November 2017 WETS Newsletter

November 2017 WETS Newsletter

Dear WETS,

This is the time of year we give THANKS for being a part of the Texas Swimming and Diving family. This is the 86th year of Longhorn Swimming. We have an amazing history and are proud so many of you showed up for the reunion weekend in September. A BIG THANKS TO Jill, Courtney, Ricky, Melissa AND THE T-ASSOCIATION for putting on the Alumni Relays and the Saturday tailgate.

The 43rd Annual Frank Erwin Dinner honored Kristi Busico Metzger, Julie Cooper Bliemel, Don Graham, Lisa Hallee, Scott Mactier and our on-deck heroes; John and Susie Naftanel! We thank the many that make this event so special year in and year out! Eddie, Carol and Matt let us all know how excited they are for the season and for all of us to come out and support the Horns! Plans are already in the works to recruit the 8’s in 2018!! Photos of the weekend by Doug Elenz & Vanessa Said can be viewed Here.

The T Association has a great new way to connect with other Longhorns. Letterwinners are encouraged to visit the network webpage and log in with a confirmed email address.  Once logged in to the system, update your profile and make it visible to fellow Longhorns letterwinners.

2018 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. Look who is giving us a boost already and send in a few bucks if you don’t see your name. 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 and the Legacy Campaign

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 Longhorn Foundation through the Longhorns for Life program or The Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving Legacy Fund. This is the primary reason WETS do not accept donations over $100.00.

Longhorns for Life program: Longhorns for Life program encourages letter winner participation to help continue the legacy of Texas Athletics for future generations. The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of letter winners who give back to Texas Athletics and make each sport self-sustaining. All donations are for the benefit of our sport and it honors 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

The Eddie Reese Kris Kubik Legacy fund kicked off in 2017 has given a big boost to the swimming and diving programs. As we surpassed the $100k goal to create “April and Kris Kubik Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholarship”, the same group endowment will now support the Matt Scoggin Mike Brown Legacy Scholarship with the goal of raising an additional $100k to create that scholarship by February 2018 for Big 12 Championships. Please click here to see a remarkable story about the campaign on the Longhorn Foundation website.

You can see our progress and make a gift to the campaign by clicking hereAlso know that all gifts to the Reese/Kubik Legacy Fund also count towards the Longhorns for Life program and are 100 percent tax deductible.

We have a lot to be thankful for! Longhorn Swimming and Diving is something that we are all proud to be a part of no matter what decade you participated. Many of us were given a lot from our University; lifelong friendships, the best education and to be part of the UT swimming and diving family. We thank you for your WETS donations and your contributions to the Longhorn Foundation and especially those of you that have been so generous to donate to the Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving endowments. Your WETS organization recently donated $1,000 to the Men’s campaign and another $1,000 to Women’s scholarships. Please follow the lead of WETS, Tim and Nancy Carter, Jeff Heller and others. This is one of the best ways to ensure future athletes have the same terrific opportunity and success that many of us enjoyed.

If you have any questions about the endowments or giving please contact Billy Humphries ( /512-471-2433) or Wesley Ellison (/512-471-4449)

WET’s Support our Teams and Celebrate!

It’s not all about the $…Both the Men and Women are off to fast starts. Come out and support our Longhorn teams while they are in action. Check out who’s on the team and when and where to see them in action by clicking the links below. is doing a great job of covering Swimming and diving… so check it often.

Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving              Texas Women’s Swimming and Diving

Coaches Corner:

Matt Scoggin (World’s greatest diving coach) …. Meghan O’Brien and Jordan Windle were announced as big 12 divers of the week for the victories against UF and IU. We host NC and NC State next Friday, then our dive invite is November 16-18. USA nationals will be in Greensboro NC and all 8 of current Longhorn divers are qualified and plan to participate.

Wyatt Russo (Men’s assistant coach) … Signing period starts next week and we have an amazing group of guys who are going to become our Class of 2018. We have our last dual meet of the fall semester next week against NC State on Friday and UNC on Saturday. Then we look towards our Texas Hall of Fame Invite starting the week after Thanksgiving. Expect some BIG swims from that meet as we’re expecting our most competitive group of teams ever–USC, Arizona, Wisconsin, Harvard, ASU men, and Stanford men. It’ll be fun!

