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Woodlands Alumna Makes SUNY Delhi Swim Team As Walk-On

Damian Bifano, 20, will swim with the SUNY Delhi Broncos this year despite not having a high school swim team at Woodlands High School in Greenburgh.
Damian Bifano, 20, will swim with the SUNY Delhi Broncos this year despite not having a high school swim team at Woodlands High School in Greenburgh. Photo Credit: Damian Bifano

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — When Damian Bifano moved to Greenburgh three years ago and found there was no swim team at Woodlands High School, she figured that was it for her swimming career. Now she's swimming on SUNY Delhi's team as a walk-on freshman.

When she arrived at Delhi, Bifano, 20, figured she was too far behind and too out of shape to give the swim team a shot. One day, she was doing laps at the school's pool when Kenny Calamari, a sophomore on the co-ed swim team, stopped her from the next lane over.

"He stopped me in the middle of the lane and said I needed to join the swim team," Bifano said. "I hadn't done it for years, and I didn't think I'd be in good enough shape to make the team."

But Bifano was pleasantly surprised when she joined Calamari on the team with about 20 other students. She has already competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle in several meets, placing second in one of the meets' trials.

Now, it's just a matter of struggling to stay ahead with schoolwork and with the pace of a college swim team.

"I'll can still get out of the pool and be a little winded, but when you dive in like that, you have to go all for it," Bifano said. "It's tiring, but rewarding."

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