Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
It takes a specific type of person to be a distance swimmer or runner, but Maine-Endwell's Vincent Palmieri has that type of patience. Whether it's in the pool or the classroom, Vinny is gifted in both.
"You've got to work hard, but you can't work too hard, you can't overwork yourself so that you die in the end," said Palmieri. "There's a lot of thinking that goes into races like that. Working every turn, being efficient, not being lazy."
Lazy is certainly the last word to describe Palmieri. In the classroom he has a nearly 97 average and hopes to study Biology next year when he attends SUNY Geneseo. In the pool, Vinny isn't too lazy either as he's described as a leader, lap after lap.
"Not only is Vinny real talented in the pool, but he's just got that leadership quality where the kids want to follow him," said M-E Boy's Swim Coach Bill Underwood. "He leads by example and he works hard, day in, day out."
That hard work has Palmieri aiming after school and pool records this season in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Records he knows and has memorized by heart.
If his dedication is any indication, those records will most likely fall. Just another reason why Vincent Palmieri is this week's Academic All-Star.