The men’s team gathered one last time for the 2015-2016 season on Monday, Feb. 15 to celebrate another successful year.
Besides the 7-1 record, top 2 finish in the conference and state qualifiers for the 8th straight year, the 2015-16 season continued the tradition of superior support from Rails Swimming fans. The overwhelming support by the parents, family members, girls swim team and their families, and alumni coming to all of the big meets was outstanding. The southside was more than represented at both the district and state meets (where numerous other teams commented on it!). We hope this tradition lives on! The guys certainly appreciate having everyone’s support.
Monday marked another team banquet where we all gathered to enjoy a delicious dinner and each other’s company. Of course, banquet was also a time for awarding junior varsity (14) and varsity letters (16) along with the team awards. See the award recipients below.
Congrats again on a great season Rails!
Most Valuable Player: Devin Greenwood
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Christian Belden
Rookie of the Year: Davide Pacini
Most Improved | Varsity: Gabe McCollough
Most Improved | JV: Michael Scott
Workhorse Award | Varsity: Riley May
Workhorse Award | JV: Zach Froehlich
Team Captains: Christian Belden, Devin Greenwood, and Cooper Worth
Below are just a few photos from last night. More (and better!) photos can be found on the team’s Shutterfly website over the next few days.
Team Award Descriptions
MVP Award (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. Additionally, this award is given to one JV and one Varsity member each season.
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. This award is given to one JV and one Varsity member each season.
Team Captains: Team Captains are awarded at the end of each season by the coaches. The Team Captains are the athletes that demonstrated great leadership ability throughout the season on a consistent basis.