Jim Alexander, Anderson High School (1973-1998)
Jim Alexander coached at Anderson High School from 1973 to 1976, Madison Consolidated High School from 1977 to 1979, and again at Anderson High School from 1979 to 1998. During Jim’s career, his teams won the boys state championship titles in 1987-88, and 1988-89, and were state runner-up four times. He coached nine individual and 10 relay state champions, as well as 30 high school All-Americans. Jim’s teams won 16 Sectional Titles, 11 North Central Conference Titles, 10 individual state records and included one IHSAA Mental Attitude award winner. In 1988, Anderson High School was named the NISCA National Champion in Class 4, and Jim was named Coach of the Year. He received the Ball State University Alumni Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1989, plus was the North Central Conference Coach of Year 10 times, and Sectional Coach of the Year 10 times. He retired from coaching in 2002, and lives with his wife Ginger.
Dick Brunoehler, Southport and Perry Meridian High Schools (1958-1998)
Dick graduated from Parsons High School, Parson, Kansas, in 1944 where she was an All-State football player and swimmer. After serving in WWII in Japan, he attended Indiana University where he is a four-year letterman of the swim team, a two-year letterman in football, and a one-year letterman on the basketball team. He taught math and physical education in the following high schools: Rising Sun, Beech Grove, Southport, and Perry Meridian. He coached basketball and track before becoming the head swimming and diving coach at Southport in 1958. While at Southport, his teams produced four sectional champions plus 16 individual state champions who were also All-Americans. His teams placed in the top five at the state championships from 1965-73. During Dick’s tenure at Southport High School, his swimmers and divers set five state records and one NISCA national record (Larry Lammert in 1967 – 400 yard freestyle). Dick continued his teaching and coaching career when he transferred to Parry Meridian High School in 1974. He retired from teaching in 1989 but continued coaching until 1998 for a total of 48 years of service.
Dick was a pioneer of swimming and diving in Indianapolis, helping to formulate the Indiana Coaches’ Constitution, By-Laws, and State awards system. His achievements and awards were many, including IHSSCA President (1969, 1970), Swim Coach of the Year (1970, 1971), AAU Diving Chairman (1972-75), NISCA Outstanding Service Award (1985), Southport Hall of Fame (1985), Beech Grove Teach of the Year (1995), 50 Year I-Man at Indiana University (1996), and he was inducted into the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2007.
In retirement he volunteered at the IUPUI Natatorium in various capacities. Through age 77, he participated in Masters Diving meets across the country. His family will remember him for his humor, his humility, his athleticism, his many accomplishments, his influence on the lives of his students and athletes, and his joy in performing clown diving. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, sons David, Phil, and Steve Brunoehler, his step-sons Brian and Aaron Rogers, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Joe Cabel, Columbus North High School (1980-1990)
Joe Cabel coached at Columbus North High School from 1980 to 1990. He coached both the girls and boys state championships teams in 1985. During his tenure at Columbus North High School, his swimmers won 14 individual state championship titles. Joe currently coaches high school swimming in Illinois. His Illinois teams have won boys state championship titles in 1993, 1996, and 1999. Joe lives with his wife Jean, and they have one daughter Lillian. In his spare time he enjoys hunting.
Dave Dunlap, South Bend Jackson/South Bend Riley High Schools (1967-1995)
Dave Dunlap was at the helm of South Bend Jackson High School from 1967-75, then when Jackson was no longer a high school, he became the coach at South Bend Riley High School from 1975-95. Dave’s Riley teams won three state titles in three different decades: 1978, 1986, and 1995. His state runner-up titles came in 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, and 1983. In addition, his teams earned 22 sectional titles, produced 23 individual and relay state champions and two IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winners. Dave coached 17 All-Americans, plus five relay All-American teams and three honorable mention All-Americans. His overall won-loss record is 357-41. Dave’s individual honors are extensive. He earned State Coach of the Year in 1971, 1978, and 1986. He was a runner-up to the National Coach of the Year recipient from Indiana in 1979. He received the NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 2001, and received a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1995. Dave is retired and lives in South Bend with his wife, Billie. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Jennifer Hendricks, Ben Davis High School (1969-1990)
Jennifer Hendricks began her teaching and coaching career in 1969. She worked at Ben Davis High School from 1971-1980. After a short hiatus, she again coached from 1984 until 1990. Jennifer won two consecutive titles while at Ben Davis High School, with her championships coming in 1979 and 1980. Her Ben Davis squad was also runner-up in 1977. While at Ben Davis, her swimmers earned 17 individual state championship titles. Jennifer was active in her coaches association, receiving the NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 1995. She also served on the NFHS National Swimming and Diving Rules Committee from 1989-92. Additionally, Jennifer served as the Indiana Academic All-State Swimming Chairman for boys and girls from 1989-99. Jennifer is now retired, and lives with her husband Skip. Jennifer enjoys discussing swimming with her niece, Cathy Wright-Eger, who is in her 18th year as head women’s swim coach at Purdue.
Jon Jepsen, Munster High School (1959-1993)
Jon Jepsen coached more than 34 years. He spent two years at South Bend Washington High School, eight years at Portage High School, and 24 years at Munster High School. Jon’s teams earned many accolades, including seven boys state team championships, 24 individual state champions, 22 sectional championships, 14 undefeated seasons and two IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winners. Munster placed in the top five 18 of the last 22 years he coached. Individually, Jon earned the Indiana High School Swimming Coach of the year honor four times, Sectional Coach of the Year 16 times. Jon also found time to give back to profession, by serving as president of the IHSSCA, an Indiana delegate to NISCA Sports Illustrated Award of Merit. He received an NISCA Outstanding Service Award, the David H. Robertson Excellence in Coaching Award, and a National High School Athletic Association District 4 Coach of the Year. Of his most remarkable coaching accomplishments, in 1974 his team earned 250 points, the highest number for a 12 place Indiana championship meet. Jon coached Munster to five consecutive state titles between 1973 and 1977. He won two more in 1979 and 1980 giving him a total of seven, which is more state titles than any other boys coach. Jon had 14 undefeated seasons and his Seahorses set a state record with 104 consecutive dual meet victories (1984-1991). Jon is now retired and living in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Dana (Wiegand) Anderson - Franklin Community High School, 1979-83
Dana Wiegand dived for Franklin Community High School, earning two titles in 1981-82 and 1982-83. As a senior, she set the state mark scoring 473.30. In addition, Dana earned high school All American status. Dana went on to dive two years at Indiana University, and was an NCAA qualifier. She currently serves as a gymnastics and diving coach, and substitute teacher in Superior, Colorado. Dana is married to husband Neal, and they have two children.
Harry Inskeep has 48 years of officiating under his belt: 50 sectionals, seven state meets as assistant starter, five state meets as referee starter, 22 state meets as stroke and turn judge and one state meet as the diving referee. He has worked 274 IHSAA tournaments, officiated state meets in five different decades, and worked in 79 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Harry was born in 1932, attended Sheridan High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue, a master’s degree from Butler and an advanced studies degree in Chemistry from Indiana University. He has been involved in teaching and administration for 51 years. Harry has officiated baseball, basketball, football, track, swimming, and cross country at the high school and college levels. He still teaches drivers education and evaluates bus drivers and substitute teachers.
Steve Weisser - South Bend Jackson High School, 1971-75
Steve Weisser swam for South Bend Jackson High School, sprinting his way to three straight state titles in the 50 yard freestyle in 1973, 1974, and 1975, setting a state record in 1973. In addition, he won the 100 yard freestyle events in 1974 and 1975, also setting state marks in 1974 and 1975, and he won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1972-73.
Tricia Tyner – Carmel High School, 1987-91
Tricia Tyner swam for Carmel High School, winning the 200 yard individual medley in 1989-90, and the 100 yard breaststroke for three straight years in 1988-89, 1989-90, and 1990-91. As a senior, Tricia set the state record in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.61. Together with four relay state championships, Tricia earned a total of eight state titles. Of special note, in 1988 the Carmel High School 200 yard medley relay set a national record, with a time of 1:45.73. Tricia is an elementary physical education teacher who teaches swimming at a school in Nederland, Colorado. She also coaches at the Boulder Country Club. An interesting fact about Tricia is that her brother-in-law is Rupert, from the “Survivor” reality show.
