PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown men's swimming and diving team held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 18th at the Faculty Club, and six student-athletes were honored with team awards. The coaches also used the evening to acknowledge the team's success this season, its first in the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, and recognize the dedication and contributions of the Brown men's swimming and diving class of 2013: John Hug (Weatogue, CT), Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ), captain Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) and captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD).
The inaugural Rookie of the Year Award was presented at the banquet, and the honor will be given annually to the first-year swimmer or diver who has contributed most to the success of the team. The 2013 award recipient was freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA).
The Joseph Watmough Most Valuable Swimmer Award, named to honor the coach who lead the Bears from 1943 to 1972, is given to the member of the men's swimming and diving team who has made outstanding contributions toward the team's effort throughout the entire season. Consistant high-level performances in pressure situations, in both dual meets and championship competition, should be taken into consideration. The coaching staff and swimmers vote to determine the recipient of this prestigious award. The 2013 award recipient was junior Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ), earning the honor for the second consecutive season.
The Ken Miller '70 Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the member of the men's swimming and diving team who, through dedication in the classroom and in the pool, exemplifies the true meaning of a scholar-athlete. The 2013 award recipient was senior Michael Johnson (Cave Creek, AZ).
The Thomas R. Temple '65 Coaches Award is given to a member of the men's swimming and diving team who has demonstrated the qualities of dedication, personal self-improvement and sportsmanship. There will always be student-athletes at Brown who supplement their skill limitations with determination and hard work and thus earn the respect of their contemporaries. The coaching staff votes to determine the recipient of this prestigious award. The 2013 award recipients were sophomores Brian Barr (Martinsville, NJ) and William Rosenberg (Strongsville, OH).
The Win Wilson '51 Service Award is given to a member of the men's swimming and diving team who exemplifies unselfishness through commitment and hard work in the pool, in the community and for the team. The 2013 award recipient was senior co-captain Ian Slater (Lutherville, MD).
Additionally, several Bears were honored with their varsity letters in a ceremony prior to the presentation of the team awards. Five first-year letters were given out, and the recipients were freshman Sazzy Gourley (Charlotte, NC), senior John Hug (Weatogue, CT), freshman Cory Mayfield (Palos Verdes Estates, CA), freshman Thomas Mercurio (Novato, CA) and freshman Christopher Meyers (Milwaukee, WI). Sophomores Alex Pascal (Longmeadow, MA) and Jeffrey Strausser (Lafayette, CA) earned their second letters, while juniors Tommy Glenn (Haddonfield, NJ) and Paul Hunter (Andover, MA) received their third letters. Finally, senior co-captain Mike McVicker (Larchmont, NY) was honored with his fourth varsity letter and the white sweater distinction.
The men's team had much to celebrate, as the Bears turned in stellar performances throughout the season. Finishing seventh at the Ivy League Championships, the men turned in 10 top-eight finishes and countless best times. Additionally, Tommy Glenn earned first team All-Ivy honors after defending his Ivy League titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly in home water, setting new pool and school records in both swims. The junior turned in the third fastest time in the country in the 100 butterfly at the Ivy League meet and then went on to represent the Bears at the 2013 Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. In total, the squad recorded five school records and 44 top-25 all-time performances over the course of the 2012-2013 campaign.