UWM Swimming and Diving Alumni Newsletter
April ~ May ~ June 2002
A lot has happened since our last mailing, so I'll get right to it. First of all, we'd like to congratulate Lisa (Riewer) and Ben Bellile, Kim and Marco Gruchalski, Joei (Conradt) and David Ott, and Crystal (Varadi) and Brad Belter on their recent (or upcoming) marriages. We wish them nothing but the best in the years to come. Congratulations are also in order for Tami (Burmeister) and John Hauke, who welcomed Samuel James Hauke into their family on March 31, 2002. Last but not least, three of our more recent alums are now engaged. Mark Smith proposed to Randi Fletcher while she was studying abroad in France. Also, John Bonnell asked current UWM swimmer Beth Watt to marry him this past October, which I neglected to mention in the last newsletter. Most recently, Jessica Hoffmann and Micah McDowell became engaged.
On to swimming news! The season ended for most of our athletes at the Horizon League Championship meet this past March, with our women's team placing third, less than 90 points out of first place, and our men taking fourth place. Highlights include: Josh Baseheart's swim of 44.65 in the 100 free, taking first place and setting new Horizon League and UWM school records in the process. The time was also an NCAA B-cut. Jason Procto's win in the 200 backstroke, with a school record-setting time of 1:51.00. Nic Seider earning Diver of the Meet honors, winning 3-meter diving and taking second on the 1-meter board. Kristin Cefalu was a double winner for UWM, as she touched first in both of the breaststroke events (1:05.86 and 2:21.76). Senior Kelly Goetsch ended her career on a high note, setting school records in both the 100 and 200 free. Her times of 53.19 and 1:54.62 were good enough for 3rd and 1st place, respectively. Freshman Julie Olson also stepped up, finishing second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and setting a new school record on the 100 back as well (58.29). The medley relay team of Olson, Cefalu, Beth Watt, and Goetsch combined for new school records in both the 200 and 400 medley relays.
A few of our athletes extended their season further into March. Senior Nic Seider and junior Krystina Herzog competed in the NCAA Division 1 Zone Qualifying meet at Purdue University. Nic's 11th place finish on 1-meter was the highest placing ever by a UWM diver at the Zone meet. He also took 15th in 3-meter diving. Krystina finished 35th and 39th on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Josh Baseheart attended the U.S. Senior National Championships held at the University of Minnesota, where he placed 23rd in the 50 free.
Recruiting has certainly been strong for us this year. Currently, we have seven men and four women that have signed NLI's and will attend UWM next fall. We are still working on a few more, and also know of a few athletes interested in walking on to our team in the fall.
There is certainly the opportunity to be at the top of the Horizon League for both the men's and women's teams with a lot of hard work and, as always, a little luck! I have enclosed the press releases on our recruits for your reading pleasure.
Of course, while recruiting is going well, it also means that we say goodbye to another wonderful class of seniors…Leslie Brock, Kelly Goetsch, Marco Gruchalski, Adam Hanson, Jessica Hoffmann, Erin McCauley, Todd Murray, Erin Pollyea, and Nic Seider. We will miss them, and wish them the best of luck in the future. Some of their career highlights and future plans can be found in one of the enclosed releases, along with honorees from our end of the year awards banquet.
A wonderful gift…We would like to recognize the generosity of Robert Kuehneisen, an alumnus who recently passed away. He has donated $200,000 to the UWM Swimming and Diving program to be used for scholarship purposes. Kuehneisen fought in the Korean Conflict before becoming a teacher. He then moved to Miami, Florida, where he taught history for 30 years. He was also the Social Studies Department Head, as well as a swimming and golf coach. His gift will certainly help the student-athletes in our sport, and for that we are grateful.
We will include our 2002-03 schedule and information on our alumni meet in the next newsletter. Have a wonderful summer!