Rails End Season on High Note

The 2014-15 Boys Swim Season came to end with the state meet in Marshalltown and the team banquet the following Monday evening. The boys did their best to send senior Tom Chidley out with a bang, as the foursome of (Greenwood, Worth, Chidley, Belden) dropped more time and moved up in the state rankings in both of the relays they qualified to the state meet. The 200 medley relay finished the season with the 3rd best time in Lincoln History, while the 400 freestyle relay finished with the 5th best time in school history!

Besides the 5-1 record, top 2 finish in the conference and the state qualifiers, the 2014-15 season was marked with another outstanding tradition, THE FANS! The over whelming support by the parents, family members, girls swim team and their families, and alumni coming to all of the big meets was outstanding. The south side was more than represented at both the district and state meets, and we hope this tradition continues next season!

Monday marked another team banquet where everyone could sit back, relax, talk about the season, and many members of the team earn some team rewards! With more than 65 people coming to the banquet for the first time, the team will need to change venues next season to accommodate all the people!

This year’s award winners are:

Most Valuable Swimmer: Tom Chidley
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Tom Chidley
Rookie of the Year: Miguel Espinoza
Most Improved: Devin Greenwood & Caleb Meyer
Workhorse Award: Christian Belden
Team Captain Award: Tom Chidley

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.


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