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Matt Traub signs to go to Boston University. Another stellar Raider takes it to the DI level.

POSTED May 09, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Torrington swim coach, Andrew Marchand, (L) congratulates Matt Traub after the Raider star signed his letter of intent to attend Boston University on Friday at THS.

TORRINGTON: All the Traub family (Lisa and Jerry) does is send out great athletes, terrific students and future leaders into the world and on Friday, another one joined the ranks of stellar swimmers who have gone on to bigger and better challenges.

Matt Traub, who’s two older siblings, Eric and Krista dominated in the pool during their time at Torrington High Scholl, capped off a tremendous career as a Raider by signing his Letter of Intent to attend Boston University this fall.

Another Division I athlete signing an important letter while reminding the rest of the world that some serious swimming talent resides right here in the Northwest Corner, even without a pool to call their own.

Torrington athletic director Mike McKenna praised the young man who comes from one of the most passionate swim supporting families in the area.

“Matt is a great example,” McKenna said, “Of what happens when you put in the work and the effort. You will reap the rewards and we are all very proud of you.”

It’s getting to be pretty common place, these Division I signings.

First it was Sarah Royals, then Sydney Matzko and last year, Marissa Morris. Traub breaks the ladies streak at three but you get my point, we are sending more and more quality people on to the next level in this city.

Brother Eric, now back as an assistant coach after graduating from Columbia a year ago, has been through what it takes to become a DI prospect and admires the work his younger brother has done to get to this point.  

“I’m pretty proud of him,” Eric Traub said, “He’s put a lot of hard work into this with swimming and school.”

How as it having big brother standing on the outside of the pool?

“He really helped a lot,” Traub said of his record setting older brother, “He’s got a real passion for swimming and was a big help.”

Traub had a host of choices but it came down to a school that features alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr, Julianne Moore, Al Gore, Howard Sterns and Emily Deschanel on their all-time roster.

“It had everything I was looking for, “Traub said, “From academics to a great swim team. It’s been a long ride but I’m happy with my choice.”

Every time we attend an event like this, the hard working folks that stand in front of the classroom and sometimes get overlooked get their due from kids who figured out a long time ago that they had their best interest at heart the entire time.  

“We have a lot of great teachers,” Traub said, “They push us and make us better. The have prepared us well for our futures in college.”

All head coach Andrew Marchand, he a legend in the pool himself, does is produce winners. Another example of great student/athletes coming back to give back what they were given during their years at THS.

“We have a great coach,” Traub said, “It’s amazing what he does, he know exactly what he is doing.”

All this with so little pool time. It’s been talked about a bunch on this site and in other realms but it bears repeating.

Torrington swimmers spend but half the time in the pool at the Y than any of the schools they compete against. They do not let it stand in their way. Never have, never will.

Congrats Matt, enjoy the ride.

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