Kittatinny alumnus added to the College of New Jersey's Hall of Fame

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:31

NEWTON — Former Kittatinny swimming stand-out and current record holder, Matt Stypul, was inducted into The College of New Jersey’s Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Oct. 21, 2011. Stypul graduated from Kittatinny Regional High School in 1993 and graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 1997. Stypul was a two-time captain, three-time team MVP and 10-time All-American. As a sophomore, Stypul placed sixth nationally in the 400-meter individual medley and fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke, breaking numerous school records along the way. He returned as a junior to place third in the 400-meter individual medley, fourth in the 200-meter individual medley, and ninth in the breaststroke at the NCAA Championships. Stypul was named Most Outstanding Swimmer in his senior year at the Metropolitan Conference Championships. He was the NCAA runner-up in the 400-meter individual medley and also earned All-American honors in the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter breaststroke. Stypul completed his individual career holding TCNJ records in the 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley, and 200-meter backstroke. As part of a group that put TCNJ men’s swimming and diving on the map, Stypul contributed heavily to a 36-2 overall record during his tenure, which included three undefeated seasons. The Lions won four consecutive Metropolitan Conference titles, including their first-ever championship in 1994 The Lions competed in the NCAA championships all four years of his career, finishing 11th, 22nd, 16th twice. The College of New Jersey is annually one of the top 10 Division III swimming programs in the country. Stypul's contributions in practice, at NCAA competitions, outside of the pool and following graduation have had a lasting impact on Lions’ swimmers and the program. “Matt was by far the most dominant member of those Lions’ teams," said TCNJ swimming and diving head coach Brian Bishop. "He was a 10-time All-American whose leadership and success paved the way for the teams rise to national prominence. Without him, this team would not be what it is today.” Stypul was an economics major and a TCNJ Scholar Athlete. Since graduating, Stypul has continued to compete. He began running marathons and triathlons in 2000 and raced in two Iron Man Triathlons. Stypul is currently employed as director of fixed income electronic trading at Citibank on Wall Street. He is also a fixture at homecoming weekend at the annual TCNJ Alumni Swim Meet.