Brad Toothaker - South Bend Riley High School, 1983-87
Brad Toothaker swam for South Bend Riley High School, winning the 200 yard individual medley in 1986 and 1987, plus the 100 yard butterfly event in 1985, 1986, and 1987. He set state marks in 1986 and 1987, and became the first male under 50 seconds with a time of 49.62. As a senior, Brad received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1987. Brad was a five time high school All-American, and he went on to become a four-year letterman at UCLA. He participated in the 1988 Olympic Trials, and the NCAA Championships in 1988 and 1989. Brad works in commercial real estate brokerage and management. He currently lives in Edwardsburg, Michigan with his wife Katie and two children. However, Brad spent two years in Guam, traveling around the Pacific Rim for work, and surfed in Bali as well as many other locations. He also dove in Palau and Okinawa.
Mike Slowey - South Bend Adams High School (1976)
Mike earned state championships in the 100 breaststroke in 1975 and 1976. Both performances were state records, and Mike was the first individual under 1:00 for this event in 1976. He won the 200 yard individual medley in 1976 and was a part of the 200 medley relay state championship teams in 1974 and 1976. Mike won the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude award his senior year, and also earned All-American status in 1974, 1975, and 1976. After high school, Mike was named to the U.S. National Team in 1976. In 1978, he was a member of the NCAA National Championship team of the University of Tennessee. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, he became the head coach of the Farragut High School swim team in Knoxville, Tennessee, and led them to state championships in 1982 and 1983. Mike is currently a reproductive endocrinologist at Southeastern Fertility Center, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical University of South Carolina. An interesting fact about Mike is that he received 36 rejection letters from medical schools before being the last person accepted to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga starting in 1983.
Amy Shurr Agema – Valparaiso High School, 1993-97
Amy Shurr competed for Valparaiso High School, winning state championships diving titles in 1994-95 and 1996-97. Amy was part of the 1996 IHSAA state runner-up girls basketball team, and was a member the 1997 state champion 4 x 800 meter track team for Valparaiso. She attended Indiana University, earning a degree in Journalism. Amy competed in the Little 500 Bike Race three times while in college. She now lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, and works in marketing and public relations.
Mike Reynolds – Carmel High School, 1991-95
Mike Reynolds swam for Carmel High School, winning the 200 yard freestyle in 1993-94, and domineered the 500 yard freestyle three straight years from 1993 through 1995.
Jeanne (Proteau) Troyer - South Bend Clay High School, 1973-77
Jeanne Proteau swam for South Bend Clay High School, and won the first ever 400 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly state titles in 1974-75 and 1975-76. She also played a part in a state championship relay team, giving her a total of five state championships. Jeanne has served as the head coach of the South Bend Adams and South Bend Riley High Schools, and earned five Sectional Coach of the Year awards from her peers. Jeanne was also a three-time Northern Indiana Conference Coach of the Year.
She is currently employed as an escrow manager at Meridian Title Corporation, and lives with her husband Duane Troyer in South Bend.
Leslie (Place) Armstrong - Fort Wayne Snider High School, 1991-95
Leslie Place was a swimming standout who competed for Fort Wayne Snider High School in the early 1990’s. She was a six time state champ, winning the 200 yard individual medley state titles for three years: 1992-93, 1993-94, and 1994-95, plus the 100 yard butterfly in 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1994-95. She set a state meet record in the 100 yard butterfly as a sophomore with a time of 55.75. Leslie swam at the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the 1999 NCAA Championship team. She currently lives in New Haven, Indiana with her husband Joe, and works as a medical malpractice insurance underwriter.
David Phelps - Michigan City Rogers High School, 1973-77
Dave Phelps swam for Michigan City Rogers High School, and was a freestyle standout, winning the 200 yard freestyle event three straight years from 1975 until 1977. He also won the 500 yard freestyle in 1975-76. He set state marks in both of these events. David earned high school All-American status in 1976 and 1977. He was a four year letterman at Indiana University, where he was a part of the All Big Ten swim team in 1980 and 1981, and an All American those same years. He was a Big Ten finalist all four years of his college career. In 1980, David qualified for the Olympic Trials, and was a member of the 1980 Summer Long Course National Champion Cincinnati Marlins. Following his college career, David was active in Masters swimming, winning many national competitions that specialized in long distance and open water swimming. Currently David is a regional manager at Elk Corp, and he lives in Carmel. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, golf, and family activities.
Lia Oberstar – Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger High School, 1991-95
Lia graduated from Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in 1995. She was an undefeated state champ state champion in the 500 free four years running, earning the state record in a time of 4:51.48. She was also the 100 back state champ in 1993, and established the state mark as a junior. She was the recipient of a full ride scholarship to Southern Methodist University. Lia was a Western Athletic Conference champ 18 times, and earned All-America status 21 times. She was a 4 time NCAA champion, and a 16 time NCAA All-American. Lia was a 2 time American Record Holder, a 3 time Masters World Record Holder, and a 2 time US Open Record Holder. Lia still loves swimming as much as she did when she was in high school, and as a college and professional swimmer. She states: “It is the only thing that makes complete sense to her.”
Brook Monroe - Floyd Central High School (1997)
Brook earned state championships in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1995, 1996, and 1997. She set the IHSAA state record for the event in 1996, with a time of 1:02.92. After receiving a swimming scholarship to Auburn University, Brook qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard individual medley. Brook is now is the Head Coach of the Gulf Shores swim team in Alabama. She is married to her husband, Jeff, and has two children and two step-children.
Josh D. Mikesell – Crawfordsville High School, 1984-88
Josh Mikesell swam for Crawfordsville High School, winning the 200 yard individual medley and setting the state record in 1987-88. Josh established a four year rein on the 100 yard backstroke, and is only the second male in IHSAA history to win the event all four years. He set the state record the last three of those years, finishing with a 50.97. In 1988, Josh was awarded the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award upon the completion of his senior state championship meet.
Missy McCracken – Carmel High School, 1985-89
Missy McCracken swam for Carmel High School in the mid 1980’s. She earned five individual state titles, the 200 yard freestyle in 1986-87 and 1988-89, and the 100 yard butterfly three straight years from 1986-88. Missy became the first female to break the 56 second mark in the 100 yard butterfly, by swimming a 55.84. Missy also took part in two state championship relay efforts, to bring her total of state titles to seven. Of special note, in 1988 the Carmel High School 200 yard medley relay set a national record, with a time of 1:45.73.
Shawn McCluskey - South Bend Jackson/Riley High Schools, 1974-78
Shawn McCluskey swam for South Bend Riley and South Bend Jackson High Schools. In 1974-75, she won the first ever 50 and 100 yard IHSAA backstroke state titles as a freshman for South Bend Jackson. She continued on to win the backstroke state titles in 1976-77 and 1977-78 for South Bend Riley High School.
Jeff Lee – Munster High School, 1995-99
Jeff Lee, a 1999 graduate of Munster High School, was a 100 and 200 yard freestyle state champion in 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, earning a state meet record in a time of 1:37.80, and was a member of the state champion 200 yard Free Relay in 1997. He also received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1999. His post high school accomplishments include earning 15 NCAA All-American status while at University of Southern California (99-03). Jeff was an NCAA Champion in 2002 and is a former NCAA record holder, both as part of University of Southern California’s 800 yard freestyle relay. Jeff served as co-captain of the USC men’s swimming and diving team during junior and senior year seasons (01-03).
He was a member of the 2003 USA Pan American Games team that competed in the Dominican Republic, and a member of USA’s 800 Freestyle Relay that won the Gold Medal and set a Pan Am Games record. He currently lives in Stockholm Sweden, and is a Financial Analyst for Abbott Laboratories in Stockholm. He is married to his wife who is a Swedish citizen. They met in college, lived in New York City for two years, and moved to Stockholm in the fall of 2005.
Jason T. Lancaster – Carmel High School, 1990-94
Jason Lancaster is a seven-time individual state champion who swam for Carmel High School. He won the 200 yard freestyle events his freshman and sophomore years. Jason also won the 200 yard individual medley twice. He currently owns the NISCA national record 200 individual medley time of 1:46.90. He has 12 championships as an individual, which is Indiana’s leader. Jason won the 100 yard butterfly twice, once in 1993 where he earned a state record in a time of 48.39, and again in 1994. He also won the 500 yard freestyle in 1991 as a freshman. His contributions to Carmel’s relay efforts added four additional state championships in the 200 yard and 400 yard freestyle relays.
