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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Alumni Update! Earle Zieigler '40

Dear Coach Casares:

Thank you for your homecoming invitation. However, I am on the west coast of Canada in the Vancouver area.

A tiny bit of Bates swimming history: As a freshman, I helped John White and his wonderful Dad with the formation of the first varsity team that Bates sponsored in 1936-37. I am in the first days of year #90. Subsequently, with the late Harold Goodspeed, I co-captained the 1939-40 team.
Swimming and aquatics have meant so very much in my life. My son, Don, was a high-school state champion in Michigan in the very early sixties and then co-captained the Amherst team. My daughter still swims regularly and was tops in her (50-59) age group in the cross harbor swim here in Vancouver, BC this summer.
I coached state and tri-state championship teams at the Bridgeport YMCA in the early 1940s. Then I assisted the late Bob Kiphuth, Yale Swim Coach. from 1943-49 while also teaching swimming and warfare aquatics.

Subsequently I coached swimming at The Univ. of Western Ontario until 1956, and then refereed the home meets at Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the late 1950s and throughout the early1960s.
Also, I chaired Red Cross aquatics committees in Washtenaw County, MI in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and then in the 1960s in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Today, If it weren't for lap swimming every other night in the pool of our condominium at midnight (thank goodness for a free lane!!!), I'd probably be "six feet under." I repeat these historical trivia only to point out SOMETHING THAT SEEMS TO BE OVERLOOKED in today's approach to competition in sport. What ultimately counts, in addition to "how well you do" competitively, is a lifelong commitment to a sporting activity that truly serves humankind!

All best wishes to you, your associates, and your squad for the 2008-09 season!


Earle F. Zeigler, Ph.D.

P.S. And BEST WISHES to John White if you happen to see him… Really a terrific guy!
P.P.S. What's left of me…

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