WETS Spring Newsletter

WETS Spring Newsletter

Dear WETS,

Horns dominate the conference meet… and that’s not an understatement!! For the first time in Big XII or SWC, the Horns won every single event in both the men’s and women’s meets!!! What a meet for sophomore Jack Conger. He won every event he entered and started out the meet with a morning time trial by setting NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in the 200-yard butterfly. Video from the race is available here.

Check out the results, great stories and videos at www.Texassports.com!!! Jill Sterkel & Ricky Berens with the T-Association will keep us updated on all happenings with Longhorn swimming and diving via email, or join the WETS or T Association on facebook.

Men are #2 and Women are #6 in the latest rankings going into the NCAA Meets
UT SID Travis Feldhaus says: Friday and Saturday night finals will stream at ESPN3.com (or the WatchESPN app); you can access the stream as long as you’re an ESPN subscriber. For all other sessions, it’s up to the host school. They’re not required to do it, but not sure what they’re planning.

Women, March 19-21 Greensboro, N.C.
Women’s ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/NCAA-Division-I-Womens- Swimming tickets/artist/2074792

Men, March 26-28 Iowa City, Iowa
Jill found an NCAA ticket exchange page; since the men’s is sold out you might have luck finding tickets for sale through this site: http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2013-11-26/ncaa-ticket exchange

2015 WETS Dews
WETS treasurer $cott Mactier reports a brisk number of WETS donors. Please go to our membership page, and if your name is not on the list, please send us a little splash of cash for our many good deeds. No more than $100 as more funds are needed to endow swimming and diving scholarships. The Longhorn Foundation has come up with a new reward system, so now is a great time to give to The LONGHORNS for LIFE to ensure the future success of UT swimming and diving! Don’t forget to mark swimming and/or diving!!

WETS Celebrate April 11th in San Antonio!
The Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame will induct two former Longhorn Swimmers and will honor Longhorn Aquatics as the 2015 Distinguished Club! Congratulations to honorees Brendan Hansen and Dotson Smith. While swimming for the Horns, Brendan never lost a breastroke race while collecting 14 NCAA gold medals. He also won six Olympic medals. Dotson will receive a lifetime achievement award for contributions he made to Texas swimming over a 60-year career. Longhorn Aquatics/Austin Aquatic Club is being honored with the Wally Pryor Distinguished Club Award. In 80 years of serving the Austin and UT communities they have produced 39 Olympians, 61 Olympic medals, 30 world champions, and over 50 national champions. Come to the dinner April 11th. REGISTER HERE! Full details at www.tsdhof.org.

2014 Reunion Weekend Sep. 18th & 19th
Save the date for our annual Frank Erwin Awards on Friday night and the T-Association Letter-winners tailgate before the Cal Football game on Saturday. We have moved from Labor Day weekend so you can all attend. Membership Chairman Darrell Fick is calling for all ‘5s to attend. If you were on a team that ended in a 5 then you should make plans to reunite with your teammates!! The Frank Erwin Award is given annually to approximatley six individuals who have made great contributions to Longhorn Swimming and Diving. Please see a list of Frank Erwin recipients on the website. If you know of a worthy candidate to receive this prestigious award please read the guidelines, download the form and send it to nomination Chairman Nathan Breazeale by April 1st.

WETSPOTS: We could not be prouder of our Longhorn swimmers and divers. I hope you will show your support during this year’s NCAA meets. Looks like the women are going to surprise while Ed, Kris and Matt have the men contending for an 11th NCAA title….stay tuned! I have been overwhelmed by the kind comments and support given to our family since the loss of our mom, Pat Robertson. She died peacefully in her sleep February 6th and has joined Tex in that great pool in heaven. Some of you may remember her scoring swim meets at UT in the ’40s and early ’50s… most remember her for supporting all of Tex’s crazy ideas…most notably, WETS…. We will miss her!! A tribute to Pat’s life will be held at Camp Longhorn Inks Lake, April 25th at 11am. A light lunch will follow in the Chow Hall. Her obituary, guestbook and photo album can be found at www.pathudsonrobertson.com …. Ricky Berens reached out to the ’70s swimmers and divers to support an endowment in Pat and Jane Patterson’s name. Thanks to those who have given generously to this and other endowments or the Longhorns for Life program. Contact Ricky or Jill for more information. With the pending changes in NCAA athletics, these gifts may be the only way to ensure the future of Longhorn swimming and diving. Keep up with the latest UT swimming and diving news at texassports.com and follow WETS on facebook.


Bill Robertson