April 24, 2007
The Brown men's swimming and diving team celebrated the conclusion of the 2006-2007 season and handed out four awards, the Joseph Watmough Most Valuable Swimmer Award, the Thomas R. Temple Award, the Ken Miller Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Win Wilson Service Award, to deserving members of the team.
The Joseph Watmough Most Valuable Swimmer Award is named to honor Joseph Watmough, Brown Swimming Coach from 1943-1972, and is given to a member of the men's swimming and diving team who has made outstanding contributions toward the team's effort throughout the entire season. Consistent 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 2007 recipient was junior Brian Kelly (Weston, MA).
The Thomas R. Temple 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 2007 recipients were junior Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL), who also earned the award last season, and Kelly.
The Bears also handed out two awards that were new last season, the Ken Miller Scholar-Athlete Award and the Win Wilson Service Award. The Scholar-Athlete Award is given to a 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 2007 recipients were seniors Benjamin McDonald (Danville, KY) and Matthew Freitas (Chelmsford, MA). The 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 2007 recipient is sophomore Richard Alexander (Victoria, BC).
Brown also recognized its varsity letterwinners for the season in four different levels; First letter, two-time letterwinner, three-time letterwinner, and four-time letterwinner. Freitas earned a letter for the fourth season, while junior Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA) earned his third letter. Alexander, Hug, Kelly, sophomore Daniel Ricketts (Baltimore, MD), and sophomore William Kai Robinson (Vashon, WA) all earned their second letter, while McDonald, senior Michael O'Mara (Reno, NV), and freshmen Ray Grant (Seekonk, MA), Trent Huxley (Bellevue, WA), and CJ Kambe (Unionville, CT) all earned their first letters.