|Title:||Class of 1999|
Visitors to Alumni Gymnasium may find themselves browsing the WPI swimming records prominently displayed on the wall not far from the main entrance. They may be surprised to see that a name from more than a decade ago is represented three times in that chronicle of glory.
Bruce Carbone, you are one of WPI's greatest swimmers. At the time of your graduation, you held nine WPI swimming records. Fourteen years later, three still stand: the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.9), set in 1982; the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.08), set in 1982; and the 400-yard individual medley (4:17.04), set in 1985.
You established all three of those records at a pair of NCAA National Championships meets, the first held at Washington & Lee University during your freshman year, the second at Emory University during your senior year.
Whit Griffith, your head coach all four years, had this to say about you: "If there was one person who turned the WPI swim program around in the early 1980s, it was Bruce Carbone. No one was more competitive."
Indeed, you won numerous accolades during your four years on Boynton Hill. You earned the Coaches Award in 1982, presented to the top freshman athlete. You earned the Jansson Award in 1983, given to the top sophomore. And you were named team captain as a junior, an honor you were deemed worthy of again when you became a senior. New England swimming power Boston College thought so highly of you that it named you its Most Outstanding Opponent during your senior year.
You were also successful academically and socially. You graduated with distinction with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. You were a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, where you were a house manager and IFO representative, and Skull, the senior honor society. Today you are marketing manager for ADE Corporation in Westwood, Mass.
Bruce Carbone, for your accomplishments in the world of swimming and for your continued dedication to WPI, it is with great pride that we welcome you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.