Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame to Honor Six at Annual Dinner
Six outstanding individuals will be honored by the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame at its thirty-fourth annual dinner on Saturday evening, May 9, 2015 at the Quidnessett Country Club. Outstanding swimmers Andrew Cardillo, Jeff Lenihan, Sam Peck, Paul Phillips, Colin Shannahan, and Edward Vilandrie will be inducted.
Andrew Cardillo was an outstanding Rhode Island Age Group Swimmer often winning RI Junior League All Star backstroke and butterfly events. As a member of the East Side YMCA, Andrew was honored with the East Side YMCA Mind, Body, and Spirit Award. At the United States Swimming level Andrew earned New England top ten finish standings on numerous occasions in multiple events while swimming for the Cumberland Area Swim Team. He was a member of the New England Long Course Zone team. During his high school years Andrew competed for the Hendricken High School Swim Team where he was named Captain in his senior year. During all of his four years the Hawks won the Rhode Island Interscholastic State Championships. In his junior and senior years, Andrew was the 200 yard individual medley champion, the 100 yard butterfly champion, and a member of both winning relays and broke the Rhode Island State Interscholastic 100 yard butterfly record during his senior year. In 1995 Andrew was named the Rhode Island Interscholastic Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year. After high school Andrew attended Northeastern University where he was offered the choice of an academic or athletic scholarship.
Jeffrey Lenihan has been involved in various aspects of aquatics – from swimmer to lifeguard to the decorated coach of LaSalle Academy. Beginning his swimming career at the Westerly YMCA, Jeff earned varsity letters as well as All Division honors during high school at St Bernard where he was chosen as the 1986 Most Valuable Swimmer. For more than 30 years, Jeff has been involved with lifeguarding; serving as a lifeguard and surf captain, an American Red Cross lifeguard training instructor, the RI Lifeguard tournament director, not to mention winner of countless awards for swimming and rowing competitions during lifeguard tournaments. Jeff has worked as an assistant coach for the Providence Boys & Girls Club swim team for the last 15 years training both novice swimmers as well as multiple RIMA All-Star swimmers. Coach Lenihan is probably best known for leading the LaSalle Rams to 5 girls State Championships (2008 – 2012) including 4 undefeated dual meet seasons! Since taking command of the LaSalle swim program in 2001, Coach has also claimed numerous Division Championship titles. In 2011, Jeff received the prestigious NISCA David H. Robinson Excellence in Coaching Award – one of only five RI coaches to have earned this honor!!! That same year the LaSalle Rams were chosen as the recipients of the Paul Rossi Sportsmanship Award for outstanding team spirit and conduct.
Sam Peck competed as an Age Group Swimmer at East Side YMCA and later at the East Bay Aquatic Club (EBAC). Sam was a top ten finisher in both YMCA regional championship events and the New England Age Group rankings. Representing EBAC, Sam was a United States Swimming (USS) National Junior qualifier and participant. During high school Sam competed as an independent swimmer from Hope High School. Sam won the state championship title in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle events while being the only swimmer to represent the Blue Wave during his high school years. After high school, Sam attended the University of Rhode Island and set university records in the 16500 yard freestyle, the 1000 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle events. His 500 yard freestyle record still stands today. He also set a new University record in the 400 yard individual medley. Sam was an Atlantic10 Finalist all four years, earned the team High Point Award all four years, and was team captain during his senior year. Upon graduation, Sam then became an Assistant Swimming Coach at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Phillips was one of the first swimmers from the North Providence area to excel in coaching and competitive swimming since the construction of the Lou Cimini Swimming Center. In his early years, Paul competed for the Little Rhody Aquatic Club. When North Providence built a new facility allowing the high school to start a competitive swim team, Paul participated on the team. Representing the Cougars, he earned Journal Bulletin and Coaches Association All State honors in the 100 yard butterfly, and was named by the Rhode Island Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association as the 1991 Interscholastic Swimmer of the Year. After high school Paul attended Brandeis University and became a university record holder and was named Captain of the team during his senior year. Upon graduation from Brandeis Paul returned to Rhode Island and became the head coach of the Lincoln High School team and the Cumberland Lincoln Boys Club swim team. His Lincoln High School girls’ team won the Interscholastic Championship during his tenure. In 2002 he was named the Rhode Island and Massachusetts (RIMA) Coach of the Year. Presently, Paul is the coach of Clark University and in 2011 was named the New England (NEWMAC) coach of the year.
