Two members of the William Smith College swimming and diving team were honored at the annual Heron awards banquet on April 21. Sophomore Caroline Conboy was presented with the Anne Richardson Rowley ’82 Most Valuable Swimming and Diving Award for the second straight year, while fellow sophomore Kelsey Bohl received the Kelly Kisner Swimming and Diving Coach’s Award.
Conboy had a historic season in the pool for the Herons. She helped establish six new school records, eight facility records across New York, and one Liberty League record this season. Conboy was a two-time Liberty League Champion in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes, repeating as champion in the 100. At the conference championship, she recorded a NCAA “B” cut time, in the 100, her first of two this winter. At the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association meet, she had a hand in five of the six records William Smith set. Conboy was a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that broke program records and the 400 freestyle relay that broke a 29-year old school record. Individually, she set new marks in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 individual medley. Her time in the 200 breaststroke earned her a second NCAA “B” qualifying time.
Conboy, a Liberty League and UNYSCSA All-Academic honoree, also received the Hazel Nettleship Hardy ’65 Award as the William Smith student in her middle years who has contributed to the growth of William Smith Athletics.
Bohl was a member of all three Heron relay teams that broke school records this season. In December, at the Liberty League Championships, Bohl swam the freestyle leg of the 400 medley relay that lowered a 10-month-old school record to 4:05.55. Two months later at the UNYSCSA meet, the team of Katie Storch, Conboy, Samantha Burnett, and Bohl lowered their own school record time to 4:03.97. In the 200 medley relay, they broke a year old record, touching the wall with a time of 1:51.01. Also at the state meet, Bohl swam the second leg for the 400 freestyle relay team that broke a 29-year old record. Christine Rhoads, Bohl, Storch, and Conboy raced down the course in 3:39.28.
Bohl was named to the Liberty League and UNYSCSA All-Academic teams.
William Smith completed the 2014-15 season with a 10-2 record in dual meets. The Herons finished fourth at the Liberty League Championships and finished ninth at the UNYSCSA Championships. William Smith also won the Skidmore Invitational this season. It was the Herons’ ninth consecutive winning season and most wins since posting an 11-2 mark in 1994-95 season.