WETS Summer 2015 Newsletter!

WETS Summer 2015 Newsletter!

Dear WETS,
2015 was a great year for Longhorn Swimming and Diving. The Men won their 11th NCAA title and the Women improved to 7th. Thanks to you, our little organization blossomed with support last year and we do hope you will support WETS again this season. Even the smallest amount means you care and support the greatest university and our swimmers, divers and coaches!

WET’s celebrate September 18th and 19th in Austin. Friday night is our 40th annual WETS Banquet and FRANK ERWIN AWARDS. WETS is honoring seven great Longhorn Swimming and Diving legends: Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen, Matt Hooper, Jodi Wilson Kuhn, Tobie Smith, Emily Sullivan and our Off Deck Hero, Charles Logan.

Jill has secured a new location for the banquet in the Stadium Club on the 5th floor. We can now seat up to 200 guests!! Please get your reservation to Chairman TED DOYLE through the WETS website right away!

Don’t miss your chance to get WET Friday afternoon at the fun Alumni Relays. Ricky Berens will be sending details very soon. Saturday will be the letter-winners’ tailgate party before the Cal game. (Yes, the team our men’s swimmers destroyed in March.) This year’s event is again co-sponsored by the T-Association and WETS. All letter-winners and their families are invited as well as WETS members. JILL STERKEL and Ricky are doing a wonderful job of coordinating the T-Association and we are grateful for their hard work in getting this all together. Jill has sent out a reservation card. Look for more details below.

We are honoring all members of teams from the ‘5s; 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 & 2015. ….for the weekend’s events… My captain from the 1978 team, Darrell Fick, serves as our WETS recruiting coordinator. With help from Ricky he has contacted all the captains for those years and you might expect a call, email, text, tweet, friend request etc… from your captain!!!

WETS in this letter?

  • WETS DEWS & Longhorns for Life….a great way to give back to UT swimming and diving.
  • Reunion Weekend Invitation and 2015 Frank Erwin Awards Page 4- Men win it all and Women improve to 7th!
  • Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Inducts Brendan and Dotson!
  • WET Spots!

You should receive this in the mail?? We will be sending you WETS letters via email and posts on our website throughout the year. If you are not on the Longhorn swim network email list or the T-Association list; or you do not get this letter in the mail then please contact Jill Sterkel with a good mailing address.
$$ WETS Dews are due $$

Thanks for helping Texas Swimming stay afloat. Please use the website to pay your dues or send in the envelope with your 2015-2016 donation. (Plez wets your own stamp to save us some $$$.) Do not send more than $100.00 (unless you are paying for banquet tickets) as big donations are still needed to help UT swimming by donating to the Longhorn Foundation or Longhorns for Life. Don’t forget to check Swimming and Diving when donating!!!

Our treasurer, $cott Mactier, reports that we are in good financial condition and have plenty of liquid assets to put on our annual banquet, provide the team awards and Erwin plaques, print and mail this fun letter and help where we can. We appreciate all the work Scott and his bride Karan are doing to help the organization! Our balance stands at $16,379.14 . Your little splash of cash helps us promote UT Swimming and Diving, gives honor to our great past and helps the future of Burnt Orange Aquatics!

Here are our Top Four suggested ways to financially support Texas Swimming:

#1….WETS. We limit your contributions to your WETS organization to no more than $100.00 so you can give where it truly counts.

#2….The Longhorn Foundation. Many of us give to the Longhorn Foundation and will continue to do so for football ticket preference and to help athletics. The T-Association has now made it possible for gifts of any size to go directly to Swimming and Diving.

#3….Longhorns for Life. With the big changes to college athletic funding, it is important for us to show support for our swimming and diving programs and ensure they thrive. There are 2 ways to contribute:

Longhorns for Life-Scholarships
Longhorns for Life-Sport Support
-The phone # for the T-Association is 512-471-6864.

