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EVENT AWARDS
In all events, medals will be awarded to first through eighth places. The Point score for Individual Events are 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for first through eighth places. Relay Events receive double the individual point score award,

TEAM HIGH POINT AWARDS
There are  high point trophies for first, second and third place teams for combined team score. Trophies will also be awarded to first, second and third place high scoring teams in both boys' and girls' divisions.

DONALD C. McGEACHIN FOUNDERS TROPHY
One of the founders of the Westchester County Swimming Association, he was the Treasurer from 1929 until his death and the Clerk of Course for many years also. For Donald McGeachin, the most important aspect of the Association was the participation and enjoyment of the children. This trophy is presented to the member club scoring the highest combined swimming and diving points at the championships.

WILLIAM H. SMITH MEMORIAL TROPHY
A resident of Larchmont, William H. Smith was one of the Association's great swimmers. While at the peak of his competitive career and while serving in the Armed Forces in Europe, he was killed in action. The boys' team high point winner is the recipient of this award.

EDWARD J. MARKEY MEMORIAL TROPHY
A resident of New Rochelle, Edward J. Markey served for many years as an officer of the Association and gave generously of his time and energy to further organized swimming in the county. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1948. The girls' team high point winner is the recipient of the Edward J. Markey Memorial Trophy.

STEPHEN E. JOHNSTON AWARD
The runner up trophy in the Boys Division is named after the former coach Steve Johnston, of Harbor Island. He spent over 50 years guiding the youth of the Village of Mamaroneck, and surrounding communities. In 1976, the Village of Mamaroneck dedicated the Beach Pavilion, at Harbor Island, in his honor. Johnston was active in local politics and as a member of the Senior Citizens Pop Band until his death in 1990.

DAVE & TERRY HELLER AWARD
The runner up trophy in the Girls Division is awarded in honor of Dave and Terry Heller of Rye. Dave Heller has served as Vice President and Treasurer for the WCSA and as Head Timer, Referee, and Official since the 1980s. Terry Heller has been a fixture as one of our volunteer timers. The Heller's five children have all competed at the championships and they are looking forward to the day when their grandchildren can continue the family swimming tradition.

LEO J. BUTLER DIVING TROPHY
Awarded annually to the team with the highest combined score for all four diving events. This trophy is given in honor of Leo J. Butler. His guidance has been invaluable throughout his long service to the Association as Vice President and Chairman of Officials. 

JACK RYAN RELAY TROPHY
This trophy is awarded annually to the team with the highest combined point score for all eight relay events. This trophy is given in honor of Jack Ryan, former coach of the Orienta Beach Club and of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

INDIVIDUAL HIGH POINT AWARDS
Trophies for first and second place will be awarded  to the top two competitors in each age group in both boys' and girls' divisions. It is possible for a contestant to score in four individual events only, including diving, for a maximum of 36 points.

AL & DOT BUNCHER TROPHY
Awarded each year to the boys achieving the highest individual point score (a maximum of 36 points). This trophy is given in honor of two of our longtime officials who gave much of their time to the youth of the County of Westchester and the WCSA. Dorothy Buncher passed away in 1979 and Al in 1986.

ABBE LAHEY MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded each year to the girls achieving the highest individual point score (a maximum of 36 points). This trophy is given in honor of the late Abbe Lahey, who was associated with the Westchester Country Club, where she was active for many years.

RELAY AWARDS

JOHN J. ARCHIBALD MEMORIAL TROPHY
The 13 and under girls medley relay is named in memory of John J. Archibald who lived in Scarsdale and was a longtime member of the Orienta Beach Club. Until his untimely passing in 1979, he was an ardent supporter and official of the Westchester County Swimming Association.

DAVID E. PORTERFIELD MEMORIAL TROPHY
The boys 13 and under 200 yard medley relay is given in memory of David E. Porterfield who was raised in Larchmont and graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1964. Upon graduation he joined the Naval Reserve and volunteered for Fleet Marine service in Vietnam. David was mortally wounded in Operation Hastings and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Dave loved all sports. He swam for Larchmont Yacht and set many records. He loved the competition and action of the Counties.

PIERCE J. RYAN MEMORIAL TROPHY
In recognition of the longtime service of our former secretary, Pierce J. Ryan, of Larchmont, this trophy is awarded annually to the girls 10 & under Medley Relay champions. His interest in the Association continued long after his three children completed their swimming careers at Larchmont Shore Club. Pierce was known for his cheerful personality while a fixture as Custodian of the gate behind the starting blocks and for his reminder that "the gun is up".

PETER S. WEST MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy is awarded to the winners of the Boys 10 & under Medley Relay. Mr. West was a long time volunteer with the Association and served as its vice president for a number of years, even after his sons had completed their competitive swimming careers at the Scarsdale Golf Club.

