Adyn Cobb awarded at NC Swim Banquet

East Carolina Aquatics swimmer Adyn Cobb has received a statewide award for his determination and dedication to swimming.

Cobb, 14, of Jacksonville was presented the Andy Craver Determination Award on Sept. 21 at the N.C. Swimming annual awards banquet in Greensboro.

ECA Head Coach Casey Charles presented the award to Cobb. Each year, the TYDE Swim Team of Winston-Salem, through N.C. Swimming, selects one age group swimmer in the state to receive the award, which is named in honor of Lacy Anderson “Andy” Craver, who was a member of the Winston-Salem YMCA swim team when he died at age 12 from a tragic gun accident in January 1990.  

The selection criteria for the award include:

  • Overcoming personal and/or physical obstacles, and thus providing a positive example;
  • Demonstrating a positive work ethic and high level of self-motivation;
  • Demonstrating a positive attitude toward peers, coaches and swimming in general.

Jodie Jordan Scott, head coach at ECA’s Camp Lejeune practice site, said Cobb’s “determination, persistence and hard work are evident to all around him.” 

He works daily to overcome the exhausting effects of two blood disorders, Von Willebrand disease and hemophilia, Jordan Scott said. He found swimming, which has allowed him to compete and be active in a non-contact sport since joining ECA in 2017.

“Within a year, Adyn advanced more quickly than most swimmers I’ve had in nine years of competitive coaching,” Jordan Scott said. “He came an hour early to practice his strokes. He stayed an hour later when homework allowed. He constantly asked to swim, and I had the honor of watching him fall in love with the sport.”  

 

Cobb is now a member of the senior practice group. “His leadership skills are emerging. He welcomes new swimmers and their families with kindness and treats everyone on the team with equal friendliness,” Jordan Scott said. “Adyn is now also volunteering with our team to help the smallest and newest swimmers, and I am grateful to have him in this capacity.”

Cobb is a freshman at Southwest High School. He is the son of Nickie and Brandon Cobb of Jacksonville.

Cobb is the second swimmer from ECA to receive the Craver Award. Elena Williamson of Greenville received the award in 2013 after she overcame emergency brain surgery to remove a tumor and returned to swimming at age 10.