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.
Tommy Chandler '09 - Fairfax Station, Virginia
What do you do with a kid who’s biggest problem is his incredible
versatility. Tommy can help the team almost every where – the backstroke,
the butterfly, all the freestyles and of course the IM. He was making a very
warranted effort to land a spot on the freestyle relays near the end of the
season. As a coach you want kids like this. The only problem is that when it
comes to evaluation – the 200 IM interferes with the 50 free. The 400
IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free and the 100 back all interfere with each other.
Then two of his best events – the 200 backstroke and the 200 butterfly
interfere with the 100 free (and the 400 free relay). With all this freestyle,
back and fly talent graduating this year, it will be this coach’s job
next year to make sure that Mr Chandler gets all the proper consideration for
relays that his talent calls for. My goal is never to get any specific swimmer
on a relay – but rather to get the right four swimmers on a relay.
Tommy has lived up to the criteria of this award. His effort and his improvement have made him one of the most complete swimmers that I have had the pleasure of coaching. He puts in an excellent effort daily and the team reaps the benefits. He will continue to be a big part of this team’s success and may well prove to be an important piece of trying to replace all the talent graduating this May with the class of 2007
List of All Boston College Kevin Conway Award Winners