April 5, 2005

Yale Men's Swimming and Diving Awards Announced

April 5, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Quinn Fitzgerald was awarded the Heaton High Point Award that is given to that swimmer who has scored the highest possible number of points for the team in dual meet competition for the past season. Quinn was honored yet again a little later in the evening as the recipient of the William Leeming Jelliffe Award. This award is given annually to "that senior who has shown the greatest progress and development in swimming ability and outstanding leadership during his college years." The prize is given in memory of William Leeming Jelliffe by his father, the late Dr. Smith Ely Jelliffe.

Senior Dave Lange was awarded the MacLeish Memorial Swimming Trophy. Established in 1936 by Hassted R. Vanderpoel '35S, in memory of Kenneth MacLeish, 1918 who was killed in World War I, this trophy is awarded to "that member of the Yale Swimming Team, who through his or her efforts and high ideals in sportsmanship and loyalty, best exemplifies the spirit of Kenneth MacLeish."

Both junior Kieran Locke and sophomore Geof Zann were recognized for their outstanding backstroke efforts this past season. They were both awarded the S. Livingston Mather Swimming Award, donated by the late S. Livingston Mather, class of 1905. In another stroke award, Freshman Colin Stalnecker won the M. Davies Award. This prize was donated by the family of Melindi Davies, class of 1998. It is awarded each year for outstanding performance in breaststroke swimming.

Sophomore Andrew Foss again received the Harry Burke Award as he did in his first year at Yale. Established in 1966 by the Yale Swimming Association, this award honors Yale's retired former freshman swim coach Harry Burke and is "awarded for outstanding contribution to Yale Swimming by an underclassmen".

Senior John Atkinson was awarded the Phil Moriarty Prize. This award honors former Yale Varsity Swim Coach and United States Olympic Coach, Phil Moriarty. It was established in 1969 by the Yale Swimming Association and is "awarded to that upper-class member of the Men's Varsity team who has contributed immeasurably to the Yale Swimming tradition by his dedication and personal achievement."

Yale's long time Starter and Meet Referee Dick Slawsky was given the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Award. The award honors the former Yale Varsity Swim Coach and United States Olympic Coach, Robert J.H. Kiphuth. It was established in 2003 by the Yale Swimming Association and is "awarded to that individual who has shown outstanding service, dedication and loyalty to Yale University and the Yale Swimming Program

The final presentation of the night was the Tim Jecko Award. It was awarded to sophomore Mike Slater and freshman William Rubenstein. This trophy is given annually for outstanding performances in individual medley. Tim Jecko was a member of the 1956 United States Olympic Team. He won many national championships and held many records at Yale in freestyle, butterfly and individual medley. The award was established in 2004 by Tim's classmates of the Yale Class of 1959. This presentation was made that much more special by the presence of JoAnn Jecko, her son and her daughter-in-law, who made the presentations to Mike and Billy.

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