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.
Caroline Hayes '09 - Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Caroline earned a spot on the travel squad to Williams and the
University of Massachusetts. A first semester and training trip of excellent
effort plus consistent swimming in dual meets appeared to be paying off. She
did not place in the Williams meet but did grab a couple of points in the UMass
contest. Next came the BU meet where a personal best time in the 100 breaststroke
added points to the Eagles total. Great swimming continued through the last
two dual meets with Caroline scoring points in both the Maine and Rhode Island
meets. Her excellent performances allowed her to take all those bus rides and
to taxi on airplanes and ride the train to another bus with the expected results
of two personal best times to conclude her sophomore season of swimming at the
2007 ACC Championships. When I say that you usually get what you deserve –
I am not talking about an adventure in modes of travel – but Caroline’s
excellent effort this season provided the proper result of excellent swims and
the ability to stretch her season a little bit further – Congratulations.
List of All Boston College Kevin Conway Award Winners