The Long Beach High School swim meet, on the evening of Jan. 24, became a cause for special celebration, as the district honored varsity swimming coach Woody Davis, who started his storied career as a swim coach 50 years ago. At the conclusion of the meet against South Side, Port Washington and Roslyn, the team surprised Coach Davis with a blanket highlighting his 50 years of service. Assistant Coach John Skudin awarded him with a plaque recognizing him for his devoted service to generations of student-athletes. His wife, Ginny, who has been by his side throughout his career, was presented with flowers. The festivities ended with two cakes, aptly shaped to form the number 50.
“Not every swimmer won in the water, but swimming for Woody made you a winner,” said Coach Skudin, who has worked side by side with Coach Davis for many years.