WETS Summer Newsletter!!

WETS Summer Newsletter!!

Dear WETS,


Let’s applaud another great year for Longhorn Swimming and Diving and look forward to cheering on this year’s teams as they strive to make us all proud and light the tower burnt orange. Good news: UT is hosting the Men’s 2014 NCAAs… should make for a fun spring weekend in Austin. 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 13th and 14th in Austin. Friday night is our 38th annual WETS Banquet and FRANK ERWIN AWARDS. WETS is honoring 6 great Longhorn Swimming and Diving legends: Scott Goldblatt, Ricky May, Jim Spillane, Jodi Eyles Hovarth, Sherry Wiggington Beall and Mary Jaurez.

There is a limit of 100 seats so please get your reservation to Chairman TED DOYLE through the WETS new website right away! www.wetswim.org/banquet/

Saturday will be the Letter-winners tailgate party before the Ole Miss game.

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 has done a wonderful job of coordinating the T-Association and we are grateful for her hard work in getting this all together. Jill has sent out a reservation card or you can sign up on the Longhorn Foundation donor page.

RSVP: https://texaslonghorns.donornetpac.com/Login.aspx

Questions: or 512.471-6864

Email Jill if you have any questions?

We are honoring all members of teams from the 3-s; 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 & 2003.… for the weekend’s events… Expect a call from your team captain or Darrell Fick (recruiting coordinator).

WETS in this letter?

Reunion Weekend Invitation and 2013 Frank Erwin Winners information

– Longhorns shine in 2013

Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Inducts Neil Walker

– WET SPOTS… Alumni make a splash in Dallas… again!


This is the electronic version of the only printed WETS letter this year. If we have your mailing address you probably have already received and used your dews envelope to send in your donation! 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; please contact Jill Sterkel . We apologize to those without email, but this will save us lots of money to be spent on worthy projects? Let us know if you don’t have email and we will mail you a printed version.

$$ WETS Dews are due $$

Thanks for helping Texas Swimming stay afloat. Please use our website to pay your dues or send in the envelope with your 2013-2014 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. 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 just over $13,655.74. We even splurged for a reunion before the Big XII in Austin that was very well attended. 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.

Swimming & Diving Reunion Weekend

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 & SATURDAY, Sept. 14, 2013

Hosted by the T-Association and W.E.T.S.

T Association

Friday, Sept. 13

6 pm

Social Hour (T-Room)

7 pm

W.E.T.S. Banquet (T-Room)

Access T-Room underneath the northwest side of Bellmont (Gate 7) then proceed up ramps to the T-Room.

Reservations for the W.E.T.S. Banquet can be made through www.WETSwim.org


Century members $25 per person (limit 2), other WETS members $50 per person. 

All reservation for the WETS banquet must be placed through WETS. Space is limited for this event.

 Saturday, Sept. 14

2-1/2 hours prior to the 7 PM Kick-Off

University of Texas Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Tailgate (Champions Club 5th floor)

The Champions Club is located at the Texas Performing Arts building and plaza area across the street from the Red McCombs Red Zone (2350 Robert Dedman)

Complimentary for letter-winners & their spouse/significant other and immediate family members

Sign up for this event through the Longhorn Foundation donor website and click Special Events

RSVP: https://texaslonghorns.donornetpac.com/Login.aspx

Questions: or 512.471-6864


Football Tickets

Swimming and Diving Letter winners qualify for one complimentary football ticket for this game.  You also have the option to purchase additional tickets at $80 each.  All tickets based on availability. Tickets will be available for pick up on game day-Will Call, Gate 8 (northwest corner of stadium)


 2013 Frank Erwin Honorees

Scott Goldblatt: Two time US Olympian winning a Silver medal in 2000 in the 800 Fr. Relay and Gold in 2004 in the 800 Fr. Relay. 13 time All-American and contributed significantly to the National Championship teams in 2000 and 2001. Member of four straight National Championship 800 Fr. Relay teams. 2001 Bronze Medalist at the World Championships. He came back from arm surgery in 2002 to qualify for the 2003 World Championships winning a Silver in the 800 Fr. Relay.

