DEARBORN, Michigan, September 15. USA Swimming awarded 11 different honors to its athlete, volunteer and coach members on Friday night at the USAS Convention in Dearborn, Michigan. Among those honored were Michael Phelps with the ConocoPhillips Performance of the Year and open water swimmers Chip Peterson and Erica Rose winning their respective Open Water Swimmers of the Year accolades.
Meanwhile, newly-named Olympic head coach Eddie Reese claimed the ASCA Coach Award, while Greg Cross won the Glenn S. Hummer Award for his contributions to open water swimming.
In an emotional moment, USA Swimming awarded the Athletes' Appreciation Award to Eric Namesnik. Namesnik, who was a two-time Olympic silver medalist and the head coach of the Wolverine Aquatics Club, died January 11, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. His wife, Kirsten, accepted the award.
The Disability Swimming Committee gave out two awards. Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long earned the Disability Swimmer of the Year award while Pam Redding received the Disability Swimming Service Award.
Rounding out the awards presentation, the Adolf Keifer Safety Commendation Award went to Eric Fucito and the Developmental Coach Award was given to Bill Rose. Mike Saltzstein was given the Ken Pettigrew Award, which is presented each year by the Officials’ Committee.
Saturday night, USA Swimming will honor two more recipients with the presentations of the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year Award and the USA Swimming Award.