CWO3 Kenneth Collins
Mar 7, 2023
The Coast Guard Elite Athletes of the Year is LCDR Jessica Anderson, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, and LCDR John Botti, stationed at District Eleven, Alameda, CA.
SUBJ: 2022 ELITE MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
A. Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being and Recreation Manual, COMDTINST M1710.13 (series)
1. I am pleased to announce the 2022 Coast Guard Elite Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
2. The Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year is LCDR Jessica Anderson, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters, COMDT (CG-5PS), Washington, DC.
3. LCDR Anderson distinguished herself in the sport of running. She is a prior award winner, with accomplishments in 2022 rivaling her stellar 2013 performance. While competing nationwide, LCDR Anderson finished first in her age group during the Parkway Classic 10 Miler (Alexandria, VA) and the Ironman Alaska (Juneau, AK) and placed atop the female military division in the Ironman World Championships (Kona, HI). In addition to her first-place finishes, LCDR Anderson furthered her successful year with a seventh-place finish (second in age group) in the Leading Ladies Marathon (Spearfish, SD), which qualified her for the Boston Marathon. She's also a finisher in the New York City Marathon. Off the racecourse, LCDR Anderson spent countless hours aiding the Northern Virginia athletic community by developing personalized training plans and assisting new triathletes with training methods and bike handling skills. She also volunteered at her local food bank to provide for premature newborns and those in need during the pandemic formula shortage.
4. The Coast Guard Elite Male Athlete of the Year is LCDR John Botti, stationed at District Eleven (dpi), Alameda, CA.
5. LCDR Botti distinguished himself in the sport of running with superior finishes in triathlon events. He represented the United States during the Olympic Distance World Triathlon Championship Finals in Abu Dhabi, finishing a respectable 33rd place among worldwide competitors in his age group. LCDR Botti achieved a divisional finish of 265th in the world at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in St. George, UT. In that event, he competed alongside the current triathlon gold medalists and a field of Olympic and World Championship-level professional athletes. After qualifying at Ironman Arizona, he posted another divisional finish placing 205th in the world at the Ironman World Championships. His Ironman performances earned him the designation as a 2022 Silver Ironman All-World Athlete for ranking top 5 percent in the world within his division in Ironman competition. LCDR Botti participated in fundraising efforts during the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, where his team raised money for the American Cancer Society. He continues a personal endeavor to raise more than $5K for the 2023 Big Sur International Marathon's Semper Fi and America's Fund team, supporting care for our nation's critically wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers, veterans, and military families.
6. The runner-up Elite Female and Male Athletes are PO3 Adair Gennocro, Base Alameda, for her achievements in triathlon and marathon, and CPO Joseph D'Aleo, Coast Guard Band, for his competitive shooting accomplishments.
7. Not only have these athletes distinguished themselves in their respective sports, but they are outstanding role models on the job and in their communities.
8. Released: RDML D. C. Barata, Commander, Personnel Service Center, sends.
9. Internet release authorized.