It’s not often a junior is named Lions Club Athlete of the Month. Then again, swimmers like Kevin Hughes – a recent winner of the award – only come around every so often.
“I was very surprised that I was chosen because seniors usually win,” said Hughes. “I’ve been part of the Rye swim team for four years, and every year we get bigger and better. Carle Fierro has been my coach since I was 7 years old and she continues to improve my performances each year.”
Hughes has been a member of the Rye boys’ swim team since 2005, and was named captain for his senior year after a dominant season in the water for the Garnets. The talented junior won the Section crown in the 500-meter freestyle, and was inches away from first in the 200-meter freestyle. He was also part of a second-place 200-meter freestyle relay team and a 200-meter IM foursome that placed third. For his efforts, Hughes earned All-League, All-Section and All-American honors.
“I was surprised with our team’s success this year because we were so young,” said Hughes. “We had a very successful season with four qualifying for States, where we all had a great time and competed well. Being able to be part of such an incredible team that is so supportive of one another is great.”
Hughes’ dedication to his schoolwork also earned him a place on the Scholastic All-American list. His name has appeared on the Honor Roll every quarter he has been at RHS, and is enrolled in AP Psychology and Economics courses. He’s an Honors history student as well.
Outside of school and the pool, Hughes works as a lifeguard at American Yacht Club and volunteers at Asphalt Green. There he teaches children to swim, and helps coach them at meets. Hughes has also dedicated time to teaching underprivileged kids to read and write through the Ward Institute.
Hughes plans on swimming at the Division 1 level, but is still unsure where he wants to go.
“I am hoping to find a college with a good balance of swimming and academics.”