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One Step Closer

We are so close now!

Here the video announcement that the anonymous donor’s gift for the scoreboard has been received by the School District of Waukesha


Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can’t Lose

Let’s run through the list on the Capital Improvement Project – Phase I

  • FundraiserComplete.  Raised over $6300
  • Get “Thank You’s” out to all people and businesses that contributed to Fundraiser – Complete
  • Go to Waukesha North Booster Club and explain vision – Complete
  • Go to Kettle Moraine Booster Club and explain vision – Complete
  • Replace Starter  and Console after they fail the first meet – Complete
  • Go Back to North Booster Club and request funding for new Touch Pads – Complete
  • Use new Starter, Console, and Touch Pads in two meets without failure – Complete
  • Order a new tripod stand for new starter along with a second speaker – Complete
  • Get plans for how new scoreboard can be mounted in pool area – Complete
  • Have an anonymous donor fund the gap in scoreboard cost – Complete

Through the hard work of one our team parents we were able to find an anonymous donor who has made a generous offer to offset the cost for a new scoreboard.  This is one of the most giving things I have ever been on the receiving side.  This just reaffirms my personal position that people that work hard towards a cause will find positive results in the end.

Tick Tock Get Up No Stop

The life of a Father, a Husband, a full time employee in a tough economic climate,  that is also a swim coach, PTO President, and is also a Booster Club Member is ALWAYS on the go.  Here is a rough timeline of the past 5 days.  I know it gets long but I think it adds good perspective of what I believe is needed to be a productive member of society.  And I am not trying to compare my life to others, because we all have our own “events” in life to get through, this is just my life.  And I would have it no other way.


6:30 wake up

7:30 Leave for Client in Fond Du Lac – 1 hour and 25 minute drive

12:45 lunch

1:15 back to client

4:10 leave client with nothing really resolved, figure out who to call on return drive to get answers

5:25 arrive at swim practice

6:40 leave practice to goto Booster Club meeting to present proposal for new Touch Pads

7:42 daughter arrives a booster club meeting after finishing soccer practice.  Taking after her father, she contributes to the booster club meeting by finishing one of my sentences when I was stuck on the right word.

8:15 leave Booster Club to head home

8:57 Receive text message from Parent representative that Touch Pads were approved

8:58 Do the Happy Dance

9:10 eat dinner and talk with my loving wife as she just gets home from Church choir

10:31 Receive text message from Booster Club president thanking me for the hard work

11:35 after finishing some more work and swim paperwork go to bed


6:00 wake up and shower

6:55 drive car pool for middle school.  Have long debate with two 8th graders on the History of Rap Music

7:40 arrive at work and think about how Run DMC is dramatically overlooked in Music History

10:30 leave for client and discuss installation plan for next week.  Big downtown client. Big Project

1:45 return from client

2:00 give equipment demonstration on newer scan technology to a prospective client

3:15 equipment demonstration demo ends

4:10 leave for Classic 8 Conference Relays At Waukesha West

4:30 arrive at Waukesha West

4:48 realize that 9/11 is Sunday and try to figure out how to get some USA Swim Caps for our meet Saturday

8:15 get home from Classic 8 Conference Relays

8:15 start watching the Packers after seeing if I can be any help with middle school math, which it is determined I cannot

8:45 eat dinner

9:36 switch to Brewers game and wonder when the hitting will come back.  Flip back to the Packers

11:17 remembered the President was on TV, but cannot find any TV coverage and laptop is tracking fantasy football stats

11:35 go to bed thinking about the Super Bowl in Indy


5:00 get up and shower.   Why did I ever agreed to having my brother move 5 houses down from me

6:10 take brother in for surgery.  His third surgery in 19 months on his vocal cords

6:38 arrive at work

7:21 boss arrives. Get called into close door meeting

8:23 get out of closed door meeting

8:25 receive text from loving wife asking me if I am going to pull a Kostanza and take a nap under my desk.  She makes me laugh

8:26 really start thinking about how to build that “sleep station” under my desk.

11:23 eat lunch with my wife at Qdoba.

