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Marisa Gaynor

Marisa GaynorMarisa Gaynor shares a rare distinction with very few athletes in school history: leading three different teams to Metro West Conference Championships in one year. Gaynor lettered in Volleyball, Weightlifting and Water Polo and excelled at each one. As a junior in 2009, she was one of the top Water Polo goalies in the state where she set the school record for saves in a game (22) and was an equally dangerous offensive player whose powerful shot could find the back of the net from anywhere in the pool. Her offensive skill set prompted her move into the field and as a senior, she averaged over six goals per game and set six school records, including goals in a game (11) and goals in a season (127). In Weightlifting, Gaynor tied the school record for the clean and jerk in the 183-pound weight class with a 150-pound lift which helped her win the Metro West Conference title. She earned All-Central Florida honors in Water Polo and All-Metro West Conference in both Water Polo and Weightlifting, leading all three sports to Metro West championships and Volleyball and Water Polo to District titles as well. Her success in all three sports made her a runaway winner of the 2010 Dr. Phillips HS Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year award.

Marisa Gaynor's success continued at the collegiate level as well. After signing with Iona College for Water Polo, she went on to become one of the top goaltenders in the nation, leading her team to three consecutive MAAC Championships (2011-2013) and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances as well. As a two-year captain of the Gaels, she earned MAAC Championship Most Outstanding Player honors as a junior and went on to play professional Water Polo in France. Currently, Marisa Gaynor is the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iona College in New York, while her legacy as one of the most powerful athletes in school history continues to this day. She was inducted into the DP Athletic Hall of Fame in May, 2019.

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