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Hillbrook Dolphins Senior Recognition

posted Aug 6, 2011, 2:51 PM by Michael Ingraham   [ updated Aug 9, 2011, 7:34 AM ]
The following is excerpted from Hillbrook Pool President David Lake's awards banquet presentation on July 19, 2011:

There’s a tendency for team participation to fall off as our swimmers get older. That’s why I’d like to recognize the swimmers that participate through their Sr. year. They demonstrate traits that are lacking in today’s world – namely traits like loyalty, responsibility, trust, dedication, wanting to be part of something larger than just themselves, devotion to friends, family, community, and giving back to an organization that has given something to them.

Blasi Myares
13 years as a Hillbrook swimmer, honored last year, will be attending Spartanburg Methodist this fall.

Catharine Turner
11 years as a Hillbrook swimmer, also one of our lifeguards, and all-round great athlete – 4 years on the Cross Country team (2nd place State finish), 2 years of track (All State) and 2 years of Soccer. She was Sr. Class Representative, on the Homecoming Court, VP of Anchor Club and active in the FCA. Catharine is also an artist and will be attending South Carolina in the Fall.

David Dennis
13 years as a swimmer in the summer league, 2 years ago served as co-Coach of the swim team. He is an All State high school swimmer, winning the 200 yd Medley Relay, Viking Co-MVP, and always a great motivational force for his teammates. David was active with FCA, various service groups, and church youth groups. He has a strong faith and a heart for helping the least of our brothers and sisters. He participated in several mission trips this year and almost didn’t get his 2 qualifying meets. So with hardly any practice, you get 2nd in 50 FR, 3rd in Butter, 4th in Breast, 10th in Back. Good news folks is that David has 1 more year of eligibility. David will be going to Samford University in the Fall.

David Ingraham
13 years as a Hillbrook swimmer, also served as an assistant coach, two years ago as co-Coach, and also have served on the lifeguard staff. An All State high school swimmer, 100 fly HS State champion in eight grade, winning several relays including the 200 yd Medley Relay this past year, Viking co-MVP, and we understand you swim with a team called the Y-Spartaquatics Sea Cucumbers. You have been a National Y champion and have gained national recognition for yourself and for your team. You served as Sr. Class President this year, are active with Young Life, and are a member of the National Honor Society. But tonight we are here to talk about the League Championship.

That butterfly leg of the Medley Relay!

Winning the 50 Butterfly out of Lane 1 and breaking your own league record.

Winning the 100 IM and also setting a new record.

Winning the 50 Breast and beating the league record, held for 22 years by Barry Wynn, by 0.39 seconds.

And many other career accomplishments – the accomplishments were so great the Board deemed that they were worthy of special recognition tonight.

Plaque text (link)

We wish you the best as you head to University of Virginia this Fall. Good luck in the NCAA and if you ever get your chance at the Olympics, know that all of your family and friends will be pulling for you every step of the way.