WETS Fall 2015 Newsletter!

WETS Fall 2015 Newsletter!

Dear WETS,


We give thanks for the wonderful outpouring of support to WETS and UT Swimming and Diving! This is the 84th year of Longhorn Swimming. We have an amazing history and are proud so many of you showed up for the reunion weekend. A BIG THANKS TO JILL, RICKY, Courtney, Trey AND THE T-ASSOCIATION for putting on the Alumni Relays, the Saturday tailgate and on-the-field recognition of all swimming and diving letter winners, including the 2015 Men’s NCAA Championship team!


2015 Fall WETS PDF02The 41st Annual Frank Erwin Dinner honored Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen, Jodi Wilson Kuhn, Tobie Smith, and Emily Sullivan Lyden; and Off Deck Hero Charles Logan. We thank the many who make this event so special year in and year out! Plans are already in the works to recruit the 6s!! Photos of the weekend by Doug Elenz & Vanessa Said can be viewed HERE!


2015-2016 WET$ Donors
We are truly blessed with the support you have given our organization. Our goals continue to be the same as it was when our founders started the organization in 1967: HONOR the past, PROMOTE the present and future of Texas swimming and diving and PROVIDE a common forum for all former swimmers, divers, coaches and fans.


Anderson, Bruce & Beth
Beasley, Stephen & Nancy
Beck, Robert
Blodgett, Bob
Bostock, Ken & Amber
Brown, Annie (Getter) & Hunter
Brundage, Patrick
Chase, Lydia Morrow & Stephen
Cornman, Chris & Terry
Dersch, Hans & Juliette Madrigal
Dickson, Kent & Andrea
Dunworth, Dru & Laura
Elenz, Doug & Amber
Fick, Darrell
Flaherty, Kenneth & Karen
Flodine, James
Gilbert, Edwin
Gjertsen, Doug & Sandra
Gordon, Lance
Graham, Donald & Ingrid
Hansen, Brendan & Martha
Heller, Jeff & Carol
Henry, John

Century Cont’d.

Holton, James & Dianne
Hubbell, Marty
Huntress, Tara (Nye)
Hurwitz, Deborah & Shawn
Jamail, Joseph
Jordan, Shaun & Lindsey
Karbach, Hylmar
Kendricks, Sam
Kenny, John & Andrea
Kirchner, Kris & Dawn
Kitzman, Bob & Miyuki
LaJoie, Joe & Melinda
Little, Peggy (Hollar) & David
Machell, Fred & Claudia
Madsen, Wayne & Amy
Manganiello, Drs. Louis & Judith
Marshall, Mary
McAnally, Austin & Tricia
McCasland, Woody & Donna
McKinlay, Michael
Metzger, Kristi
Mieras, Melissan & Tom
Moore, Charlie

Century Cont’d.

Nichols, Tom & Regina
Patterson, Scott
Poston, Pritchett
Rearick, Catherine
Reeves, Richard & Candace
Reeves, William & Denise
Rhodes, Jason & Jessica
Rich, Marvin & Shirley
Robertson, Will
Santamaria, Susan & Richard
Scott, Tony & Mary Beth
Smith, Pliny & Julia
Smith, Tobie Lynn
Spann, Scott & Beth
Spillane, Jim
Spitzmiller, Ken & Patsy
Stark, Jenni Wagner
Thibault, Jeff & Kelly
Thompson, Greg & Carole
Vance, Bryan
Walker, Neil & April
Weber-Gale, Garrett & Kara
Worrel, Dick
Worthington, Ann (Drolsom)


Boss, Steven & Elena
Brown, Mike & Anita Rossing
Burns, Tenley & Mike
Campbell, Sarah E. Altgelt
Hoffman, DD & Kelly
Hoffman, Paula Krizon
Lucksinger, Sally
Sanders, Kyle & Melissa
Welborn, C.T.


Cowand, Carol & Lyle
McCalla, Dudley & Maline
Plummer, George
Smith, Thomas


Bostock, Ken & Amber
Clotworthy, Bob
Connell, Janette (Thweatt) & Michael
Halpenny, Debbie (Reinback) & Walter
Kinney, Kathleen (Karback)
McClamroch, Harris
Powell, Julie
Sutton, Donald
Waddill, Greg & Sharon


Grant, Jody & Sheila
Richardson, Ken & Judi
Smith, Sharon
If you don’t see your name on the list then please Donate Online or send your splash of cash (no more than $100.00) to: WETS, PO Box 132614, Woodlands, TX. 77393.


Longhorns for Life
Your WETS donations are appreciated and very helpful to carry out our good deeds and build support. I must point out that if you really want our swimming and diving programs to survive and thrive then please donate to the Longhorns for Life program. The program encourages letter winner participation to help continue the legacy of Texas Athletics for future generations. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the percentage of letter winners who give back to Texas Athletics and make each sport self-sustaining. This is precisely why a group of us recently formed the Pat & Jane Patterson Endowment for Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving. All donations are for the benefit of our sport and it honors 2 people that gave so much to the University. All financial contributions as a part of the Longhorns for Life program are 100 percent tax deductible. Donate Today!

