The Schwartz - Excellence Award
We have played a game called “Schwartz” these past seasons. It was a game based on captain, Lauren Schwartz ’02. It was a game that acknowledged what she was able to do for four years – that was strive for excellence. Just like our school motto – Ever to Excel. Lauren was an excellent butterflyer for Boston College. In her four years at BC, in every practice she swam fly – always as it is supposed to be swum. She did it always with the proper breathing pattern, always swimming into every turn, and always touching with two hands. The results were as one would expect - no bad swims by Lauren Schwartz. Always coming through with that swim the team needed. Coaches expect and ask for the proper effort. Coaches look for those athletes that give that special effort that produces those exceptional results. I know that you seldom get more than you deserve. Most people who achieve deserve what they get. Usually those that do not achieve – have not put in that additional effort. They have not day after day strived for excellence.
That is what this Award is for – Excellence. For the chance to acknowledge those team members past and present that did those things – those extra things – that caused them to be successful swimmers, leaders, students or people.
Siobhan Campbell '79
Siobhan did not travel very far to come to Boston College as Waban is a part of Newton. She also went to high school at that high school that borders Newton Campus. However with that short trip to BC she managed to take BC and its athletic department places they had never been before. Siobhan was a diver in the program. She was an excellent performer. Not only was Siobahn a four-time All-New England diver and three-time qualifier for the AIAW Swimming and Diving Championships, she also became the first Boston College female athlete ever to compete for a national title. During her college career, Siobahn established a New England record in three-meter diving competition, in addition to a host of Boston College standards. Not only a diver, she also was a three-time letter winner in lacrosse. She was voted that team’s Most Valuable Player and was co-captain in her senior year. It is no surprise that Siobahn was named “Eagle of the Year” in 1979 as Boston College’s outstanding female student-athlete. Siobahn is also a member of Boston College Varsity Club’s Hall of Fame. She returned to the Heights as diving coach in 1981. She remained as coach for a few years and had the pleasure of coaching two of BC’s other Hall of Fame divers – Sue Bales ’84 and Geoff Geis ’86. This year’s Schwartz Award acknowledges Siobhan’s Excellence in National Achievement as an Athlete and as a Coach. – Thanks –Tom.