Winter Newsletter 2020

Dear WETS,

This is the time of year we give THANKS for being a part of the Texas Swimming and Diving family! The Texas men and women are off to a great start. Although we can’t be present at their meets, we are there in spirit and enthusiasm and are so impressed with the team’s performances and attitudes to date.

2021 WET$ Donors

We are truly blessed with the support our donors have given our organization. We would love to have every former swimmer, coach, parent or fan be a part of our fun and happy group. Please reach out to friends and let’s see if we can double this list before 2021!! 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. Thanks to all supporters so far, and if you don’t see your name on the list amongst these early bird heroes, then please DONATE ONLINE or send your splash of cash (no more than $100.00) to: WETS, PO Box 132614, Woodlands, TX 77393. Tax deductible ID:74-2124063

Bruce & Beth Anderson, Katherine & Kevin Arris-Wilson, Jeff & Jennifer Blanchard, Thomas & Julie Bliemel, Hans Dersch, Nathaniel & Michele Dusing, Darrell Fick, Marty Hubbell, Brian & Shannon Jones, Sam Kendricks, Wayne & Amy Madsen, Scott & Karan Mactier, Lalo Perez, Poston & Kelly Pritchett, Bill & Carol Robertson, Susan & Richard Santamaria, John & Christine Spaid, Matt & Bridgette Stahlman, Roger & Ann Wacker, Greg Waddill, Ann Worthington

Kelly Freeland Hoffman, Thomas & Bonnie Smith

Sharon Smith, Donald Sutton

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

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

2 Texas Swimming and Diving through the Longhorn Foundation:
– Select Gift Designation: Athletics, Intercollegiate for Men and Women
– Further designate to: The Eddie Reese Outdoor Pool (add your name to the beautiful donor wall)or Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving Legacy Fund

If you would like to donate to our scholarship support or our current top funding priority, the Outdoor Pool Facility… please contact Billy Humphries , 512- 471-2433.

All your gifts are 100% tax deductible and every cent goes to support a current student-athlete making the same ripples 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! Much appreciation for the many donors and especially the late Jeff Heller and his bride Carol. Check out this video about the Eddie Reese Outdoor Pool. Can’t wait to have a chance to dip a toe or make a splash as soon as we can.

WET’s Support our Teams and Celebrate!

It’s not all about the $… Both the men and women are off to fast starts….

Diving update by Matt Scoggin

Diving had four signees for fall 2021. Our signees are: Laurent Gosselin Paradis from Montreal, Canada, 2019 world university games double bronze medalist and Manuel Borowski from Southlake, Texas, a 2018 junior
world finalist. Chloe Bishop from Jupiter, Florida, was a 2018 platform junior national champion, and Hailey Hernandez from Southlake, Texas, a nine-time junior national champion and two-time senior national champion and double junior world silver medalist. We had a successful dual in October with A&M. UT men went 1, 2, 3, 4 on both 1m and 3m, with Jordan Windle winning both boards and setting a personal best of 438.15 on 1m. Freshman Bridget O’Neil led a UT women 1, 2, 3 finish on 1m. We hope you saw the Texas Diving Invite Live or tape delayed on LHN. Paola Pieneda and Jordan Windle both were victorious on 3m and tower.

UT will take six current Longhorns and three UT post-grads to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the Dec. 15-20 USA World Cup trials. The World Cup will be in Tokyo in April and will be each country’s final opportunity to secure qualifying quota spots. Murphy Bromberg, Alison Gibson and Jordan Windle all qualified for the 2020 World Cup, which was postponed. USA Diving is having a re-qualifying meet due to the long time in between qualifying events that were held last December 2019. Texas ex and 2020 UT graduate Alison Gibson placed top 10 in division 1 for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year honors. She was also awarded with another prestigious award and recently named in the NCAA Top Ten award given out to the top ten student athletes that include all sports and all three NCAA divisions.

