In 2020, the LANES Board created the "Spirit of Casey" Award. We did so to honor a dear friend and former teammate, David Casey, who we lost in 2019. Quite simply, Casey was one of those people who we all just loved to be around. He was funny. He He was thoughtful. He could engage anyone (and everyone) in a conversation in that Boston accent of his - while talking with his hands. He showed up to every team social event and meet (even if not swimming) and made sure he could help out and that everyone was having a good time. He had the ability to make people feel welcomed and part of something. Casey's spirit lives on. And, accordingly, each year, LANES is going to honor his memory at our annual banquet with the presentation of this award.

The inaugural Spirit of Casey Award was presented to Heather Barna. Since joining the LANES family, Heather has been an incredible addition. In her role as a coach, Heather is thoughtful with her workouts and encouraging. In her role as Head Coach, Heather put in time and effort to coordinating the schedules, the workout themes, meet relays, and so much more. She also challenges us and we need it. But what is really so special about Heather is that she has this wonderful smile, calming presence and she's always there for this team.