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Zero to Hero


When Brandon Stefano (12) first walked into LC his freshman year, he had no intentions of joining a sport such as swimming. 

“[Mr. Doug] Burns was the only reason I started swimming.  I never was in Barracudas or anything like that,” Stefano said.

Going into a sport without having any prior experience would be tough for anyone, but Stefano stepped up to the challenge.

“I knew it was going to be hard, but I had no idea how tough it was really going to be,” Stefano said.

Making the JV team his freshman and sophomore year, Stefano ended up really enjoying it.  Although, when some of his friends started to move up to varsity, JV did not seem as enjoyable anymore.

“Brian Capua (12) and Devin Rohrbacher (12) moved up to varsity my sophomore year.  I wanted to beat them, so I got better and started working.  When I went a minute in the 100 butterfly at a meet, I recognized that I could put myself out there,” Stefano said. 

His junior year, Stefano was given the chance to move up to varsity.  He ended up becoming an important part of the Boys team, especially at Sectionals.

“After being oiled up and tapered, I went a 55.5 in my 100 fly.  I looked at the clock and my heart was racing and I couldn’t stop smiling,” Stefano said. 

This year, his senior year, Stefano was voted team captain by his peers.  He motivates his team at practices and always encourages them to work hard.

“This season is going good; I am going just as fast as the Sectional time I went last year.  Every time I lose at a meet, I work that much harder at my fly in practice,” Stefano said. 

Stefano’s favorite events are the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay.  His goal for this season, team-wise, is to beat Munster. 
“Next year, I don’t know what I am going do. [Swimming] takes up most of my life.  I might swim in college, who knows,” Stefano said.

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    BrianJan 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I think this article is great! Mr. Stefano is a very talented swimmer. Ive watched him grow and develop like no other swimmer. I am extremely proud of him. From being formally on the team, I can say that Brandons attitude helped physicly and mentally puch his team mates. Keep up the hard work, and there is no limit of what you can do.

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    KateJan 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Liz! This article is so great! I’m so proud of youu:)

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    a studentJan 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This article is so well written. This journalist is truly talented. I can tell how well she understands and knows about swimming. It’s great to see such a wonderfully written article come out of a high school. She should be very proud of her work.