Men’s Team news by Wyatt Collins

The #1 men have been training hard and swimming fast. In his collegiate debut at the First Chance Invitational on Oct. 16, Carson Foster set a U.S. national age-group record in the 400-yard individual medley. His time of 3:35.27 bested the previous American record for the 17-18 age group held by Andrew Seliskar (3:37.52) by more than two seconds. Foster’s time also set a UT school record in the event, eclipsing the previous mark of 3:36.37 by Will Licon. Daily Texan: Better together: Jake, Carson Foster shine together at Texas. Texas has signed a super group in the 2021 Class: Anthony Grimm, Tim Connery, Kayde Cross, Adam Fusti-Molnar, Luke Hobson, Nathan Quarterman, Marko Vujosevic. We have posted their bios via social media.

The Men were solid at US Open. For most, it was first time racing long course in over a year. Just happy to race and brush the rust off. Carson Foster and Jake Foster went the #1 and #3 times in the 400m IM in the U.S. thus far in the year.

Women’s team news by Carol Capatani

The Women’s team has started off the year ranked #8 and knocked off #17 A&M to boot. Post-grads and current Longhorns had some lifetime best times at the U.S. Open last weekend and some top-three finishes nationwide (they compiled results from eight different sites). Anna Elendt, first 100 breast (missed school record by 0.1); Evie Pfeifer, third 400 IM; Madisyn Cox, first 200 IM, first 200 breast, scond 200 free; Joanna Evans, third 400 free, third 200 free.

Check out who’s on the teams and when and where they will be 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

If you happen to use Instagram or Twitter.. you can stay in touch with all things UT swimming and diving! Texas Men’s Swimming & Diving Texas Women’s Swimming & Diving @TexasMSD @TexasWSD

WETSpots: Happy Thanksgiving 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… Kris Kubik (our googling friend) found this interesting article about an early ’50s swimmer, Don Henderson, who made a name for himself in broadcasting.

Sure is great to see swimming and diving getting much needed recognition in the beautiful new Frank Denius Family University of Texas Hall of Fame. When it reopens please stop in to see it and reminisce. Chris Plonsky says: “We have added to the WE PLAY TO WIN room … the digital screens in this room contain all national champion relay teams in track and swimming… we now have conference champions added on those digi screens – both individual event winners in conference championships and relay team winners in conference championships. We are missing a few photos of these men’s swimmers… just wondering if any of you might have images of them… THANK YOU!”

Joe Turner, 1932 (winning SWC 440y freestyle relay team), Hal Bruner, 1933 (winning SWC 440y freestyle relay team) Walter Hoffrichter, 1938-39 (winning SWC 300y medley relay team) Don Thomas, 1939 (we are trying to figure out if his real name Edward Donnal Thomas…he was on winning SWC 400 freestyle relay team) John McLarty, 1946 (winning SWC 300y freestyle relay team)

Hard to believe it will be 40 years this Spring when the 1981 teams celebrate winning national championship titles. Will be fun when we can celebrate once again!! Together we did!

We have lost a legend. Eddie Gilbert passed away last week. He was a great friend and loyal supporter of Texas Swimming and military hero. He rarely missed a reunion and is inducted in the inaugural class of the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame and of course was one of the first recipients of the Frank Erwin Award. Read Eddie’s full obituary. An Austin native who learned to swim in Barton Springs, Gilbert was the 1946 and 1947 high school state champion and record holder in the 100 freestyle. He won the 1948 AAU national championship in the 200 freestyle, earning a spot on the 1948 Olympic team and was on the 800 freestyle relay that won the gold medal in London. Gilbert was a Southwest Conference champion and all-American in each of his three seasons at the University of Texas.

…. 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.

We sure were disappointed to not have our annual Frank Erwin Awards and reunion this Fall. Rest assured, we will certainly be ready to take off our masks and put on our suits and splash in the new outdoor pool when the time finally comes. Please nominate a worthy person for the Frank Erwin award. This is a tribute to folks who contribute to the success of Longhorn swimming. Our committee chaired by Debbie Risen Hurwitz will vote in May on the 2021 honorees. Criteria and a nomination form can be found Here … We are also blessed to have $cott and Karan Mactier handling our finances (send them a little splash of cash if you have not already done so) … As always please feel free to pass this letter on to others and send me interesting news or photos for our next letter. Have a blessed Holiday season.

Thanks for your support and Hook’em Horns!!

Swimcerely, Bill Robertson ‘81, WETS news