Mexican Cogswell Swimmers

Justin and Alex Cogswell FloresShown are Angel Alexander Flores Cogswell (right), age 13, and his younger brother, Justin Clemente Flores Cogswell, age 10.
Alex did nine events and Justin did six, which was all they could do in their different age categories at a meet October 31st, November 1st and 2nd.
Alex’s time in the 50 free was 28.58 that’s .26 seconds short of qualifying for the Mexican (National short course swim meet) in December 2014. Alex turned 13 in July 2014, so he is just starting out in the age 13-14 category. Alex swam his first 400 IM (Individual Medley of all four strokes), each 50 meters but didn’t do as well as he’d hoped. Unfortunately, he developed a bad chest cold two weeks prior to this three day state meet requiring antibiotics. So, he really wasn’t able to swim up to his full potential. Justin (10) placed 10th in a couple of his 10 -11 category with 75 some kids competing in his age group at this larger meet. They swam six different races a piece throughout the three day meet.
They live in a small town outside of Guadalajara, in Ajijic. Their team only has around 12 kids on the team. Most kids that compete at this level are swimming at least 2 hours a day 5 to 6 days a week. These boys swim three days a week for about 45 minutes; Saturdays they swim about 30 minutes more. Alex also does a Crossfit class twice a week to build muscles without lifting weights.
In November, Alex attended another swim meet to better his 50 freestyle since he came so close the last time. He made it in 28.09 seconds including a flip turn on a 25 meter pool, which was a qualifying time for the Mexican National meet in December for 13 & 14 age group. The Mexican National event will be in December, two hours drive from where we live and during the holidays. So, we probably won’t attend since it’s just one event, but we’re so proud of this personal accomplishment.
He has another year to stay in this bracket and hopefully will have an opportunity to qualify in the other strokes along with longer distance races as well.
In addition to swimming, Alex plays the guitar and sings in the Presbyterian Church choir with his mother (Heather Sue who is married to Miguel Angel Flores Monteon) and grandparents (Larry and Pamela Cogswell.) Justin plays the clarinet and sings in CREM, a youth orchestra and vocal group.

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Morgan Cogswell teaches in Palestine

Morgan and LiamMorgan's classMorgan Cogswell of Ottawa, Ontario, is in Ramallah where she is teaching English to a class of girls. Her boyfriend, Liam Bedard, is working with American Friends of the Middle East delivering life-saving supplies to Yezidi families who have been devastated by displacement. On their way to Palestine they visited Amman, Jordan, and had a great day at Mount Nebo (burial place of Moses), Madaba, and the Dead Sea. They also visited Aqaba and went swimming in the Red Sea. Morgan misplaced her passport but located the taxi driver and got it back. Morgan started teaching on August 7th and plans to return to Canada at the end of August.  (Morgan is in the white blouse near the center of the picture.

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Cogswells in baseball

Ed CogswellCharles Cogswell baseballBranden Cogswell isn’t the first Cogswell to play major league baseball. Edward Cogswell (left) played for the Boston Red Caps (1879), the Troy Trojans (1880) and the Worchester Ruby Legs (1882.) Charles Cogswell (right fielder lying left in picture) played for the South Bend (Indiana) Greens, in 1903.

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Branden Cogswell Begins Professional Career

