To the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving seniors,
(Catherine Rafferty-Millett, Caroline Lee, Erika Antisdale, Kerri Blumer, Amy Vanlishout, Evan Dorshorst, Chris Valach, JD Scott, Billy Griffitts, Nick Thornburg, Ben Halperin, Mike Rao)
Since arriving on the campus in the fall of 2008 you have helped our program grow and have provided tremendous leadership along the way. You have dealt with adversity and grown stronger as young men and women. I would like to thank you for your dedication and commitment to Washington University and the Swimming & Diving team over the past four years.
Your decision to attend Washington University has provided you a quality academic degree and hopefully memories of a competitive NCAA swimming & diving experience. You never slept enough but come back the next day anyway. You cheered for and supported each other because that is what good friends and teammates do. As you progressed from freshmen to seniors, you touched the lives of everyone you came in contact with including coaches, faculty, teammates, alumni and classmates.
As you leave Washington University I hope you take with you the belief that you are ready to meet life’s challenges head-on. The goals that you set were definitely more than about achieving a personal best or winning a race, and the benefits you will receive will extend beyond the boundaries of the pool. You will always be a WUSTL Bear!
Set your expectations high and expect the best in everything you do. This is what you have always done. We are proud of what you have accomplished and look forward to seeing where you will go after leaving Wash U. You are forever a part of our program and Washington University and we are excited about your continued involvement now that you are alumni.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Go Bears!
Head Swimming & Diving Coach