Longhorns For Life Program – Swimming/Diving – The Longhorns for Life program allows you to make a gift that will directly impact our swimming and diving programs – guaranteed. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and every cent goes to support a current student-athlete making the same ripples that you once made on the 40 Acres. We challenge you – UT Men’s & Women’s Swimming/Diving alumni – to have the highest participation percentage of all Longhorn sports. Any amount is helpful and participation is crucial. We’re off to a great start.

#4….Endowments. We have a great start with the following endowments listed below. Most of these endowments are not yet fully funded and there is a minimum amount needed to contribute to them. If you would like to donate in honor of one of the named Scholarship Endowments… please contact Jill or Ricky: 512-471-6864.

– Jane Dillard Hanger/Tex Robertson Endowed Presidential Scholarship
– Henry M. Jungman Endowed Presidential Scholarship
– Carol and Jeffrey M. Heller Endowed Scholarship in Swimming I
– Carol and Jeffrey M. Heller Endowed Scholarship in Swimming II
– Dr. James T. Willerson Endowed Scholarship Fund
– Hank Chapman Endowed Scholarship in Swimming
– Head Swim Coach Endowment
– Jeffrey M. Heller Endowed Swimming Scholarship
– Joe Conley Bowling Endowed Scholarship
– Tex Robertson Swimming Endowed Scholarship
– Will Sarosdy Endowed Scholarship in Swimming
– Pat and Jane Kneip Patterson Swimming and Diving Endowment

Please follow the lead of these generous folks and donate to the Longhorns for Life Swimming and Diving Endowment or Contact the T-Association if you have any questions.

Swimming & Diving Reunion Weekend Hosted by the T-Association and W.E.T.S.

Friday, Sept. 18th
– 4 pm: Alumni Relays (UT Swim Center)
– 6 pm: Social Hour (Stadium Club)
– 7 pm: W.E.T.S. Banquet (Stadium Club) – Access to the Stadium Club is by elevators on the west side to the 5th floor.

Reservations for the W.E.T.S. Banquet can be made through our website. RSVP DEADLINE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2013. Century members tickets are $25 pp (limit 2), other WETS members $50 per person. All reservations for the WETS banquet must be placed through WETS. Space is limited for this event.

Saturday, Sept. 19th 4 PM
– Texas Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Tailgate (4 – 6:30 pm)
– Location TBD

Complimentary for letter-winners and their spouse/significant other and immediate family members. Register for the tailgate and football tickets online. Send questions to: or 512.471.6864

Texas Football vs. Cal (6:30 pm)
Swimming and Diving Letter-winners qualify for one complimentary football ticket for this game. You also have the option to purchase additional tickets. All tickets based on availability. Tickets will be available for pick-up on game day at the Champions Club Tailgate. Deadline to RSVP and order football tickets is Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Please check out the Frank Erwin Award tab on our website to find out more about the award and see a list of all the inductees and their photos since the first award was given to Frank in 1973. There you will find a nomination form for deserving contributors to Longhorn Swimming and Diving. Please let us know if you are a former honoree and you have a picture (or better picture) for us to display…send it to us and we will add or replace it.

2015 Frank Erwin Honorees

Brendan Hansen: Born near Philadelphia, Hansen came to Texas as soon as he could to become one of the best breastrokers in American history. He is a six-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one silver and two bronze) and a former world record holder in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breastroke. He won a total of 25 medals in major international competition (18 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze) spanning the Olympics, World Championships and Pan Pacific Championships. During his time as a Longhorn, he never lost a breastroke event. Brendan was a sixteen time all-American and won fourteen NCAA national championships. He continues to give back to the sport and is currently general manager of Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy. Brendan and his wife Martha have two children.

Ian Crocker: (2000-2004) The most famous swimmer to ever come out of the state of Maine. A huge contributor to NCAA championship teams in ’01 and ’02, NCAA Champion in the 100 butterfly in ‘01, ‘02, ‘03 and ’04. NCAA Champion in the 100 free in’04. Member of five NCAA champion relays. Three-time U.S. Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008), earning three golds, one silver and one bronze. He held world records in the 50 and 100 LCM butterfly and 100 butterfly SCM and 100 free SCM. World Champion in the 100 butterfly in 2003 and 2005. Ian served as a volunteer assistant coach for the UT Women’s team for 2013-15. Currently Ian is a highly sought after swim clinician putting on more than 25 clinics per year throughout the United States.

