Willowick Wildkats Newsletter #4 - Chardon Meet

July 6, 2022



Earlier this week, the Willowick Wildkats, and the entire Willowick community, lost a giant. Marty Guzauskas passed away this past Saturday evening. 

For those new to the team, Marty has been a constant presence at our meets and Manry Pool. He had served the city of Willowick for 46 years, including, most recently, as the Aquatics Director. He had also been a diving coach for several area high schools.

For those who have been around Willowick, the Wildkats, and Manry Park, Marty was so much more than just the Aquatics Director. Marty was the reason kids who came up through the Learn-to-Swim program, moved on to the swim team, and then stayed around to take his lifeguarding and CPR classes to work for him on their summer breaks from high school, college and beyond. 

Marty was more than the guy who was at the pool at 5a to clean and make sure the pool was crystal clear. He was more than the guy who refilled toilet paper in the bath house, or emptied the garbage after our swim meets. He was more than just a lifeguard … more than just someone who yelled at us to “walk” on the pool deck … more than just a boss … more than just a teacher.

He was our friend, and he will be missed.

The impact and legacy that he leaves, specifically at our pool, will not soon be lost or forgotten. The next generation of Wildkats will not know him, or might not remember him, but he will continue to be a part of this team for a long time.


For those interested, friends will be received Sunday, July 10, from 2p to 6p, at the Jakubs-Waite Funeral Home, 36000 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake. The funeral mass will be at St. Mary Magdalene on Monday, July 11, at 1030a.

Because of the funeral, there will be NO PRACTICES (1130a or 5p) on Monday, July 11.



HIGHLAND HEIGHTS MEET - Saturday, July 2 at Manry  

645a - Check in with Coach Jack
7a - Warm-ups
730a - Team-only meeting in gym
8a - Meet Starts


All notifications that your swimmer(s) will not be at the meet on Saturday are DUE BY 6p TODAY . It is the assumption of the coaches that every swimmer will be at every meet. They are marked as such on our team website.

If your swimmer(s) cannot make it Saturday, please sign in to the team website ( www.willowickswimteam.com ):

  • Go to the EVENTS Tab

  • Click the EDIT COMMITMENT button for the Chardon Meet

  • Click on the swimmer(s) who will not be at the meet

  • Change their Signup Record from Yes to No. Put the reason for missing in the Notes section

  • Make sure to Save Changes (bottom right)

Please remember, this is the ONLY WAY , to let us know if your swimmer(s) will not be at a meet. The coaches will be generating their lineups right through the TeamUnify system. So it’s important that if your swimmer(s) cannot make it, they are marked as such.


If it's Saturday morning and you can suddenly not make it to the meet, please call or text Coach Jack (216.262.1390) as soon as possible.



This is our first home meet of the year, and many more volunteers are needed compared to the last two weeks. Please help out where you can. As of this afternoon, we still need the following:.

  • One Back-up Timer

  • Five Concession Stand workers

  • Two Finish Judges

  • Two people  to hand out Heat Winner Ribbons

  • 10 timers

That is a lot of help we still need. We need EVERY FAMILY to pitch in and help. Use the "Job Signup" button for the Chardon meet to sign up!

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY. DO NOT WAIT. The coaches Hide the meet on Wednesday’s at 6p so they can work on the lineups for Saturday. During that time, you will NOT be able to access the meet in order to sign up to volunteer. We do not want to have to scramble on Friday to find volunteers. Please sign up today.


For all second-half volunteer positions, please make sure you are paying attention to the announcer during all meets and report to your job when needed. The times on our website are just a guess. We switch out first-half/second-half volunteers at the halfway point of the meet, based on the events not the time.



We have a theme for each home meet during the season. Use this as an opportunity to have some fun on a Saturday morning - dress up, decorate your tent, etc .

The theme for this Saturday is DUCKS. For those new to the team, the small rubber ducks are typically handed out to heat winners at the season-ending Championship Meet. Euclid handed them out as well two weeks ago in our dual meet with them (until they ran out). 

With that in mind, let’s get Duck-y this weekend and win some races!!


Where to sit

Each pool area is separated into two distinct areas for the teams to “camp out.” Please make sure you are only sitting on the same side as the rest of our team, and not in our opposing team’s area.

Our team area for home meets is from the bleacher side of the pool to the stairs entering the shallow end of the pool. The area by the bathhouse and outside the gate is for the visiting team.




