KEVIN CONWAY AWARD
This award is named for Kevin Conway ‘84. Kevin was both a swimmer and
a diver on the BC team. He competed in his sophomore year. At the end of the
year while celebrating the finish of exams at Rockport, he was swept off the
jetties into the ocean and drowned. An award was established to ‘honor’
Kevin. In establishing the award we did not want to make Kevin into something
he was not.
“After not swimming his freshman year, Kevin joined as a sophomore and competed in both swimming & diving. He did not get serious with his training until the latter part of the season. He finished up with a great meet at the Big East - personal best in all events. His plan developed for ‘next year’ - all the right things: weights, practices, and most important the Christmas Training Trip that he missed this season. Kevin never had a next year - promises unfulfilled. For the award we decided to reward what Kevin planned to do.”
To relate the award to Kevin the following criteria was established for the Kevin Conway Award:
1. The award will be made to members of the sophomore class - male and female.
2. Both swimmers and divers are eligible.
3. The coach chooses the recipients based on ‘promises fulfilled’. The swimmer or diver that made the most of what was available to him or her.
Kevin Conway was also a photographer. The plaque with the names of the winners
of this award bears one of the photos that Kevin took of the Gasson Tower. There
is also a series of photos of Boston College hung in the housing office that
were taken by Kevin.
Joseph Maloy ’08 Wildwood, New Jersey
From the time that I received that letter two summers ago asking
“can I be on your swim team…”, I have been impressed. So much
effort in so many ways for this young man. He churns out the yardage in practice
and when he gets challenged by the little brother back home in New Jersey –
here comes some crazy Sunday afternoon. He does it all with a smile –
albeit an impish smile. He does more – he is one of our representatives
on the student-athlete board. He represents us well both there and in running
the volunteer programs that they offer. He represents us well academically –
one of our best. Once, in his freshman year, when we were waiting for a bus
to leave for a meet and I asked if anyone had seen Joe Maloy; Billy Schwitter
answered “He left about two hours before me so he should be here soon.
He has to talk to everyone he sees on the way down from the dorms.” Talk
he does, smile he does, but he gets this award for his swimming. He has help
to make strong in the distance freestyle – one of the hardest places for
a non-scholarship team to excel – Joe Maloy.
William Schwitter ’08 Oradell, New Jersey
So why is distance such a difficult event for a non-scholarship program? First off – distance in high school is the 200 and the 500; in college you keep those and you add the 1000. That means every dual meet you need a minimum of 4500 yards of distance freestyle swimming to succeed. As many of you know, just throwing someone in the 1000 isn’t as well received as throwing someone in the 50 or the 100. So along comes the aforementioned Billy Schwitter. A much different personality than Joe Maloy, but he has the same impressive work ethic. Billy goes after those yards in practice with the same fervor and the team does benefit. Having two hardworking distance swimmers, who like to swim distance show up at the same time has solidified our dual meet line-ups. He brings a quieter demeanor to the pool, but no less popular. I can’t remember a person coming into the program who the upper class members of the team (who I learned to respect in the years of coaching them) to be so well and easily accepted so soon. However, like the above Joe Maloy, Billy gets this award for making our program so strong all season long in the distance freestyle. – Thanks.
List of All Boston College Kevin Conway Award Winners