PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's swimming and diving team held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 18th at the Faculty Club, and five 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 women's swimming and diving class of 2013: Perry Ashenfelter (Needham, MA), Meghan Earley (Orange, CT), Julia Guimond (Barrington, NH), Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) and Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI).
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 Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD).
The Florence Filippo Most Valuable Swimmer Award is given to the member of the women's swimming and diving team who contributed the most to the success of the team during the season. The team members and coaches vote to determine the winner of this highly prestigious award. The 2013 award recipient was sophomore Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA).
The Martha Joukowsky '58 Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the member of the women'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 junior Kaitlyn Tracy (Palo Alto, CA).
The Dave Roach Coaches Award is given to a member of the women's swimming and diving team who has demonstrated the qualities of dedication, personal self-improvement and sportsmanship. This student-athlete has shown true determination and hard work, thus earning the respect of her contemporaries and proving her worth to the team in a number of ways. The coaching staff votes to determine the recipient of this prestigious award. The 2013 award recipient was junior Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI).
The Rebecca More Service Award is given to a member of the women'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 junior Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI).
Additionally, several Bears were honored with their varsity letters in a ceremony prior to the presentation of the team awards. Seven first-year letters were given out, and the recipients were senior Perry Ashenfelter (Needham, MA), senior Elizabeth Matthews (Makawao, HI), freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI), junior Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI), sophomore Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD), freshman Rachel Speakman (Hudson, OH) and freshman Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD). Sophomore Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) earned her second letter, while juniors Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY) and Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) received their third letters. Finally, senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) was honored with her fourth varsity letter and the white sweater distinction.
The women's team had much to celebrate, as the Bears turned in stellar performances throughout the season. Finishing seventh at the Ivy League Championships, the women turned in 15 top-eight finishes and countless best times. Additionally, Briana Borgolini earned second team All-Ivy honors after finishing second in the 200 breaststroke at the Ivy League meet and Rachel Speakman qualified to represent the Bears at the NCAA Division I Zone A Diving Championships, finishing 16th at the competition. In total, the squad recorded three school records and 50 top-25 all-time performances over the course of the 2012-2013 campaign.