2004    Award Winners


                This Award has been around since the first season back in 1973.  The winner is determined by votes by the team members and the criteria is “who do you feel was most valuable to the team in 2004.”

                Torey Thelin               ’06                   Darien, Connecticut

                From the first day of practice this season I noticed a difference.  Last year I saw some self doubt and a lack of confidence – not what one would expect from such an accomplished high school swimmer.  Her freshman year went ok – but not quite what she wanted.  She was rightfully distracted.  Her sophomore season was going to be different.  It was all season long and right to the end as with her mother cheering her on she earned this MVP Award.

                An excellent 100 fly split in the medley relay at Harvard seemed to get her going.  That relay turned in an all-time BC best unshaved.  The next meet was against Princeton and Torey had two of our four first places as she took the 100 and 200 butterflies.  The 200 butterfly that she struggled with a bit as a freshman  - seemed to be getting easier.  Then at the Princeton Invitational Torey placed 6th in the 100 fly (57.31) and 9th in the 200 with a 2:07.49.

                The training trip to Puerto Rico went well.  The second meet back – at Boston U – she turned in BC’s best ever 100 butterfly unshaved with a 57.81 as she was the Outstanding Performer for BC in the win.  Against Northeastern she again was the Outstanding Performer as she captured the 200 butterfly with an excellent 2:08.03.  In the season finale against the University of Connecticut,  she lead that important 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 butterfly that helped get that meet to the last relay where we ended a twelve year losing streak with only our fourth tie.  But it was what followed that makes her our 2004 MVP.

                First the Big East – as expected Torey bettered the 100 butterfly record that she set as a freshman.  She did it twice with a 55.70 in trials and then a 55.69 in finals.  On Saturday morning she dropped to a personal best in the 200 butterfly and qualified for consols.  At night she just took off and lead the race from start to finish.  That confidence that had been building all season in the 200 butterfly had come to fruition with a new Boston College record of 2:02.97.  The previous record was held by Allyson Horgan ’99.  Allyson had turned in a 2:03.10 at the Big East in 1997. 

Next it was the ECAC’s, a meet she had missed in her freshman season.  Torey started out with BC’s best 50 free split of 24.08 as the Eagles placed second in the 200 freestyle relay.  She next competed in the 200 IM and had a fantastic result of 2:08.89 – one of three 2:08’s on the BC team as we went 1-3-4 in the event thanks to Carolyn Bowman and Lauren Keibler (1st & 3rd).  The first day then concluded with an excellent 400 medley relay.  BC’s quartet of Juliet Paradine, Carolyn Bowman, Torey Thelin and Caitlin Healey combined to take two and a half seconds off the BC mark with a 3:50.46.  That was good enough for both the ECAC win and set a new meet record.  Day two included more great results for Torey.  Another second place in a sprint relay – the 200 medley was followed by her breaking the 100 butterfly once again – and again by .01 seconds.  The new mark is 55.68.  The third day it seemed like six days of championship racing had caught up with Torey.  Her 200 butterfly was “only” a 2:06.04 good for 4th place – though prior to last week that was a personal best.  However, like the MVP she is, Torey bounced back with a BC best 100 free split of 52.29 as she combined with Caitlin Healey, Carolyn Bowman and Megan Hurd to win the 400 free relay.  It was the final event of BC winning the 2004 ECAC Championship.  It was also a very appropriate conclusion to Torey’s MVP season.

