McMenamin Award

History of the Award

Eileen McMenamin was a much-loved local swimmer who lost her life at a young age.  Dave Krotiak, her coach at the time, created this award to memorialize and honor her.

 The Eileen McMenamin Award is given in her memory to a male or female FMC Aquatic swimmer who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, best symbolizes the traits that Eileen herself possessed.  The recipient of this award need not be an outstanding swimmer, but will demonstrate the qualities of spirit, support, tenacity and selflessness which typified Eileen. 

Team Spirit – be supportive of team members through their successes and set-backs; be positive in attitude and supportive of the leadership provided by captains and coaches. 

 Reliability & Commitment – comes to practice consistently and uses the time to effectively improve. Exemplifies the concept that improvement comes from hard work and sacrifice. 

 Friendship – demonstrates and values the bonds which develop among swimmers.  Models the qualities of friendship to teammates and has earned the respect and admiration of his/her fellow swimmers.


The swimmer selected to receive this award will be a special person who exemplifies the gifts which Eileen possessed.  The winner will receive an individual plaque and a copy of the selection criteria.  His or her name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque which will be displayed in the FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park’s trophy case.