1:18 negotiate with All-American Aquatics to get USA Flag Caps for meet tomorrow at a reduced price

3:36 working with a minimum of five different clients at one time

3:52 leave work to deliver signs that my kid’s grade school paid to have printed

4:49 arrive at practice

6:42 with practice being over, head to football field to supervise

7:00 football game starts.  Tweet game updates under the @NorthBoosters handle

9:24 football game ends with North beating South 28-6

9:52 arrive home

10:53 a little down time and watching some Storage Wars stored on the DVR

12:02 goto bed


7:18 get up and shower

8:16 leave for kid’s soccer game

8:30 drop off kid at soccer, run around town looking for bagels for the swim team

9:30 leave soccer to goto Waukesha North to take the bus for first swimming invite

10:00 bus leaves Waukesha North and thoughts of grade school bus riding coming to mind.  Why am I on a bus?

11:00 coach’s meeting starts at Wauwatosa East

12:30 meet starts – Red Raider is always a good first invite to get the team prepped for bigger things.  Team wears USA caps but because they violate NFHS rules they cannot race in them.  Strange, I know

4:10 return back to Waukesha North

4:35 drive home after last athlete is picked up. Attention turns to wondering how Notre Dame will respond to last weeks loss

5:05 drive to Culver’s on Sunset for a snack with the family

5:58 shower after a long day at the pool

6:27 send results from the meet to the various papers and compile the team stats

6:40 Head to dinner with friends

11:24 Home from a great night out with 5 other couples.  Good Laughs.  Notre Dame lost in last 2 seconds of the game

11:42 have mild panic attack wondering if I Usher at 9:15 service tomorrow

11:48 goto bed


6:47 awaken by large cramp in my left leg

7:30 lay awake wondering when the alarm will go off and this cramp will go away

7:42  get up and shower

7:53 put on my stars and stripes shirt in remembrance of 9/11

8:13 download cbssports app for my iPhone to make sure I have Peyton Manning on the IR

8:28 eat bagel in record time so we can leave for church on time

8:34 leave for Church

9:15 Church Starts

10:47 leave Church and head to work to pick up some items needed for next week for swim practice and work

12:22 return home from eating and time to watch some Football

1:03 grass will not get cut by itself….out for some cutting on first weekend of the season

3:43 finish cutting the grass, doing some edging, and then sweeping the sidewalk

3:44 shower….i stink bad

4:18 head to my brother’s house for some dinner

7:16 return home filled with some good chicken cooked on the grill

7:17 fold laundry and empty the dishwasher

7:48 start working on the practice schedule for week 6 of the 2011 Season

Tears from a Grown Man

Last night we completed the first part of the North Aquatic Center capital improvement project.  This was just an idea back in the Spring.  We ran our first meet in 5 years without a Single Timing Failure.  Almost had to take a deep moment of silence to be by myself after the 400 Free Relay last night to realize what had just happened.

Pretty sure that no one outside of the Parents, the Athletic Director’s, and the team really understand the effort that was put into this project thus far.  This has been a project that is starting to come to a realization.

And there will be no rest until we get all the pieces together.  In the “Evil Plan” this is the first step.  Improve the quality of the surroundings to allow the Student/Athlete the best possible experience to succeed.

Next step is to get the Touch pads.  We had one literally break at the connection point last night.   We probably have 6 working ones right now.  We will have meetings over the next couple of weeks with the Booster Clubs.  This should prove to be very exciting.

Full 2011 Swim-A-Polooza Wrap Up

45 Hours later and one of the greatest Team events I have ever worked on and participated in is complete.

Thursday at 4 PM we got on the bus and went to Hartford for our first dual meet of the season.  Great start of the season for a good number of the younger swimmers to get a strong taste of what to expect.  There is a full recap in the previous post here.

8 AM on Friday we gathered at the North Aquatic Center (Editors Note: With all the capital improvements we are planning, I figure it is time that we give the pool a much better name) to start prepping for the day.  First point of business was to clean out the entire coach’s office so it could be cleaned, purged of junk, and repainted.

Starting the Relay Challenge

Once the office was cleared out , we had our first of 5 meals.  Then onto a team swim for a over and hour and a small game of water polo.  The Silver  Streak defeated the Black Thunder 10-8 for those keeping score at home.

