WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Catholic University swimming and diving team honored senior Sam Hicks and junior Jacquelyn Bouvier with the first Christopher Crafa Award on Sunday evening at the DuFour Center.
The award honors Chris Crafa, a junior mechanical engineering major and member of the men's swimming and diving team at Catholic, who died of a sudden cardiac event on January 1 near his home in Garden City, New York. He was 20 years old.
Established by his parents Lorilee and Joe, this was the first presentation of the award that will be conferred annually to a Catholic University swimmer or diver who demonstrates the qualities that Chris displayed throughout his life – selflessness and dedication to his team above the individual, combined with a work ethic, competitive spirit and drive to succeed few could match.
Catholic won three straight Landmark Conference championships in the three years Crafa was on the team.
"Jackie and Sam both embody the characteristics that made Chris such a special and valuable member of our team," Waas said. "They are worthy recipients of this honor."
From the Award Certificate: Awarded to a Catholic swimmer or diver who demonstrates the qualities Christopher displayed throughout his life – selflessness and dedication to his team above the individual, combined with a work ethic, competitive spirit and drive to succeed few could match. Chris believed that you rise and fall as a team, and every teammate is valuable. Chris also knew how to make the sport fun, and to enjoy the ride. His spirit lives on through these awardees and their teammates.