Roric Fink & Carol Capitani …The Texas Women’ are working hard to make the Alumni proud. The 2017-2018 version of your Lady Longhorns is a very hard-working, fast-racing, fun group to coach. The team chemistry continues to become stronger as the goals and expectations on this young squad get higher. These are their goals and their expectations and because of that, they are growing closer as a team. With only three seniors and another top 5 recruiting class coming in next year we are set to continue our climb up in the rankings for the next few years (stay tuned – fall signees will be announced in about a week). Highlights from the start of this season:

#2 Texas vs #7 IU/#20 Florida; October 20-21

Texas 138.00 – Indiana 109.00

Texas 140.00 – Florida 103.00

#2 Texas vs #5 Texas A&M; November 3

Texas 151.5 – Texas A&M 148.5

As of this writing, we are less than a month from suiting up and swimming fast in our fall invite. Look for some fast and fun racing from this crew at our mid-season test! Thanks for your continued support.

NCAA Tickets

Interested in attending either the Men’s or Women’s NCAA Championships? The T-Association would like to purchase a block of seats again this year based on demand. All tickets will need to be paid for in advance this year. Jill plans on sending this information out just before Thanksgiving! Email Jill if you have any questions!

UT Men’s & Women’s Hall of Honor

Congrats to Ian Crocker and Dorsey Tierney on their induction into the prestigious Longhorn Hall of Honor. Check out their acceptance speeches!!


Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame

We are so proud to announce the induction of 3 outstanding Longhorns; Coach Kris Kubik, diver Troy Dumais and swimmer Doug Gjertsen. They will be joined in the hall with water polo legend Tom Landgraf and Coach Doug Ingram.

The induction will be April 6th 2018 at the Lee and Joe Jamil Texas Swimming Center. Details and RSVPs will be available on the TSDHOF website very soon. We would love to have a good crowd on hand to show your support.

Please check out the TSDHOF museum at the Lee and Joe Jamail swim center to see the great tribute to Texas Aquatics, its legends and the great new displays. Former swim center director, Charles Logan donated his extensive collection of classic swimming books and memorabilia. You will find it near the entrance on the 3rd level of the swim center. This all volunteer organization needs your support to continue its mission. Visit the website to learn more and of course donate to keep it afloat!

TSC News

The swim center fixed a leak that occurred in March with an all new return line system. All pipes from the pump room are now exposed, and can be inspected regularly to avoid future problems. The new system is the first of its kind with valves at every pool inlet allowing the Swim Center staff to reduce or shut off any current in areas of the pool. This new system will keep the TSC one of the fastest pools in the world.

The Texas Swim Center will host the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from March 20-23, 2019 and the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships from March 27-30, 2019. In preparation the for the meets the swim center is getting all new bleachers for the pool deck. Several other improvement projects are in the planning stages such as redoing exterior doors and entrances, improving locker rooms as well as restrooms throughout the facility.


Happy Holidays to all.  Longhorn swimming and Diving is something very special from our rich history to current success. The friendships formed and memories made create an amazing bond. Former Longhorn football player, Billy Dale has made it his life goal to bring memories back of former Longhorn athletes through a website that he created TEXAS SPORTS LEGACY NETWORK.  The website includes many stories of great Longhorns as well as swimmers and divers that you will enjoy. He recently posted nice pieces on legendary Longhorn women swimmers. Please enjoy the site as Billy’s goal is to help organizations and charities that support Longhorn sports

Thinking about the past brings to mind UT’s 1st swimming All-American in 1937, Rollin Baker. In the early days, only 1st-6th place at the NCAA meet were given the status. Digging thru boxes about Adolph Kiefer, I found this great photo of UT’s 2nd and 3rd All-Americans, Bob Tarlton and Hondo Crouch. Would love to share great photos or stories you have on the WETS website or the next letter UT recently honored former Longhorn swimmer, Jim Willerson. A top cardiovascular research center at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) will be named in his honor. Willerson is a distinguished UT Austin alumnus, president emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute and former president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Dr. Willerson’ s impact on the lives of thousands of patients is incalculable,” said UT President Gregory L. Fenves. A Heart felt Hook’em for all your hard work and dedication!

A special thanks to Tyler O’Halloran and Jon Lucksinger for keeping our website up and running.

We are also bleesed to Have $cott and Karan Mactier handling our finances (send them a little splash of cash if you have not already done so)… Please nominate a worthy person for the Frank Erwin Award. This is a tribute to folks that contribute to the success of Longhorn swimming. Our committee chaired by Debbie Risen Hurwitz () will vote in May on the 2018 honorees. Criteria and a nomination form can be found Here.

Thanks for your support. Hope to see you at a meet and Hook’em Horns!!!


Bill Robertson, WETS news,