Matt Hooper: (1992-1996) Outstanding all-American distance swimmer from San Antonio. U.S. national champion in the 1650 free, 400 IM, 100 fly, and 200 fly. SWC Champion from ’93 – ’96 in 500 free and 1650 free and ’94/’95 in 400 IM. He held the UT school record in the 400 IM, 200 fly, 500 free, 1000 and 1650 free. A vital member of 1996 NCAA Championship team, he tied at 10th for the most-ever individual Southwest Conference titles. A nine-time member of the U.S. National Team, including three Pan Pacific Championships (1991, ’93 and ’95). Multi-time representative to both USA Swimming’s and U.S. Masters Swimming’s national conventions, and currently works for the American Swimming Coaches Association. Additionally, Matt still continues to compete at a high level in Master’s swimming.

Jodi Wilson Kuhn: (1989-93) The 1991 NCAA Champion in the 100 back. She was a ten-time NCAA All-American and four-time honorable mention. At the 1991 Pam American Games she won bronze in the 100 back and gold in the 400 medley relay. She placed fifth in the 100 back at the 1991 World Championships.

Tobie Smith: (1991-95) A ten-time NCAA All-American and three-time honorable mention, Tobie was the 1994 NCAA Champion in the 1650 free. SWC Champion in 1992 and 1993 in the 500 and 1650 free, and in 1994 in the 1650 free. H swam on two UT NCAA Champion teams. At the 1991 Pan Pacific Games he placed fourth in the 1500 free, and at the 1993 Pan Pacific Games he won gold in the 1500 free and placed fourth in the 800 free. He won gold in the 800 and 1500 free at the 1995 World University Games and was on the 1995 GTE SWC Academic Honor Roll. He competed as an open water swimmer at the 1997 Pan Pacific Games team and the 1998 World University Games team, and was world champion in the 25K swim in 1998. He is a three-time Manhattan Island Swim Champion and successfully crossed the English Channel in 1999 in under 9 hours.

Emily Sullivan Lyden: All-American diver and two time honorable mention from Toledo, Ohio. In 1984 she was an all-American in the one-meter and placed eighth at the NCAAs, and was an honorable mention all-American in the three-meter placing ninth at the NCAAs. She was SWC champion in the one-meter in 1985 and helped the UT women to NCAA titles in 1984 and 1985. Emily is married to former LSU and Kentucky diving coach Mike Lyden. They live in Lexington, Kentucky, and have three children: Jessica, Jack and Brittany. She has spent most of her adult life in the swimming and diving world and now enjoys hiking and gardening.

Off Deck Hero – Charles Logan: Charles comes from the Rio Grande Valley where he swam for the McAllen Swim Club in the early ’70s to early ’80s. He was hired in 2005 as director of the UT Swim Center. Since that time he has directed the major overhaul of the inside and outside of the swim center. He was instrumental in establishing the TSDHOF and museum displays on the 2nd floor. In 2011, along with Kris Kubik and Jill Sterkel, he began work on honoring the rich history of UT Swimming and diving. Thanks to Lee Jamison’s recent donation, Charles completed the 2nd floor All-American, Letterman and Olympic displays. Charles is an outstanding water polo player, a world-class freestyle frisbee player and a collector of aquatic memorabilia. He and wife Gail have a daughter and two grandsons with two more on the way!

Longhorn Men win it all!!

With the leadership of Eddie, Kris and Matt, our Longhorn Men won the Big XII and NCAA Championships. Eddie Reese has 11 titles, second only to Ohio State Coach Mike Peppe. They have now have claimed a spot in the top five in 35 of the last 36 seasons. Check out the meet results and stories at www.texassports.com.

2015 TEAM AWARDS (Provided by WETS)

Leadership: Kip Darmody Spirited: Jake Ritter
Most Improved: Clark Smith
Most Improved Diver: Will Chandler
Most Valuable Swimmer: Will Licon
Most Valuable Diver: Mark Anderson

UT Women 7th at NCAA meet!