Ricky May: 7 Time All-American 1982-1986. Team Captain 1986. NCAA Runner up 100 and 200 Breaststroke setting UT records in both events in 1985. SWC Champion 100 and 200 Breaststroke 1986. Olympic Trials 1980, ’84 and ’88. 1987 USS 100 breaststroke short course champion and long course runner up. 1987 Pan Pacific team member and 1988 US Olympic Team Sports Festival member.

Jim Spillane: UT swimmer from 1962-66. All-American 100 Breast 1963, 65 and 66 and 400 Medley Relay 1966. Most valuable swimmer award 1965. Loyal member of WETS since its inception. 1995 National Team golf scramble member and TGA Stableford Handicap Champion 2009 and 2010. President and owner of Spillane Homes 1980 to present.

Jodi Eyles Horvath: 20 Time All-American. Member of 4 NCAA and SWC Championship teams. National Champion in the 400 medley relay (1986) and 200 medley relay (1987). Gold medal in the 1991 Pan Am Games in the 400 Medley relay and bronze in the 100m fly.

Sherry Wiggington Beall: 5 time Diving All-American and 5 time honorable mention All-American. Two time SWC Champion in Platform Diving (’93,’94). 1996 Diving MVP. 1993 participant World University Games (1m, 3m and platform) and FINA World Cup (3m) and 1994 Goodwill Games, placing 7th in platform.

Off Deck Hero

Mary Juarez: 2013 marks the 23rd year of service for Mary Juarez as the Men’s Swimming and Diving team’s administrative assistant. Through each of these swimming and diving seasons Mary has been the key to day to day operations with responsibilities for arranging team travel, NCAA rules compliance, recruiting coordination, planning and implementation of team banquets and most importantly serving as “UT mom” to every team member. Always quick with a smile Mary has endeared herself to the Men’s teams from past to the current generations of swimmers. The success of our teams over the past two-plus decades is most certainly due in great part to Mary Juarez.

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 better picture for us to display… send it to us and we will add or replace it.


Longhorn Men Impressive Again!

With the leadership of Eddie, Kris and Matt, our Longhorn Men won the Big XII and finished fifth at this year’s NCAA Championships. They have now have claimed a spot in the top five in 33 of the last 34 seasons. Check out the meet results and stories at www.texassports.com

 2013 TEAM AWARDS (Provided by WETS)

Leadership: The Team

Spirited: Austin Surhoff

Most Improved: Sam Lewis

Most Improved Diver: Cory Bowersox

Most Valuable Swimmer: Dax Hill

Most Valuable Diver: Will Chandler

 UT Women back in the top 10!

It was a great year for the Longhorn Women under new Coach Carol Capatani and veteran dive Coach Matt Scoggin. Texas won the Big XII and finished 9th at the NCAA meet. The highlight of the meet was a victory by Laura Sogar in the 200 breastroke which broke a drought since 2002 of an individual title by a Longhorn. A great recruiting class of both swimmers and divers should have the horns in the hunt once again!

 2013 TEAM AWARDS (provided by WETS)

Leadership: Kelsey Amundsen

Hardest Workers: Sam Tucker/Kaitlin Pawlowicz

Most Improved Swimmer: Laura Sogar

Most Improved Diver: Meghan Houston

Most Valuable Swimmer: Sarah Denninghoff

Most Valuable Diver: Maren Taylor


UT Swimmers and Divers making a Splash with Team USA


Current and former Horns shine in Kazan, Russia, for the World University Games. Incoming freshman Jack Conger won a gold medal in the 200 back and a bronze as a member of the 400 M. relay. Laura Sogar earned a bronze medal in the 100 breast, silver medal in the 200 breast & bronze medal in the 400 M.R. and Austin Surhoff and Jake Ritter were a part of the men’s 800 F.R. which earned a silver medal. In diving, Meghan Houston won the bronze competing in 3M syncro and a silver in the team event.