Mark Mamula - South Bend Clay High School (1974)
Mark was a three-time state champion while at South Bend Clay. He won the 200 yard individual medley in 1973 and 1974, and the 100 yard butterfly in 1974, setting state records in each event. He also earned the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award as a senior. Upon graduating from Clay High School, Mark attended UCLA on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a degree in biology. While at UCLA, Mark earned All‐American honors and went on to swim two events at the 1976 Olympic Trials. Mark received his master’s degree in immunology from the University of Notre
Dame and a doctorate in immunology from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Mark is a professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Please pay tribute to Dr. Mark Mamula.
Michala Kwasny – Fort Wayne Snider High School, 1995-99
Michala graduated from Fort Wayne Snider High School in 1999. She was a four-time state champ in the 200 yard individual medley as well as a state meet record holder, and a three-time state champ in the 100 yard butterfly. Michala held the state meet record time as a junior. Michala was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1999. After high school, Michala was an 11 time collegiate All-American. She ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2006 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Jayne Kremer - West Lafayette High School (1976)
Jayne attended West Lafayette High School from 1972-1976. She was a two-time state champion in the 50 yard breaststroke in 1973 and 1975 and won the 100 yard breaststroke twice in 1975 in state record time, due to the inception of girls swimming and diving as an IHSAA sponsored sport. Jayne continued her swimming career at Purdue University, and was a member of the Big Ten Champion 200 medley relay teams in 1977 and 1978. Jayne currently teaches fourth grade at Mesa Verde Elementary in Tucson, Arizona. She is married to her husband Roberto, and has four children: Ricardo, Carlos, Marta, and Antonio. .
Mike Kearney – Bloomington High School, 1969-73
Mike Kearney participated in high school swimming from 1969-73. Mike established state meet records in his events, as he became a state champ in the 100 yard butterfly in 1970-71 and 1972-73, the 200 yard IM in 1970-71, the 200 yard freestyle in 1971-72, and the 400 yard freestyle in 1971-72 and 1972-73. Mike headed to the University of Wisconsin where he was a Big Ten Finalist. In 1974, Mike was ranked in the top 25 in the world in the 200 meter butterfly. Mike is a sales representative for Arch Aluminum and Glass, and lives with his wife Annie and their four children. Mike can say that his 400 yard freestyle record will never be broken, as the event was changed to the 500 yard freestyle after 1973. In his spare time, Mike raises and breeds American Quarter Horses.
Sally (Johnson) Ross – Crawfordsville High School, 1975-79
Sally Johnson swam for Crawfordsville High School in the mid 1970’s, winning the 200 yard individual medley in 1975-76 and 1976-77. She also won the 100 yard freestyle in 1977-78 and the 100 yard butterfly in 1978-79. Sally established state records in all three events, but her most remarkable feat was in the 100 yard butterfly when she became the first female to break the one minute mark with a time of 59.09.
Barbara “Buffy” Horlander - Ben Davis High School, 1979-83
Buffy Horlander swam for Ben Davis High School, winning the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke events in 1979-80 and 1980-81. She set state records in both events, but was the first female to swim under 55 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle with an amazing 52.49 in 1982-83. Buffy attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a Fine Arts degree. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, and is employed as an artist and designer. She lives with her Siamese cat, Coco, and her Jack Russell terrier, Daisy.
Jeffrey Michael Holowach - North Central High School, 1979-83
Jeff Holowach competed for North Central High School, winning the 200 yard freestyle in 1982-83 in state record time of 1:40.66, and the 500 yard freestyle three straight years from 1981-83. State meet records were set in this event in 1981-82 and 1982-83. In addition, Jeff was a part of the 1982 and 1983 championship 400 yard freestyle relay teams. Jeff swam at the University of Tennessee, where he focused primarily on the 200, 500, and 1650 yard freestyle events. Jeff is currently self-employed, and lives in Fishers with his wife Jane and four children. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and hunting.
Justin H. Hoggatt – Homestead High School, 1994-98
Justin Hoggatt competed for Homestead High School, and was a three time state champ in the 50 yard freestyle from 1996-98. As a senior, he also won the 100 yard butterfly, was a part of the 200 Medley Relay state championship team, and received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1998. Justin went on to swim at the University of Tennessee, and became an eight time All-American. He is a former American record holder as a member of a 200 Medley Relay Team that set the record in 2001. Justin served as team captain during the 2001-02 season, and he placed 8th in the 100 yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships. In addition, Justin qualified for the Olympic Trials for the 100 yard butterfly in 2000. He is currently a contractor and resides In Columbia Missouri.
Heidi Hendricks – Logansport High School, 1984-88
Heidi Hendricks was a versatile eight time individual state champion who swam for Logansport High School. She won the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breast stroke in 1984-85, the 50 and 100 yard freestyle in 1985-86, the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard breaststroke events in 1986-87 and 1987-88. Heidi set state marks in the 50 freestyle two years, the 200 IM her senior year, and was the first female to swim the 100 breaststroke under 1:06 her junior year, and then under 1:05 finishing with a time of 1:04.34 her senior year. In addition, Heidi was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1987-88.
Pam (Hayden) Stachelek - Columbus East High School, 1980-84
Pam Hayden swam for Columbus East High School and was a five time individual state champ, winning the 200 and 500 yard freestyle in 1981-82, the 200 yard freestyle in 1982-83, the 200 and 500 yard freestyle in 1983-84. She broke the state meet record in the 500 yard freestyle as a senior, in a time of 4:54.31. Pam was also a part of two state championship relay teams, which brings her told gold medal count to seven. In addition, Pam was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1983-84 during her senior year. Pam swam at Clemson University, where she was an 18 time All-American and a 10 time ACC Champion. She was a 1987 Pan-Am Games gold medalist in the 800 Free Relay, and she attained a top ten World ranking in 1987 and 1988 in the 200 meter butterfly. Pam was a top eight finalist in 3 events at the 1988 Olympic Trials. From 1990-92, she served as a Clemson assistant coach. Pam’s husband Jeff was also a successful Clemson swimmer, and was a 4 time ACC champion. They live in Hershey Pennsylvania, and have three children. Pam is still very involved with Clemson Athletics through their booster organization. Incidentally, she still holds the 200 yard butterfly record at Clemson, with a 1:58 set in 1987.
Dan Harrigan - South Bend Adams High School, 1970-74
Dan Harrigan swam for South Bend Adams High School, and won state titles in three separate events: the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke in 1972-73, and broke the 200 freestyle record by four seconds in 1974. Dan was the first male to win the 500 yard freestyle event in 1973-74. In addition, his 500 yard freestyle time broke a NISCA national record for 1973-74. Dan was a bronze medalist at the Montreal Olympics. He was fortunate to have a combination of great coaching during his career. Instrumental in his success were his age group coaches Tony and Karen Kowals, Don Easterling at North Carolina State, and Dick Jochums at Arizona.
Heidi (Hafner) Becker - Anderson / Carmel High Schools, 1983-87
Heidi Hafner swam for both Anderson and Carmel High Schools. While swimming for Anderson, Heidi earned two state championship titles in the 100 yard butterfly beginning in 1983-84.. She also won the 100 yard backstroke as a sophomore at Anderson. As a senior Carmel student athlete, she won the backstroke again in 1986-87, setting a national record of 56.66. As a result, she was placed in the Amateur Athletes Hall of Fame in Jamestown Pennsylvania, and she was also featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd”. Over the course of her career, she contributed to the success of three additional relay teams, for a total of seven state championship titles. Following high school, she qualified for her second Olympic Trials, and made the US National Team. Heidi has coached a young age group team for Carmel Swim Club as well. She currently lives in Carmel with her husband Ken and their three children.
Manuel Guzman – Bloomington South High School, 1985-89
Manuel Guzman, a Puerto Rico native, was a five-time state champion for Bloomington South. He won the 200 IM and 100 freestyle in 1989 in state record time; the 100 breast in 1988 (another state meet record); and was a member of the Panthers winning 200 medley relay in 1988 and 1989. In 1989, he teamed up with Jason Allen, Ed Silva and Steve Ware to set a then national record of 1:33.82 in the 200 yard medley relay. Guzman, who held seven school records upon graduation, swam in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for Puerto Rico.
