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   BRANFORD H.S. SWIM ALUMNI UPDATE #27

(September 2014)

GEORGE MILES CELEBRATION

The July celebration of George’s over 30 years of devotion to Stingray swimming exceeded all expectations.  Over 200 former swimmers and their parents attended to thank George for all he has done for everyone who ever swam for the Stingrays.  Every speaker did an excellent job of honoring George but we all need to thank Kierstin Newell for her tremendous presentation and the “Memory Book” that she devoted countless hours to. 

I enjoyed the evening all most as much as George.  It was so great to see so many of you and get caught up on what’s new in your lives.  I apologize that so much of what you told me that night does not appear in the updates.  I just can’t remember all the information I received that night and don’t want to put in things that are not accurate.  Keep sending emails to jroconnor@snet.net that is the best way to get updates to me.

 

STINGRAYS BEGIN LIFE AFTER GEORGE

Sue Lecza is the new head coach of the Stingrays and she has put together an all-star coaching staff for life after George. If I have it correct Sue has done this in such a way that most swimmers will have a coach that they are familiar with.  Cliff Johnson, the former Woodbridge head coach and 13 and 14 year old coach for the Stingrays for the past ten years, will be the senior coach. Sue Lecza, the 11 and 12 coach for over 20 years will now coach the 13 and 14 year olds, Jeff O’Connor, the 9-10 coach the past 17 years will now coach the 11 and 12 year olds, Jen Amasino , the former Hand High Girls coach will now be the Stingray 9-10 coach and Molly Harmon who has been the  assistant 8 and under coach will now be the head 8 and under coach.  In addition, several other coaches with prior coaching experience will be assisting each age group. This will not be totally life after George as I hear that George has agreed to coach the two 5:30 a.m. practices each week for the senior group.

 

ALI LUPOLI (92) AND CHARLIE ANDRIOLE (75) TO BE INDUCTED IN BRANFORD SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Ali Lupoli who was Branford’s first all-American swimmer and member of two state championship teams and Charlie Andriole who went on to swim at Villanova and was instrumental in the construction of the new Y will be inducted into the Branford Sports HOF on Friday, November 21 at Woodwinds.  They are two Branford swimmers who set the standard for so many to follow and are so well deserving of this honor.

 

BRANFORD GIRLS SWIM TEAM

Scott Butler in his eighth year as head coach of the Branford Girls Swim Team reports that the girls will again be in the hunt for the Class M state Championship. Their chief competition will be Wethersfield, East Lyme, Brookfield and Laurelton Hall. Home dates are Sept. 9th - Lyman Hall, Sept. 18th -West Haven, Sept. 22 – Sheehan, Sept. 26 –Mercy, Oct. 2 – Wethersfield, October 9 – North Haven – October 16th – Cheshire and Oct. 20th – Hand.  All home meets begin at 4 p.m. 

 

COACHES UPDATE

Sylvia Corley Brink – After 35 years of teaching in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey Sylvia has retired and is looking forward to traveling with friends. We can never thank Sylvia enough for the ten years she coached the divers on the boys and girls teams.

Eric Golia – It seemed like every week this spring there were articles and pictures in the paper of Eric and Kelley’s daughters for their accomplishments in track and softball. There oldest daughter Becky has just begun her freshman year at Amherst, one of the most difficult colleges to get accepted at.  Congratulations to Eric and Kelley on the great job they have done raising their girls.  Despite Eric’s annual announcement of his retirement we are all thankful that he is back coaching the divers at Branford once again.

O’C – In late June a group of swimmers from the late 70’s and early 80’s had a get together to honor this old coach on his 70th birthday. The surprise affair was at Lenny’s and Chris Conlin did a great job of keeping us all well nourished.  Thanks to Charlie Donough, Pat Conroy, Mark Loftis, Joanne Toland, Bob Hayden, Jim Rowe, Mike Conroy, Chris Conlin, Dave Redden and Dave Andriole for making my birthday special even if it was three months premature.  I understand the celebration lasted well after Mrs. O’C and I left.

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