Longhorns set to compete at World Championships in Barcelona –

Representing Team USA in swimming will be Ricky Berens (400 F.R. and 800 F. R.), Karlee Bispo (800 F. R.), Jimmy Feigen (100 free, 400 F. R., 400 M.R.), and Michael McBroom (800 free and 1500 free).  Representing UT ex and 4x Olympian Troy Dumais is teaming up with incoming Freshman Mike Hixon for the syncro event. Maren Taylor along with incoming freshman Samantha Bromberg are competing in their first World Championships.

The competition will be broadcast on NBC August 3 from noon – 2pm Central Time, and August 4 from 3 – 5pm Central Time.

28 Swimmers heading to US Open Championships –

Members of the men’s and women’s teams will be racing in Irvine, California, July 30 – August 3, at the US Open Championships.  Live results can be found at www.usaswimming.org


Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame News:

Former Longhorn standout Neil Walker was inducted in April into the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. A capacity crowd was on hand to see Neil receive this very deserving award… Go to the TSDHOF website to hear Neil’s acceptance speech and see some great photos of the event. Make plans to see Neil officially inducted at the TSDHOF Invitational December 7th in Austin.

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 dedicated 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 the Texas Aqua Carnivals. The Hall has recently received some Olympic gold medals and other great items to add to a Texas Olympic display. The Hall is actively seeking donations of any memorabilia such as posters, pictures, awards, etc. that will enhance the museum. A new film is being created about Tex Robertson’s contributions to aquatics in Texas. A preview can be found at www.tsdhof.org .

The TSDHOF is a non-profit organization and very much needs your support to exist. DONATE HERE 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


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 3. Show up and be counted…if you can’t make the gathering this year then the 4’s need to start planning. Darrell is working on the team captains of the 4s!!!……Darrell’s roommate Guy Hagstette continues to make headlines in Houston. Guy was an All-American backstroker and now famous for all the great deeds in his hometown as a city planner and architect. Coach Pat sent us this great article: Guy-Hagstette-has-a-plan-for-Houston ….. A big shout out to Team Longhorn in the Swim Across America Dallas fundraiser led by team captains Lydia Morrow Chase and Kristi Busico Metzger. They raised a tremendous amount of money to support the fight against Cancer. Former Longhorn greats, Daniel Watters, Andrea Hayes Dickson and Jeannie Doolan Cunningham organized a very successful event on Lake Ray Hubbard as 224 swimmers dove into the lake to “Make Waves to Fight Cancer.” Friday evening, before the swim, over 80 youth swimmers from around the metroplex gathered at the Town North YMCA and spent 3 hours learning tips of technique and motivation from the best!  UT Olympians Josh Davis, Neil Walker, Jill Sterkel, Kirk Stackle and Daniel Watters put on a great clinic for these kids who strive to be the best. After the swimming, kids enjoyed pizza, photos, and autographs…… It is always great to see former Longhorn diving coach Mike Brown and Anita Rossing. They along with their daughter Rika came to Austin for Mike’s induction into the Women’s Hall of Honor. They plan on coming back to Austin for the TSDHOF Invitational in December with their University of Hawaii divers…..I am still sad about the loss of a great friend and a true UT and Texas Swimming Legend Jane Kneip Patterson. See a tribute video Tribute video HERE on the TSDHOF website and keep Coach Pat and his family in your prayers… also please pray for Wally Pryor (WETS Prez for the first 30 years) and his family as he battles with health issues… 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 13th and 14th in Austin!! Calling all 3’s…..

Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the WETS banquet Here and the Tailgate Reunion Here

or with JILL… Hook’em and see you there….


Bill Robertson