Linda (Grondziak) Partlow - Ben Davis High School, 1977-81
Linda Grondziak swam for Ben Davis High School. She won three state titles in the 200 yard freestyle beginning in the 1977-78 season. Linda won the 500 yard freestyle titles in 1978-79 and 1979-80, setting a state record as a sophomore. Her teams also produced an additional three state championship titles, for a total of 8 titles. Linda earned an athletic scholarship to Miami (Ohio), where she became the MAC champion in the 400 yard individual medley and the 1650 yard freestyle, and was the team’s captain. Linda graduated with a degree in Mass Communications. She is currently a business owner in property management, and an ASCA Level II assistant swim coach at Swim Indy.
Todd Griner – Anderson High School, 1984-88
Todd Griner swam for Anderson High School and was a three-time winner of the 200 yard freestyle events from 1986-88, setting state records his junior and senior years and became the first male to break the 1:40 mark with a time of 1:39.29. He is also a two-time winner of the 500 yard freestyle in 1987 and 1988, and the first male under 4:30.00. In addition, he was a part of the winning 400 yard freestyle relay state champions in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, Anderson High School won the IHSAA High School state championship title, as well as the NISCA mythical national championship. Todd was named National Junior College Swimmer of the Year. He set four records and remained undefeated for two years. Todd went on to swim for Ball State, where he led his school to an undefeated season, earning the All MAC Conference title in the 200 yard freestyle and the 200 yard butterfly. Todd was a senior national champion and a multiple senior national finalist as well as a junior national champion and record breaker.
Todd graduated from Ball State with a degree in Exercise Science and Wellness.
Katie Fields - Columbus North High School, 1994-98
Katie Fields, a distance specialist, swam for Columbus North High School. She earned three consecutive titles in the 500 yard freestyle event beginning in 1995-96, setting state records during her junior and senior years. In addition, she won the 200 yard freestyle in 1995-96 and 1997-98. Katie went on to become an All-American as a freshman at the University of Missouri. Katie is currently a music promoter for Northern California.
Ginger (Faerber) DeCoursey – Carmel High School, 1986-90
Ginger Faerber swam for Carmel High School, winning the 50 yard freestyle in 1986-87. Her specialty, though, was the 100 yard backstroke, where she won state championship titles her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Ginger participated in four relays that also earned state championship titles during her career, giving her a total of eight state titles. Of special note, the Carmel High School 200 yard medley relay team in 1988 set a national record, with a time of 1:45.73. In addition, Ginger was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1989-90. Ginger went on to swim for Purdue, where she earned Academic All-American honors, and was a Big Ten top eight finisher in the 100 yard backstroke. Ginger was a four-year letter winner at Purdue, and served as captain of the team in 1993-94. She was also employed as an assistant coach swim coach at Purdue from 1994-97. Ginger is currently a homemaker living in Zionsville with husband Matt and her four children.
Lynn (Etnyre) Semler - Columbus North High School, 1983-87
Lynn Etnyre competed for Columbus North High School, and won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events in 1984-85 and 1985-86, setting state records in both these events. Add two relay titles to that mark, and Lynn earned six total titles in her career. Lynn received a scholarship to swim at Purdue University, and was a four year finalist at Big Tens. She received the Purdue Swimming and Diving Most Improved Award, the Mental Attitude Award, and was a team captain. Post college activities include triathalons, and she worked as an international flight attendant for 5 years. Lynn is a stay at home mom, and lives with her husband Jack and four children.
Doug Elenz - Michigan City Elston High School, 1977-81
Doug Elenz swam for Michigan City Elston High School, winning the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke events in 1979-80 and 1980-81. In the 100 yard backstroke, he set state record marks becoming the first male to swim under 54 seconds, and then swam under 53 seconds the following year, with a final time of 52.78. As a senior, he was also presented with the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award. Doug went on to swim at the University of Texas, where he was a two-time captain in 1984 and 1985. He was a seven time All-American, a recipient of the Team Leadership Award and a three time recipient of the Team Spirit Award. Doug was a 1988 US Masters National Champion and an All-American in the 100 yard backstroke. Doug is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine in Austin Texas. He and his wife Amber have one daughter and one son. Doug continues to be involved in swimming through his medical practice. He provides care for swimmers on both the University of Texas and United States National swim teams.
Deborah (Daniel) Cooper – Anderson High School, 1981-85
Debbie Daniel swam for Anderson High School. Beginning her freshman year in 1981-82, she won three straight 50 yard freestyle titles, and was the first female to break the 25 second mark. Debbie also won four straight 100 yard freestyle state titles, and was the first female to swim under 52 seconds, with a time of 51.95 her junior year. Debbie also participated in three relays that won state championships, giving her a total of 10 state championship titles over the course of her career. In addition, Debbie was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1984-85. Debbie participated in the Olympic trials in 1988, and was a member of the American Record setting relay and NCAA champion 400 and 800 yard freestyle relays in 1988 as well. She was also an Academic All-American in college. Deborah is currently a Pharmaceutical Territory Manager for Wyeth, and she lives in San Clemente, California with her husband Joseph and two daughters. Her daughters now swim for the Mission Viejo Nadadores at the same pool she competed in as a child.
Matt Chelich – Munster High School, 1971-75
Matt Chelich dived for Munster High School and won three state championship titles in 1972-73, 1973-74, and 1974-75. Matt established the state record for points during his junior year. Matt attended the University of Michigan, where he was a three time Big Ten Champ and an eight time NCAA champ. Matt is now a physician practicing family and sports medicine, and lives with his wife Michelle and four children in Illinois.
Chris Chelich – Munster High School, 1974-78
Chris Chelich dived for Munster High School, winning two diving state championships in 1976-77, 1977-78, and establishing two state records as well. These titles were the fourth and fifth for the Chelich brothers. Chris’ 1978 performance set a state record by more than 50 points. After high school, Chris earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, and in 1982 earned All-American honors with an 8th place finish in the one meter event. Chris also pitched for the University of Wisconsin, Madison Baseball Team from 1978-1982, as well as several semi-pro baseball teams. One such team, Prairie Gravel (Chicago) won a national championship in 1996. That team also took third place honors at The Grand Forks (Canada), and international baseball tournament in 1995. Chris played with a baseball team from Wisconsin that won the WBA State Tournament in 1988, and were runners up in the NBC Tournament in 1986. He was voted most valuable pitcher in the WBA Tournament. In the summer of his high school graduation, Chris was voted to the Indiana High School All-Star Baseball Team. Chris says that his most valuable accomplishment is his marriage to his wife Janick, and his two children Camelia and Charlotte. Chris now coaches baseball at all levels at Jack Perconte Sports Academy, in Illinois (Jack is a former pro baseball player for the White Sox).
Sherry (Cartwright) Gramer - Ben Davis /Harrison (W. Lafayette) High Schools, 1978-82
Sherry Cartwright earned state titles for both Ben Davis and Harrison (West Lafayette) High Schools. She won the 200 yard individual medley all four years, setting state meet records in three of those four years. Sherry also won the 100 yard butterfly her sophomore year at Ben Davis, and her junior and senior years at Harrison High Schools, establishing two additional state marks. Her contributions to her school’s relay teams earned two more titles for a total of nine state medals. In addition, Sherry was the recipient of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1981-82. Sherry swam for the University of Michigan for three years. She is currently a math teacher at Ben Davis High School. She is married to husband Scott, and they have two children.
Brian Carr - Western Boone High School (Diver), 1989-93
Brian Carr dived for Western High School and won two diving state titles in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He is currently finishing his doctorate at Duke University, and has co-authored several books in his area of study.
Allison (Bock) Johnson - Lafayette Jefferson High School, 1987-91
Allison Bock, a freestyle specialist, swam for Lafayette Jefferson High School. She won the 200 yard freestyle in 1987-88, and held a three year rein over the 50 yard freestyle starting in 1988-89 ( a new state meet record time), and she also held a four year rein over the 100 yard freestyle beginning in 1987-88. Over the course of her career she also set state records in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle events. Add her success as an individual state champion to the two relay titles, for a total of 10 state titles. Allison also received the Mental Attitude Award as a senior in 1990-91. Nationally, Allison was a US Open Champion in the 50 meter freestyle in 1988. In 1991 she was a Pan American bronze medalist in 50 Meter free. She was an Olympic Trial Finalist in 1988 and 1992. Allison continued her swimming career at Auburn University and the University of Southern California and earned 21 All-American honors and one individual NCAA championship. She also won a bronze medal in the Pan-Am Games in Havana Cuba. Allison was a member of several national teams. Allison is married to her husband, Scott, and has two children. She lives in the Austin, TX area. She also enjoys teaching swimming to others and scrapbooking.
