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Inducted May 2007
Rocco Aceto began his swimming career for the Pine Tree Swim Club of the Portland YMCA in the mid 1970’s for Ernie Tarling (former Harold Paulson athlete).
Rocco quickly established his total dominance of both the YMCA and AAU swimming leagues. At the end of his 10 year old season he held every Maine YMCA/AAU state record. He matched that accomplishment at the end of his 12 year old season and at the end of his 14 year old season broke 90% of those state records. He set several YMCA New England records and was a New England champion 12 times in five years. He narrowly missed the YMCA national record in the 100 IM when he was 10.
In 1979 at 14, he qualified for YMCA nationals in many events but placed as high as 18th in the 50 free with a state record that still stands today (22.35).