WATERTOWN - Just ahead of COVID-19 outbreak, the Watertown Recreation Swim Team closed the books in it’s 48th season, but one of the victims of the outbreak was the team’s annual awards dinner.

Fear not; your communnity newspaper is here to fill the void and showcase this wonderful program in our town and all the hard work the swimmers put into the season.

“Congratulations to all our swimmers as we conclude our 2019-2020 season,” said WRST Booster Club President Nancy Picard.

“My compliments to Coach Tom Currier and his team of coaches, in bringing us another good season full of growth and excitement in and out of the water. The Booster Club Board would notably like to thank Coach Korin Santovasi for her passion in making this swim team feel like a family, working hard and having fun, too, with the fun activities she has organized out of the pool, including movie nights and the Fitter and Faster Swimming Camp that brought past Olympians to work in our very own pool with our team!”

2019-2020 All-Star 


6 & under Girls

Liberty Labeck (2nd alternate)

6 & under Boys

Colin Currier

Carson Kranich

7-8 Girls

Elsie Bender (2nd alternate)

Eva Campbell

9-10 Girls

Julia Campbell

11-12 Boys

Nicolas DeMond

Jason Pham

13-14 Girls

Marley Burgess

Emma Conard

Sadie Tscheppe

13-14 Boys

Cristian Cortina

Alexander DeMond

Mahmoud Hafez

15 & over Girls

Emma Johnson (1st alternate)

Gabrielle Malenda

Catherine Masayda

15 & over Boys

Thomas Burgess

Robert Masayda



Emma, through many seasons with the Watertown Recreation Swim Team, has exhibited exceptional commitment and sportsmanship. It is these traits and dedication that earned Emma the honor of this most esteemed award in the eyes of her coaches and the WRST Booster Scholarship Committee. 

Emma will accompany an influential list of past recipients by having her name permanently displayed on a plaque at the Watertown Park and Recreation Office.

Being the pick of the coaches and Booster Scholarship Committee members to receive this award, presented in the memory of Douglas James Kropp is sincerely an honor of the utmost magnitude.


Jason Pham & 

Marley Burgess

Jason and Marley have displayed the highest level of dedication toward the sport of competitive swimming. To be chosen for this award is truly an honor of the highest measure. 

Jason and Marley have dedicated themselves to many seasons of swimming and have shown the true meaning of commitment and team work.

Jason and Marley will now join a circle of elite swimmers. In doing so, their names will be permanently displayed on a plaque at the Watertown Park and Recreation Office in acknowledgement of this most impressive accomplishment.

William & Anne Knox Scholarship

Catherine Masayda

Catherine Masayda has been a member of the Watertown Recreational Swim Team since she was seven years old. While on the team, she has received the Most Improved Award, Coaches’ Award, Charles A. Maxwell Award, and Most Valuable and has competed in many All-Star competitions.

Catherine has also competed on the USS Swim Team, Yankee Clippers, during the 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 seasons.

For two years Catherine has been a part of Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary. One of the organization’s missions is to support America’s communities with the development of today’s youth. 

Within the Civil Air Patrol she is in the leadership position of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant, leading cadets and teaching classes on CAP core values including aerospace and emergency services.

Catherine is home educated and has supplemented her high school education through classes at Naugatuck Valley Community College. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant. Catherine has been accepted in the nursing programs of Assumption College, University of Saint Joseph, Mount Saint Mary College, and Our Lady of the Elms.


WRST also said goodbye and good luck to seniors Catherine Masayda, Sarah Jacovino, Irene Pham, and Mathew Pieger, who are moving onto the next phase of their lives.

“They have each been an inspiration to our team and have become great role models to all swimmers on the team who will be truly missed”, the organization said. 

“We would like to congratulate this season’s seniors and wish them best of luck on their future endeavors.”

Along with head coaches Tom Currier and Korin Santovasi, the team was ably handled by top assistants Holly Hanecak, Holly Blye, Nate Hintz, Hannah Snyder-Gambini and Kara Currier.   

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