More from Bruce Wright
Ed, I enjoyed your Patton Pool web site.
I still swim about 1 ½ miles daily. I started swimming with the
Ferndale Barracudas at 10 years old, then with the Birmingham Swim Club,
Birmingham Seaholm Maples, and MSU. I broke Weibeck's13-14 50 free state
record in '68 and competed with and against many of the people on your
list. I was a teammate of John Klemanski's at Ferndale for one year and
went on to Seaholm where I set the state records in the 100 & 200 free
in '72 swimming against Mark Colville and Peter Daly, respectively, in
the UM pool, where the next year I would set the pool record in the 100
free (46.667) claiming 1st place at the Big Tens.
Tom Szuba and I were the same age and we occasionally competed against
each other. He was a great competitor. I always was pulling for him, (when
we weren't in the same race). I remember one time watching him in the 400
free at State Meet where he miscounted and stopped at 14 lengths. The whole
crowd went crazy and yelled "go" at the same time. He was looking up at
us like he was wondering what our problem was. He was so far ahead that
he still won! Webster's name was on the record boards for a long time,
and if I'm not mistaken it may have been Tom Szuba who replaced it.
Even here in Plano, Texas where I now live with my wife and son , I occasionally
run into an UM alum who gives me the Moo Yooo stuff. I love telling them
I once held a pool record in their own pool. They tend to quiet down real
I remember as an age grouper being proud of earning patches for my jacket,
proud of my first competitor ribbons. I remember Sully and many other coaches
at the swim meets, AAU heatsheets, and the Michigan Mile. I remember my
first coach Dick Arluck, bombing me with a volley ball in practice when
he thought I was dogging it. I remember John Weick with his boundless enthusiasm,
cheerfulness and dedication to the sport and his swimmers, (even at 5:30
in the morning practice). I remember Mike Heick with his scientific coaching
approach and peerless tapering method. It's nice to see the coaches get
recognition on your site. I know Dick Arluck, John Weick, Mike Heick and
many others made an enormous difference in my life. I remember many races
swum and many friends made thanks to the sport of swimming.
Some people probably think I'm bored as I swim my daily 1 ½ mile.
But really I am keeping busy - remembering…
Thanks for letting me say a few words on your site. (3/99)