Colarullo Commits to Springfield College
Groton- Dunstable student athlete George Colarullo recently committed to attend Springfield College in the fall and will be a member of the swim team. He plans to work towards a double major in Physical and Health Education, a Masters in Physical Education, a teaching career and eventually an athletic director position.
“I am is really excited about the future and looking forward to teaching swim and dive,” said George.
At a recent Tyngsborough/Groton-Dunstable swim team meet against Leominster, George set a program one-meter diving record and won the 50M freestyle in earning the victory. On November 18, he was honored at the MIAA’s Leadership Summit at Gillette Stadium by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Swimming for George began at the age of two and competitive swimming at four. He swims the 50m and 100m free style, and 100 breaststroke but dive is his focal event.
He was also very much involved in ice hockey while growing up. His parents were talented skaters. His father, George, was a standout high school hockey player at Arlington Catholic and his mother, Pepi, competed in regional figure skating competitions. George’s 14 year old eighth grade sister, Courtney, attends Austin Prep in Reading and skates on their varsity hockey team.
Asked to recall a hockey game or swim meet that was significant in his past, he immediately remembered a hockey tournament game in Hanover, NH. “We were down by a goal late in the third period. I was carrying the puck towards the goal with a defensive player close to my hip. I looked up and saw the reflection of my teammate (Robert Hoare) behind me in the glass behind the goalie. With a quick turn and behind the back pass, I got the puck to Hoare who scored the tying goal. We eventually won in the second overtime. That is a game I will not forget!”
“I love hockey but lost a little of that competitive hunger and found it in swim and dive competitions,” shared George who has competed in USA Regional and AAU National swim championships.
“George was in my Student and Law class during his junior year,” offered Ms. Tammy Reynolds, Social Studies teacher at GDRHS. “I was consistently impressed with his positive attitude, leadership, and his determined approach to every single challenge I offered him. He is respectful of other’s perspectives while committing to his own values unwaveringly. He brings out the best in everyone around him, and I am no exception. It is challenging to quantify these characteristics, yet they are essential qualities of the excellent student.
“Outside of the classroom, George is also incredibly active, enthusiastically involved in athletics, and with community outreach,” Reynolds continued. “He has generously given his time to fundraising and charitable events. Of all his notable extra-curricular activities, his membership, and current captainship, of the Tyngsboro/Groton-Dunstable Swim Team, is certainly an achievement he can be proud of,” she added.
“His commitment to his school, his community and his team demonstrates two very important traits; first, his ability to manage time effectively, and second, to work cooperatively as an integral member of a team. Indeed, these are traits that will also make him very successful in college,” concluded Reynolds.