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   Date: 9/3/10 Bookmark and Share

In the Words of Those Who Knew Her

Student-athletes remember Marly Pineda ’08

Smith will host a ceremony remembering, celebrating and honoring Marly Pineda on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room.

Sicong Ma '13

“When I think of Marly, the first thing that comes to my mind is her smile. She always smiled. I still remember that she was always on the side of the first lane and watching us. Whenever I felt tired, she would always encourage me to keep going on. Since English is not my first language, sometimes I didn't get the meaning of the instruction. Marly would always explain everything to me and never get frustrated. I love Marly. I can't believe that she is not with us anymore. I hope she is safe and happy in heaven, and I know she will always be smiling and watching us swimming. She will always be in my heart.“

Becca Chazin '12

"Marly inspired me to do my best in and out of the pool. She was just a genuine person and always had a smile on her face. It was such an honor to have known such a beautiful person for the past two years. I love her and miss her very much."

David Schary, M.S.’10

"Marly was a wonderful person. While completing our master’s degree at Smith College, I was always impressed by her love for swimming and the athletes she coached. She would answer all of my swimming questions with a smile, no matter how basic or trivial. … Due to alphabetical fate, we were seated next to each other at graduation. We had the best time talking and joking throughout the ceremony, it made that day forever memorable, and Marly will always be that fantastic young woman who shared that moment with me."

Margot Lurie '12J

“Marly's energy, enthusiasm, and smile lit up every room, and was always especially apparent on deck and in the pool. Her positive attitude always helped me to work harder and push myself further. It was always inspiring—and an honor—to be at the pool with her.”

Lenora Walter '11

“Swimming was the thing that made her happiest, and her life was about sharing that with others through swim lessons and coaching. She had a beautiful smile that was almost always on her face and she rarely spoke negatively about anyone. She was quiet, happy, focused, and filled with positive energy. She had a laugh that can only be described as a small explosion of joy... like a bubble of happiness that was just waiting under the surface to burst.”

Ruth Ness, M.S. ‘11

"I always envied Marly’s fashion sense and confidence with which she wore bright colors and patterns. In a program filled with sweatpants, T-shirts and hoodies it was easy to pick Marly out in our crowd. Though on the quieter side, I was privileged enough to experience her wit and sharp observations during various group projects or walks through the halls. Marly always sat in the same chair, no matter which class—s'more pop-tart and soda in hand—and she had no qualms making it known you were in ‘her’ seat. Far more than the vacancy in ‘Marly’s’ chair will be missed in the school days ahead."

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