Welklin will be missed

by Dan Welklin

Bob Welklin

My dad, Bob Welklin, 84, passed away this fall after several months battling pancreatic cancer. He was a respected member of the NASTI swim team and received Grin’s Life Member Emeritus award in 2006. He loved the NASTI team and looked forward to the Indiana USMS state meet each year from which he returned most times with a cache of gold hardware. His friends and family in Fort Wayne, Indiana were very familiar with our annual event as his stories of competing and socializing were told and retold with righteous pride.

If you make me a promise, I will tell you a short story about our last state meet he attended in April of 2009. Continue reading

Valpo Masters debut new meet in northwest Indiana

Valpo Masters swimmers, pictured from left to right; Liane Schroeder, Mike Pontrelli, Andrew Geibel, PJ Ciotola (coach), Liz Fances, Dalila Center, Rachel Rivera, Stacia Yoon, Rick Owens, Elaine McCracken, Vickie Postma

A good time (no pun intended) was had by all who attended the first annual Valparaiso Masters Invitational on Dec. 5.  It was a great opportunity for all who attended to get an idea of how their training is progressing and how much more work is needed before the short course state championships.  Continue reading