Then it was onto the Relay Challenge.  The first swimmer in was Senior Jessica Zillmer.  The three seniors swam the first hour.

The early after noon started the first of our two stroke clinics.  Coach Dan Meinholz from All American Aquatics came in and worked on proper streamlining and did some hands on stroke analysis for the swimmers.  Coach Meinholz was barely out the door when Coach Blaine Carlson from Waukesha Express came in and brought in Coach Cam which is an underwater video camera so we could get front and side views of the swimmers from under water.  This is a tremendous asset to the swimmers.

Food Pantry Collection

Then at 6PM the team gathered and went into the community and did a scavenger hunt for the Waukesha Food Pantry.  Point values were assigned to different food items and 5 different teams went out into different areas and collected 697 food items.  And because we wanted the relay to continue, we had 7 brave Alumni come in and swim for the two hours while the current team was collecting food.  The Alumni managed to swim 7,800 meters in that stretch.

Couple more relay teams swam and a bit more eating was done until 9 PM.  That is when we had a massage therapist come in for an hour and 15 minutes.  And once that was complete we had a Yoga instructor come in also for an hour and 15 minutes.  Both activities were much appreciated by the athletes and a great deal of fun.

A little Nap

Then the long haul of eating, swimming, watching movies, and sleeping began.  By this time the office had already been finished being painted, so some time was taken to reload only necessary items back into the pool office.  If you are in the area you should see the new and improved office.

The last group jumped in at 8 AM.  And the last swimmer in the water as time ran out was Allie Smith.

Then around 9 AM the Alumni started arriving and then kept coming and coming and coming.  23 in total arrived spanning the past 15 plus years.  6 Alumni Divers started the meet off, and then we had a modified swimming portion.  The meet concluded around 11:45.

Our final meal of the day was brought in by Alumni Parents.  Mr. and Mrs Bubolz cooked hamburgers and pulled pork, while Alumni Jessica Massman made a spectacular cake for us.

Alumni Meet Cake

Final Notes:  Swam over 74,000 meters.  During the stroke clinics we did not really count laps.  And the divers received 25 meters for every entry into the water during their hour….We raised over $5400 towards our capital improvement project….The parent support for this was OUTSTANDING especially Julie and Wendy.  Without them this would not have been even close to possible….North Booster Club came to the Alumni Meet to sell spirit wear….No one that was in attendance could have claimed to not have enough to eat

2011 Season – Week 2

Poor Lane 2

Poor Lane 2

Outstanding week 1.  Good week of practice, super Parent Meeting, instant bonds made between teammates on Friday, and a strong Saturday AM practice.  Almost everything a coach could hope for in a first week of practice got accomplished.

That brings us to week 2.  Except for the excitement that comes around Conference Championships and WIAA Sectionals, I can think of no other week in my short WNKM history that has more anticipated excitement.

Yes the first meet is Thursday and that sets the tone for the direction of the season.  Freshman get a few knots in their stomach wondering how they are going to do.  Junior Varsity swimmers may be taking that first every plunge into the pool in a meet that counts.  The list goes on.

But the anticipation for the 24 Hour Relay Challenge is where it is at!  We are still working on the schedule for the morning and may still do some tweaking, but the rest of the day is shaping up something awesome.

Then the Alumni come in on Saturday for a little meet and a social!  Does it really get any better than this?

Just Getting Old

A couple of posts ago I made a reference to one of my favorite swim coaching memories.  And then over the weekend, one of the Alumni asked if she could have a record back because of my original post about the illegal suits that are now banned.  It too lead to a great story.

It made me start thinking about all the great things that have happened in the past 20 seasons.  And it really is hard to pinpoint an all time favorite or even put them in any sort of ranking.  When you have coach over 330 kids and been in that many meets, it makes it tough.  So I am not going to try.

Just going to list some of my all time favorite stories.  And these will be things that happened in the pool or pool area, and not the cool extra things like be confirmation sponsors (twice) and going to weddings.

The list must include this story.  And the sidebar that I told Amy that we could go to her favorite place in Madison to eat afterwards if she did win an event.  We ended up at Ella’s Deli.

Game Face!

