, Conn.), Lauren Zawacki (Marshfield, Mass.) and Mark McLaughlin (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) were named winners of the O’Neill Family Award. Created in 2008 and named for Head Coach John O’Neill, 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. Thornton and Zawacki led a talented class, both scoring in their specialty events throughout the season. Thornton had an immediate impact for the Friars in both the sprint freestyle and butterfly events, while Zawacki became the team’s top sprint threat. Zawacki broke the school record in the 50 Freestyle (26.84) during the season and they teamed up on the school record-setting 200 Freestyle Relay (1:36.59) at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships. McLaughlin also led a talented class and was one of the top dual meet and championship meet performers for the Friars, consistently coming up with strong swims in his specialty backstroke and IM events.
Junior Andie Rigas (North Attleboro, Mass.) was recognized with the Clara Lamore Walker Award, while junior Liam Straker (South Glastonbury, Conn.) earned recognition with 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. A butterfly and IM standout, Rigas became a strong performer for the Friars during the season culminating in lifetime best performances in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 Butterfly at the 2018 BIG EAST Championship. Straker’s development in the middle distance freestyle events became the backbone to the Friar lineup this season. Straker posted lifetime best in his events at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships and also scored as a member of the team’s 400 and 800 Freestyle Relays.
Senior Kendall Jerzyk (Madison, Conn.) was recognized with the Sears Diving Award. This award, named for Patrick Sears ’88 and Kevin Sears ’93, honors the athlete who makes an outstanding contribution to the sport of diving at Providence College. Jerzyk capped an outstanding career for the Friars, scoring once again in both the 1-meter (458.15) and 3-meter (443.95) Diving Events at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships.
Juniors Juliet McGlaughlin (West Chester, Pa.) and Jerod Magazine (Coto De Caza, Calif.) were honored with 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. McGlaughlin excelled in backstroke and butterfly events, recording lifetime bests at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships and breaking the school record in the 100 Backstroke (57.14.) Magazine became the Friars’ strongest distance freestyle threat and was counted on all year by his teammates to score in these events. His steady improvement throughout the season helped anchor the Friars in both dual and championship meets.
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