Janaka Biyanwila – Bloomington North High School, 1980-83
Janaka Biyanwila, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, was a Bloomington North student athlete from 1980 until 1983. He won two high school diving state titles his junior and senior years. In 1982, he also participated in the Asian Games in Dehli, India, as a representative of Sri Lanka. Prior to his experience in the states, Janaka was the Sri Lankan National Diving Champion from 1977 until 1980. He also held that title from 1992 until 1997. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland, and eventually earned a Bachelors degree there. In 1987, Janaka was the ACC Diver of the Year. From 1987 until 1992, Janaka served as Head Diving Coach for the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Utah. Janaka earned his Masters degree from the University of Utah, and then a Ph.D from the University of Western Australia. Janaka participated in the 1994 Atlanta Olympics representing Sri Lanka. He also represented Sri Lanka in the 1994 World Diving Championships in Rome, the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, and the 1995 Asia Pacific Swimming and Diving Age Group Championships in Sri Lanaka. He is currently working living in Western Australia where he is a research assistant, lecturer, and writer at the University of Western Australia Business School. Janaka has been married to Karen Soldatic for seven years, and they have one daughter. An interesting fact about Janaka was that he broke his hand during a high school meet one week before state championships in 1982. His orthopedist said couldn't dive in the state meet, but Janaka said otherwise! The doctor agreed to allow diving in meet only if Janaka took no practice dives, only the mandatory dives for competition (doctor said pain would be too great if he did additional dives). Went to state meet (held at Ball State that year), dove "cold", and won the first of two state titles.
Lacey Boutwell - Noblesville High School (2001)
Lacey attended Noblesville High School and graduated in 2001. In 1998, Lacey was a state champion in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle, earning a state record in the 50 free. In 2001 she attained another state title and a meet record in the 100 yard freestyle. Lacey then attended Stanford University where she served as team captain during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. As a freshman in 2002, Lacey was a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay NCAA championship teams. In 2004, Lacey earned a third place in the 100 yard freestyle at the NCAA championships. Lacey currently works as a Google Online Sales Account Manager. An interesting fact about Lacey was that she and Matt McDonald filmed pre-event swimming footage for the 2000 Olympic Trials using a special underwater head and backpack camera.
Dee (Boice) Woods - Franklin Community High School, 1977-81
Dee Boice competed for Franklin Community High School and won two diving state titles in 1979-80 and 1980-81, setting a state record her senior year with a score of 467.55. Dee earned a diving scholarship at Miami (Ohio) University, where she set three school records, won several MAC championships, and was an NCAA qualifier. In 1994, Dee won the one meter Master Nationals. She has coached age group and high school diving for years, including two high school state champions and one Hall of Fame inductee. Dee currently serves as an adjunct professor at Franklin College. Dee says, “Indiana High School swimming and diving taught me the value of hard work, dedication and goal setting, which is something that has been invaluable to me throughout my life.” She is married to Andrew Woods, and they have two children, Anna and Nicholas.
Lindsay Benko - Elkhart Central High School, 1991-95
Lindsay Benko swam at Elkhart Central High School; there she dominated the 200 yard and 100 yard freestyle events, winning eight individual state championship titles in her four year tenure. Lindsay currently holds the state meet record in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.08. She contributed to an additional three state championship relay wins for Elkhart Central, for a total of 11 titles. Lindsay earned All-State honors 12 times and was named the 1995 IHSAA Mental Attitude winner. Nationally, Lindsay held the fastest time in two events her junior year and one event her senior year for a public high school swimmer. She was the first swimmer from Elkhart to be selected to compete in the National Swim Meet for high school seniors. As a high school swimmer, Lindsay earned All-American honors 10 times, and was the 1995 Catherine Wolf Award winner for the outstanding female athlete in the Elkhart Community Schools. Lindsay's collegiate swimming career began at the University of Southern California with national titles in 200 meter backstroke and 500 meter freestyle to help her team earn their first-ever NCAA title in that sport. During her career at USC she won three more individual national titles, and earned 21 All-American honors. Lindsay won her first international gold medal as a member of the United States 800 freestyle relay team in the Pan Pacific Championships in 1997, and she earned two more gold medals in relay events in the Pan Pacific Championships in 1999. She set American short course records for the 200, 400, and 800 meters and won a gold medal in 400m at the Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece in 2000. Lindsay earned a berth on the 2000 United States Olympic team by winning the 200 meter freestyle and placing second in the 200 meter backstroke in US Olympic swim trials in Indianapolis. She was a member of the 800 meter freestyle relay team that won the Gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the 2001 Goodwill Games she medaled in three events while competing for the United States team by earning the bronze on the 400m freestyle relay, the silver in the 200m backstroke, and the gold medal in the 200m freestyle. At the Pan Pacific Championships in 2002 Lindsay won the 200m freestyle, was second in the 400m freestyle, earned a gold medal on the 800m free relay team, and a silver in the 400m free relay. She broke the World record in the 200m freestyle at the Short Course World Championships. In 2003 she broke the American record in the 200m freestyle and won gold medals on the 800m free relay and the 400m free relay that won the FINA World Championships. In addition she broke the World Record for the 400m freestyle for short course meters at the World Cup in Berlin. In 2004 Lindsay won gold medals on the record setting 400m and 800m free relays teams in the US Open. As a member of the Olympic Swim team she won a gold medal in the 800m relay and a silver medal in the 400m relay. Lindsay won her 10th and 11th US National titles by taking the 100m and 200m freestyles at the CP Spring Nationals. Lindsay served as the team captain for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic swim teams. In May of 2005 she married Canadian Olympian Mike Mintenko, and currently serves as the assistant swim coach for both men’s and women’s swimming at the University of Southern California and currently serves as the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director.
Robert Beck - Merrillville High School (1983)
Robert earned a state championship as a freshman in 1980 in the 100 yard freestyle. He went on to win two more state championships; the 200 yard freestyle as a junior, and the 200 yard individual medley in a state record time of 1:53.34 as a senior. Bob competed collegiately at the University of Texas, receiving All Conference and All American honors. He was a finalist in the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bob currently lives in Chicago, where he is a commodities trader.
Nick Arzner – Crawfordsville High School, 1993-97
Nick Arzner competed at Crawfordsville High School and won the 200 yard freestyle events three straight years from 1994-95, to 1996-97, establishing a state record his senior year. In addition, he won the 100 yard freestyle event in 1996-97. Nick was coached all three years by his father, Gus. He went on to swim at Indiana University. Nick currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife Kristen, where he is a brewpub manager.
Emily Ayers – Carmel High School, 1992-96
Emily Ayers competed at Carmel High School, and was a 14 time state champion. She maintained a four year rein on the 50 yard freestyle event, winning it from 1992-93 through 1996. She also won the 100 yard butterfly in 1993-94 and 1995-96. In addition, she contributed to the success of eight separate relay state championships during her tenure, one of which set a National Record in 1994. Emily received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in 1996 as a senior. Emily went on to swim at the University of Southern California, and was a part of the NCAA National Champion team in 1997. Emily was an NCAA and PAC-10 finalist, and was the USC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000. Emily served as president of the USC Student Athlete Council in 1999-2000, and was captain of the swim team her senior year. Emily attended law school at Loyola University in Los Angeles, where she won first prize in 2003 in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition. She has also published in the Entertainment Law Review, and was Chief Note and Comment Editor of the Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review in 2003-04. Emily is currently an attorney in Entertainment Law. In her spare time, she performs aerial acrobatics, which is similar to Cirque Du Soleil.
Lisa (Bailey) Gelon - Lake Central High School, 1987-91
Lisa Bailey competed at Lake Central High School and won two diving state titles in 1989-90 and 1990-91. She dived at Northwestern University from 1991 until 1995. Lisa finished 14th at the Big Ten Conference Championships in 1995. Lisa currently works as a human resources benefits consultant at Hewitt Associates, and has been in that position for the past 11 years. She is married to Matthew Gelon, and has three children: five-year-old Sara, three-year-old Alison, and one-year-old William. Her family is in the process of building a log cabin, which should be completed by the end of next summer.
