NEW YORK, N.Y. -- At a gala event at the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, April 19, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Hall of Fame inductee and University of Michigan alum Betsey Armstrong received the James M Cooke Award as the NYAC's Athlete of the year. Armstrong shared the Award with Kayla Harrison, an NYAC member who won a world judo title in 2010.
The NYAC Athlete of the Year is
selected by the Club's Athletic Committee, the group that oversees
the NYACs elite sports programs. The evening is hosted by the
NYAC's Quarter Century Club, that group of members who have been
affiliated with the NYAC for 25 years or more.
Armstrong received the Award in recognition of her many successes with the NYAC and US teams throughout the last season, and by virtue of her designation by FINA as its female Water Polo Player of the Year. Armstrong helped the United States to Gold Medals at the FINA World League Super Final and FINA World Cup and was part of NYAC's Top 40 Gold Medal squad.
The ninth floor of the NYAC's midtown Manhattan headquarters was packed with almost 300 members and guests who arrived to acknowledge Armstrong's and Harrison's accomplishments. The NYAC's Member of the Year Award was also presented to former track and field competitor, Gerald Counihan. Armstrong received a standing ovation as she accepted her Award from Thomas Quinn, president of the Quarter Century Club. NYAC President S. Colin Neill was also among the dignitaries in attendance.
The evening was MC'd by Emmy Award winning broadcaster, Larry Rawson.