The high school men’s team concluded their season with the team banquet on Monday evening (2/13/12). The guys and their families all gathered to celebrate the hard work and the successful year. After a delicious dinner (by Barratta’s), the guys were awarded their junior varsity or varsity letters. After that, team awards were announced. You can read more about each award below.
This year’s award winners are:
Most Valuable Player: Brady Edwards
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Brady Edwards
Rookie of the Year: Tom Chidley
Most Improved: Mitchell Friend
Workhorse Award: Matt Friend and Mason Starmer
Team Captains: Luis Arias, Kort Kern and Brady Edwards
Check out photos from the banquet in the gallery below the award descriptions. (Unfortunately our second-year varsity letter winners photo is very blurry, but we included it anyway.) Plus, you can read more about the Rails 2011-2012 season in the Season Summary.
Most Valuable Player (Outstanding Swimmer of the Year Award): This award is given to a swimmer that displays team leadership and excellent swimming abilities. Prior to 2005, the award was given only to swimmers who had been members of the team for at least two years. In 2005, the requirements were changed to allow a swimmer of any age displaying outstanding leadership skills and swimming ability to receive the MVP award.
Tom Cady Achievement Award: This award was created in 2007, 40 years after Tom Cady first became a Lincoln swim coach. It’s given out to a swimmer or diver that displays a year-long dedication to the sport of swimming, and thus a dedication to the Lincoln Swim Team. This award recognizes swimmers for their dedication, not just their ability. This award was dedicated to Tom to thank him for his life long dedication to the sport of swimming and, more specifically, to Lincoln High School.
Rookie of the Year: This award is given to the best “rookie” of the season. It recognizes a team newcomer for their contributions made to the team including ability, dedication and success in competition. The award doesn’t have to be given to a freshman, but rather can be awarded to any swimmer who completed their first season on the team.
Most-Improved: This award can be awarded using two sets of criteria, the swimmer that improved the most during one season or the swimmer that improved the most from a prior season. Sometimes, there is a winner using each set of criteria because both improvements deserve recognition and acknowledgement.
Workhorse Award: This award, simply put, is given to the athlete who works the hardest. They are at practice on time, don’t miss sets during practice, and don’t miss practices in general. They put a lot of effort into the season, and this award recognizes that hard work. Often times this award is given to a junior varsity team member and a varsity team member.
Team Captains: Team Captains are awarded at the end of each season by the coaches. Several captains are chosen throughout the season before each meet to motivate the team. Being a Meet Captain is tied to that week’s performance and effort in practice. The Team Captains are the athletes that demonstrated great leadership ability throughout the season on a consistent basis.