The 2018 NCS Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night, October 6, at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh. It was a special evening highlighted by a fun and inspiring speech by Olympic Silver medalist and awesome guest speaker, Kristy Kowal.
Earlier in the day Kowal conducted a clinic at the Triangle Aquatic Center for NCS All Star swimmers. She was a huge hit with the kids and later greeted an enthusiastic group of nearly 300 athletes, parents, coaches, and officials for an autograph session at McKimmon prior to the banquet.
After a brief welcome by NCS General Chair Dave Olack, the entire audience sang Happy Birthday to our special guest. Individual achievements by some of NCS’s top swimmers played on the screen throughout the dinner. Dinner was followed by Kristy Kowal’s inspirational story of how an average swimmer became a world champion and Olympic medalist.
Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Watson did his usual masterful job of announcing the NCS award recipients. Top Five Caps and All Star towels were presented to those swimmers in attendance. (Top Five and All Star swimmers not in attendance will receive caps and towels from their clubs.) Several special awards were also presented and are listed below. Congratulations to all NCS award recipients!
|Age Group Swimmer of the Year (Highest National Ranking by NCS Athlete)|
|Open Water Swimmer of the Year|
|Willis Casey Award (Top International Ranking by NCS athlete)|
|Andy Craver Determination Award|
|Age Group Coach of the Year|
|Franke Bell Senior Coach of the Year|
|NCS Team of the Year|
|Phillips 66 Service Award|