Athletes, graduating seniors honored at annual banquet

KMSC swimmers, parents, and coaches came together Sunday to celebrate the team’s accomplishments the past two seasons and to recognize the graduating seniors at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

The graduating class of 2019 (pictured above) incudes eight athletes. The seniors each shared a slideshow and gave a speech recounting favorite memories and giving thanks to parents, coaches and teammates. The class includes:

  • Ben Abdul-Raheem
  • Noah Batts (enlisting in Navy)
  • Erin Carter (plans to study engineering at Purdue or Texas A&M)
  • JR Cook (Astronautical Engineering at Air Force Academy)
  • Maya Ferrell (Biochemistry/premed at OU)
  • Alex Nadjkovic (University of Tulsa)
  • Ashley Wells (Nursing at OU)
  • Brianna Wells (Marketing at OU)

KMSC head coaches John Brown, Josh Everett and Kathy Mendez presented the Most Improved Swimmer awards for each age group (pictured above). The recipients included:

  • 8 & Under girl: Helen Cruz
  • 8 & Under boy: Bentley Mendoza
  • 9-10 girl: Kiera Nguyen
  • 9-10 boy: John Nguyen
  • 11-12 girl: Helen Olszewski
  • 11-12 boy: Mason Scott
  • 13-14 girl: Clare Bebout
  • 13-14 boy: Ryan Healy
  • 15-16 girl: Krista Parker
  • 15-16 boy: Will Frazier
  • 17-18 girl: Tori Hollen
  • 17-18 boy: Alex Nadjkovic

The Marlin Award is presented to swimmers who exhibit qualities that embody what it means to be a Marlin, such as working hard, being coachable, maintaining a positive attitude, and attending practices consistently. This year’s recipients included (pictured above):

  • Zach Lopp
  • Jonah Beth
  • Dylan Beeson

The Big Fish award is presented to the swimmer in each age group who has performed at a high level across all areas. The recipients included (pictured above):

  • 8 & under girl: Brooklyn Beringer
  • 8 & under boy: Xander Applegate
  • 9-10 girl: Caroline Olszewski
  • 9-10 boy: Elias Mendez
  • 11-12 girl: Laney Jones
  • 11-12 boy: Lester Wessels
  • 13-14 girl: Torie Whitbeck
  • 13-14 boy: Keaton Rice
  • 15-16 girl: Kate Janzen
  • 15-16 boy: Brendan Healy
  • 17-18 girl: Maya Ferrell
  • 17-18 boy: Noah Batts

The coaching staff also recognized swimmers (pictured above) who earned an IMX score during one or both of the past two seasons. To learn more about the IMX program, please visit