Swim Hall of Fame Selects Seven for Induction

 

Seven new members will be inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in ceremonies to be held at its thirty-eighth annual dinner May 1, 2021 at the Quonset O Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Three inductees were outstanding competitive swimmers during their careers and four were outstanding competitors and coaches over their many years of participation in aquatics.  Those slated for induction are:

Jeff Allen taught swimming, coached and directed many aquatic programs here in Rhode Island, Connecticut and elsewhere and has demonstrated extraordinary talent as a teacher, coach, and administrator of competitive swimming and aquatic programs for over thirty-five years.

David Andersen was a member of the Cranston High School swim dynasty of the 1960’s coached by Ed Golden.  Dave attended Cranston East High School (1959-1963) and Southern Connecticut State College (1963-1967). 

David Collins grew up in East Providence and attended East Providence High School.  He started swimming competitively at the age of 12 for the Pawtucket Boys Club coached by Ellis Mayers. David swam for the Grist Mill Swim Club during the summer months.  As an East Providence High School swimmer Dave earned All State Honors in the 200 and 400 Free Relays.  

Tony Fonseca grew up in the Greenville section of Smithfield, RI.  As an age group swimmer, Tony competed for the Little Rhody Aquatic Club, Bruin Swim Club, and Attleboro Blue Fish.  He was a New England Age Group Champion, a Zone qualifier and finalist, and a Junior National qualifier.  

Ryan Garr of South Kingstown, Rhode Island won just about every backstroke and sprint freestyle event he entered in high school and collegiate swimming.  During his age group years, Ryan competed for South Kingstown YMCA and the Ram Swim Club.  

David Hague competed in age group swimming for the Cranston Swim Club under Coach James Lynch and continued his swimming career at Western Hills Middle School and Cranston West High School.  David was an excellent age grouper, middle school, and high school swimmer. 

Jeff Miksis, a Rhode Island resident since 1999, presently resides in Cumberland.  Jeff was an outstanding swimmer at the Peddie School in New Jersey before moving to Rhode Island and enrolling as a student at Brown University.  He was an outstanding swimmer at the Peddie School and Brown University.  Jeff’s accomplishments during the last decade, as a United States Swimming coach here in Rhode Island, have been amazing.

For ticket information, contact Victor Bevilacqua at vic2468@aol.com or Ken Reall at ken_reall@yahoo.com.