Deborah Thompson, Penn High School (1979)
Deb Thompson swam for Penn High School under coach Christine (Preisinger) Simper and the Michiana Marlins under Coach Tony Kowals. She earned four Penn High School records and eight individual sectional titles as well as two relay titles. She went on to win two state championships in the 200 yard free in 1975 and 1976, becoming the first female to break the 2:00.00 barrier. Deb then swam for Purdue University where she was a member of two record setting relay teams, 200 free relay and the 400 free relay. Following graduation, Deb spent the next several years coaching swimming at the high school and college levels. She had the honor of being named Conference Coach of the year by her peers eight times. Deb currently lives in Osceola, Indiana and teaches Physical Education and Health at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana.
Nadra Simmons, Lafayette Jefferson High School (1984)
Nadra swam for Lafayette Jefferson High School where she was a 4-time High School All-American. She won the State title in 1983, her junior year, in the 100 back, breaking the state record with a time of 58.67. She also had 3 second place finishes and 1 third place. She was honored with the Most Valuable Trophy from her team each of her four years. Throughout her tenure at Jeff, she held 6 school records in the 100 breast, 50 free, 100 free, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and the 100 back. As of 2014, her record in the 100 back, 57.62, set in 1983, still stands. She qualified and swam in the 1984 Olympic Trials before heading off to swim at Clemson University. While there, she was a 7-time All-American, won an ACC title in the 100 back in1986, and held the Clemson school record in 1987 for the 100 Back. Nadra and her husband, Tim, have two children, Zachery and Jaden, and live in Zionsville, Indiana. She has been in sales in the hospitality industry since graduation from college.
Christine Simmons Simatacolos, Carmel High School (1989)
Christine was a member of three state championship teams, three 200 medley relay championship teams, and won the 200 IM at the 1988 state championships. She comes from a long line of swimming stock - her brother Greg (CHS 1994) and sister Katie (CHS 2000) also swam for Carmel High School and each won 4 state championships. Christine was a 1989 US Olympic Festival Team captain. In college, she was a 4-year letter winner in swimming (1989-1993) at Northwestern University. She broke school records in the 100 and 200 breast, and competed in the 1990 and 1991 NCAA championships. Christine was also a 3-time Big Ten scholar-athlete. Her sister Katie also swam for Northwestern (2000-2004). Christine attended graduate school at the University of Louisville, and earned a Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel. She is currently Associate Athletic Director at the University of Louisville, a sport supervisor for swimming and diving, and she oversees other athletic department programs. Christine is married to Jim Simatacolos, and has three children, Eleni (9), John (7) and Jason (4). Fun fact – all three kids have the same birthday – May 15. Christine coaches her kids’ grade school swim team, Holy Trinity Parish School in Louisville, KY. They have won the last three Catholic School Athletic Association championship meets.
Dan Schultz, Bedford North Lawrence High School (1995)
Dan Schultz graduated Bedford North Lawrence in 1995. He was coached by Dean Voyles. Dan is the son of Stephen and Virginia Schultz. Dan earned state championship titles in the 100 back in 1994 and 1995, setting state records each time. He was the first Indiana High School swimmer to break 50 seconds in that event. He earned All-American status six times. Dan was a 1995 recipient of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award. His collegiate swimming career took him to Stanford University, where he was a member of the 1998 National Championship Team. Schultz was also a three-time All-American and three-time runner up (100 back, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay) at the 1999 NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium, where he capped his career with four life time best performances. He graduated from Stanford earning a psychology degree with an emphasis in psychobiology. After graduation, Dan remained in California and coached for the Santa Clara Swim Club for 3.5 years, coaching with swimming legend, Dick Jochums. Dan now coaches at the Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club. He is married to Morgan, a native of Birmingham, AL.
Jay Risley, Ben Davis High School (1978)
In 1976, Jay finished 2nd in the 100 yard butterfly. In 1977, he won the 100 yard butterfly, setting a state record. Jay also finished 3rd in the 200 yard individual medley. In 1978, he again was a state champion in the 100 yard butterfly and set another state record. Jay received the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award in 1978.
Ty Richardson, Harrison (West Lafayette) High School (1991)
Ty Richardson, a breaststroke specialist, attended Harrison High School in West Lafayette from 1987-1991. In 1990, Ty won the 100 yard breast state championship title, and consistently placed 2nd in the 100 yard breast and 200 yard IM throughout his high school career. In addition, Ty won the gold medal at the US Olympic Festival in 1990 for the 200 meter breast and the bronze medal in the 100 meter breast. Ty was a member of the US Swimming National team, and in 1991 he won the silver medal in the 200 meter breast at the World University Games in Sheffield, England. Ty went on to swim at Auburn University, where he served as captain and was a 5-time All-American, as well as a 3-time Academic All-American collegiate athlete. Subsequently, Ty received a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Purdue University Krannert School of Management and currently works as an executive for a large corporation. He and his wife, Macy, live in San Antonio, TX and have four children. Ty is still an active swimmer at the Master’s level.
Curt Reynolds, Warren Central High School (1979)
Curt Reynolds was a two time state champion and recipient of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award in 1979. Curt was coached by G. Con Keller, Indiana HS Swimming Hall of Fame Coach and son of Herman F. Keller, while attending Warren Central HS from 1976-79. Curt won the 200 IM and 100 yard back state titles in 1979, setting a state record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.2 and receiving All-American status. In the 1978 Indiana state swim meet, Curt was the first junior to break two minutes in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.9. Curt attended the University of Wisconsin on a swimming scholarship and he was a Big Ten conference finalist in the 200 IM for three years. Curt graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with a degree in civil engineering and received Master of Science (MSc), and PhD degrees in civil and agricultural engineering from the University of Arizona in 1993 and 1998, respectively. Curt served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya from 1984-86 and he has worked for the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) in Washington D.C. since 1999. Curt is married to Anita Mhina and they have five children - Sayi, Nemkunde, Mbalu, Robeya and Andreane.
Andrew Brian McVey, Beech Grove High School (1986)
Andy was a 1986 State Champion in the 50 and 100 yard frees, setting state records in both. The 50 yard free record stood from 1986-2000! Andy received the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award as a senior. He attended the University of Illinois and was an All-American in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, and also was a member of the Big Ten All Conference Team in 1990. Andy coached the Greenwood Gators in Indiana in the early 90s, where he worked with Ben Dexter, who later became the state champion in the 50 free for Roncalli in 2002. Andy moved to Sweden in 1994, marrying his high school sweetheart, an exchange student from Sweden. He coached Claes Andersson, an alumni of Indiana University, who won the Swedish Junior Championships and went on to win a gold for Sweden in the 4 x 50 free relay at the European Championships in 2000. Andy ended his coaching career after this accomplishment. Andy is married to Anette McVey, and has three children: Alexander (19), Christopher (17), and Kelly (14). He devotes his time to his three children and their sporting activities. His oldest son represented the US in the Floorball World Championships in Gothenburg. Another son represents Sweden’s 17 years old National Team in soccer. His daughter is currently playing handball.
Kirsten Johnson, Valparaiso High School (1993)
In 1989, Kirsten finished 2nd in the 500 yard free, 3rd in the 200 yard free, and was a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay championship team. In 1990, she finished 1st in the 100 yard butterfly, 2nd in the 500 yard free, and was a member of the 200 yard free relay team that placed 2nd. In 1991, Kirsten placed 1st in the 50 yard free, 2nd in the 100 yard butterfly, and was a member of the record setting state championship 200 yard free relay team. And finally, in 1992, Kirsten placed 2nd in the 50 yard free, 4th in the 100 yard butterfly, and was a part of the second placed 200 and 400 free relay teams. Kirsten was also an IHSAA Mental Attitude winner. Kirsten is married to Bryan Chou and is blessed to be a stay at home mom to Grace, Faith, Hope, and Eli. They are currently residing in El Dorado, Arkansas.
Holly Humphrey, Crawfordsville High School (1989)
Holly was a two-time Indiana high school state champion with titles in the 100 yard free in state record time in 1986 and 1987. After high school, she continued swimming at Ohio State University, where she was a six-time All-American, won four Big Ten Conference titles, and represented the USA as a member of the 1991 World University Games team in England. In 1994, Holly was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and was a top 10 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She and her husband have three children, work in community development, and are currently based in Germany.
