April 18, 2009
The three day celebration June 23,
24 & 25, 2006 was an enormous success, far exceeding all
expectations! The event fairly glowed all weekend as hundreds team
mates, fans, coaches, SCSC family members reconnected, reunited and
On Friday, June 23rd, folks from all over the country started arriving at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Olympian after Olympian, alumnus after alumnus spanning half a century checked in. Wayne Anderson, Jenny Bartz, Brent Berk, Joe Bottom, Lynn Burke, Steve Clark, Donna de Varona, Sharon Finneran, Kurt Grote, Linda Gustavson, Paul Hait, Jan Henne, Cathy Jameson, Linda Jezek, Brian Job, Suzy Jones, Claudia Kolb, Karen Moe, Pablo Morales, Dick Roth, Keena Rothhammer, Don Schollander, Terri Stickles, Jane Swagerty, Ed Townsend, Lynn Vidali, Chris von Saltza, Anne Warner, Pokey Watson, and Tom Wilkens were SCSC Olympians in attendance this weekend!
All were introduced on a very warm Friday afternoon, and presented with a special SCSC Olympian jacket, followed by a rousing re-creation of Opening Ceremonies with the synchronized swimmers on surfboards, carrying international flags, floating the length of the 50 M pool, while our national anthem played. It was stunning!
At the Saturday Gala Dinner, many current elite athletes and top coaches from this years International Meet paid their respects, including Michael Phelps, Klete Keller, Natalie Coughlin and Brendan Hansen; as well as coaches Bob Bowman, Eddie Reese, and Jack Bauerle.
It was a magical evening with Donna de Varona as Master of Ceremonies. Panelists included Kurt Grote, Tom Wilkens, Pablo Morales, Julie Varozza de Fabrique, Linda Jezek Wittwer, Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno, Jeff Freeman, Kurt Krumpholz, Steve Clark, Chris von Saltza Olmstead, Lynn Burke, Claudia Kolb Thomas and Anne Warner Cribbs.
Special guests speakers included former Australian super-coach, Forbes Carlile, former USC coach, Peter Daland and George's daughter, Kerry Haines Derr.
Emotions ran high, as a superb video shown throughout the evening captured fifty five years of SCSC history, and paid the utmost honor to our great founder, George Haines. Those emotions were not isolated to alumni only. Even those in attendance who did not swim, or who are among our young current swimmers felt as though they, too, were part of the incredible pride of SCSC as the warmth and greatness of George and his unparalleled legacy came through.
It was an event that will be remembered and cherished forever by those in attendance. Our goal in putting together this special weekend was threefold; to reconnect with our roots, to unite the past with the present and to ignite the dreams of the future.
This Reunion Event was just the first step in taking SCSC into the next 55 years of glory. We hope everyone in attendance stays in touch, and helps spread the word that SCSC is alive, thriving and looking forward to the exciting future with our young swimmers of today!"
Many thanks to the outstanding Reunion Planning Committee, to our sponsors and to the alumni who went above and beyond in their help: Brian Job, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Theresa MacDonald, and Donna de Varona!