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LYNN — The Lynn Tech swim team finally got to celebrate its shortened 2021 season with a bang, as coaches John Hogan and Rich Bucko hosted the team’s annual swim banquet/cookout over the weekend. The annual Tech tradition has taken place for more than 40 years now, returning after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the highlights of the day was when the team honored longtime coach Brad Tilley, who retired following the 2019-20 season after 44 years as a swim coach in the city — 32 of them exclusively at Tech. The Tigers will now give out an award each year called the Tilley Cup, which will go to the swimmer with the top attendance each season.
The first winner of the Tilley Cup is Mario Rivera, who has also been named a team captain for next season.
The rest of next year’s team captains were also named, as Rivera will be joined by Colin Donovan, Kyle Lindquist, Melanie Bermudez and Brooke McDonell.
Finally, the Tigers — who finished the shortened season at a perfect 4-0 — named their co-MVPs for the year. Tech’s winners were a mix of old and new, as senior captain Liam Donovan and eighth-grader Zakariya Bidoudane shared the honor.
Rivera and Bermudez each earned the Coaches Award, while McDonell and Trevor Powers each earned the Blue and White Award. Victoria Hong and Jeremiah Arzola each earned the Student-Athlete Award, Sabrina Hong and Alberto Gerardo each earned the Most Improved Award and Lee Lewis earned the Diving Coaches Award. The Peter A. Sawin Unsung Hero Award went to both Sabrina Hong and Rashaud Newhall, while Donovan, Victoria Hong and Jeffrey Bucko earned the Tiger Award.
As for the coming winter, the Tigers are looking forward to what will hopefully be a more normal season in 2021-22.
Liam Donovan was named a co-MVP for the Lynn Tech swim team this year. (Item File Photo)
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