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Lisa Casanova Rento '82
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2008
Born in Providence and raised in Barrington, Lisa Casanova was a three-sport standout athlete at Barrington High School. While lettering in gymnastics, field hockey and track & field, Casanova went on to attend Brown, where she would run on the track & field team.
Because of her diverse talents, Casanova was asked to run in various different races, including hurdles, and short and middle distance running events. During her career, she set various school records, which included six individual event school records and three relay events records.
A two-time captain of the squad, Casanova earned the 1979 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championship 400m hurdle title, and went on to win the 400-meter hurdles at the New England Outdoor Championships with a 1:06.8. She also earned two titles the following year at the New England Championships, winning the 400-meter dash (55.9, 1980) and anchored the 1,600-meter relay (3:56.9, 1980).
Her outdoor records included the 400 (55.94, 1980), 800 (2:17.9, 1980), and 400 hurdles (64.94, 1981), and she was a member of the record-braking 400-meter relay (48.54, 1980). Her indoor records included the 400 (58.34, 1981), 1,600 relay (4:08.46, 1980), and the distance medley relay (12:37.1, 1981). Casanova was selected for the Coach’s Award for her overall contribution to the team in 1980.
While women’s track and field was just at its infancy, her accomplishments have stood the test of time. Although many of her records have since been defeated, she still ranks 10th all-time in Brown Track & Field history in the 400m dash. Her athleticism speaks for itself, as she was truly a dominant female athlete on the campus of Brown University.
Casanova and her husband Dick Rento ’82 have three children, Nicole (15), Chloe (13) and Joseph (11) and reside in Virginia. Although she has hung up her running shoes for competitive races, she is still active and is currently training for Virginia’s Ocean to Bay Ride, which is a 150-mile bike ride to benefit Multiple Sclerosis.