Torey Thelin '06, Boston College MVP - 2004

Torey Thelin ‘06 – Boston College MVP – 2004

Past MVP Winners
Katie McCann   ’05 Walpole, Massachusetts
Caitlin Healey '04 Needham, Massachusetts
  Lauren Schwartz '02 Mount Laurel, New Jersey
2001 Lauren Schwartz '02 Mount Laurel, New Jersey
2000 Nina Suryoutomo '03 Fremont, California
1999 Rachel Enos '99 Ipswich, Massachusetts
  Alexis Kostopoulos '02 Marblehead, Massachusetts
  Lauren Schwartz '02 Mount Laurel, New Jersey
1998 Kendra Johnson '00 Weston, Connecticut
1997 Allyson Horgan '99 Haverhill, Massachusetts
1996 Sara Guerena '99 Santa Barbara, California
1995 Amy Dunleavey '97 Oxford, Connecticut
1994 Megan Lammon '96 Cumberland, Rhode Island
1993 Megan Lammon '96 Cumberland, Rhode Island
1992 RoseMarie DeLeo '92 Medford, Massachusetts
  Cindy Vink '95 Honolulu, Hawaii
1991 Teresa Holland '91 Old Lyme, Connecticut
1990 Teresa Holland '91 Old Lyme, Connecticut
  RoseMarie DeLeo '92 Medford, Massachusetts
1989 RoseMarie DeLeo '92 Medford, Massachusetts
1988 Suzy Sullivan '88 Rockville Centre, New York
1987 Tara McKenna '87 Westport, Connecticut
1986 Tara McKenna '87 Westport, Connecticut
1985 Mary Kennedy '85 Kankakee, Illinois
1984 Mary Kennedy '85 Kankakee, Illinois
1983 Mary Kennedy '85 Kankakee, Illinois
1982 Sue Bales '84 Rochester, New York
  Mary Kennedy '85 Kankakee, Illinois
1981  Simone Carson '81 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Dana Engellener '84 Pearl River, New York
1980 Simone Carson '81 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1979 Simone Carson '81 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1978 Katie Tucker '81 Manchester, Connecticut
1977 Donna Gerstner '79 Liverpool, New York
1976 Mary Kay Finnerty '76 Short Hills, New Jersey
  Sara Schwarz Groden '76 Edina, Minnesota
 1975 Sara Schwarz Groden '76 Edina, Minnesota
 1974 Sara Schwarz Groden '76 Edina, Minnesota
 1973 Mary Kay Finnerty '76 Short Hills, New Jersey



                This Award has been around since the first season back in 1973.  The winner is determined by votes by the team members and the criteria is “who do you feel was most valuable to the team in 2004.”

                Timothy Tully             ’05                   New RochelleNew York

                So what’s the best way to start your second season after winning an MVP as a rookie?  How about popping your ACL in preseason.  After his initial season on the Eagles swim team, Tim Tully, demonstrated why he is not on the soccer team – but worse than that it appeared that maybe his second season would not happen.  After a few trips to the trainers and the doctors, Tim got the ok to swim but with one exception – no breaststroke – hence no IM.  The individual medley had been Tim’s forte in his sophomore MVP season.  Fortunately for both Tim and the team his talents include many other events.  Those talents showed up right away.  In the season opening meet at Xavier, Tim captured three first place finishes – the 1000 freestyle, the 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle – as BC dropped the Musketeers during our first visit to Ohio.  During the five remaining meets in the first semester Tim continued to contribute.  As BC ran its record to 5-1, Mr Tully had at least two wins in each meet as he was dominating in the backstrokes, butterflys and the distance freestyles.  But then came Thanksgiving….

                The trip home included, I believe, a trip to the doctors.  Tim had done a little bit of breaststroke kicking.  The doctor said that if it didn’t hurt than Tim could swim breaststroke.  He was told that it was not as if he could hurt his ACL – it was gone.  So after a few discussions with this coach, Tim was entered in the IM’s for the Princeton Invitational.  The meet started with the 200 IM and Tim just missed his personal best with a 1:55.43 (vs a 1:55.25).  The next day it was the same as his 4:04.02 trailed his BC record of 4:03.77.  I remembered last year at this meet when Tim set that record.  I overheard him say that he couldn’t believe he could do that (set a personal best in the 400 IM) without doing ten of those a day.  So what does he say this time?  These were his first IM races of the year.  Tim made finals in three of his four events with his (and BC’s) best being a third in the 400 IM.  Tim was BC’s Outstanding Performer in the meet.

