Recruiting Trips

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    • #12821
      SwexasTim
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      btw my recruiting trip to hope was fairly wierd. I was dropped off at lunch where only murdock, neebro, and glancy were around. They had already eaten and were wasting their day in phelps (which was one of my favorite pastimes). They were hilarious, though they completely ignored me until a massive man named grimace came to sit down. They all told me (and sold it quite well) about what a short fuse he had and not to talk to him.

      Grimace sat down right next to me, ripped his chicken in half w/ his bare hands and asked me if it was pink in the middle. I said no and got up and went home, I was so freaked out. Good thing no one else but calvin called me, I can’t believe I ended up at hope.

      But its a good thing, how else would I have gotten the chance to be the one to constantly get under the skin of the MIAA’s favorite swim, the mighty Vic Stover.

    • #40850
      Low Tide
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      Funny story regarding Cheadle:

      He did *not* like me the first couple of weeks of freshman year. The first week of school and the team got together for probably the first time to head over to the soccer field to play ultimate frisbee. Being from the area, with Blowers and Raczniak on my high school team, and having been up to campus numerous times I knew a lot of the current team, obviously better than most of the other freshmen at the time. At one point, they were splitting up the freshmen for teams and I simply commented, “I’m a freshman” — Jussi assumed I was an upper classman and was mocking them 🙂 I think later on the phone when his mom was asking about how he liked the team, he said something to the effect of, “Everyone seems nice, except for this ‘Brett’ guy.”

    • #40851

      I went on a recruiting trip to Denison and there was a guy there that all of my h.s. teamates thought looked exactly like me, only shorter. They called him Burt Klohm, my evil twin. The guys from Denison found out somewhow and they thought it was pretty funny. I was already pretty awkward, so that just made it worse. I can’t remember the kid’s name.

    • #40852
      Low Tide
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      I had a case of mistaken identity freshman year. The hottest girl at campus came up to me and said, “Ahhh, you’re that guy I hooked up with in the pool during your recruiting visit.”

      I wasn’t. Never did figure out how to turn that to my advantage.

    • #40853
      Stevo
      Member

      My recruiting trip was really fun to Hope, it was a phone call that will forever be engraved in my head. A hope swimmer by the name of Scott Vrogiendewey called me to see how my high school season was going. When he ran out of things swimming related to talk about he asks me “do you like Britney Spears” My response was, her body or her music? His response “both”. i proceeded to tell Scott that her music sucked but she was easy on the eyes. Scott’s response to that was, “i’d sure like to boink her” Being a socially ackward high school senior talking to a college senior i had no idea what to respond. I just remember everyone in the background erupting with laughter and the conversation ending shortly after.

    • #40854
      El Duderino
      Member

      My recruiting trip at K wasn’t all that exciting in terms of what I did, but I remember this kid really really blonde hair (almost white) who was trying to get everyone to smoke pot with him. Then he almost got into a fistfight with Marty Fisher because Marty liked Van Halen, and Van Halen wasn’t nearly as cool as the “Nazi Ska” that he listened to. He disappeared for a while, and I never figured out what happened to him until the next year, when we saw him at the Michigan/Illinois Quad meet – swimming for Wheaton.

      Funny how some things work out.

    • #40855
      silentp
      Member

      We used to print off sheets with the name of the recruit and pass them out to call in the athletic’s office. Coach Kent organized this so we could come in and call them. They were all printed off only once but apparently someone spelled the kid’s name wrong and therefore he had 2 sheets. I remember Vic coming out of one of the rooms yelling that “the kid says we already called him tonight and now thinks we are a bunch of idiots”. He did not come to K.

    • #40856
      DonCheadle
      Member

      My only recruting happened over the phone with Coach Kent. He called me and said, “you wrote on your card that you swim, can you tell me about it?” I told him I was a 22 low in the 50. He said great, what do you want to know about the swim team. I told him, “well the only other college I am looking at is Vanderbilt and they don’t have a swimteam so I have decided to come to Kalamazoo.” He asked me if my addres was 5303 Spanish Oak blah blah… I said yes, and then he said “well I’ll see you in the fall.” My recruitment lasted about 3 minutes. In 1994 Brett Beltzer from Albion placed 6th in the 50 with a 22.42 so it must have been pretty cool for coach to have some random swimmer from Texas tell him “yeah it is 100% that I am coming,” on the first call.

      On the first weekend at K Coach met a few of the parents and swimmers at lunch. M Hannum’s dad told coach Kent that the sticky substance that allows flies to walk upside down on the ceiling is not replicatable because the chemical structure is too complex much like rattle snake venom. He then proceeded to tell him about the difficulties of synthesizing organic compounds. And he spent like 20 minutes on it. Coach didn’t know what to say.

