Matt Pierce and his family were active members of the Plainview Swim & Dive Team during the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Matt knew what it meant to be a team member.
He didn’t always swim the fastest, but he was always the smiling face that cheered you on. He encouraged you after a DQ, he gave you high fives to little kids after
their first IM, and he was a friend to all that knew him. He and his family loved being a part of the Plainview Swim and Drive Team Family.
On October 17th, 1988 while on his way to St. Xavier High School, Matt was killed in an auto accident. Matt was 15 years old. The Plainview family was devastated.
In his memory a “friendship tree” was planted beside the bike rack at the Plainview Pool where it still grows today. To help remember Matt, the swim and drive tem wanted
to recognize Matt’s spirit with an annual award. In the summer following his death the Matt Pierce Spirit of Plainview Award was started. This award has been given out every
year since 1989. The award is unique in that it is the only award give by the team members to another team member who is a 17 to 18 year old swimmer. All swimmers 11 and
older get to vote. There is a plaque hanging in the Plainview Swim & Dive office that lists all of the people who have received this very special award.
This award would make Matt proud; it isn’t given to the fastest swimmer or the highest point earner but IS given to what counts the most, the person who made the most significant
contribution to the Plainview Swim & Dive TEAM Family.
This award is one of the many reasons that we are not just a swim & dive team, but a family that lives on past your time at the pool.