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 NKSL History

                The Northern Kentucky Swim League (NKSL) is dedicated to promoting and amateur swimming and diving, and fostering good sportsmanship within local competitions.  The league operates as a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation.  The league is governed by a Board of Delegates, which consists of a non-employee Delegate or non-employee alternate delegate of each member club.  Only Delegates or their designated alternates have the right to vote on matters before the Board.  In addition to the Delegates, the NKSL has the following officers, which are elected by the Board:  President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  All officers serve 2 year terms, with the exception of the Vice President, which is the Delegate from the club hosting the Championship Swim Meet for that year.

                The league started in 1963 with 8 member teams.  The initial member teams were: Beechwood Swim Club, Bluegrass Swim Club, Brookwood Swim Club, Cherry Hill Swim Club, Fort Thomas Swim Club, Highlands Country Club, Ludlow-Bromley Swim Club, and Triple “E” Swim Club.  The inaugural Diving Championship was held on August 19, 1963 at Fort Thomas Swim Club and the Swimming Championships were held on August 20 & 21, 1963 at Ludlow-Bromley Swim Club.  Over the years, the number of member teams has changed as pools closed, new pools opened, or new teams joined the league.  In 2013, the league is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.  The league now consists of 11 teams:

 

Beechwood Swim Club

Bluegrass Swim Club

Brookwood Swim Club

Cherry Hill Swim Club

Five Seasons Country Club

Florence Swim Club

Fort Thomas Swim Club

Ludlow-Bromley Swim Club

Newport Swim Club

Oakbrook Swim Club

Taylor Mill Swim Club

 

                 Over the years, the league has produced many outstanding swimmers, divers, and coaches.  The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but some former NKSL swimmers, divers, and coaches that have reached beyond the league include:

 

Frank Busch

Executive Director of USA Swimming & former Arizona University Head Coach

Brent Rutemiller

CEO of Swimming World Magazine

Becky Ruehl

1996 Summer Olympic Women’s Platform – 4th place

Cory Chitwood

4 time NCAA Champion - backstroke

Nate Dusing

2000 Olympic Silver Medalist & 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Holder of multiple National Records, 1997 High School Swimmer of the Year, 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the year.

Mike Bresser

SEC Championship Starter, NKSL & KY State High School Scholarship memorial

                 Below is a list of past League Champions.  In addition, the Delegates are always interested in capturing some of the history of the league.  So, if you have any documents, pictures or stories you’d like to share, feel free to submit them to the League President.  Lastly, the entire Board of Delegates thanks the parents, officials and founders of the NKSL for entrusting the ongoing operation of the league to them.  There’s a proud history and tradition for the NKSL, and all the Board of Delegates are honored to have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the visionaries who first established the league.

 

 

League Champions

Year

Team

Head Coach

2014 Florence Swim Club

Lisa Harkrader

2013 Florence Swim Club

Lisa Harkrader

2012

Florence Swim Club

Lisa Harkrader

2011

Florence Swim Club

Lisa Harkrader

2010

Florence Swim Club

Lisa Harkrader

2009

Beechwood Swim Club

David Hamm

2008

Beechwood Swim Club

David Hamm

2007

Beechwood Swim Club

Anne Blom

2006

Beechwood Swim Club

Anne Blom

2005

Beechwood Swim Club

Anne Blom

2004

Beechwood Swim Club

Anne Blom

2003

Beechwood Swim Club

Kristen Frich

2002

Beechwood Swim Club

Neil Preston

2001

Beechwood Swim Club

Neil Preston

2000

Beechwood Swim Club

Amye Day

1999

Beechwood Swim Club

Chris Schulte

1998

Four Seasons Country Club

Stephanie Musk

1997

Four Seasons Country Club

Stephanie Musk

1996

Four Seasons Country Club

Stephanie Musk

1995

Four Seasons Country Club

Paige Bendel

1994

Four Seasons Country Club

Paige Bendel

1993

Four Seasons Country Club

Bob Lee

1992

Four Seasons Country Club

Bob Lee

1991

Four Seasons Country Club

Chas Hungler

1990

Four Seasons Country Club

Chas Hungler

1989

Four Seasons Country Club

Chas Hungler

1988

Four Seasons Country Club

Chas Hungler

1987

Beechwood Swim Club

Dan Mueller

1986

Beechwood Swim Club

Julie Heidrich

1985

Beechwood Swim Club

Julie Heidrich

1984

Beechwood Swim Club

Scott Vennefron

1983

Beechwood Swim Club

Scott Vennefron

1982

Beechwood Swim Club

Jim Lutz

1981

Beechwood Swim Club

Mark Kluemper

1980

Beechwood Swim Club

Mark Kluemper

1979

Beechwood Swim Club

Mark Kluemper

1978

Brookwood Swim Club

Brent Rutemiller

1977

Brookwood Swim Club

Brent Rutemiller

1976

Brookwood Swim Club

Brent Rutemiller

1975

Fort Thomas Swim Club

Joe Jacobs

1974

Brookwood Swim Club

Frank Busch

1973

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jack Abeln

1972

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jack Abeln

1971

Bluegrass Swim Club

 

1970

Bluegrass Swim Club

 

1969

Bluegrass Swim Club

 

1968

Bluegrass Swim Club

 

1967

Bluegrass Swim Club

 

1966

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jonathan Fedders

1965

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jonathan Fedders

1964

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jonathan Fedders

1963

Bluegrass Swim Club

Jonathan Fedders