      Chuck Kemeny wrote on his essay, “I want to come to Kalamzoo because my brother is there.” Thank goodnees his ACT’s were high 20’s.

    • #40857
      Milhouse
      Member

      @Low Tide wrote:

      Do tell…

      Sometimes those recruiting visits that seem the worst ever will suprise you. I remember Matt Sheeran supposedly had the worst recruiting visit ever — Afterwards, the guys said, “There is no way in the world we get that guy.”

      I believe he was scheduled to sit in on a class, but it turned out to be like a 3 hour lab on economics, then he was forgotten and no one picked him up after the class so he had to walk back to coach’s office — maybe Miller or Milhouse can remember what else happened, but I hear it was just awful.

      I remember Sheeran being miserable because he absolutely hated this other kid who was on the recruiting trip with him. I remember trying to talk to Sheeran when we were playing swimmer-style no-talent full contact basketball, and he would only give one or two-word sentences. Meanwhile, this other kid had a voice that carried thru cinder block walls, and he would chat with anyone and everyone. It surprised the hell out of me to see Sheeran with the team the next fall.

    • #40858
      DonCheadle
      Member

      @Milhouse wrote:

      I remember Sheeran being miserable because he absolutely hated this other kid who was on the recruiting trip with him.

      Hehe, I know who that other swimmer was.

    • #40859
      Low Tide
      Member

      I can’t remember who that swimmer was.

      At states senior year of high school, I went a 53.00 back in the morning to get 6th… Sheeran was a 53.01 — After I introduced myself at coach’s picnic for the first time, all he said was, “Yeah, you’re the guy who bumped me into councels in the back.”

      At my recruiting trip to Kzoo, Steve Reinke was also there… long rivalry and we could not stand each other. I remember I kept trying to play Tool and Rolling Head, and he kept wanting to put in Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Blues Traveler. He ended up going to Ball State and I checked their results every year just to make sure I was faster than him.

      I forgot you never actually visited K, Cheadle!

      Chuck Kemeny wrote on his essay, “I want to come to Kalamzoo because my brother is there.” Thank goodnees his ACT’s were high 20’s.

      I recall Shively having to work some magic in admissions for that one. It’s always nice having your assistant coach work in the admissions office.

      I remember this kid really really blonde hair (almost white)….

      I first thought Scot Whitbeck when I read that, and as I read further, “wait, that doesn’t sound like Whitbeck…”

    • #40860
      DonCheadle
      Member

      @DonCheadle wrote:

      @Milhouse wrote:

      I remember Sheeran being miserable because he absolutely hated this other kid who was on the recruiting trip with him.

      Hehe, I know who that other swimmer was.

      Brett and Turtule, you know who it was. He was GOING to go to Stanford becaue he was GOING to go a 4:29 in the 500 free.

    • #40861
      silentp
      Member

      @DonCheadle wrote:

      Brett and Turtule, you know who it was. He was GOING to go to Stanford becaue he was GOING to go a 4:29 in the 500 free.

      You just described 90% of this forum. Weren’t all of us, who have been swimming for a long time, going to be a lot faster than we were and going to go to Stanford? Maybe it was just me…

    • #40862
      maverick1
      Member

      i think what you mean was that we were a lot faster when we were swimming in college……thus the guys swimming now are mostly chumps who we would have wiped the floor with

    • #40863
      W3ndell
      Member

      Yeah, you were good.

    • #40864
      Low Tide
      Member

      I have no freakin’ clue who that was…

      Erik Matusczak *did* go that fast, but I think he went to Harvard, and I do not think he ever would have looked at K… and he was a pretty likeable guy.

    • #40865
      Milhouse
      Member

      @DonCheadle wrote:

      Brett and Turtule, you know who it was. He was GOING to go to Stanford becaue he was GOING to go a 4:29 in the 500 free.

      Just googled him, found some dual meet results from 1997. He was a 55/2:00 in-season flyer, and split a 58.7 breast on a relay. Decent, but not great for D1 Columbia. Anyway, I think the first couple conversations I ever had with Sheeran were about how much he hated that kid. It was almost as if the only reason he came to K was so he could tell everyone how much he hated him.

    • #40866
      pinto
      Member

      Since I swam with Matt in age group I had to go look at at Columbia swimming….was it Dayce?

      Eric went to Cal then Harvard…pretty sure he went 135 and 48 low at Harvard bu not sure.

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