Team Gives Out Annual Awards

April 29, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team presented its annual awards at its banquet on April 11. The Bulldogs recognized those individuals who made the biggest contributions to the team during the 2005-06 season.

Moira McCloskey was awarded the Heaton High Point Award for the member of the team who scored the highest possible number of points for the team in dual meet competition this past season. She was also the recipient of the S. Livingston Mather Swimming Award. This prize is donated by the late S. Livingston Mather, class of 1905, and is awarded for outstanding performance in backstroke swimming. McCloskey led the Bulldogs in backstroke events, recording two Ivy Championship wins and setting a new record in the 100-yard backstroke.

Next to be recognized was junior Tory Nelson, who 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."

Freshman Laura Strittmatter received the Harry Burke Award. 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 underclassman." Strittmatter's performance in distance freestyle events this season has marked her out as a rising star in Ivy League swimming.

Next, the Eleanor "Bobbie" Dawson Award was presented to Meg Gill. This award goes to "that upper-class member on the women's team who has contributed immeasurably to the Yale swimming tradition by her dedication and personal achievements". The award honors the former secretary to Robert Kiphuth and Phil Moriarty, a national official, and supporter of Yale Swimming, Eleanor "Bobbie" Dawson. Gill, who was also named next season's captain at the banquet, was named to the all-Ivy second team this season.

Yale's two seniors, Megan Bailey and Captain Holly Mazar, shared 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. Bailey and Mazar have both had fruitful senior seasons leading a young Yale squad this season.

Bailey was also awarded the Tim Jecko Award, which also went to Caroline. 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.

The second freshman to be recognized at the banquet was Marilee Kiernan, who 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. Kiernan had a great rookie season in both individual events and swimming the breaststroke in Yale's medley relay team that set two new records this season.

Finally, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Award was presented to John Lapides '72. This 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."

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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