Rick Carroll was the founder of the North Penn swimming and diving program. Although the very first meet was a 61-34 loss against Methacton (December 1st, 1971), his season ended with eight league victories and only four losses. Perhaps the most exciting meet was against C.B.West, in which North Penn trailed until the last event. By winning the 400 freestyle relay they won the meet 48-47. Their first district meet was held at Abington High School and NP finished a very respectable sixth. Five boys (F. Fallon, Handerhan, Breuer, Geddes, and Tocco) qualified for the state championships. They, along with other qualifiers from District I., traveled to State College on three buses provided by the Swimming Steering Committee. The NP contingent won a 7th, a 13th, two 14th, and a 20th place at the championships; no small achievement for a first year team. Mr. Carroll lead the very successful North Penn program for sixteen more years as a coach and continued as aquatic director until 1997. His achievements include 16 league, 9 district, and 2 state high school championships. Under his leadership North Penn swimmers won 16 relay, 13 individual district, and 3 relay and 5 individual state championships. His most successful individual swimmers were Tony and Bill Bartle who were involved in seven of the eight state championship performances, and George Muller who won one individual and three gold medals. This picture of Coach Carroll was taken at a swim meet in 1978.