WILLIS COOLING MEMORIAL TROPHY
This memorial trophy is awarded to the winners of the girls 17 and under 200 yard freestyle relay. Willis Cooling was one of the great swimming coaches of our time. An accepted authority and leader in the sport, his life's work was teaching swimming. He coached at Orienta Beach Club for many summers, while in the winter he made his home in Florida also teaching swimming. He contributed generously of his time and wisdom in helping the Association. He died suddenly in 1944 of a heart attack.

KEVIN CULLEN MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy is given to the winners of the 17 and under boys 200 freestyle relay i n memory of the late Kevin Cullen, who for many years swam for the Larchmont Shore Club. His untimely death occurred while he was a freshman student at Michigan University in the fall of 1975.

GERRY O'CONNOR MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy is awarded to the winning relay team in the Girls 10 & under 200 yard Freestyle Relay. Gerry realized a need for starting blocks while watching his oldest daughter swim at the Championships at Playland in the early 1970s. In 1972, he took it upon himself to build the blocks that were used for 24 years in the swimming portion of this meet.

BARBARA CUNNINGHAM LEICHTWEISS MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy is awarded in recognition of the life of Barbara Cunningham Leichtweiss to the winners of the Boys 10 & under Freestyle Relays. As a youth, Barbara was an outstanding swimmer at Harbor Island and as an adult, was the very successful coach of the Rye Y, the White Plains Middies and for many years at the Rye Golf Club. Barbara's death in March 1997 was a loss felt by the entire Westchester County swimming community.

STAN CASSIDY MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy is awarded to the winning Girls 17 and under medley relay team in honor of our former Vice President, Stan Cassidy, of Eastchester who was a dedicated official and officer of the Westchester County Swimming Association for over twenty years. Stan passed away in the summer of 1980. Until the year 2000, this trophy was awarded to both the Girls and the Boys 17 and under medley relays.

JACK AND PAT GEOGHEGAN TROPHY
The winning team of the Boys 17 and under medley relay will receive this award which is named for Jack Geoghegan, past president for 15 years of the WCSA, and his wife Pat. Both Jack and Pat devoted each summer to the smooth running of the counties for over 20 years and are still frequently seen helping out during the event.

EDWARD & REGINA RILEY TROPHY
Awarded to the winners of the Girls 13 and under 200 yd freestyle relay. This trophy is given in recognition of the long and outstanding service rendered to The Championships by the Riley family. Ed served as President of the Association and as Meet Director for over thirty years with "Reg" and their six children assisting in all administrative roles over the period.

JOHN GLOVER MEMORIAL TROPHY
The winner of the Boys 13 and under 200 yard freestyle relay is the recipient of the John Glover Memorial Award. John Glover was an all American swimmer for Dartmouth. He met an untimely death while training for the Olympics at Yale. A resident of Larchmont, he swam for Mamaroneck High School and the Larchmont Shore Club where he set many county records.

SPECIAL AWARDS

W.C.S.A. PRESIDENT'S AWARD
The President's Award is given to those individuals who have continuously donated their time and effort towards making the County Championships a success. The W.C.S.A. Executive Committee will select individuals on the merit of their contributions to the event. The award will be presented when an individual has demonstrated a significant contribution.

Recipients of the W.C.S.A. President's Awards
 
2000: Dave & Terry Heller
Pat & Jack Geoghegan
Ed & Regina Riley
Marge Archibald
2001: Ray Bouchard
Ro Regan
Nick Cavataro
Sandi MacDonald
John Santos
Leo Butler, Sr.
 
2002: Gil Castagna
Bill Etzel
Monique & Steve Grayson
Westchester County Department of Parks,
     Recreation and Conservation
 
2003: Karen DeSantis
Ed Gulbenkian
2004: Ray Leonardo of Leonardo & Sons
Westchester County Swimming Officials
Westchester Swimming Conference
Northern Westchester Swimming Conference
 
2005: Ted Strauss
Charlie Sandorf
Dan McBride
2006: Paul Alvarez 2007: Anne Grove
John Hughes
Michael Morrissey
Greg Sims
Paul Simco
 
2008: Tony Santangelo
Judy Anker
Michael Ghitelman
 
2009: None given
2010: Joe Stout 2011: David Heller Jr.
Sue & Tom Nangle
Michael Panzarino
Mike Kissane
Fritzi & Paul McClintock
 
2012: Kevin Barry
Dave Bluvol
Lloyd Cazes
Sharon Ciccone
Bob Ellisberg
Patrick Flores
Brian McClintock
Frank Pandolfo
Wayne Pollak
Peter Soans
Barry Sullivan
Kate & Art Tiedemann
 
2013: Lake Isle Club
2014: Mary Morrissey
 
2015: