WETS November Newsletter!!

WETS November Newsletter!!


Nov. 2012

Dear WETS,

Happy Holidays! We give thanks for your WETS donations coming in and Longhorn swim and dive success. This organization was created in 1966 to get exes involved in promoting and supporting Longhorn swimming and diving. This enthusiastic support brought us “The World’s Greatest (and still the best) Pool,” great coaches were hired, and now Longhorn Swimming and Diving is the premier program in the country. We encourage all of you – from recent grads all the way through our pioneers – to send in a few bucks and be counted (see the list of our loyal supporters). Donate online at our fabulous new website, www.WETSwim.org, or send in no more than $100 to the address above. Do not miss seeing our Longhorns in action this season and help promote the past to ensure our future!


  • 2012 Erwin Awards & Tailgate a huge success! Make Plans for next year’s reunion Sept. 13th and 14th 2013(Ole Miss Football weekend)
  • Mike Brown & Kara McGrath Chavey in the Longhorn Hall of Honor
  • Shaun Jordan to be enshrined in the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame and the USA Short Course National Dec. 1st.
  • 2012-2013 Longhorn Swim and Dive schedule
  • 2012-2013 WET$ Contributors (are you on the list?)
  • Remembering Longhorn greats and Aqua Carnivals!
  • WETSPOTS (Salo results and more)


I hope you have enjoyed the WETS website. You will find lots of pictures and interesting archives about Longhorn swimming and diving. If you have any news to share or a great picture to post please send it to . Please refer to the great swimming and diving coverage on the official UT website: www.TexasSports.com. Click the sports tab and select men or women. You will find the meet schedules, rosters and lots of great news and videos. The UT sports and information department does a great job not only covering our current Longhorns, but they keep us informed on the many grads still competing.


2012 Reunion Weekend and Erwin Awards

Our Annual WETS banquet and Frank Erwin Awards was our best ever. Thanks to all the effort that Jill Sterkel, Ted Doyle and all of our volunteers put in to ensure a great event. We had a capacity crowd at the T-Room to honor six great Longhorn Legends: Dr. Sheila Rice inspired us as she recounted the many jobs she filled over her 20+ years as a Longhorn. The positions she held simultaneously are now covered by about 20 employees in the athletic department. Lee Jamieson was honored for his huge contribution that has inspired a proper display for successful Longhorn swimmers, divers and teams over the last 75 years. Troy Dumais was applauded for his contribution to the Longhorn diving program and especially for coming away with bronze in London! Leroy Sutherland gave a memorable speech and will always be remembered for his tireless effort in keeping swimmers and divers eligible for many years. Diver Jenni Wagner made the trip from Wyoming with her family to be honored for her contributions to great teams of the mid-’80s. Colleen Lane Cox was honored as an NCAA 50 and 100 free champ and 2004 Olympian. Her contribution to Longhorn relays was remembered by her Coach Jill Sterkel. It was also a reunion for teams that end in ‘2, and the 1982 Men’s and Women’s teams took the top prize for having the most attendees. If you were on a Longhorn team ending in ‘3… hope you will make plans for the 2013 reunion weekend!


See more photos of the reunion at: Erwin Award Photos


2012 Longhorn Hall of Honor: Mike Brown & Kara McGrath Chavey


The UT Women’s Hall of Honor Induction brought back lots of memories and alumni to the 40 Acres to honor two great aquatic legends. UT’s first paid diving coach, Mike Brown (Brownie) and Kara McGrath Chavey delighted the crowd with inspirational speeches at the luncheon and then Saturday were honored on the field during halftime of the Iowa State game. The Horns (8-2) won the game!!

Kara (McGrath) Chavey (Swimming, 1984-87)
(B.A. English [magna cum laude], The University of Texas, 1987)
An 11-time All-American and six-time honorable mention All-American who helped lead the Longhorns to four consecutive NCAA team titles, (McGrath) Chavey was one of the top butterfly swimmers in school history. (McGrath) Chavey made an immediate impact on the Forty Acres in her freshman season in 1983-84, as she placed third in the 200-yard butterfly, eighth in the 100-yard butterfly and 12th in the 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships to help Texas win its first NCAA team crown and third overall national title. She received the prestigious V.F. Neuhaus Endowed Presidential Scholarship, UT’s highest endowed scholarship honor, following her freshman year. (McGrath) Chavey earned four All-America honors and one honorable mention All-America accolade as a sophomore in 1984-85 by placing second in the 200 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay, seventh in the 400 individual medley, eighth in the 100 butterfly and 16th in the 200 freestyle. She also broke UT’s school record in the 200 butterfly as a sophomore, a mark that stood until 2008. During her junior season in 1985-86, (McGrath) Chavey recorded her second consecutive NCAA runner-up finish in the 200 butterfly and also placed 15th in the 400 individual medley and 16th in both the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle to lead UT to its third consecutive NCAA title. During the summer prior to her senior season, she represented the United States at the 1986 FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) World Championships in Madrid, Spain, where she placed fourth in the 200-meter butterfly. (McGrath) Chavey served as team co-captain as a senior in 1986-87 and led the Longhorns to their fourth consecutive NCAA team title. She placed second in the 200 butterfly and the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. (McGrath) Chavey earned an additional All-America honor by swimming on UT’s 800 freestyle relay in the preliminary round, before Texas won the event in the finals. Following her senior season, she claimed UT’s prestigious Donna Lopiano Leadership Award. (McGrath) Chavey was also tabbed the Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and claimed a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. A four-time league individual champion during her collegiate career, she also led the Longhorns to four consecutive SWC team titles. (McGrath) Chavey graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Following her graduation, she represented the United States at the 1987 Pan American Games and won a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly. She and her husband, UT graduate Dr. William “Rusty” Chavey, live in Superior Township, Mich., with their seven children. (McGrath) Chavey is a homemaker who has homeschooled all seven of her children: Halley (21), Will (19), Sarah (17), Joseph (15), Maggie (13), Lucy (11) and Christopher (9).

Mike Brown (Diving Coach, 1976-94)
(A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 1970; M.S. Secondary Education, Indiana University, 1973)
A three-time National Diving Coach of the Year honoree, Brown was a part of 14 National Championship and 31 conference championship teams in his 18 seasons (1976-94) at the helm of the Texas men’s and women’s diving programs. During his tenure in Austin, Brown coached 28 All-Americans, 18 U.S. National Team members and five Olympians. His Texas divers captured a total of seven NCAA individual titles and 26 conference individual championships. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Brown was a successful diver in his own right. During his collegiate career at Dartmouth College, he earned three NCAA All-America honors and was a three-time EISL (Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League) Conference champion. Brown was an AAU National Champion in 1971 and competed internationally for the U.S. National Diving Team from 1972-76. After the completion of his competitive diving career, he moved into the role of head men’s and women’s diving coach at Texas. On the women’s side, Brown helped UT claim one AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) National title (1981) and eight NCAA Championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991) in addition to a combined 16 conference titles (four Texas AIAW and 12 Southwest Conference). He developed one AIAW individual national champion (Denise Christensen, three-meter in 1980), two NCAA individual champions (Kelly Jenkins, three-meter in 1989; Robin Carter, three-meter in 1994) and one NCAA Diver of the Year (Robin Carter in 1994). Brown was honored as the National Coach of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA) in 1983, 1991 and 1994. On the men’s side, Brown helped UT win five NCAA Championships (1981, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991) and 15 Southwest Conference titles. He tutored four NCAA individual champions (
Matt Scoggin, one-meter in 1983 and 1984; Jason Rhodes, three-meter in 1991 and 1992). Following his time at Texas, Brown spent six years with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, and one of those coaching with Pacific Coast Diving. Since 2000, Brown has coached both the men’s and women’s diving teams at the University of Hawai’i alongside his wife, Anita Rossing. Under Brown and Rossing’s guidance, Hawai’i divers have earned 28 NCAA All-America honors and two NCAA individual titles. QiongJie Huang claimed the 2005 NCAA crown on the one-meter springboard, while Emma Friesen won the 2008 NCAA title on the one-meter springboard. In addition, the 2005-06 Hawai’i women’s squad was the top point-scoring diving team at the NCAA Championships. A seven-time selection as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Diving Coach of the Year while at Hawai’i, Brown just completed his fourth year on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee, where he is co-chair of the NCAA Diving Rules Subcommittee. Brown also has had extensive coaching experience at the international level. The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team coach and a four-time coach for Team USA at the World University Games (1979, 1981, 1985 and 1987), he served as a U.S. National Team coach for a 17-year period (1979-96). Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth in 1970 and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 1973. He and Rossing live in Honolulu, Hawai’i, with their daughter, Rika Rossing. A two-time All-American diver at Texas who graduated in 1985, Anita Rossing competed for Sweden in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Rika recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Co.



