Vol. LXII, No. 32
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
(Photo courtesy of USRowing)
BACK ON BOARD: Former Princeton University rowing star Paul Teti will be competing in his third Summer Olympics next week in Beijing. The 2002 Princeton University graduate was chosen for the U.S. mens four. Teti, a vice president with Normandy Real Estate Partners, had taken a three-year hiatus from international rowing after helping the U.S. lightweight four to a ninth place finish at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
As far as Paul Teti was concerned, his international rowing career concluded with his appearance on the U.S. lightweight four which finished ninth in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Focusing on his job on the acquisitions team of Normandy Real Estate Partners upon his return from Athens, Teti confined his rowing to occasional domestic races.
But last year, the former Princeton University standout got the Olympic bug.
Mike Teti didnt exactly jump at the opportunity to coach in the U.S. national rowing program.
Well actually I said no three times, said Teti, the Princeton University mens freshman heavyweight coach from 1989-1996.
I stayed at Princeton all those years because I just loved it there. I loved everything about it, from the athletic department to the admissions department to the other coaches to the janitors. Seriously, it was like a big family.
Amy Kolman drew on her experience as a teacher in taking the helm of the Community Park Bluefish swimming program this summer.
I have been a high school English teacher for 12 years, said the Kolman, who also served as a coach for the Central Bucks East High swim team and the Fanny Chapman Swim Club.
Jasmine Horan was more than a little apprehensive when she took up diving in 2005 for the Community Park Bluefish swim team.
The first time I ever went off the board was the first day at practice; I was really scared, recalled Horan, who was eight years old at the time.
There were lifeguards in the water ready to catch me. I was so afraid when I was just jumping off. I was just so scared of drowning.
As a kid growing up in the 1980s, Beth Nagle essentially spent her summers at the Nassau Swim Club.
When I was a kid my dad would drop me off at Nassau at 9 in the morning for practice and I would stay there until 4, said Nagle.
Its a community; there is a lot of bonding. Some of the girls I swam with at Nassau were at my wedding.
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