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Varsity Swimming Coach

Varsity Swimming Coach Charles Brown and the merpeople faced a big challenge: How do we pull a winning season while missing most of last year’s top scorers? Ape, Guppy, Lisa, Patti, Margarita and the rest showed the way — a youth movement! Under the steady leadership of Captain Julie Casagrande, and the madcap rantings of the second-year coach, this year’s workouts toughened up, and so did the team. The result? Last year 4-8, this year 7-7. "If the season had gone longer, we would have won more,” said Coach Brown, struggling to have a cancelled meet rescheduled. Additions to the team like strong freshman Tom Murray, MVP swimmer, and Patti Wysock only galvanized existing standouts like Lisa Minard and Marcel Lissinna placed, this year three swimmers did. The team as a whole also did well in the states. The future? Bright! Most of this year’s best swimmers are freshmen and sophomores, both they and the coach will come back with more experience, more enthusiasm, and more to shoot for — a winning season, next year. The personalities, Karl "The Ram” Munzel, Mark "Muscles” Petrocelli, Charles, "Chuck” Brown, the pool, the spirit, next year could be the Year of the Sharks. Schedule RAMS OPPONENTS 53 Sayerville 72 66 Hun 58 58 Rutgers Prep 57 46 Blair 78 52 Union Catholic 74 90 Madison Central 35 65 Ranney 59 73 Pennington 54 56.5 Pingry 70.5 55 Somerville 61 59 Newark 65 48 Summit 79 69 Montclair Kimberly 55 71 Rahway 52 VARSITY SWIM TEAM: LEFT TO RIGHT, FRONT ROW: M. Reyes, E. Jenson, R. Rosengarten, K. Kunst, A. Yoder. SECOND ROW: Coach C. Brown, S. Ashton, M. Petrocelli, M. Lissina, B. DelVento, L. Minard. BACK ROW: G. Raudelunas, J. Blair, D. Capaccio, M. Pittis, L. Leonowitz, J. Yurusi, J. Casagrande. 5th Boys’ State Tournament 4th Boys’ Counties 4th Girls’ State Tournament 4th Girls6 counties 190

191 Julie "Cas” Casagrande, the only senior girl, was a very important part of this year’s Varsity Swimming Team. She has been known as a very dedicated swimmer, often the only one from her class to go out for this demanding sport. "If every swimmer were as devoted as Cas, we would never have any problems,” Mr. Brown was overheard to say. Julie’s steadiness paid off when she was named team captain, and she was a true leader to the merpeople. Julie’s event this year, and for the four years she has been on Varsity, is the 500 freestyle, an event requiring endless practice and endurance. These qualities, combined with her unique sense of humor, are what made Julie such a fine leader. JULIE CASAGRANDE

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