RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph high school swimming sensation Vinny Marciano was honored by Mayor Roman Hirniak and the Township council at a recent town hall meeting.

Marciano’s enjoyed a record breaking season that was almost too good to believe, which vaulted him into the ranks of the top swimmers in the state. What might be even more amazing is that he is only a freshman, and has three years of high school swimming left to further re-write the record books.

Mayor Hirniak read aloud a proclamation from the town, honoring Marciano’s unprecedented success.

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“This young man, a truly exceptional one-of-a-kind athlete, still has three years of high school swimming eligibility remaining,” said Hirniak. “I suspect that we will not only continue to hear about his accomplishments in our community, but on the national and international stages for years to come as well.  Randolph Township couldn’t be prouder of Vinny.”

Marciano, who is the first boy in the history of Randolph high school to win an individual state title, was also the catalyst in leading the boys to the first team state title in school history.

“It felt really special to be recognized for my achievements by the town,” said Marciano.  “All my accomplishments this season were to represent my town and to help my team, and knowing Mayor Hirniak swim in high school, he is able to understand all that I and the team have been doing.”

Swim team coach Linda Poppy also sang Marciano’s praises, stating, “Vinny’s sportsmanship is exemplary, he always shakes hands with his opponents - no matter what the race.  He is such a team player, the coaches and his teammates are all looking forward to the next three years with great anticipation.”

When asked how he has honed his talent, and what his goals are going forward, Marciano commented, “I really attribute my success to hard work and dedication. The support I get from my coaches, my parents my friends and my teammates also helps me accomplish all that I set out to do.”

Marciano concluded with, “My goals for the future are to continue to represent Randolph and to achieve great things for the town. I would also like to qualify for Olympic trials in June (club swimming), but most of all I want to achieve my full potential in the sport.”

Some accolades and notes from the season:

VINNY MARCIANO

-First Randolph boy to earn an NJSIAA title, claiming first place in the 100 yard

freestyle and finishing second in the 50 yard freestyle at the Meet of Champions

-Undefeated regular season - did not lose a race until the 50 yard freestyle State finals - just by :05

-1st Team NJAC 200 M Medley Relay

-1st Team NJAC 100 M Freestyle

-1st Team NJAC 400 M Freestyle Relay

-NJAC All-Academic Team

-Morris County Champion in the 100 M freestyle and 100 M backstroke

-2nd in NJ - in the 50 yard freestyle - 20.96 - This time qualifies Vinny for All-American consideration (will not know until June)

-# 1 in NJ - 100 yard freestyle

-1st Team All State by Star Ledger

-1st Randolph High School male swimmer to win a State Championship title in the history of the program

-Broke 7 Individual Team records and a part of 4 new Team relays this year

-Named All-Daily Record Swimmer of the Year as well as first team for the 100 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay

COACH LINDA POPPY

-All Daily Record Coach of the season

-In a 28 year career in Morris County high schools,  Poppy has been named All Daily Record Coach of the Season three times for girls and twice for boys swimming

BOYS SWIM TEAM

-NJSIAA North 1-Group B State Champions – first sectional title in school history

-NJAC Southern I Champions – undefeated season, the 3rd championship in

school history

-Place third in the Morris County Championships

-Broke 8 of 11 school records in yards and five records in meters

-200 yard medley relay team: Vinny Marciano, Henry Taibi, Josh Zitomer andTheo Everett won consolation final at the Meet of Champions

-400 yard freestyle relay team: Henry Taibi, Brian Hermes, Theo Everett and Vinny Marciano named to the All Daily Record first team