2010 Special Award of Recognition
Roger began his officiating career as a YMCA official in Ohio and upon moving his family to Rhode Island in 1988 became involved as a parent volunteer at the East Bay Aquatic Club. He became a United States Swimming official in 1990 and became Nationally certified in 1993. In addition to officiating, Roger developed an expertise for meet management. In the early days at Kendbrin Swim and Tennis Club and East Bay Aquatic Club, Roger would hand enter, sort data, and tabulate results by hand. Eventually the East Bay Aquatic Club, coached by Sandy Gorham (inducted 1994), the club was able to afford a timing system and operations became automated. Using HyTech software, Roger became an expert in computer operations for entering, operating,, and tabulating results.
Roger’s ability to manage well run swim meets resulted in his directing many of the major events in Rhode Island Swimming. To his credit, Roger has run the Narragansett Swim League annual summer championships, the USS meets sponsored by East Bay Aquatic Club, many USS meets sponsored by the Squid’s team coached by Josh Stern, the Rhode Island aand Massachusetts (RIMA) area championship meets, all the Rhode Island Interscholastic Boys and Girls Invitational and Championship meets for the last decade, the New England Interscholastic Championship Meet annually, and assisted at two Eastern Collegiate Conference swim meets at Harvard.
It should also be noted that Roger and his wife Sheryl teamed to raise four wonderful children in the Rhode Island swimming world. Mark, Jenny, Sarah, and Ross all excelled as age group swimmers and continued their successful careers as swimmers onto the collegiate scene. Today the Mooney family activity continues to support RI swimming as competitors, coaches, and volunteers.
It is an honor for the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame to present Roger Mooney with this year’s Distinguished Service to Aquatics award.