Branden Cogswell slidesWith his career at Virginia now over, Branden Cogswell officially started the next chapter of his baseball career on July 3rd ¬– as a prospect in the Oakland Athletics organization. After hitting .391 at the College World Series, Cogswell decided to forego his senior season at the University of Virginia to sign with the Athletics. The A’s made Cogswell their seventh-round pick in this year’s draft. The 2011 Shen graduate flew out to Oakland on July 3rd to take his physical and sign his contract, which is essentially a $200,000 signing bonus Cogswell will receive half of the $200,000 at the end of the month and the other half by the end of the year. Along with the signing bonus, the shortstop prospect will receive a monthly salary on the minor league level he is playing in.
After California, Cogswell headed to Arizona to play with the Athletics’ rookie league team, the AZL Athletics. After a couple of weeks with the AZL Athletics, Cogswell was to begin playing with one of the Athletic’s Single-A teams, the Single-A Beloit Snappers or the Short-Season A Vermont Lake Monsters. While playing with the Lake Monsters would provide the 2011 ABCA/Rawlings High School Third-Team All-American an opportunity to play a series in the Capital Region, against the Tri-City ValleyCats, it was not Cogswell’s first choice. “I’d prefer (Beloit,) Wisconsin,” Cogswell said. “I know nobody else would, but whenever you can play at a higher level in the minor league system you take full advantage of that.”
After finding out he was heading to Beloit on July 6th, Cogswell packed up his things and hopped on a plane to join the Snappers early the next day. “July 7th, Beloit had an off day, so that was nice,” the former University of Virginia second baseman said. “It was just kind of packing up and moving in a short amount of time. It’s something I’m starting to get used to.
Shenendehowa graduate Branden Cogswell began his professional baseball career, playing for the Beloit Snappers, the full season A-ball affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. July 8th, there was his name on the line-up card “No. 2, DH, Cogswell.” He opened his pro career as a designated hitter. He went 1-4 with a single and a stolen base in his first game as a minor leaguer.
He was 1-8 through two games, and hit at the top of the order on July 9th. After playing shortstop during his sophomore season, Cogswell moved to second base, where he earned first-team all-ACC honors, but the Snappers played him at shortstop Wednesday. The A’s want to give him a long look at shortstop, however, and that’s just fine with him.
The Beloit Snappers snapped a three-game winning streak as they fell to the Burlington Bees 6-2 July 9th. Branden Cogswell hit into a groundout double play and the Snappers stranded three runners on base. Cogswell had a hit and drew two walks out of the leadoff spot July 10th, a good sign after going 1-for-8 in his first two games.
Now, not only must Cogswell adjust to professional pitching, hitting with wood bats and the daily grind of a baseball season, he must also get used to playing his home games in a modest facility in front of small crowds.

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Branden Cogswell drafted

Branden C.Branden Cogswell and the University if Virginia team lost the NCAA baseball championship to Vanderbilt losing two of the three games by scores of 9-8, 2-7 and 3-2. Cogswell was selected in the seventh round of the MLB draft by the Oakland A’s and is now free to negotiate a deal. The junior can return to Virginia for his senior season if he wants.

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Branden Cogswell named to team

branden_cogswell 2Capital Region native and University of Virginia junior second baseman Branden Cogswell was named to the first All-Atlantic Coast Conference baseball team, May 19th, along with four others from the University of Virginia team. A second team honoree last season, he is batting .291 while also combining with flashy freshman shortstop Daniel Pinero as one of the nation’s top double play units. Cogswell was a preseason All-American after a stellar 2013 campaign at shortstop, but he made the move to second this season. He’s hitting .291 while getting on base at a .398 clip. Defensively, he has a .992 fielding percentage. The Shenandoah graduate is a projected major league draft pick this year.

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Cole Cogswell

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Cole Cogswell is pictured with another Hart swimmer, Tamara Santoyo. Canyons’ Jessie Kim, Kevin Dai, Austin Barreiro and Cole Cogswell finished second in 3:23.08 in the men’s 400-yard medley relay at the American Short Course Championships in Austin Texas. Canyons’ Jessie Kim, Cole Cogswell, Kevin Dai and Ian Brower picked up the men’s 400-yard free relay title in 3:05.03 at the American Short Course Championships in Austin Texas. At the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, April 2nd, Cole Cogswell had an automatic qualifying time in his win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.30 seconds. He also had a qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly with his win in 52.29. April 16th, Cole Cogswell was on the winning swim relay team with a time of 3:14:30. He also won the 100 backstroke (time 51.74) and the 50 free (time 21.08). April 22nd, at the Santa Clara Aquatic Center, Cole Cogswell won the 200-yard freestyle with a CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic time, and 100-yard freestyle. In the 50 free, May 6th, Cole Cogswell won in 20.91 and finished the 100 back in 51.10 in the Foothill League prelims at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Cole Cogswell won the 200 free in 1:37.34 and the 100 free in 44.42. He also led off the boys 200 free relay breaking a school record (20.20) which Hart (his school) won in 1:23.22. This was in the Division 1 swim prelims in Riverside, California, May 15th. May 17th, Cole Cogswell captured the 100-yard freestyle title (an impressive personal-best 43.97) and then lead off the victorious 400 free relay in the Southern Section Division I swim finals.

