Dara Torres to Accept 2014 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
Five time Olympian Dara Torres who won three Olympic Silver medals in the 2008 Beijing Games at age 41 will add one more Silver Award to her collection come January. The twelve-time Olympic medalist and nine-time NCAA Champion will travel to San Diego, California to accept the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The annual award recognizes former student-athletes who stand out among the others in their class and is given to the recipients on the twenty fifth anniversary of the end of their college athletics career. Five other former student-athletes will join Dara in receiving the prestigious award; those five include football players Troy Aikman, Rodney Peete, and George Pyne, basketball player Earl Martin Phalen, and hockey player Katey Stone.
“The Silver Anniversary award means so much to me because I remember how much swimming at the University of Florida meant to me not as an individual but as a member of a great team,” Torres said. “Many of the ladies from that team are still very good friends of mine and these relationships will last my lifetime.”
During her college swimming career, Torres was a 28-tim All American, a seven-time conference title winner, a two-time SEC female swimmer of the year, winner of nine Southeastern Conference individual championships, a three time Gold medal winner at the Pan Pacific Championships and a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games. She was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 1999.
“Swimming in college and competing against some of the best athletes in the world meant so much,” Torres said in a statement. “It’s what I learned outside of the pool about being a good teammate and person, giving back and always trying to help young kids get better (that) defines the person and mother I am today.”