Jason Gedmin, Munster High School (1989)
Jason Gedmin swam for Munster High School and was a two-time state champion in the 50 yard free in both 1988 and 1989. He was also a member of the state champion 200 medley relay team
his sophomore year. He was the second person ever to break 21 seconds in the 50 free in an Indiana High School State Meet. Jason was state champion in the 100 yard butterfly his junior year, and in his senior year he won the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award. In 1998, Jason returned to the pool after seven years, setting Master’s National Records for his age group in Japan for both the short-course meters 50 and 100 free. Jason lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his girlfriend, where he is a builder of natural homes made from straw, mud, timber and recycled materials, and is also an avid mountain biker, mountain trail runner, and hiker.
Ryan Fillmann, Muncie Central High School (1997)
In high school, as a diver at Muncie Central High School, Ryan placed in the top three in all four years of competition. He was runner-up in 1994 and 1996, third-place in 1997, and state champion in 1995. In addition, he holds several school, pool, and conference records. Ryan continued diving at Ohio State University under Vince Panzano and as a four-year letter winner was a finalist in the Big 10 championships and NCAA zone competitions all four years. In 2003, he coached the Ohio High School men’s and women’s diving state champions while working in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Ball State University while also serving as the coach of Ball State’s men’s and women’s diving teams. At Ball State, Ryan coached several Mid-America Conference championship finalists and several Zone diving championship qualifiers. He also coached the women’s 3-meter diving record holder. Ryan has been fortunate to be nominated as a judge for the Indiana High School state diving championships and enjoys staying involved in the sport of diving. He currently works in Carmel, Indiana, and lives in Noblesville with his wife, Anne, and son, Graham.
Jane Coontz, Castle High School (1981)
In 1978, sophomore Jane placed 3rd in the 500 yard free and 7th in the 200 yard individual medley. The following year, Jane earned runner up honors in both the 200 and 500 yard frees. As a senior, Jane became a state champion and record holder in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles. Jane’s high school career culminated with the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award. She was a 4 year MVP at Castle High School, held the 200 free school record for over 32 years and still holds the 500 free record. Jane also earned the Kiwanis Mental Attitude Award at Castle HS her senior year. In 1980, Jane was the Junior National Champion and record holder in the 800 and 1500 freestyles. Following that event, Jane was awarded the Key to the City of Evansville in 1980 from the mayor. She earned a Top 15 world ranking in the 1500 free, and was named 1980 & 1982 Indiana Swimmer of the Year. Jane participated in the 1981 & 1982 National Sports Festival, the 1983 World University Games, and the 1984 Olympic Trials. She went on to swim at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. There Jane was a four year All-American in 15 events and set 12 school records. Her team finished in the top 10 at Nationals all four years, including 3rd at AIAWs freshman year and 5th at NCAAs senior year. Jane was also a Swimming World Academic All-American and entered the SIU-C Hall of Fame in 1991. Jane and her husband, Kevin have two children, Zachary & Samuel, and live in Evansville.
Jeffery S.Clark, South Bend Adams High School (1970)
Jeff began competitive swimming as an AAU achiever for the South Bend Marlins where he was a team member from 1958 to 1968. His numerous AAU victories in breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle began to define his longer term focus. Gaining a reputation as a formidable freestyle competitor into his teenage years, he was a selection for most freestyle events. In 1968, Clark was a member of a 100-mile relay event that had suddenly gained world popularity. Teamed with five other young men, including future state champions and Hall of Fame members Mark Mamula and Dan Harrigan, the relay team swam 176,000 yards (or 7,040 laps of the 25-yard pool). The team demolished the existing world record by nearly four hours. Although recognized as a new world record, the experience was more valuable as motivation for Clark and the other team members. Several years later, Harrigan, Mamula, and Clark dominated their events at the state championships. Harrigan went on to a tremendous swimming career, earning a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and barely missing another world record. Clark began high school swimming competition in 1966 under the direction of renowned coach Don Coar. At South Bend John Adams, Clark was a member of the1967 and 1968 Indiana State High School Championship teams before Coach Coar retired from high school coaching in 1969. Between 1968 and 1970, Clark was undefeated in the freestyle events during the dual meet season, city championships, regional championships, and sectional championships. Clark barely missed individual championships three times at the state championshp meet. During his senior year, he was unbeaten in the 100 yard free for the entire year and became the Indiana High School State Champion and record holder. Clark garnered the maximum possible eight individual medals at the Indiana High School State Swimming and Diving Championship from 1967 to 1970. He earned 2 fifth place finishes, 2 third places, 3 second places finishes, and 1 championship finish. Clark was the South Bend John Adams High School team captain in 1970 and graduated in the top 5% of his class of 530. After high school, Clark attended Purdue University after receiving full scholarship offers from The University of Washington (for Water Polo), Ball State University, Evansville University, Cornell University, and others. During four years of Big Ten competition, Clark was a participant in the Big Ten Championships as well as the NCAA Championships. He was a member of the Purdue University record setting 200, 400, and 800 yard free relays. He was also team captain and lettered four years. In addition, Clark earned a starting position on the men's Purdue Water Polo Team for three years.
David Charles Bombar, Munster High School (1977)
David Bombar was born in Hammond Indiana in 1959. He is the son of Dr. Leslie and Carole Bombar. At the age of 12 he set a national record in the 50 yard freestyle. He attended and swam for Munster High School from 1974 to 1977 where he helped the Seahorses to four consecutive state championships. He earned one individual state title in the 100 butterfly, and was a member of two championship relay teams. He earned a scholarship to the University of South Florida in Tampa. David is happily married to his wife Shirley and resides in North Port, Florida. He has been employed by General Electric for the past 17 years.
Mark Appenzellar, South Bend Riley High School (1981)
Mark finished a strong 4th in the 500 yard free as a freshman. Mark became a 200 and 500 yard free state champion the following year. As a junior, he again won the 500 yard free and finished 2nd in the 200 yard free. And finally, as a senior Mark placed 3rd in the 500 yard free and 4th in the 200 yard free
Ron Watson, Anderson High School (1974-1996)
Ron Watson served as the head girls swim coach at Anderson High School from 1974 until 1996. He coached two state championship teams, as well as 15 individual state champions.
Jim Tonkovich, Hammond Noll/Lake Central High Schools (1974 - 2004)
Jim is one of the few coaches to win state titles at different schools. He began his coaching career at Maine North High School in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1973. Jim coached at Hammond Bishop Noll from 1974 until 1984, where he won the 1981 and 1984 boys state titles. He also coached Lake Central to their only boys swimming state championship in 1987. Additionally, Jim’s girls team finished second in the state in 1983, and his boys teams finished second in 1990 and 1999. Overall, Jim’s won-loss record was 536-140-5. In 1987 he earned State Coach of the Year honors, and he helped produce 20 individual state champions. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2004, and currently works as an aquatics specialist for Daktronics. Jim and his wife Mary Ann, are the proud parents of daughter Katie.
Ed Talley, Bloomington/South High Schools (1969-1983)
Talley coached Bloomington High's three-time state team champs from 1970 to '72 and was head coach at South until 1983. His Bloomington teams, known as Tally’s Tankers, were also undefeated in regular season competition over those three years. Talley coached 13 individual state champions over the course of his career. Ed is now retired and living in Bloomington.
Steve Smith, South Bend Adams High School (1971-1980/1996-2000)
Steve Smith began his coaching career as an assistant at South Bend Jackson High School in 1969. From 1971 until 1980, he served as head coach at South Bend Adams High School where his teams earned state runner-up finishes in 1974 and 1977. The South Bend Adams 200 yard Medley Relay team set a state record in 1976, and Coach Smith helped produce 16 other individual championship finishes. Steve served as the South Bend Riley assistant coach in 1996, and was the 1997-2000 South Bend Riley head girls coach. He recently served as interim girls coach at Riley in the spring of 2006. Individually, Steve has been recognized by his peers several times, including 1974 IHSSCA State Coach of the Year honors, the 1987 IHSSCA Service Award, and several sectional Coach of the Year awards. Steve also gave back to his profession by serving two terms as IHSSCA President. Since retiring from coaching, Steve has continued to teach in South Bend. He is now in his 38th year, and rapidly approaching retirement. In 1983 he began competing in triathlons in his spare time. He has finished nine iron man events in Hawaii, and one in Canada. Steve has also participated as a United States Representative, and twice participated in the World Championships in Manchester, England and Honolulu. Steve plans to compete in the 2007 championships in Hamburg, Germany and the World Iron Man Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He has won nine national titles, and was selected as the US Masters Triathlete of the Year in 2004. He is currently the number one ranked triathlete in the 55-59 age group, an honor he also held in 2004 and 2005. Steve and his wife Roxie have been married for 38 years, and they have three children and two grandsons.
