April 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, RI.– The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams announced their 2012-13 award winners during the 29th annual end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, April 14.
The Cindi Luciani Award was awarded to senior 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 the coaching staff. Schlich swam the fastest 50y freestyle (24.07), 100y freestyle (52.00) and 200y freestyle (1:52.44) on the team this season. Schlich’s time in the 50y freestyle broke the school record of 24.24, which she set last season. Schlich finishes her career with 566.50 points, which ranks 11th all-time.
Sophomore 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 the coaching staff. Fatigati swam the fastest time for the Friars in six events, the 200y freestyle (1:43.00), 1000y freestyle (10:15.13), 50y backstroke (24.94), 200y backstroke (1:55.25), 200y IM (1:52.17) and the 400y IM (4:07.15). Fatigati’s time in the 200y IM broke the school record of 1:54.13, which had stood since 1990.
Freshmen Reilly O’Connell (West Barnstable, Mass.) and Eric Benz (Chester, N.J.) won the O'Neill Family Award. Created in 2008, the O'Neill Family Award honors the most valuable female and male freshman athletes in dual and championship meet competition, as voted on by the team members and the coaching staff. O’Connell swam the third-fastest 200y freestyle (1:57.19) and fourth-fastest 100y freestyle (55.30) on the team this season, while collecting a first-place finish in the 100m freestyle in a win versus Brandeis, with a time of 1:02.28. Benz collected a fifth-place finish in the 200y butterfly (2:31.75) in a loss against Maine as well as four sixth-place finishes.
Sophomores Emily Kennedy (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Daniel Murphy (Cos Cob, Conn.) were recognized as the Clara Lamore Walker Most Improved Female Athlete and the Jan and Brian Larkin Most Improved Male Athlete, respectively. Both 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. Kennedy collected two first-place finishes on the season and swam the third-fastest 100y butterfly on the team, with a time of 1:01.00. Murphy swam the fastest 100y breaststroke and 200y breaststroke on the team, swimming times of 59.24 and 2:11.29, respectively. Murphy also collected a first-place finish in the 100y breaststroke (1:00.33) during the Harold Anderson Invitational.
Senior Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) was 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. Black won 13 of her 14 contests in the 1m dive, and set a school record with 318.00 points in a win versus Brandeis. Black reached the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships for the third consecutive season, scoring 452.60 points and placing 17th after reaching the final round.
Black and junior Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) 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. Lui swam the fastest 50y freestyle (21.83), 100y freestyle (47.74), 100y backstroke (52.92) and 100y butterfly (52.00) on the team this season. Lui’s time in the 100y backstroke tied the school record, also held by Jed Michnowicz ‘99.