December 18th, 2010

Seniors Williamson, Wagner Receive Honors

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Seniors Williamson, Wagner Receive Honors
photo by Sarah Menefee

Brother Fabius Meet unites swimming teams

Notre Dame Academy's Ellen Williamson and Louisville St. Xavier’s Andrew Wagner left the Ralph Wright Natatorium this evening with more than impressive results from a swim meet.

The two seniors were honored with the Brother Fabius Award this year for their excellence in and out of the pool, service and leadership.

“It’s really great,” said Williamson. “It’s an award that’s for something more than swimming. It’s about service and academics. My high school focuses on academics, service, and athletics.”

Wagner was also delighted with the recognition during the break at the swim meet.

“It means a lot. I was surprised that I got it. We have so many great senior leaders at St.X., said Wagner. “Since I’ve gone to Catholic Grade School and Catholic High School, the need to serve others have been instilled in me.”

While most swim meets leave teams counting the score after each event, the Brother Fabius, C.F. X., Invitational does not emphasize the victory for an individual team. Rather, the spirit of the meet tributes the late Brother Fabius, C.F.X. for his dedication to the swim community.

Brother Fabius, C.F.X. founded the swim program at St.Xavier in 1946. In addition, he organized programs at Flaget High School, Manual High School and Male High School. After he retired, he worked in the lower East Side of New York City to assist children, the poor, and the elderly.

“It really adds to my fuel to be able to give back to the community,” added Wagner. “I’m looking to go to school at Florida State, Dayton and Xavier among other options, and I will continue to look to help in service projects in college.”

While the meet didn’t keep score for the events, there was still fast swimming among the Kentucky and Ohio high school teams.

On the girls side, Sacred Heart Academy’s Summer Stephens, Nikki Kauffmann and Madison Lichtefeld took home individual wins in the 200 Individual Medley, 50 Back and 100 Breaststroke, respectively. 

In regards to the guys swimming, Trinity High School’s Preston Schilling and Thomas Cooper took home wins for the Rocks in the 100 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle, respectively.

St. Xavier High School had wins as well from different athletes. A few highlights from the Tigers include victories from Danny Rindone and Michael Scheid in the 50 Butterfly and 50 Backstroke, respectively. Robert Leasure finished first in the 100 Individual Medley, and Ryan Coyne took first in the 100 Backstroke. The Tigers also found a way to first place for both the 200 Medley and Freestyle Relays.

The Brother Fabius, C.F.X., Invitational allowed swimmers to read a simple message in their heat sheets from Brother Fabius, C.F.X. to apply to their lives today: “Keep at it! Your daily activities build your future.”

Williamson added that she sees the award as a reminder to stay focused on the priorities in her daily life.

Said Williamson: “I’m going to swim for University of Virginia next year, and I know that they focus on academics and serving in different community projects there. I will continue to do what I know and what I’ve learned all along. Not much will change from the values I learned in high school.”

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