.Bill “C.W.” Powell, North Central High School (1967-1996)
Bill began his swimming career after being cut from the basketball team his sophomore year at Muncie Burris High School. He and his twin brother, who was also cut from that basketball team, attended swim practice the very next day. Although Bill participated as a swimmer and diver his first two years, he excelled his senior year finishing second in both events at the state championships. He feels fortunate to have swum for Dr. Robert Korsgaard, who is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bill swam at Ball State University where he produced several school and conference records. He reports, however, that his twin broke those same marks after returning from military service four years later. Bill began his coaching career at Storer Junior High in Muncie, and continued at Hagerstown High School for two more years. He started the boys and girls swim team at Shelbyville in 1967. Two more years were spent at Lawrence Central, which led to North Central High School in 1971. At that time, the high school pool was under construction, and Bill obtained a swimming officials license. He began the boys swim team and the Washington Township Swim Club in 1972, and was the head coach for the boys team for 23 years. Bill led North Central High School to their first state swimming title in 1983. During his tenure, his teams produced 14 individual state champions, a number of state record holders and high school All-Americans, a string of undefeated dual meet seasons and a fifth place national ranking. There were numerous county and sectional championships, plus two second place team finishes as well as the state championship in 1983. Bill is now retired and living in Indianapolis with his wife Sondra, and they are the proud parents of three swimming sons – Tim, Scott, and David.
Betty Leibert Lukoshus – Munster High School (1974-1980)
Growing up Betty spent her summers at a local pool. She was part of an age group swimming team and a synchronized swimming club. In high school there were no sports available for girls, but she continued to be active in a synchronized swimming club though her high school years. At Valparaiso University again there was no swim team for women but Betty was able to compete in synchronized swimming on the collegiate level, as well as field hockey. Betty began coaching swimming during her first teaching job at Munster High School. During her coaching career she was fortunate to have been mentored by Hall of Fame coach Jon Jepsen. From 1974-1980, she also assisted in coaching the Munster Age Group Swimming Club and was head coach of the high school girls swim team. Betty was the first coach to win multiple State Championships in swimming. She led Munster High School to 3 state titles in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78, while finishing 3rd in 1975 and 1979. Her teams won the IHSAA State Championships three separate years, and produced 3 individual champs, 7 individual runner up finishes, 3 relay champions and 2 relay records. Betty left coaching to become a kindergarten teacher and is now a reading specialist for grades K-2 in the School Town of Munster.
Karen Leeth, Elkhart Central High School (1968-1994)
Karen Leeth served as the girls swimming coach at Elkhart Central High School for 26 years. In addition, she coached the boys swimming team for two years and was assistant athletic director for 15 years. When Karen called it quits in 1994, she had a lifetime coaching record of 366 wins, 27 losses, and 1 tie. During that time her girls’ teams had a 234 dual meet winning streak which is still a current National Federation of State High School Association national record for consecutive dual meet wins. Her team’s accomplishments include 14 Northern Indiana Conference titles, 19 sectional championships, and six state runner-up titles. Karen’s teams produced a total of 16 individual state champions. She was honored as the Sectional Coach of the Year 18 times and State Coach of the Year nine times. Additional honors that Karen has received are the Lion’s Club Outstanding Citizen Award, 15 year Service Award from the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, 25 year Service Award from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, 20 and 30 year Coaching Awards from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association, and the Key to the City of Elkhart from Mayor Pete Sarantos. Karen is a graduate of the South Bend St. Joseph’s High School and Ball State University. After she resigned from a 27 year teaching, coaching, and athletic administrative career with Elkhart Community Schools, she served as athletic director at Munster High School for four years. She passed away in 2003 after an extensive battle with cancer.
Ray Lawrence, Carmel High School (1979-1994)
Ray Lawrence, Carmel High School (1979-1994)
Ray Lawrence has amassed 11 IHSAA State Championship titles over the course of his coaching career. His coaching resume consists of Westwood Country Club (1972-74), the Indianapolis Swim Club (1974-79), Carmel Swim Club (1979-90), Carmel High School boy’s program (1979-94), and the Carmel High School girl’s program (1980-90). Ray won his first girls state title at Carmel in 1981-82, and followed it up with five additional titles for a total of six. Carmel’s boys state titles under Ray’s guidance began in 1990 and the reign continued for five straight years (1990-94). His high school teams finished in the top ten of the mythical national high school championships 12 times, and his teams were national power point champions twice. Ray has coached 3 national high school records (Heidi Hafner, Jason Lancaster and the 1988 girls 200 medley relay), and 9 national high school champions. His teams produced 44 state high school individual and relay champions, and over 70 high school All-Americans. Ray has worked with 9 Olympic Trial qualifiers and one 1980 Olympian, Stephanie Elkins. Ray was named National Men’s High School Coach of the Year in 1995. He was awarded 7 Indiana State High School Coach of the Year honors, and 3 Jim Clark Memorial Awards as Indiana USS Coach of the Year. Ray was the first coach to reach level 5 in 3 categories (age group, high school and senior) in the ASCA certification program. Ray is retiring as principal at Speedway High School in July 2007. Ray’s greatest supporters are his wife, Nancy and his two sons, Eric (with his wife Angie) and Andy.
Marie Kruckel, South Bend Clay High School (1974-80)
Marie Ann Kruckel was born June 18, 1924 in The Bronx, NY., but lived in South Bend since the late 1940’s. During her grade school days, “Kruck”, as she was known, started playing softball in the Bronx and later played organized ball on the weekends while in high school. After graduation, she attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and played for a team based in Yorktown, NY. The American Girls’ Baseball League sent Marie a contract offer after she graduated from college. Marie entered the league in 1946 with the South Bend Blue Sox, also playing for the Fort Wayne Daisies and the Muskegon Lassies. Marie is part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Following her baseball career, Marie taught Physical Education and Health and coached softball and swimming during her 38 years at South Bend Clay High School. During Marie’s tenure, her teams finished as runner up at the state championships four separate times. She produced 6 individual state champions and 3 individual runner up performances, 3 relay state champions and seven state records.
Con Keller, Lawrence Central High School/Warren Central High School (1963-88)
Con Keller’s illustrious coaching career began at Lawrence Central High School in 1963. After
graduating from Indiana State University and coming off the heels of NAIA All‐American honors
in 1961, Keller took a teaching and track and field coaching position at Oak Hill High School
in Converse, Indiana. Two years later, he was hired at Lawrence Central to begin a swim program
and build a competitive swim team. Keller made quick work of the challenge, leading three swimmers to IHSAA individual titles. In 1969, Keller was hired as the aquatics director and head swimming coach at Warren Central High School. While at Warren Central, Keller coached four individual state champions and a state championship relay team. His Warriors finished the 1985 season as the IHSAA State Finalsrunner up, finishing second in the team standings to Columbus North. During his time at the helm at Warren Central, Keller’s program produced six All‐Americans, six Honorable Mention
All‐Americans, and four state record holders. Keller resigned as head swimming coach to become Warren Central’s assistant athletic director in 1988. In May of 2005, after 45 years of teaching and coaching, Keller retired. Throughout his career, one influence remained constant: The influence of Dr. James “Doc” Counsilman and his teaching methods had an immeasurable impact that Keller carried with him from his time at Indiana State throughout the entirety of his coaching career. Keller was a part of many memberships and associations while serving competitive swimming in Indiana, among them: Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association (1963‐1983), National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (1964‐1992), National Federation of High School Athletics Swimming and Diving Association, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Rules Committee (1977‐1985). Keller’s service to the Indiana swimming extends beyond the high school circuit; he spent many years as a youth counselor and waterfront director for the Evansville YMCA Camp Carson in Princeton. He has three children, four grandchildren, and many relatives and friends to help celebrate the receipt of this lifetime achievement award.