THE MARY PAWLAK AWARD - Special Recognition
This award originated in 1988 as The Coach’s Award. In 1992, Mary Pawlak ‘88 joined the team as a coach and after one season succumbed to Hodgkins Disease. The award was fittingly renamed the Mary Pawlak Award. Despite Mary being a swimmer at the Heights, she made a bigger contribution when she returned to BC as an assistant coach. She was proud of the time she spent with the team and I am proud to recognize her contributions to the program. It seems the other awards always leaves some holes and some very deserving individuals do not get the recognition they deserve. These additional award winners will help fill that void.
Deanna Zechmann - BC Diving Coach
Deanna put in five years as our diving coach and did a great
job of returning stability to that part of the program. The divers in general
did a great job while she coached and in her last season Chris Wilson-Byrne
broke a 21 year old BC record. Deanna retired and I went about finding a new
coach. Out of a strong crew I picked the new coach and all looked fine –
until late in August the new coach left.
Fast forward to a few days before the Northeastern meet. We had gotten through the pre-season with Chris Wilson-Byrne helping out and the divers doing some self coaching. A call went from me to Deanna and she agreed to come back. It turned out to be a season saver. Three girls that Deanna had coached were entering their senior year of the “Divers for Life” program. They were joined by two freshmen. On the boys side the signs were up looking for bodies and some had landed on the pool deck ready to go. Deanna turned this potential nightmare for the team into a success. The girls dove well with BC grabbing about half of the first place finishes during our season. The men took awhile to get going but they added six vital points in the big Dartmouth and contributed right through the end of the year.
So Deanna – thanks for the first five years – with a special thanks and a Pawlak Award for the sixth and final one.
Joseph Maloy '08 - Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
To think that I almost missed out on a chance to meet this
kid. He claims that I ignored his email that he sent during his senior year
in high school. I do remember the letter that I received during the summer between
high school and his freshman year here at BC. He asked if he could “tryout
for the team” . I should have said “That will be fine – just
show up on time.”
Some people bring more than just swimming to the pool. Joe Maloy is certainly one of those special kids. He has brought his excellent work ethic, his smile, his wit, his ability to share himself without a hint of ego…. He has also demonstrated an uncanny sense of “for others” – whether that be as a captain of this team, or as a very active member of the SAAC leadership crew …. Or as a regular volunteer for the many activities that the SAAC runs. One of the things that impresses me most about Joe is his ability to again and again ask for help with the volunteering – he does it so that you realize that it is an opportunity for you not as a requirement …. And he always lets you know how much fun it will be.
Joe also added much to the swimming also. His consistent contributions to the toughest events was unwavering over his four years. He is the leading scorer for the class of ’08 and trails Billy Schwitter by one in the career first place list in his group of seniors. He always encouraged great effort in his lane, his fitness, his spinning and of course the crazy crew on the beach during Florida drylands.
I, however, will mostly remember the conversations that we have had, all that he has done for the program and his friendship. – Thanks.