PCDS Athletic Hall of Fame 2012-13 Inductees
Farley Weiss ‘81
Michaela Skloven ‘02
Blake Lewkowitz ‘07
1987 Softball Team State Champions
The fifth annual PCDS Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony honored three outstanding individual athletes, a championship team, and a longtime coach as part of a spring weekend of festivities. The ceremony, formerly a fall event, was moved to April to be part of a weekend of events that brought parents, faculty and staff, and alumni to campus.
As in the past, the honored athletes were chosen based on several criteria including the significant impact they made on the PCDS athletic program, the recognition they received for their achievements locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally, and their character, leadership, and dedication.
Presiding over the ceremony were PCDS Director of Athletics Shane Lewis and Associate Athletic Director Bob Kosower, who introduced honorees Farley Weiss ’81, Mike Maczuga and the state championship softball team. Coach Maczuga introduced his former swim team standout Blake Lewkowitz ’07, and diving coach Kristin Pruett honored Michaela Skloven ’02. Ms. Skloven was unable to attend, so the award was accepted by her mother, Marti Skloven, PCDS School Nurse.
Next year’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 26, at 4 pm, in the gym.
Farley Weiss ’81 actually won his first state singles title as a 7th-grader. The following year the rules were changed so that only students in grades 9-12 could compete for state titles. He went on to set both state and PCDS records by winning five state singles championships (and because of the rule change, those records will never be broken). While in middle and high school, Mr. Weiss ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. in the 12, 14, 16, and 18 and under divisions. In addition, he received the Sportsmanship Award for the Southwest Region as a senior. Mr. Weiss continued that success in college at both ASU and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was one of the top players. In his one full year on the pro tour after college, he was world- ranked 736 in singles and 713 in doubles. “Farley was a student-athlete who was talented and represented himself and our school with class and dignity,” Bob Kosower said during the ceremony. “Developing as a person is really what this whole PCDS athletic experience is about, and Farley Weiss did just that.” Mr. Weiss is a successful attorney with Weiss & Moy P.C., a patent, trademark, and copyright firm in Scottsdale.
Michaela Skloven ’02 was a former Elite gymnast (the top competition level) whose hard work helped her make the move to diving success very quickly. According to Coach Kristin Pruett, “By the time her first season of high school diving started, she was a star in the diving world.” Among her high school achievements: undefeated in four years of dual meets; two-time 4A state champion; 4A Diver of the Year in 2001; both 11-dive and 6-dive PCDS record holder; three-time All-American; and six-time National Qualifier in U.S. diving, making the podium three times. Ms. Pruett was quick to add that Ms. Skloven was “much more than a list of achievements. All 4 years, even as a freshman, she guided, mentored, helped, and cheered on her teammates. She was always a fantastic teammate and friend to all divers.” She went on to compete at Division 1 Stanford University, specializing in platform diving, and qualified for NCAA competition her freshman year. After graduating from Stanford, Ms. Skloven attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and has since worked as a chef in the kitchens of Gramercy Tavern, Per Se, Daniel, and now as the sous chef at Franny’s in Brooklyn.
Blake Lewkowitz ’07 was destined for greatness in the PCDS pool—he swam his first club meet at age three and his first competitive meet with the Arizona Marlins at four. In high school, his dedication to training and being the best was fierce: As part of his training regimen, he swam every heat of every event during swim meets. (Only two events counted officially for PCDS in dual meets; the others were for time as an exhibition swim). As a result, he set or broke every PCDS boys’ swimming record except the 100-yard breaststroke. Among his other PCDS achievements: undefeated in four years of dual meets; six-time high school state champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle; team captain sophomore, junior, and senior years; four-time high school All-American; U.S. Junior National Qualifier; and National Club Swim Association All-American. His success continued at Harvard, where he was a four-year letter-winner and in the top ten fastest all time for his three events: 200- and 500-yard freestyle and the mile. He also was an NCAA Championships Qualifier and two-time Collegiate Academic All-American. Mr. Lewkowitz currently works as an Associate Merchant at Abercrombie and Fitch Corporate Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, as Brand Lead for Men’s Polos and Henleys.
Mike Maczuga has coached swimming at PCDS for 30 years. Said Bob Kosower, “Shane and I are proud that Mike is still our coach because he has the qualities that we want in every coach: caring and dedication to our athletes.” Mr. Kosower noted that PCDS swim teams often compete against schools of 1,500 or more students, yet their results are very impressive. Among the highlights: 2012 and 2013 girls’ teams were Division III state champions and runners-up in 2008-2011; over 200 wins in 300 career boys’ and girls’ dual meets; and eight undefeated seasons. Coach Maczuga has coached 12 All-Americans at PCDS, and many PCDS swimmers have gone on to swim at Division I college programs such as Yale, Harvard, Michigan, USC, and Stanford, as well as small schools such as Amherst and Emory.
The 1987 softball team was the first PCDS team to win a state championship while a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The team won the championship game with a final-inning, come-from-behind victory. Their coach, Paul Schweikher, was the first coach to be inducted into the PCDS Athletic Hall of Fame. As Director of College Counseling, he will begin his 40th year at PCDS in fall 2013.