2019 AWARD WINNERS HONORED AT THE AWARDS BANQUET

Don Henshaw

FLORIDA SWIMMING OFFICIALS & LEGENDS OF FLORIDA RECIPIENTS

 

Florida Swimming awards annually, to deserving officials, the Fred Cruciger and Al Soltis Awards.  These awards are determined by a vote taken within the community of Florida Swimming officials.  The Cruciger award is given to any official regardless of their level of certification and the Soltis award is given to a Stroke & Turn official.

Both awards recognize officials who are professional, helpful, fair and consistent, knowledgeable and patient.  They are officials who are looked up to because of their willingness to help, their positive attitude and their value to Florida Swimming.

 

This year the recipient of the Fred Cruciger award is Susan Nesper.  

 

The recipient of the Al Soltis award is Anya Keogh.

 

Congratulations to both of these officials.

 

 

LEGENDS OF FLORIDA – CLASS OF 2019

 

Official

This year a long serving, now retired, official was also recognized and has been nominated into the Florida Swimming Hall of Fame as a Legend of Florida Swimming.  Grady Steele served as an official from the early days of Florida Swimming both at Navy Jax and The Bolles School.  Grady mentored many officials throughout Florida and was always good for a story and a laugh at local and LSC Championship meets.  Grady can still be seen serving as a timer at the University of Florida although his officiating days have come to a close.  

 

Athletes

Trina Jackson - 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist. Olympic Record holder in the 4 x 200 Free relay. Trina swam for the Bolles school in Jacksonville. She won 6 FHSAA State titles. She was Swimming World’s High School swimmer of the year in 1994. Trina swam for the University of Arizona and was a 15-time All-American selection. She took home the NCAA title in the 1650 freestyle in both 1997 and 1998, and she was a three time Pac-10 champion. Trina was also a member of the NCAA Championship 800 freestyle relay team in both 1998 and 2000.

 

Scott Tucker - 1996 Olympic Gold Medlaist & 2000 Olympic Silver medalist. He is a former World Record holder in the 4 x 200 Free Relay. Scott swam for WFLA in Largo. He won 3 FHSAA State titles and swam for Auburn University

 

Derek Weatherford – American Record holder in the 200 yard Backstroke in 1991.  Stanford University standout from Ft. Meyers, FL and swam for Swim Florida. He won 3 FHSAA State titles 

 

Coaches

Jackson “Skip” Foster – Coach Foster was a University of Florida coach for over He also was at Winter Park High School and won nine state championships.

 

Wes Nott – Legendary swim Coach in Ft. Myers from 1945-1974. Has a statue at a park named after him.

 

ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS