BROPHY AQUATIC CENTER: Pool gets water today!

2014-06-19
 
The Brophy Aquatics Center is having a big day today! If you’ve been watching the pool webcam on Brophy’s website, you’ll notice the plaster has been laid and it’s ready for water! The 808,000 gallon Olympic-sized swimming pool will begin filling today and will be completed by Saturday, June 21st. The swim area is 7 ft. 6 in. deep. The diving end measures out at 13 ft. and currently has two diving boards. The Kohnen Pool House has two locker rooms, a classroom, teacher/coach office and storage rooms. The Brophy Aquatic Center is on schedule for completion by the beginning of August.

From donors to Ryan Companies to Brophy’s owner’s rep, Mr. Bob Kohnen, and Brophy Facilities Director, Mrs. Sherri Stephens, countless hours were labored to make this dream a reality. Thank you all.

Watch the pool fill-in on the webcam here

Brophy alumni and current students swim to Alcatraz

Men for Others never stops.

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1984 Ashton, Marc_alcatraz swim (wp)On Sunday, September 29th, 11 Brophy students and alumni will be embarking on a historic swim from Alcatraz. The alums and students will be the sighted guides for 3 blind swimmers as they swim the 1 ½ mile channel between Alcatraz and San Francisco in 59 degree water. The three blind swimmers, including Brophy senior, Max Ashton, will be the first ever to swim the channel in Alcatraz Invitational’s 18 year history. “I want to swim Alcatraz because I want to prove to the world to not count me out just because I can’t see like everyone else. Brophy didn’t count me out. These Brophy Alumni aren’t counting me out. I hope Harvard, Stanford and Columbia won’t count me out, either.”

The idea to swim Alcatraz came from Alumni Jim Drake ’84 who, after guiding a 12-year-old blind student rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon in 2010, knew blind students could swim Alcatraz. “I swam it in 2009. I knew if a blind student could do Rim to Rim in a single day, he could swim Alcatraz,” said Drake, who is now Arizona’s Assistant Secretary of State. “I pitched it to Marc Ashton and here we are.” Marc Ashton ’84 is the CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children and Max’s father. “Once Jim Drake convinced me our kids could do this, I reached out to my Brophy classmates Mike Tiffany ‘84 and Tom Palmer ‘84.” Mike Tiffany, a four-time veteran of Alcatraz, and one of Max’s sighted guides was nervous at first, “Alcatraz is hard. It’s very cold. The water is very choppy and the currents are strong, but I know Max is determined. Heck, he is the youngest blind person ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m proud to be on his team.”

“This is what Brophy instills in our students,” said Brophy Regent Tom Palmer ’84, one of Katie Cuppy’s sighted guides, “We graduated from Brophy 30 years ago, but here we are being the eyes for those without vision. Men for Others never stops.”

To follow their historic swim, please go to Foundation for Blind Children’s website www.SeeItOurWay.org

Photo left to right: Jim Drake ’84, Craig Machen ’87, Ben Drake ’17, Jim Mooney ’84, Eric Stelzer ’16, Katie Cuppy (blind swimmer), Marc Ashton ’84, Max Ashton ’14 (blind swimmer), Tom Palmer ’84 (Brophy Regent), Tanner Robinson (blind swimmer), Mike Tiffany ’84, Ed Hendricks ’87, Jim Stelzer ‘84

Alex Lendrum ’09 named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete

2009 lendrum Pac-12 scholar athleteUSC’s Alex Lendrum was named the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Wednesday at the Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Washington. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

Lendrum, a biochemistry major, boasts a 3.76 cumulative GPA and has qualified for the Dean’s List every semester of his college career. In 2012, he was named to CoSIDA’s Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and All-District-8 First Team. He was a Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection in 2011 and 2012 and was a 2012 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-American. Lendrum is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med honorary fraternity as well as the Golden Key International honor society. He earned the USC David X. Marks Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in
2011 and 2012.

He was a captain for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and placed sixth in the 200-yard back and 14th in the 200-yard IM at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

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