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Nathan Drake Spirit of a Barracuda Award

Honoring the memory of former Barracuda swimmer and coach, the Nathan Drake award is presented at the conclusion of each season. This very special award is given to the Barracuda who exemplifies the spirit of Nathan Drake and the qualities of character he brought to the team. He demonstrated commitment, dependability, a positive attitude and above all, respect... Respect for the team, respect for his teammates, respect for the sport, and respect for swim team competitors.

Nathan joined the Barracudas as a young boy and was a dedicated member of the team, always striving to be the best swimmer and teammate he could be. As soon as he was eligible, Nathan stepped into and embraced the role of coaching, providing mentorship and guidance to younger Barracuda swimmers. Nathan always had a smile and positive attitude ready to share, and worked hard to ensure every swimmer knew they were a vital and valued member of the team. Nathan was loved and respected by everyone who knew him and he left a huge hole in our community.


In March of 2012 at the young age of 21, Nathan lost his life after a sudden and devastating illness. The Nathan Drake Memorial Fund was set up by the Barracudas swim team to help sponsor swimmers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to swim. When you donate to this fund, you are a part of continuing his legacy of helping neighborhood kids enjoy something he truly enjoyed.

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Award Recipients

2022 Elise Accardo

2021 Charlie Goodman

2019 Jayden Ahorukomeye

2018 David Collum

2017 Kevin Williams

2016 James Patrick "JP" McCann

2015 Nick Farley

2014 Juan Rios

2013 Daniel Veiga

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Professional photos courtesy of and published with permission of R Scott Jackson Photography

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