Coast Guard Academy Swimming and Diving assistant coach Mary Weskott was honored at her alma mater on Saturday as she was inducted into the Plainville High School Hall of Fame.
A 1995 graduate of PHS, Weskott (then Boiczyk) was a standout athlete both in the pool and in track and field all while excelling in the classroom.
Weskott was the swim team MVP in 1993 and 1994 and set individual records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. She was a record-setting member of the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams. The 200-yard medley record still stands 20 years later. Her teams tallied a 45-8 record and she qualified for the State Open and gained All-State honors all four of her years.
In track and field, Boiczyk was a four-year letter-winner and three-time state qualifier throwing both the discus and javelin. She qualified for the State Open and New England's as a senior. She earned the Best in Field Award at the Greater Bristol Open in 1995 and set a school record throwing the discus.
In the classroom, she achieved All-Academic Northwest Conference recognition all four years. She was named the Athletic Backers' Outstanding Female Athlete her senior year. Her accomplishments led to achieving Plainville High's highest honor – the William Cassidy Outstanding Athlete award – in 1995. She also won the Joseph Dehm Physical Education Award.
Boiczyk continued to participate in track and field for three of her years at Springfield College.
Never one to put athletics above academics, Boiczyk won the Springfield College Female Scholar-Athlete Award in 1999. After making the Dean's List all four years, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in physical education in 1999 and earned a Masters in special education at Southern Connecticut State University. She was the female athlete of the year for her first three years and scholar-athlete of the year as a senior.
Also in 1999, she was recognized by her professors at Springfield with the Frisbie-Weisbrod Award, emblematic of being among top senior students in physical education, athletic training, health fitness and sport management. As a junior, she was a United States Achievement Academy All-American scholar and professors bestowed the Eric Palmer Award – the most prestigious physical education student – upon her.
After graduation, Boiczyk, became a physical education teacher at Ledyard High School where she remained through 2002. She then joined the physical education faculty at the United States Coast Guard Academy and is in her 13th year as the assistant swim coach for the women's team.
She continued her athletic pursuits by competing in sprint triathlons. She was ninth in her age group in a Half Ironman Triathlon. She also participated in the Ironman Lake Placid competition, posting the third fastest time in swimming among 500 entrants. Presently, she is a member of the Masters swim team and continues to compete in local triathlons and road races while she and her husband Mark raise their three children in Quaker Hill, Conn.