1992 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Newell began his competitive swimming career in 1962 at the Fox Point Boys’ Club under coaches Bud Latham and Paul Rossi. In 1966 he competed in the Northeast National Boys’ Clubs of America swim championship, finishing first in the 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, and 1 meter diving. He was also a member of the first place medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams.
Newell competed for the Rhode Island Aquatics Association under coaches Leo Sarcione and Walter Foster in 1967 through 1970. He won the State Junior Championship in the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly in 1970.
In 1970 Newell attended LaSalle Academy and under coach Bill Nangle, became one of the strongest swimmers on the team, winning All State Honors in 1973 for the 100 yard butterfly events and 100 freestyle events.
In 1971, Newell joined the Cranston YMCA Swim Team coached by Paul Rossi. He competed in the YMCA National Championships at Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1972 and 1973.
Newell placed first in the Men’s Open Senior Diving Championship in 1973, and he was named the Rhode Island Swimmer of the Year in 1973 by the R.I. Swimming Coaches and Officials Association.
Newell enrolled at Keene State College in New Hampshire and achieved Division II All-American status as a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay team.