Andy Bozzo '89
Andy Bozzo '89
WATER POLO / SWIMMING
When Andy Bozzo walked onto the RLS campus as a freshman, the boys’ swimming and water polo programs were transformed. He and his close friend Kai Peters would rewrite the record books in both sports. In water polo, he was a rare four year team captain-- beginning in his frosh year on the JV team and then on the varsity team for the next three years. As a senior, he was co-MVP, All MTAL, and named All NorCal as a goalkeeper on the first RLS team to make the CCS playoffs.
As impressive as he was in water polo, it is in swimming where Andy set the bar the highest. He amassed numerous accolades, including being named both co-captain and co-MVP his junior and senior years. He was a MTAL champ in four events his senior year and ended his career with six school records, of which his 200 Medley Relay time of 1:41.0 still stands. He capped his impressive career being named a Prep School Honorable Mention All American in the 100 Breast and was the RLS co-Athlete of the Year.
In college, Andy swam for three years at USC where he was a Pac 10 qualifier and won the Willis Award in 1989-91. He finished his collegiate career at Middlebury College where he was a NCAA qualifier and lettered in lacrosse in 1994.
I cherished my time as an athlete at Stevenson School because it meant I could live a balanced life as a student-athlete while being a part of this incredibly special community. The thing sticking with me the most about being a Pirate was the support the entire community gave us as we pursued success in an academically rigorous environment.
Waking up at 4:30 AM and sneaking off campus to grind out 3-4 miles in a cold pool was not the easiest thing to do. But doing so with Kai Peters and our family of Pirates reinforced the school’s values of teamwork and community.
Being in this hall of fame is so meaningful to me, but it would never have happened without the support of teammates like Kai and Matt Slautterback. And, of course, an honor like this doesn’t happen without the love and support of my parents and my parents away from home: the RLS coaches and faculty. People like water polo coaches Jeff Mink, Steve Allard, and later Lundy Smith, along with swim coaches Rob Klevan, Cleve Thayer, and Chrissy Peters were always there to push us and give us the needed encouragement to persevere. At the head of it all was Jeff Young, who set the tone for all of us. The theme here is love and support. Who else embodied this better than Jeff and his staff? It is with the deepest of gratitude I accept this tremendous honor and share it with those who helped me along the way.