Colin Shannahan began his swimming career at the Cumberland Lincoln Boys (CLBC) and Girls Club. In 1996 he was honored with the CLBC Youth of the Year Award. His high school years were spent at Lincoln High School. While competing for the Lions, Colin was named to the All State Team all four years. He won the State Championship title in the 200 yard and 500 yard freestyle during his junior and senior years and held the state record in both events for the next ten (10) years. The Jack Gleason Outstanding Swimmer Award, the Lincoln High School Outstanding Athlete Award, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic Swimmer of the Year Award were three honors he received during 1998. His United States Swimming career continued at the East Bay Aquatic Club (EBAC) and the Attleboro Blue Fish (ABF). His Masters swimming career was with Swim RI and New England Masters. During his time at EBAC and ABF Colin qualified for Junior Nationals. After high school, Colin attended Columbia University and competed all four years earning a letter all four years. He was a member of the Columbia University record setting 200 yard freestyle relay. After graduating from Columbia, Colin became the Assistant Coach of Swimming at the University of Rhode Island (2003 -2011). In 2011 Colin was named Head Coach of Wagner University. He won the school's first conference (NEC) championship in 2014 and was named coach of the year in both 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he had his first qualifier for the Division 1 NCAA Championships.
Edward Vilandrie began his swimming career at the Smithfield YMCA and then later with the Little Rhody Aquatic Club (LRAC). At LRAC Ed was a Rhode Island Age Group champion in multiple events. Representing the Sher-Le-Mon Swim team Ed was an All Pool Meet champion. In the 13 and 14 age group Ed won the New England Long Course 200 yard backstroke championship. He attended Hendricken High School and won the 100 yard backstroke title and second team All State Honors all three years. The Providence Journal named him the High School Sportsman of the Year in 1991. Ed attended Brown University after graduating from Hendricken. He excelled in both swimming and water polo. His Water Polo accomplishments include being selected for the National Development Water Polo Team, being a member of the 1989 Junior Olympics Water Polo Under 18 Championship Team, and being a member of the LRAC 1990 Junior National Water Polo Championship team. In addition, he competed for Brown University’s Water Polo team and was selected as their Co-Captain in his senior year. He also earned All East First Team honors. As a competitive swimmer at Brown, Ed qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Championships in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard backstroke. After graduating from Brown, Ed continued to compete at the Masters level in Water Polo. He was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Eastern Water Polo Championship teams and the United States National Water Polo team (San Francisco, 2010). From 1999 to the present he has coached Water Polo at MIT as both an Assistant Coach and Head Coach. Using his swimming talents in water safety as well, Ed was a Narragansett Surf Guard from 1991-1994 and competed in the Rhode Island and Newport Lifeguard races winning both individual and team events.
The Annual Dinner will be held at Quidnessett Country Club on Saturday evening, May 9, 2015. For ticket information contact Ken Reall at email@example.com or 401-230-0032 or Victor Bevilacqua at 401-255-5897.
1981 - 1984 Harold Anderson
1984 - 1986 David Hanson
1986 - 1988 Michael Westkott
1988 - 1990 Ken Reall
1990 - 1992 Tom Manfredi
1992 - 1994 Joe Menard
1994 - 1996 Kevin Salsibury
1996 - 1998 Milt Franklin
1998 - 2000 Richard Burrows
2000 - 2002 John O'Neil
2002 - 2003 Joseph Perroni
2003 - 2012 Christine Hague
2012 - 2015 Matt Gilson
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