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Lost Love

Stephen King moved quickly after a cancerous tumor was found on his neck. He proposed to his boyfriend, C. J. Cogswell, and began making plans to become the first same-sex couple to marry in Portsmouth’s South Church. The cancer was aggressive, and King’s life had taken a turn he never expected. King and Cogswell planned their wedding for Feb. 4th, 2010 – four days before King would undergo surgery to remove his voice box and vocal cords as he battled the cancer. “He wanted to say ‘I do,'” said Cogswell, of Eliot, Maine. Long before they said their vows, the couple had decided they were in this fight together. But after countless rounds of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgeries to remove a cancer that continued to return, King lost his battle on April 7th, 2011, at the age of 44. “It was so bittersweet,” Cogswell said of their wedding day. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a long marriage.” Cogswell misses King every day, but he’s found a way to keep his memory alive and hopefully save lives. In the year after King’s death, Cogswell inspired the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians’ Comprehensive Otolaryngology & Audiology to offer free oral, head, and neck screenings in an effort to detect cancer early. The screenings take only a few minutes and are held in April to coincide with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. “Early detection really helps improve survival rates and helps improve treatment options,” said Dr. Peter Ihm, a doctor at Core Physicians’ Comprehensive Otolaryngology & Audiology who treated King and has been part of the screenings.
Oral, head and neck cancer comes in many different forms, including cancer of the tongue, throat, and tonsils. Ihm said they account for about 3 percent of all cancers. While people who smoke and consume excessive alcohol have long been considered at high risk, the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, has emerged as a new risk factor in recent years. “HPV has put more spotlight on it,” Ihm said. In King’s case, Cogswell said he didn’t have any of those risk factors. His discovery was made in late 2008 after King noticed a lump from a swollen gland in his neck. He met with Ihm, who knew right away that it was most likely cancer. A lesion was also found on his tongue. Within a week of finding the lump, Cogswell said it grew to the size of a baseball. Then King got the news he was dreading. He had stage 4 cancer. “Head and neck cancer can be something you don’t know you have until it’s too late,” Cogswell said. After his voice box and vocal cords were removed, Cogswell and King learned sign language to communicate. “For the last year of his life he wasn’t able to speak,” he said. Cogswell and King spent many of their days at Exeter Hospital. Despite their efforts, Cogswell said the cancer spread to King’s brain and other areas. By March 2011, Cogswell said King realized he was losing his fight. “He had just been beat up so much,” he said. “I miss him so much. He was such an amazing man.”

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Runer Sydney Cogswell

Sydney Cogswell '16Sydney Cogswell grew up in Washington, D. C. where she attended Sidwell Friends High School. She then went on to Wesleyan University, where she has been running on the track team. Since January 2013 she has run in 22 meets, sometimes in as many as four races. She won the 800m at the Mini-Meet Invitational March 22nd. She won the 800m at the Mini-Meet Invitational March 22nd, 2014, and was also on the winning 4X4 team. In the Coast Guard Invitational track meet March 29th, Sydney Cogswell’s first-place performance in the 400m dash helped the Cardinal Ladies’ team of Wesleyan University to a strong showing despite the inclement weather, and finished fifth out of 12 teams. She was a member of the winning 4x100m relay team at the Wesleyan Classic Sat., April 5th, in Middletown, Connecticut, and came in second in the 800m. She was the winner in the 1500m run (4:57.66), at the Elmer Swanson Invitation on April 12th.

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Cogswells drowned

At Calais, Maine, on Saturday, July 9th, 1887, three boys were drowned. Arthur Cogswell (DJC 6813) and his cousin Hassam Thomas, both aged 13, had removed their clothes and were wading towards a gully and stepped in, were instantly plunged over their heads and not being able to swim called for help. The younger boy, Judson Cogswell (DJC 6814), age 11, rushed in to their assistance and he too was drawn beyond his depth by the other boys and all three were drowned. The funeral took place on Sunday, July 10th. The Cogswell boys were the sons of Capt. Douglas “Dudley” and Phoebe May (Flinn) Cogswell. The Thomas boy was the son of Capt. Joshua Thomas. This was reported on Friday, July 15th, 1887, in the Saint John Telegraph newspaper.
Douglas “Dudley” Cogswell (DJC 5296) had been married twice, first to Elizabeth Ann FitzHenry in 1848 – they had one son and eight daughters. The second marriage to Phoebe May Flinn was on March 11th, 1869, in Digdequash, New Brunswick, and there were three children, Mabel Lucretia Cogswell, the oldest, and the two boys who drowned. The family had moved to Maine between the births of the two sons. According to the 1861 census, Mr. Cogswell was a Master Mariner.

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