Congratulations on another victory! We squeaked that one out by almost the thinnest of margins, winning by only 4 POINTS!!! It took every single swimmer on our team to pull that one out. It was a great team win. Let’s keep that momentum going this week. 

Individual results from the Highland Heights Meet can be found on our website or the TeamUnify app. You'll need to login in to view the results for this meet, or any meet.

The following records were set this past weekend. Congratulations to all Willowick and Highland Heights swimmers

  • Sophia Trem, Willowick - 16-18 Girls, 50 Free - Team (meters) and Pool Record

  • Danielle Grande, Highland Heights - 16-18 Girls, 200 IM - Pool Record

  • Kyle Gleba, Highland Heights - 16-18 Boys, 50 Free - Pool Record

  • Will Roth, Highland Heights - 16-18 Boys, 100 Back - Pool Record

Also, congratulations to the Swimmers of the Week and Wildkats of the Week for this past week:

* Swimmers of the Week - someone who had a great week at practice and in the meet

* Wildkats of the Week - someone who has demonstrated everything we stand for - coachable, helps out at practice, listens well, tries hard, encourages others, etc. Everything that is encompassed with our Wildkat Klass.

Swimmers of the Week

Wildkats of the Week

8&U: Harper Paulic

8&U: AJ Schimizzi

9-10:  Liam Kilbane

9-10: Jaylen Kain-Rhea

11-12: Miranda Conway

11-12: Nathan Milam

13-15: Addison Oreh

13-15: Calvin DiCello

16-18: Parker DiCello

16-18: Luke McGarry




  • We need help from our 8&U and/or 9-10 parents at the end of the 5p practice getting the lane lines out. The lane lines are heavy, especially when wet, and the younger kids often aren't strong enough to get them out. We also need to do it rather quickly so the pool can open by 6p. If you are able to help, we need only 2-3 parents after each practice. Thank you to those of you who have been helping already.

  • The practice schedule is:

    • 8-9a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for 11-12, 13-18 age groups only

    • 1130a – 1p Monday-Friday for 11-12, 13-18 age groups

    • 5-6p Monday-Friday for 8&Unders, 9-10 age groups

  • A few notes about the practices:

    • We expect each swimmer to be at as many practices as possible, but a minimum of three days a week

    • It is important that each swimmer only attend the practice at which their age group is assigned .

    • Swimmers who come to the 8a practices need to be ready to be in the water at 8a. That practice is shorter than the 1130a practice, so we need to take advantage of the time we have. Please make sure you are there, ready and in the water on time.


Most of the Duck Bucks tickets have been handed out (if you haven’t gotten your tickets, please see one of our board members at this Saturday's meet).

We are asking every swimmer to sell 10 tickets each. Tickets are $5 each. The winner, announced at the banquet, will receive $2,500. The seller of the winning ticket wins $250 and the family that sells the most tickets will also win $250. If you need more tickets, let one of our board members know.

Once your tickets are sold, you can turn the tickets and money into Michelle Dulzer. Michelle also has more tickets if you need more!. All tickets and money need to be turned in by the last practice of the season – Friday, July 29.

This is the main fundraiser for the team and we rely on the participation of all families to make it a success.



  • You train yourself for meets by what you do at practice. Make sure you are not walking on the bottom of the pool or stopping on the wall. You don’t do that during races, don’t do it at practice.

  • If your goggles fall off during your race, keep swimming. Open your eyes in the water and keep going

  • As we learned in the Highland Heights meet, every point counts. So even if you aren’t winning your race, don’t give up, because many places per race score points

  • All starts should be long and shallow dives.

  • Do not breath (during freestyle and butterfly) off your start or turn – try to take at least two strokes after your start and turn before breathing.

  • Remember that you need a two-hand touch when you turn and finish in butterfly and breaststroke.

  • During relays, you must wait until the person in the water hits the wall before leaving the blocks


Important Dates

  • Saturday, July 9                               Home meet against Chardon

  • Monday, July 11                No Practices

  • Saturday, July 16                              Away meet against Mentor

  • Saturday, July 23                              Home meet against SEL and Cleve Heights

  • Friday, July 29                   Pasta Party / Last practice of the season

  • Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31       Championships at Euclid

  • Thursday, August 4                         End-of-Season Banquet, The Patrician


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