April 16, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams announced their 2011-12 award winners during the 28th annual end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, April 15.
The Cindi Luciani Award was awarded to junior Sam Schlich (Massepequa, N.Y.) 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. Schlich had an incredible season breaking the school records for the 50y freestyle and the 100y freestyle events. Schlich was also a member of four relay teams that broke school records at the BIG EAST Championships in the 200y freestyle, 400y freestyle, 800y freestyle and 400y medley.
Freshman John Fatigati (Mahwah, N.J.) was honored with the Horace 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 on by the team members and coaching staff. Fatigati had an outstanding season, leading the men's team with 255.75 points and 16 first place finishes and broke the school record in the 400y IM while at the BIG EAST Championships.
Freshman Kelly O'Neill (Rye, N.Y.) and Fatigati won the O'Neill Family Award. Created in 2008, the O'Neill Family Award honors the most valuable female and male freshmen athletes in dual and championship meet competition, as voted on by the team members and coaching staff. O'Neill led the women's team in points and first place finishes, with 210.50 and nine respectively. A backstroke specialist, O'Neill posted the fastest times for the team in the 50y, 100y and 200y backstroke this season. Her time in the 100y backstroke, 57.99, was the third-fastest all-time for the Friars while her time of 2:06.77 in the 200y backstroke marks the fourth-fastest all-time time for the Friars.
Junior Eileen Colliton (Bloomfield, Conn.) and sophomore Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) were recognized as the Clara Lamore Walker Most Improved Female Athlete and Jan and Brian Larkin Most Improved Male Athlete, respectively. This award honors the student-athlete who has improved the most in his and her specialty events, as voted on by team members and coaching staff. Colliton specializes in long-distance events and competed throughout the year in events such as the 50y freestyle, 800y freestyle and 1000y freestyle events. Colliton's best meet of the year came in a 119-102 win over Holy Cross. Colliton won both of the individual events that she swam in, winning the 500y freestyle in 5:23.52 and the 1000y freestyle in 11:01.53. Lui finished the year with two first-place finishes and 149.75 points, the second highest total for the men's team. At the BIG EAST Championships, Lui had the fastest time for the men in the 100y backstroke (53.75) and the 100y freestyle (47.94). Lui also competed in the 100y butterfly and completed the heat in 52.57.
Juniors Ben Kardian (Valhalla, N.Y.) and Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) were both honored with the Sears Diving Award. Named for Patrick Sears '88 and Kevin Sears '93, this award honors the diver who, selected by the coaching staff, makes an outstanding contribution to the sport of diving at Providence College. Kardian placed 14th in the consolation round at the BIG EAST Diving Championships with 234.35 and reached the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships for the first time in his career. At zones, Kardian scored 229.45 points placing him 36th overall. Black placed 16th at the BIG EAST Diving Championships scoring 216.50 points in the consolation round. Black reached the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships for the second consecutive season, scoring 457.50 points and placing 17th after reaching the final round.
Senior Erica Devine (Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Eric Burtchell (Pawtucket, R.I.) were both given 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 Providence swimming and diving teams: loyalty, dedication, good sportsmanship and outstanding effort, both academically and athletically. Devine's best performance of the season came against Maine where she swam the 50m freestyle in 30.46 and the 100m freestyle in 1:07.18. Burtchell collected 133.00 points on the season and an individual victory in the 400y IM at the Harold Anderson Invitational. Burtchell qualified for the BIG EAST Championships and competed in the 200y IM, 200y freestyle, and 100y backstroke events.
In addition to the award announcements, Head Coach John O'Neill announced that Schlich, Black, and junior Ali Curran (Wethersfield, Conn.) will captain the 2012-13 women's squad while Burtchell and classmates Chris Morales (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Marc Freda (Lincroft, N.J.) will captain the men.
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