Boston College Swimming & Diving - 2008

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.

 

Anna Smith '10 - Westport, Connecticut

It is OK that she usually makes me smile or smirk. It is also OK that when I make a comment to or about her I always get that “Who me look”. It is OK because I know she has the same affect on her teammates. It seems that whenever there is too much laughing and giggling in a lane during practice it is when Anna Smith is involved. Kids like Anna that seem to have too much fun make seem to make this all worth while.
Since starting off great her freshmen year – then struggling through the Terrier Invite, Anna has kept everything moving in the right direction. She has turned in many personal best times. She has been one of the top butterfliers in dual meets and the shaved meets. She has also been able to add swims in other events to make the team deeper and stronger – like the 200 freestyle and the 200 IM. She enjoys challenging herself, asking much of herself and adding much to the team. She is a great example of a swimmer getting as much as she can out of her efforts. Our women’s 2008 Conway Award Winner – Anna Smith.

List of All Boston College Kevin Conway Award Winners