2015 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Edward Vilandrie began his swimming career at the Smithfield YMCA and then later with the Little Rhody Aquatic Club (LRAC). At LRAC Ed was a Rhode Island Age Group champion in multiple events. Representing the Sher-Le-Mon Swim team Ed was an All Pool Meet champion. In the 13 and 14 age group Ed won the New England Long Course 200 yard backstroke championship. He attended Hendricken High School and won the 100 yard backstroke title and second team All State Honors all three years. The Providence Journal named him the High School Sportsman of the Year in 1991. Ed attended Brown University after graduating from Hendricken. He excelled in both swimming and water polo. His Water Polo accomplishments include being selected for the National Development Water Polo Team, being a member of the 1989 Junior Olympics Water Polo Under 18 Championship Team, and being a member of the LRAC 1990 Junior National Water Polo Championship team. In addition, he competed for Brown University’s Water Polo team and was selected as their Co-Captain in his senior year. He also earned All East First Team honors. As a competitive swimmer at Brown, Ed qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Championships in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard backstroke. After graduating from Brown, Ed continued to compete at the Masters level in Water Polo. He was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Eastern Water Polo Championship teams and the United States National Water Polo team (San Francisco, 2010). From 1999 to the present he has coached Water Polo at MIT as both an Assistant Coach and Head Coach. Using his swimming talents in water safety as well, Ed was a Narragansett Surf Guard from 1991-1994 and competed in the Rhode Island and Newport Lifeguard races winning both individual and team events.