May 31, 2006
Christian Foschi graduates Navy with a degree in American Politics and Law. He was awarded the Robert E. Cowell award for 2006, given to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding swimming ability, leadership and good sportsmanship. Christian was a four-year member of the Navy sprint team and one of Navy's strongest leaders in and out of the pool. He was the anchor leg of Navy's Patriot League winning 400 free relay team which ranks sixth on Navy's top-ten performance list. Last fall Foschi was selected for Naval Special Warfare and will report to Coronado, Calif., after commissioning for BUD/s as he trains to become a Navy SEAL. To continue the great tradition that is Navy men's swimming was a great honor for Christian and he will carry the friendships and camaraderie of his teammates for a lifetime. Foschi is the son of Robert and Margaret and hails from Old Brookville, N.Y. He also considered attending Harvard, Yale, and Hawaii Pacific.
Ian Getzler is an international relations major and one of Navy's most fierce competitors in the fly and distance events. He service selected Naval Special Operations and upon graduation will work his way into the Explosive Ordinance Disposal community. Ian earned four N stars for helping Navy beat Army during each of his four year. He also ranks eighth on Navy's all-time top-ten list in the 200 butterfly event. Ian's life goals are to enjoy life as it comes. He came to Navy from Naperville, Ill., and is the son of Peter and Bernadette.
Mike Linn from Newhall, Calif., will graduate as an Oceanography major. Mike competed for four years on the Navy sprint team, setting three Lejeune Hall pool records, and six team records during his career. In 2004, Mike was named a two-time Honorable Mention All American for his performances at the NCAA Championship. He also was a USA Swimming national finalist in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, earned four N stars and was undefeated in the 50 free in Army/Navy competitions. Linn holds three of Navy's top-ten performances in the 100 fly and 100 free, two of the top-ten 50 free times and ranks first in both the 100 free and 100 fly. Mike has been selected to attend BUD/s upon graduation and will train to become a Navy SEAL. His military goals are to become a successful and respected SEAL commanding officer and to always enjoy his job and love what he does. Mike is the son of Kenny and Betsy Linn and also considered attending Washington, USC, Cal, and Auburn.
Joe Smutz, the son of Huber and Regina Smutz, is from Marriottsville, Md. He was awarded the 2006 Thompson Trophy Cup, awarded to the midshipman who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy. At Navy, Joe studied Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Navy's sprint program. He is a two-time honorable mention All-American, holds four school records, was the Patriot League swimmer of the meet in 2006, and was an EISL champion in an relay event. In addition, he was two-time finalist in the 100 free at USA Swimming national meets and ranked 23rd in the country in the 50 Meter freestyle. Joe qualified for the 2008 Olympic team trials in the 50 free and plans to continue his swimming career. He leaves Navy holding five of Navy's top-ten performances in the 50 free as well as four of the top-ten times in the 100 free. He enjoyed the honor of swimming for Navy and is proud to have been able to keep good news flowing to the Navy swimming alumni in the Fleet and Marine Corps. Joe hopes to continue his swimming as long as he can and to be a respected officer in the intelligence community. He also considered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Bucknell, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara.
Navy's 2006-07 team captain is Brad Snyder from St. Petersburg, Fla., and is the son of Michael and Valerie Snyder. While at Navy Brad studied Naval Architecture and was one of Navy's best distance and fly specialists. Brad earned four N-Stars in Army/Navy competition and as team captain led Navy to its largest margin of victory over Army. In 2004, Brad earned Second-Team All-Patriot League honors and was Navy's top finisher in the 1650 at the 2005 championships. Brad was selected for Naval special operations and will train and work in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal community upon graduation. His long-term goals include retiring after two operational tours and getting a job with the FBI. He would like to thank Navy men's swimming for four of the best years of his life. Snyder also considered attending Florida.