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  Matt Chippaghila
  • Freshman
  • Mahwah, N.J.
  • Mahwah High

Freshman in his first semester at the University of Florida... Has PRs of 1:58.3 (800m), 4:21 (1600m) and 50.1 (400m).

Prep: Two-year team captain of his Mahwah High School team... Led his high school team to a third place finish in the League meet... Three-year member of the varsity basketball team... Won Mahwah High's Leadership and Citizenship Awards and a Presidential Scholar Award... Gave the commencement speech to his high school senior class.

Personal: Born February 25, 1982 in Hackensack, N.J... Youngest child to Anthony Chippaghila and Penny Rosen... Enjoys practicing martial arts, playing pool and poetry... Recalls making two game-winning free throws in an important basketball game his sophomore season as his most memorable athletic event... Also considered attending COlorado, Rutgers and Duke... Name is pronounced CHIP-eye-ya.

Major: Undecided Information Science.

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