Men's Swimming & Diving Hands Out Team Awards

May 25, 2006

Providence, RI - The Brown men's swimming and diving team celebrated the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season and handed out four awards, the Joseph Watmough Most Valuable Swimmer Award, the Thomas R. Temple Award, the Scholar-Athlete Award, and the 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 2006 recipients were seniors Brian Sharkey (Fords, NJ), who also earned the award last year, and Eric Brumberg (Sewell, NJ).

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 2006 recipient was senior Matt Goracy (Pottersville, NJ), who also earned the award last year, and sophomore Kevin Hug (Tampa, FL).

The Bears also handed out two new awards this season, the Scholar-Athlete Award and the 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 2006 recipient is Brian Sharkey. 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 2006 recipient is sophomore Peter Volosin (Roanoke, VA).