Catholic AD honored for years of service
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic athletic director Kevin Christmas was honored last week for his 25 years of service to the South Charlotte school.
At a recent baseball game, Christmas was presented with the North Carolina Laurel Wreath Award and with the dedication of a “Christmas Gate.”
The Laurel Wreath Award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach or influence within the fraternal world according to their mission statement.
Christmas has coached a number of sports including football and baseball.
Berens enshrined in Univ. of Texas Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE – Former South Meck swimmer Ricky Berens was enshrined in the University of Texas Hall of Fame for his distinguished career in the pool.
At Texas, Berens was a 20-time NCAA All-American, a member of two NCAA champion Longhorn relay team and a big factor in the 2010 NCAA title-winning Texas team.
At the 2008 summer Olympics, Berens won gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay teaming with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay. That foursome set a new world record of 6:58.56.
At the 2012 summer Olympics, Berens won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, together with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Phelps.
Berens also broke the American record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:31.31) in 2013.
Berens’ mom, Leslie, coaches the South Meck boys.