How often does it happen that one person can change the course of an entire varsity sport on the collegiate level? Not very often, to be sure.
But due to the outstanding accomplishments of one Missy (Hurley) Marino, that is exactly what occurred to the swimming & diving program at WPI in the early-to-mid-'80s.
It was because of Missy (she was so outstanding a swimmer) that WPI's coed swimming & diving team remained intact for as long as it did. You see, head coach Whit Griffith wanted her to compete with the men-she was that good.
Missy still holds one distinction: she's the most recent woman at WPI to have reached the nationals. In the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons, she was one of only three women to compete on those teams-as a freshman, she finished 4th in team scoring; a year later, she finished 5th. In 1984-85 and 1985-86, she anchored WPI's newly formed women's swimming & diving team.
As a freshman, Missy represented WPI at the New Englands, where she finished a highly respectable 14th in the 200 breaststroke and 17th in the 500 free. She also managed to finish 22nd in the 100 back, 27th in the 1650 free, and 38th in the 200 free. She was a very versatile performer. She then went on to compete in the nationals, where she finished 30th in the 200 backstroke. That year, she won WPI's major athletic award for top female freshman: the Coaches Award.
Missy graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and became a technical sales representative for Mogul Division of Dexter. In 1989 she went to work for Loreal, and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. She began as a human resources representative, then became a process development engineer, a senior management associate, and a manager. In 1995, she was promoted to lab manager for the Redken Division of Loreal, prompting a move to Kentucky, where she now lives with her family. Her current position is that of senior manager in process expertise.
Missy and her husband are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter. She somehow manages to find time to be a pre-school catechism teacher, as well as a Cub Scout den leader.
For all her superb accomplishments, it is with great honor that we induct Missy (Hurley) Marino into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.