Things went swimmingly for Patrick Henry’s Shelby Stanley.
It was a mere layup for Cave Spring’s Crawford Enyart.
However, winning the 2019 B’nai B’rith Athletic and Achievement Award was really no slam dunk for either high school senior.
Stanley and Enyart took home the top honors Monday night at the 69th annual banquet, outshining nominees from 19 schools in the Roanoke and New River valleys.
Judges recognized Stanley and Enyart for their excellence in three areas — athletics, academics and citizenship.
For both, the road to the top was far from easy.
Stanley, who was a member of four VHSL Class 5 girls swimming state championship teams at PH and a two-time state runner-up in the 200 individual medley, put in countless hours of work perfecting her craft.
“I swim year-round so that’s 11 months of the year,” she said. “I’m up at 4:30 a.m. three times a week. Saturdays are 6:30. I’m in the pool every afternoon after school as well. Sometimes we get Sundays off.
“It’s over 20 hours a week combined in the pool and lifting [weights].”
Stanley, who was part of two state championship relay teams, will swim next year at Davidson College.
Stanley has been a volunteer swim coach at local Elks Lodge No. 197. Out of the pool, she is a member of the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School youth advisory board.
“I do a lot with my church youth group and the youth advisory,” she said. “That kind of keeps my head clear of the chlorine for a little while.”
Stanley followed 2018 male winner Henry Harmon of PH to the podium.
“One of my best friends knew the boy that won it last year from PH, so that was obviously a big deal going around the school.
“Today, I didn’t even know anyone else who was coming except for the PH boy. My aunt texted me that it was in the paper, so I scoured around to find Page 8 from the paper to see who else was coming.”
Enyart became the sixth male from Cave Spring since 2002 to win the award — presented by the Israel Friedlander Lodge of Roanoke.
He followed 2018 female winner Reagan Delp of Cave Spring, giving the Knights and Patrick Henry a two-year sweep of the top awards.
A first-team VHSL Class 3 all-state basketball player, Enyart will report next month to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Enyart also was the recipient of the Artie Levin Personal Life Award, which goes to the nominee who scores the highest in the citizenship category.
The Cave Spring senior is the president and founder of a nonprofit called Project 4Ten, which recently served children at La Casa De Mi Padre Orphange in El Salvador.
“It’s based off the Bible verse, First Peter 4:10, which is ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” Enyart said.
“My friends and I, we all know we’ve been blessed. We live in an area where we have access to sports and schooling and … great parents. That Bible verse spoke to us. We have a responsibility to go share our gifts with other people.”
Enyart is hoping his charity will have smooth sailing once he departs for Annapolis.
“That’s what I’m working on now,” he said. “Everyone in Project 4Ten is a member of a high school. We were able to self-fund the trip.
“We’re trying to build a legacy.”