TexasSwimmingandDivingHallOfFamePlease check out the TSDHOF museum at the Lee and Joe Jamail swim center to see the great tribute to Texas Aquatics, it’s legends and the great new displays. This all volunteer organization needs your support to continue its mission. Visit to website WWW.TSDHOF.org to learn more or donate.



WET’s Support our Teams!
It’s not all about the $… Both the Men and Women are off to fast starts. The #1 Men are 6-0 (7-0 if you count the orange-white meet) and the #6 Women are 6-1. They beat the Aggies but came up just short against #2 NC State. Come out and support our Longhorn teams while they are in action:

2015-2016 Women’s Swimming and Diving schedule
2015-2016 Men’s Swimming and Diving schedule

Texassports.com is doing a great job of covering swimming and diving… so check it often. If you are on facebook (like Coach Pat and many others)you would want to join The University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving Family & Friends page. Brenda Ringgold is the administrator and invites you to their group! Will Reeves also has a WETS facebook page.

Travel with the Horns!!
At the end of this letter you will find hotel information for many of the meets this season including blocks of rooms for the Men’s and Women’s NCAA meets in Atlanta. Philip Nenon has not missed many NCAA meets since graduating in 1982 as an All-American and team captain and encourages a big number of Longhorn fans to join him at the Men’s NCAAs. Jill sent out a reminder to purchase tickets and booked 50 for the Men’s and eight for the Women’s meet. Another famous Texas Ex, Doug Gjertsen (89) will be our Atlanta connection. A big thanks to team mom Brenda Ringgold and UT’s Mary Jaurez for putting together the list of hotels and blocks of rooms.

UT Men’s & Women’s Hall of Honor

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Congrats to Tori Trees Smith, Debbie Risen Hurwitz and Brendan Hansen on their induction into the prestigious Longhorn Hall of Honor. More on the women’s hall of honor HERE and Brenden’s speech HERE!

A Swimcere thanks for your support. Hope to see you at a meet and Hook’em,

Bill Robertson, WETS news


UT Men’s and Women’s Swim Parents & Friends Room Blocks 2015/2016

Please be aware of the cutoff date when booking rooms. Contact either Brenda or myself if you have any questions, problems booking, or if you are told a block is full. The sooner rooms are booked the easier it is to add more rooms if necessary. All rooms can be cancelled with each hotel’s normal policy. Good luck to all of our swimmers. Hook ‘em!

Linda Baxley, , 707-486-3621
Brenda Ringgold, , 817-313-8912

Texas Invitational – 3 Hotels Available 12/2-6/2015

Hotel: Courtyard Marriott/Austin University Area Address: 5660 N IH 35, Austin, TX, 78751
Phone #: 512-458-2340
Rate: 119.00
Cutoff Date: 11/19/2015
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Swim Parents

Hotel: Austin Marriott South
Address: 4415 south IH-35, Austin, TX, 78744
Phone #: 512-441-7900
Rate: 129.00
Cutoff Date: 11/6/2015
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Swim Team Parent Block Dec 2015

Hotel: Radisson Hotel and suites Austin downtown Address: 111 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX, 78701 Phone: 512-473-1544 or 800-333-3333
Rate: 142.00
Cutoff Date: 11/2/2015
Hotel Link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/UTSWIMDecember
Complimentary Self-Parking, regularly $19.00 per day

Meet: Arizona 1/29-30/2016

Hotel Date: 1/28-29/2016
Hotel: Aloft
Address: 1900 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone #: 520-908-6800
Rate: 149.00 Cutoff Date: 1/7/2016
Big 12 Championship – 2/23-28/2016
Same hotels and rate as Texas Invite

Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Austin-University Area Cutoff Date: 2/9/2016
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Swim Parents

Hotel: Austin Marriott South
Cutoff Date: 1/26/2016
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Swim Team Parent Block Feb 2016

Hotel: Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown
Cutoff Date: 1/25/2016
Hotel Link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/UTSwimandDiveParents

Women’s NCAA – 2 hotels 3/16-20/2016

Hotel: Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown
Address: 590 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone #: 404-877-9000
Rate: 149.00
Cutoff Date: 3/2/1016
Hotel Link: http://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd-local-city-guide-

Hotel: Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech
Address: 1132 Techwood Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone #: 404-607-1112 or 800-321-2211
Rate 200.00
Cutoff Date: 2/24/2016
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Parent Room Block

Men’s NCAA – 2 hotels Date: 3/23-27/2016

Hotel: Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech
Address: 1132 Techwood Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone #: 404-607-1112 or 800-321-2211
Rate 189.00
Cutoff Date: 3/2/2016
Hotel Link: Book your group rate for UT Men’s Swim Team Parent Block

Hotel: Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown
Address: 590 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 Phone #: 404-877-9000
Rate: 149.00
Cutoff Date: 3/2/2016
Hotel Link: https://aws.passkey.com/g/52765317