Mission Viejo Nadadores Team Awards
Bob Rolph Memorial Nadadore Award of Excellence
2018 - Bev Montrella
About Bob Rolph
Long time Nadadore Bob Rolph passed away in February 2017. He was a victim to a second bout of cancer. Bob was a U.S. Masters swimmer, runner, family man, and grandfather. Bob spawned off other swimmers to perpetuate the blood line and the cycle continues.
Bob was a Berkley man and in addition held a Doctorate from UCSB in “some kind of tech stuff”. At one time Bob ran the IT Organization for state of Oregon’s department of transportation.
His wife Jan, and Bob met at UCSB and were a very cool couple. Bob and Jan used to enjoy long road trips driving a 1960’s Red Ford Mustang towing a trailer full of stuff behind. Bob was a very fun guy always looking to have a good time. When Bob retired, he purchased a house in Coto Decaza and joined the greatest swim team in the world. “The Mission Viejo Nadadores” Bob's specialty was the swimming distance but would swim any freestyle event, often times mixing it up with middle distance and sprints. The most amazing part of Bob’s competition regiment is how bob could survive during a championship swim meet eating chimp size bananas.
Bob was part of a tight group of swimmers that met at the SPMS 2002 Short Course Championships at Las Vegas. Our team had only four competitors which included your esteemed coach ‘Mark Moore” yes Coach Mark! The crew pulled off a heavily disputed USMS Top 10 relay with Coach Mark leading us out and Bob anchor to bring it home. Bob was so dang old he bumped us up a couple age brackets which earned Bob the dubious team title of “Old-Bob”.
What defines us in life is how we treat others and how we treat and respect our self. Bob was a great at this and a model influence on the team. Always smart, positive, never gossiped, respectful of others, and always up for some silly fun. ( Written by Rich Carlsen)