It was a great year for the Longhorn Women under third-year coach Carol Capatani and veteran dive coach Matt Scoggin. Texas won the Big XII and finished 7th at the NCAA meet. Texas had placed ninth in the previous three NCAA Championships. Meet results and stories at www.texassports.com.

2015 TEAM AWARDS (provided by WETS)

Leadership: Gretchen Jaques
Most Improved Swimmer: Kaitlin Pawlowicz
Most Improved Diver: Meghan Houston
Most Valuable Swimmers: Gretchen Jaques & Madisyn Cox
Most Valuable Diver: Murphy Bromberg

Red White, Blue and Burnt Orange!

The horns were well represented Internationally this summer. The World University Games in Gwangiu,
South Korea had the largest contingent. Emma Ivory Ganja, Jack Conger, Madisyn Cox (gold in the 800 free relay and silver in the 400 IM), Imri Ganiel, Matt Ellis, Sam Lewis, John Murray and Coach Kris Kubik all made the trip. Matt Scoggin was the head coach for the Pan American Games in Toronto. Maren Taylor won a bronze at Pan Am Games in Toronto on 3m synchro and was 5th in 3m individual. And Cory Bowersox won a bronze in 3m synchro and Murphy Bromberg was 4th in 10m synchro and 5th in individual 10m. Murphy Bromberg is diving 10m synchro with Mark Anderson as they were the first ever mixed synchro USA National champions which qualified them for The World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Matt Scoggin will be there coaching and supporting them and all of our US Diving team. Longhorn swimmers to watch at the Worlds are Jimmy Feigen, Michael McBroom, Joseph Schooling and Clay Youngquist.
Newcomers to the 40 acres arrive August 21st!

Men:
– Safa Anya, Houston, TX
– Tait Jackson, Austin, TX
– Townley Haas, Richmond, VA
– Ryan Harty, Gardner, MA
– Max Holter
– Casey Melzer, North Allegheny, PA
– Jeff Newkirk, Chesterfield, VA
– Jeremy Nichols, Rockwall TX
– John Shebat, Oakton, VA
– Mason Tenney, Austin, TX

Women:
– Olivia Anderson, Edina, MN
– Quinn Carrozza, Austin, TX
– Alyssa Cook, Olympia, WA
– Anelise Diener, San Antonio, TX
– Joanna Evans, Freeport, Bahamas
– Brooke Hansen, Loveland, CO
– Nora McCullagh, Charlotte, NC
– Remedy Rule, Crozet, VA
– Meghan O’Brien
– Brooke Pospical
– Sofia Rauzi
Lights….Camera…Action!

A half-million-dollar lighting renovation is underway at the swim center. Charles Logan reports: “we are switching to an LED system designed to give a warm but much brighter feel. In addition we will be able to do some lighting displays more designed for crowd pleasing enhancement. Instant on and off with spotlights and other features will give the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center the best lighting in a natatorium in the country. We are the first athletic venue to go 100% LED on campus!”

Longhorn Aquatics will be hosting Junior Nationals in December and The Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame will be hosting their banquet in April. Come over to any of the regularly scheduled club or athletic events to see the new lighting and especially the new Texas Olympians display on the second level of the Swimming Center….. more about that and a way you can help us promote and preserve the rich history of Texas Swimming!

Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame: Dotson & Brendan Honored

A record crowd was on hand in San Antonio to see five Texas aquatic legends and Longhorn/Austin
Aquatics honored. Please check out the amazing acceptance speeches from Brendan Hansen and Dotson Smith along with pictures and videos on the TSDHOF website.

Jamail Swim Center director and Hall of Fame curator, Charles Logan, reports: The Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame continues to add memorabilia and displays to the hall at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Enhancements have been made to the Texas Swimming Pool display, and a new exhibit details the history of Texas Olympians and international competition. The hall is actively seeking donations of any memorabilia such as posters, pictures and awards.