                The trip to Puerto Rico prepared us all for second semester.  Including Tim who continued to grab those first place finishes.  In each of the six second semester meets, Tim won an event even against the tough squads from UMass and UConn.  He was the Outstanding Performer in those two meets plus URI.  All that remained was the Big East and the ECAC’s.  The Big East was first and it included two BC Records for this junior.  First was the 400 IM as Tim turned in a 4:02.57 to better his own record from last season.  The next was a strange one and a BC first.  In the trials of the 200 butterfly, Tim took it out hard and held on for a 1:52.44 to better the old record set by Mike Ryan ’92 (1:53.76).  In the finals it was a different strategy as he paced himself – the result was a record tying 1:52.44.   The season concluded with the trip to Pittsburgh for the ECAC’s.  No more school records but Tim had BC’s top two finishes with a 2nd place in the 400 IM and a third place in the 200 backstroke as BC had it’s best ECAC’s ever.

                In this spot last year I praised Tim’s affect on the team – how something great (be it effort or results) can raise a team up.  He’s done it again.  To see someone overcome the adversity of how this season started and to once again wind up a very deserving MVP – should inspire.  It should and does overwhelm those who look for excuses to explain failure.  Tim continues to lead.  He leads lanes, races and this team..

Tim Tully ’05 – Boston College MVP - 2004


Past MVP Winners
Tim Tully '05 New Rochelle, New York
Brandon Twichell '05 Fayetteville, New York
2001 Matt Baker '03 Lakewood, Washington
  Mike Wilt '01 Columbia, Connecticut
2000 Greg Dwyer '00 Rochelle Park, New Jersey
  Ken Barton '01 Meridan, Connecticut
1999 Greg Dwyer '00 Rochelle Park, New Jersey
1998 Steve Yap '98 Norwalk, Connecticut
1997 Steve Yap '98 Norwalk, Connecticut
1996 Boris Jaskille '96 Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
1995 John Webber '95 Stamford, Connecticut
1994 Nick Satovick '94 Salt Lake City, Utah
  John Webber '95 Stamford, Connecticut
1993 Curt Jablonowski '93 Warren, Pennsylvania
1992 Maarten Kraaijvanger '92 Saunderstown, Rhode Island
  Curt Jablonowski '93 Warren, Pennsylvania
1991 Maarten Kraaijvanger '92 Saunderstown, Rhode Island
1990 Todd Hewett '90 Bradford, Massachusetts
  Maarten Kraaijvanger '92 Saunderstown, Rhode Island
1989 Maarten Kraaijvanger '92 Saunderstown, Rhode Island
1988 Craig Jones '91 Darien, Connecticut
1987 Jon Blood '87 Braintree, Massachusetts
  Greg Greene '88 Chatham, Massachusetts
1986 Geoff Geis '86 Riverside, Illinois
  Jon Blood '87 Braintree, Massachusetts
1985 Geoff Geis '86 Riverside, Illinois
1984 Geoff Geis '86 Riverside, Illinois
1983 Patrick Reilly '83 Potomac, Maryland
  Geoff Geis '86 Riverside, Illinois
1982 Bob Vanasse '82 Trumbull, Connecticut
1981 Charlie Scheid '81 Forest Hills, New York
1980 Bob Vanasse '82 Trumbull, Connecticut
1979 Bob Vanasse '82 Trumbull, Connecticut
1978 Paul Mahoney '79 Needham, Massachusetts
1977 Paul Mahoney '79 Needham, Massachusetts
1976 Steve Watson '79 Maywood, New Jersey
1975 Steve Pike '75 Brockton, Massachusetts
 1974 John Cannon '74 New Orleans, Louisiana
 1973 Don Gross '76 Manhassett, New York