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Ramapo College Fishing Club Earns Regional Title; Qualifies for National Championship

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 15, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Ramapo College Bass Fishing Club team of Andy Zapf and Andrew Annuzzi won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on Sunday, September 12 with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Zapf, a senior accounting major from Whippany, N.J., and Annuzzi, a junior environmental science major from Old Bridge, N.J., were one of three Ramapo College teams that competed in the regional.

“I am very proud of all three teams that made it to the regional championship, but I am especially happy for Andy and Andrew becoming Northern Conference Champions,” said P.J. Bartolotto, team advisor. “It takes a lot of off/on the water preparation to be able to excel in the sport of bass fishing and they have all shown the ability to manage this along with their academic responsibilities.”

The duo said that they had a solid three days of practice on the fishery before the tournament, but only managed to catch three bass in their practice period. They decided to concentrate in the McDaniel Yacht Basin, they said, and caught the majority of their fish on green-pumpkin jigs with a craw or beaver trailer.

“Since the start of our club I never thought that a small Division III school like Ramapo would have accomplished so much among the bigger D-I and D-II schools and I am proud of the tradition and history our club continues to make,” said Bartolotto. The win marked the sixth consecutive year a Ramapo squad has qualified for the national championship, which will be held later this fall.

 

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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