WET$ Tea$ury report: How about this Bright idea!

Back to Thanksgiving: $cott Mactier says, “Thanks for pouring in your WET support!” 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. In LIGHT of your loyal splash of cash we have sent all of our contributors a little gift to FLASH the HOOK ’em and keep the future of UT aquatics BRIGHT! The Longhorn Foundation will gladly accept larger donations… Just make sure to tell them it’s for Swimming or Diving!!

WET$ 2012-2013 Contributors – Nov. 15th /2012


Hoffman, D.D. & Kelly Nichols, Tom & Regina
Blodgett, Bob Hubbell, Marty Reeves, Richard
Carter, Tim & Nancy Huntress, Tara (Nye) Rice, Dr. Sheila
Chavey, Kara (McGrath) & Rusty Hurwitz, Shawn & Debbie (Risen) Rich, Marvin & Shirley
Cornman, Chris & Terry Johnson, Bill & M.F. Robertson, Bill & Carol
Cox, John & Colleen (Lanne) Jordan, Shaun Robertson, Pat
Dersch, Hans Karbach, Hyl & Ann Santamaria, Richard & Susan
Dickson, Kent & Andrea (Hayes) Kitzman, Robert Scoggin, Matt & Becca
Doyle, Ted & Stacey Lajoie, Joe & Melinda Scott, Dr. Tony & Mary Beth
Duwe, Doug Little, Peggy (Hollar) & David Smith, Pliney & Julia
Elenz, Doug & Amber Machel, Fred & Claudia Smith, Stuart & Amy
Fick, Darrell Mactier, Scott & Karan Spann, Scott & Beth
Flaherty, Kenneth Manganiello, Drs. Louis & Judith Spillane, Jim & Carolyn
Flodine, James & Lynn Liberato Manning, Nancy (Robertson) Spitzmiller, Kent & Patsy
Gjertsen, Doug & Sandy May, Richard & Dana Dutcher Stapleton, Bill
Gordon, Lance McAnally, Bruce & Tina Stark, John & Jenni
Hagstette, Guy McCall, Claire (Sanders) & Glenn Sterkel, Jill
Heller, Jeff & Carol McCasland, Woody & Donna Thompson, Dr. Greg & Carole
Hergott, Colleen & Lonnie McKinlay, Michael Vance, Brian
Hoffman, Bill & Paula (Krizov) Nenon, Philip Walker, Neil & April
Willerson, Dr. Jim Worrel, Charles Yancey, Mark & Alice


Dunworth, Dru & Laura Lucksinger, Sally Smitherman, Drew & Macie
Graham, Don Sharpless, Bob & Gloria
Holton, James & Dianne Smith, Tommy & Bonnie


Boss, Steven & Elena Hedgepeth, Whitney Plummer, George & Patty
Hecox, Becky (Kast) & Mark McClamroch, Harris


Brink, Bill O. Smith, Sharon Wilson, Wynant & Judy
Jostes, Scott Sterkel, Joanne
Robertson, Jim Watson, Iva Gene


We appreciate the support and will continue to promote UT swimming and diving causes. Make plans to see the newly remodeled (and still the best) pool, support our Horns and attend one of the scheduled meets or just stop by sometime for a tour. WETS plans on helping however we can to expand the great work that has already begun to display our great teams (Conference and National Championship) and individuals (All-Americans, National Champions and Olympians) that brought notoriety to UT. Not sure the space is big enough to honor all the greats with our recent success… but Charles Logan and his crew are hard at work.

Come to Austin Dec. 1st!!!


Winter Nationals meet info


Please help us honor the newest inductees of the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame at a reception and presentation and see the world’s best swimmers in action!

Bruce Hayes, Shaun Jordan, Bryan Robbins & Mike Sorrells

Lifetime Achievement Award: Beverly Ball

When: Saturday Dec. 1st, 2012

Reception 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (light snacks)

On-deck Presentation: 4:30 pm

Where: Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center


Admission is being charged for this event!