The list must include Jordon Momsen making it to State in 2008.  She was our lead sprinter all season.  And was progressing well.  Then on the weekend of conference her Grandfather passed away.  She missed practice Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday leading to Sectionals. Got in for a little on Thursday.  And then just did a meet warm up on Friday. I told her that she would be fine, but deep down I had never seen anybody do this physically and the emotional toll was tough on her. She was seeded 9th overall at the Waukesha South pool so she was in the middle of the second faster heat.  Jordon had great start (one of those starts where it looks like everyone else was standing still and she was flying through the air) and was a full body ahead of the field, and when you are 6 feet tall, being a full body ahead in the 50 free is Great.  She finished 4th overall in the 50 and got to swim at  State.

Coach and Mel Kel at the Nat

The list must include Melissa Kelley making it to state in 1997.  Mel was a sophomore and her older sister was a junior.  A junior that was heading into the end of the season being a top 10 seed in the 200 IM, 1oo Fly, and the 100 Free.  She could pick her swims.  But Heather had one of the worst conference meets ever.  She said she was tired and warn down.  She went to the Doctor and found out she had Mononucleosis.  The two of them were very close.  Heather was out of the meet and she was our emotional leader.  As a sophomore, Melissa needed to step up.  Heather was so sick, she could not even come to the meet to cheer Melissa or the team on.  Melissa ended up winning the 200 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle and anchored the two free relays to make it four swims at the state meet.

The list must include Christy Maciolek winning the 100 Breaststroke at the Private School State Championship Meet in 1993 at Madison Edgewood High School.  The win allowed us to clinch the meet and to win every single event in the meet.  ((Yes the 400 Free Relay was next but we were loaded))  She had been swimming in a funk leading up to that meet and was in Lane 1.  She won the race and I yelled really loud.  And it happened to be at a time when the rest of the pool was quite.  I am sure Christy knows exactly what I said.  At the time that swim was a school record.

What was this about?

The list must include Nicole Bennett at Sectionals in 2009 in the 200 IM and 100 Breast.  I think it was her best high school meet ever.  She had a great summer season but I was worried that being a captain and school work was taking its tool during the course of the season.  Some swims were good, some were not so hot.  It was a do or die meet, we knew that the times she was swimming were going to be borderline to make it.  She finished 5th in IM and 4th in the Breaststroke to make it to State.

The list must include the 1995 WIAA Sectionals.  There was so much drama surrounding the pending shut down of WISAA and how the two sports associations would merge and swimming was one of the early sports to allow the private schools into the WIAA Tournament series.  The Sectional was at Nicolet and the awards were to be given out after the next event as is usually at most meets.  DSHA wins the 200 Medley Relay.  Then DSHA wins the 200 Free.  The awards for the 200 Medley are handed out and people applaud, almost in a mocking style of “that is nice that they can win something”.  Then DSHA wins the 200 IM.  The awards for the 200 Free are handed out and there are a few less people cheering because they can sense this is not going to be good long term.  The 50 free is swam but DSHA does not win, but before the break the 200 IM awards are handed out and really the only people cheering were from Dasher Nation.

Grand Opening Towel

Then there are the list of others….like in 1995 Coach Pulvermaucher dropped his cell phone in the Milwaukee Lutheran pool and instead of jumping in to get it, I called his phone and watched it ring a couple times before it died.   The list must include all the times staying over at Michelle’s parents house before the big meet.  The list must include the year we had reversible suits and warmed up in one color and then changed into a different color for the meet.  The list must include Bridget Hegarty swallowing a gallon of water in one her best swims ever and fall short of going under a minute in the 100 fly.  The list must include both Emily Stapleton and Amy Mickschl swimming the 500 Free doing backstroke and both of them going 5:25.  The list must include opening the new Cedarburg pool back in 2002 against my good friend Coach Steve Keller.

I am sure that I am missing some other great stories.  These were ones that involved the water.  There are more life lessons learned out of the water that could be an entire posting by itself.  There are probably some Laura Myers or Julie Berg or Karen Sowinksi or one of the 4 Wallach’s or Annie Conforti or Lindsay Stedman story that could easily be on here.  These were just the ones that came to my head.

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