The TSDHOF is a non-profit organization and very much needs your support to exist. You may make a contribution online (it’s easy and appreciated) to honor an inductee or simply send us a donation to help us stay afloat. Donations may be sent to 45 Lake Forest Circle, Conroe, TX 77384
Three Swimmers to be Inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor!

Congratulations to Debbie Risen Hurwitz, Tori Trees Smith and Brendan Hansen. All three are being inducted into the prestigious LHOH! The induction banquet for the 2015 women’s class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25. The luncheon ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Lone Star Room of the Frank Erwin Center. Tickets to the ceremony are $35 per person, and interested patrons may also sponsor a table of 10 for $450. For ticket inquiries, please email for availability.

The banquet for the 2015 men’s class will be held later that same evening. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner ceremony to start at 7 p.m. on the floor of the Erwin Center. Tickets to the ceremony are $75 per person, and interested patrons may also sponsor a table of 10 for $1,000. For ticket inquiries, please email for availability.

WETSPOTS….. If any of you have pictures, news or address changes; please send to WETS or email me Our new website has been a blessing and I want to thank Jon Lucksinger (Tex’s grandson) for maintaining the site and posting all the great info and pictures. Jill Sterkel is keeping up with all email addresses and getting news out to all of us. Please let her know your email address so she can continue to build a great support base for Longhorn Swimming and Diving……Darrell Fick, Team Captain of my 1979 team, is recruiting all the teams that end in 5. Show up and be counted…if you can’t make the gathering this year then the ‘6s need to start planning…….

A new display about the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is on display on the fifth floor of the north end zone of Memorial Stadium. The collection cost around $100,000 to bring to Austin. One of the stars of the 1936 Olympics was Adolph Kiefer, now 96 and the oldest living UT Olympic Champion. In his long career of over 2,000 races, he only lost twice. Adolph remembers meeting Hitler at the pool in Berlin. His parents were born in Germany and they joked about having the same first name with just a few different letters. Kiefer said if he knew then what he knows now, he would have thrown him in the pool and drowned him to save us all a lot of trouble. He was the first man under a minute in the 100 backstroke and came to Texas just after Olympic glory to help Tex Robertson’s team dominate the SWC and finish fifth at the NCAA meet…..If you have been paying attention for the last 18 years…
Troy Dumais is still at his best!! At age 35, Dumais has made 20 straight national teams going back to 1996, won 38 national titles and is trying to become the first U.S. diver to compete in five Olympic Games. Dumais won his first Olympic medal, a bronze in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard with Kristian Ipsen, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. “There’s a lot of people that still can’t believe I’m diving,” Dumais said, “and there’s a lot of people that can’t believe I’m diving and doing it so well.” He won both the AT&T National Diving Championships in August and the USA Diving Winter National Championships in December.

Team Longhorn had another great showing at the fifth annual Swim Across America Dallas Open Water Swim in June. Led by team captains Lydia Morrow Chase and Kristi Busico Metzger, Swim Across America was very successful this year. Lydia reports: “The event raised just over $300K and Team Longhorn once again took the top fundraising spot raising more than $80K. The heavy rains during the month of May forced us to swim indoors, but we still had a great event and many former Longhorns were able to join us in Dallas, including Kirk Stackle, Jill Sterkel and her son Brandon, Dave Swenson, Bob Kitzman, John Agathon and Justin Bradford. My husband Steve swam for the first time along with me and my daughter Campbell. Kristi Busico Metzger and her daughter swam for us down in Austin. And of course, Daniel Watters, Andrea Hayes Dickson and Jeanne Doolan Cunningham who co-chair the event were there to cheer us on. We plan on seeing ‘The Captain’ John Smith and his bride Tori Trees Smith this fall. Both were valuable members of National Championship teams at UT. Their son, Clark captured the NCAA title in the 500 free this spring and we will get to see his mom inducted into the UT Women’s Hall of Honor in November!”

As always I ran out of room to brag about Longhorn Swimming past, present, and future…. ….Let’s all make an effort to unite September 18th and 19th in Austin!! Calling all ‘5s…..Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the WETS Banquet and the Tailgate Reunion …

Hook’em and see you there….

Swimcerely,
Bill Robertson