NBAC Swimmer Alec Cosgarea Passes Away in Car Accident

  8 Braden Keith | July 11th, 2012 | Lifestyle, News

North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Alec Cosgarea, younger brother of Stanford sophomore Drew Cosgarea, passed away after losing control of his vehicle late Monday night and crashing into a tree, according to the Baltimore Sun. Alec was only 17 years old.

Cosgarea was headed home after a post-swim-meet team dinner, when his vehicle left the road, though circumstances of the accident are still fuzzy.

Alec was a Maryland State Champion and All-American in the 100 fly, and had a promising future in the sport.

NBAC head coach and CEO Bob Bowman wrote the following in a statement from the Olympic Team camp in Knoxville, Tennessee: “Alec began swimming for NBAC at age six and demonstrated determination and versatility in his career Alec is an example to our athletes in how he trained, how he competed and the standards that he held himself to, which will continue to inspire and motivate his teammates and coaches.”

Condolences go out to the Cosgarea family, the NBAC family, and all of those affected by this terrible tragedy.

A viewing will be held on Friday, July 13th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ruck Funeral Home in nearby Towson 1050 York Road.

A mass will be held at 10 AM on Saturday the 14th at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

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4 years 3 months ago

Condolences to Bowman, Phelps, Schmitt, and all other teammates, coaches, family, and friends.

4 years 3 months ago

What a sad story! Condolences to the family. The Stanford Athletic department is hard hit with many incidents recently, including the passing of Sam Wopat of Women’s Volleyball. Now the younger brother of a member of Men’s Swim team. In addition, the departure of Athletic Director, Track & Field Coach, Men’s and Women’s Coaches.

Hope they will rebound and wish for the best!

4 years 3 months ago

Nick. I would not mix euphemisms . Dying & departing are sometimes one & the same but mostly athletic coaches just leave /get fired.

4 years 3 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cosgerea family and their friends and relatives. This is so sad to hear. What a tragedy to loose someone so young and gifted.


4 years 3 months ago

Condolences to his family, friends and teammates. So sad to see someone so young pass away.

4 years 3 months ago

Very sad news. Condolences to family and friends. RIP Alec

Anita and John Schwarz
4 years 3 months ago

Sheila and Andy, We send you all our condolences and sympathy on the loss of your son. You and your family will be in our prayers. With love.

4 years 2 months ago

Dr Cosgarea and family,

Though we have not met, I learned of this tragedy yesterday through a colleague and felt compelled to reach out and express my condolences. Your efforts in orthopedics drawing you away from your family have taught me remotely and I thank you. I hope you approach these days with no regrets knowing that your calling to teach and treat as a physician inspired your family and others.

My family will pray daily for yours and offer that my son, Marco, who died 2 years ago July 29 at birth is there to greet your son in heaven. Knowing that experience, I can not fathom the depths of your loss as we hold our remaining 4 sons so dearly now. Please forgive the long post, but here’s a prayer shared with us that we use still and I hope it makes its way to you through this blog:

“My life is upside down, loving God. The order of the world is out of place and I can’t do anything to right it again. Oh, Lord, you know the pain in my heart at all times and you know why: my child has died. How can it be that my beloved child is gone? THe child I cared for with such concern in every illness, the one I held close to my heart and promised to take care of for a lifetime, is not here for me to care for anymore. It hurts reply that I wasn’t able to protect this child I love with my whole being from a death that seems so unfair.
Let me feel calm. Let me breathe deeply. Be with me in this kind of deep and transformative pain. I now carry this darkness with me on my back and in my heart, always. It is my burden and my companion.

Lord, there is not a single minute of my life when this loss is not etched so keenly into my brain and heart, whether it is in the middle of a busy day or in those choking moments of grief in the solitary dark of night. Let me be grateful for every minute we had together. Let me treasure those memories and find joy in them.

Help me to deal with people better. They don’t know what to say. They stumble and look away when they see me. They pretend nothing has happened. I know they “don’t want to remind me” but they don’t understand it’s with me always, always.

Teach me, Lord. Tell me what you want me to do with this. What am I supposed to learn from this kind of pain? What are you calling me to do?

Open my battered heart and lead me to comfort and peace. Only You can give me the peace I need. Let me feel your presence in my life”

John J Christoforetti, MD


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