This year’s TSDHOF installation ceremony will take place just before the final session of USA Swimming’s Short Course.

Help us support the great work the TSDHOF is doing!! More information, including videos and previous inductees, is available on the website: www.tsdhof.org. The TSDHOF is a non-profit organization that was created to enshrine the legends, pioneers and rich history of aquatics in the state of Texas. The TSDHOF has no paid employees and exists alone on donations from those who wish to honor the past and to inspire the future of Texas aquatics. So please send in your annual splash to keep them afloat and honor the folks (many of them longhorns) that have brought notoriety to our great state.



We look forward to showing off our new displays on the 2nd floor of the swim center, including a tribute to the famous Aqua Carnivals. This display will help us remember the hard work Longhorn swimmers and divers put into these shows so they could afford to travel to meets. The team had no budget or scholarships until 1949. This letter shows the appreciation the athletes had for those attending their events…… Outside the top entrance to the swim center will be a fantastic tribute to all Longhorns that participated in the Olympic games…… Our annual reunion was our very best and plans are already in the works to make our 2013 get together even better. 1978 UT team captain, Darrell Fick is chairing a committee to help WETS and the T-Association recruit teammates to our annual reunions. This year we honored all those teams from the ‘2s, and I am happy to report that the 1982 teams had the most representatives (I think it was 13)….. If you were on a team that ends in ‘3, we hope to see you….. Save the date: Sept. 14th 2013! Our reunion will be during the 2nd football game weekend (Ole Miss)….. Turns out Tex really did invent the Frisbee according to The Complete Book of Frisbee. Just recently the Austin Flying Disc Club commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Tex’s Gregory Gym demonstration. The club’s president, James “Jimbo” Bauman, created this poster and had the Frisbee company create some discs to honor Tex on the occasion. Carol and I are fortunate, during football season, to sit behind one of Tex’s star swimmers from the ’40s, Hylmar “Moose” Karbach. I asked him how he got his nickname. He stated that in 1947 during a dual meet with A&M, team Captain Jack Tolar announced that he looked like a moose while swimming freestyle….. the name stuck. Moose went on to tell me that the salo was used during meets to send results to the announcer for 100-yard races. The Gregory Gym pool was 33 1/3 yards long, so races would finish at the far end. After the timers wrote the times down, they were then attached to the salo and sent through the air to the announcer….. Mark your calendar for next year’s Swim Across America, Dallas Open Water Swim Saturday, June 8th, 2013. Start a team, swim with your friends and “Make Waves to Fight Cancer.” Former Longhorn Swimmers made a huge impact on the success of last year’s race. The 2012 event had 224 swimmers and 20 tribute teams and raised over $285,000 for our local beneficiary, the Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. We can’t wait to make the 2013 event even bigger and better! Get Involved! ….. Harris McClamroch Jr. sent us some great photos we posted on the website. His father swam on the ‘36-‘40 Longhorn squads that barnstormed the U.S. ( back row far left), while Jr. swam for Hank Chapman from ’59-’60. After graduating with a PHD in engineering from UT he has been a professor at the University of Michigan and swims with the Masters team in Ann Arbor. ….. San Antonio is making a run to host the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials. The last two Trials have been in Omaha, Nebraska, and now they would like a shot at putting on the event. According to Jenny Carnes of the San Antonio Sports Foundation, “We are planning on hosting in the Alamodome, which gives us (practically speaking) unlimited seating, so we can do all sorts of team deals, etc., in  addition to the “traditional” seating like in Omaha. If we are successful, we should all be able to use this event to both motivate our current swimmers and recruit hundreds (thousands?) of new ones!”  Expect more propaganda. ….. You can find great stories on the UT website….. When counting your blessings, please know how blessed Longhorn Swimming and Diving is under the guidance of Eddie Reese, Kris Kubik and Matt Scoggin, and I have to mention the come-from-behind dual meet victory that came down to the last relay in Palo Alto by the UT women. It was a total team effort according to new head coach, Carol Capitani….. check out the story: http://www.texassports.com/sports/w-swim/recaps/110312aaa.html ….. Hope you can make one of the meets and come see the great new displays and improvements made at the pool….. Big XII is in Austin Feb. 27-Mar 2!!



Bill Robertson