Sault Ste Marie’s Erin Lee Wins Multiple 2015 SSMAC Awards

SSMACThe 17 year old graduating SSMAC athlete Erin Lee won three awards this past Thursday, June 18th at the SSMAC banquet and awards presentation. The thirteen year club veteran won the female SSMAC president award for the highest scoring FINA point performance with the 200 freestyle LCM (577 points).

17 year old graduating SSMAC athlete, Paul Widgett won the male SSMAC president award with his performance in the 100 freestyle LCM (628), established at the Eastern Canadian Championships, earlier this year. Erin Lee was also honoured with the Hui Lee Award for sportsmanship, leadership and team spirit. Erin follows a family tradition, with older sibling Steven Lee winning this same award in consecutive years.

Erin was also awarded a SSMAC ring, distinguishing her along with team mates Tyler Smith, Widgett, Kris Langevin, and Sarah Gelmych as outstanding senior members of the SSMAC graduating class. 18 year old Sarah Gelmych, was also awarded the Shannon Hazleton memorial award for dedication, perseverance, and excellence.

This is the second year for this award named  after Hazleton, an 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier for SSMAC, a University of Toledo NCAA swimmer and graduate. Shannon had also distinguished herself as a multiple SSMAC record holder and a NEOR record holder.

Most improved swimmers for 2014-2015 were 13 year old standout Alec Seccarrecia and 9 year old rising star, Olivia Spadafora. Each swimmer was presented with a SSMAC pin representing their year(s) of participation and a final award for the evening was provided to two outstanding club volunteers: Tricia Gelmych and Cora Severini.

SSMAC is competing in two additional meets this month, the Ontario Summer Festival championships in London and the 2015 Provincial Championships in Nepean, Ontario. The SSMAC coaching team is extremely pleased with a successful season and are commencing planning for the 2015-2016 competitive season.