Sarah fulfilled a lifelong dream when she completed a solo swim of 21 miles across Lake St. Clair. She did the swim on August 7, and it took nine hours and 27 minutes. Colegrove is a lifelong swimmer (including her tenure as a member of the Hornet swim team), and she has competed in several triathlons, including three Ironman competitions. Lake St. Clair’s 21-mile distance is the same as that of the English Channel. Sarah works as an attorney and lives in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She plans to swim the Straits of Mackinac next year.
Many Michiganders (and more) have walked the five-mile Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, an annual event. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. On Labor Day 2015 the 65,000 bridge walkers might have looked down to see 84 swimmers crossing the Straits. Yes, swimmers! And one of them was Sarah. Sarah’s swim was part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The swimmers raised more than $325,000 for Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program. Twelve teams, each with seven swimmers, attempted the crossing. “The water was not as cold as expected,” said Sarah, “but the wind, strong current and rough water conditions made the swim very challenging.” Sarah swam in tandem with the 65,000 walkers and finished on the shores of the Straits at Fort Michilimackinac in the Lower Peninsula. “Not all swimmers finished,” added Sarah, “and one group required more than eight hours to complete the swim.” Sarah’s group swam the distance in just under three hours. “It was an epic swim for a great cause!”
Nick enjoyed an outstanding first year as head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of Portland. The Pilots won the 2016 West Coast Conference championship and returned to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2009. Nick won conference honors as Co-Coach of the Year, and he coached three individual conference honorees–the WCC’s player of the year, freshman of the year, and goalkeeper of the year. Congratulations, Nick.
Vic died on October 6, 2014. He was 85 years old and arguably the most well-known graduate of Kalamazoo College. He matriculated to K from Monroe (Mich.) High School, where he had been a multi-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball, and tennis). He was the first high school tennis player to win the state singles championship three times. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and played on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He served as team captain his senior year, the same year he took the MIAA singles championship. He also was MIAA doubles champion in 1949 and 1951. After graduation he was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Toledo, and he played on the professional tennis circuit. Vic moved to California and earned his master’s degree in educational psychology (California State University). He began study for his doctorate in psychology (USC) but discontinued that work in order to become the chief tennis professional at a tennis club. It was in the teaching of tennis that Vic achieved his international renown. In 1971 he started the Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, Calif. That effort later expanded to include campuses in Florida and Utah and traveled throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and China. He taught thousands of players and lectured in all 50 states. His players included champions like Tracy Austin, and yet he seemed to have a special spot in his heart for the average weekend hacker. He combined humor and psychology to make every student as proficient as she or he could be. Vic hosted a tennis instructional show on public television in the early 1980s that was carried by 238 stations. He appeared on NBC, made instructional videos, and authored eight books. The New York Times obituary (“Vic Braden, Tennis’s Pied Piper, Dies at 85,” Douglas Martin) noted that “Mr. Braden’s forte was psychology, which he thought could nearly work miracles. He told Sports Illustrated that if he were given eight good 13-year-old players–‘I don’t mean great athletes,’ he specified–he could have all of them in the Wimbledon quarterfinals at 18. Such improbable success, he said, would involve learning to think differently. ‘The moment of enlightenment,’ he said, ‘is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.’” In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Vic was presented an honorary degree from his alma mater in April of 2008. He is pictured (center, in the photo at left) at that event, held in Stetson Chapel, with the late Professor and Coach Emeritus George Acker (left) and Professor of Physical Education and Volleyball Coach Jeanne Hess.
Chris and his son, Shaun, made it all the way to the finals of the USTA National Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships in November. The tournament took place in Sarasota, Fla. It was the Busserts first senior circuit tournament, and making the finals was a good week of work. They lost to a team that has won the event the previous two years. Chris won national singles and doubles titles during his days as a Hornet tennis player.
Rosemary has been named to the Muskegon (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame. She, along with other members of the 31st annual Muskegon area hall-of-fame class, will be inducted on June 3. Rosemary began playing tennis at a very early age, despite the fact that competitive opportunities for girls were few or none at all. She persisted and graduated from Muskegon High School. At K she won the MIAA singles championship four consecutive years and was a semifinalist in the NCAA championships in 1959. She remained a nationally-ranked player in her age group for many years and also became certified as a teaching professional and official. From 1979-2003, she was the head tennis professional at Drumlin’s Tennis Club, which is owned by Syracuse University. She managed the university’s recreational tennis and tennis instruction programs. A court at Drumlin’s is named in her honor. Rosemary has served on numerous boards for tennis organizations and was honored by the Big East Conference for advancing girl’s and women’s sports. She also is a member of the Hornet Athletic Hall of Fame.
Scott was the “Coaches’ Confidential” spotlight subject in the November 9 issue of SwimSwam. Scott is the head coach of the SUNY-New Paltz men’s and women’s swimming teams. He’s been at the college for seven years and has led his swimmers to numerous school records, All-American honors, and NCAA championship qualifying swims. In 2011 he was named Coach of the Year in the Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference. Says Scott, “As I get older the biggest joy I have in this job is not necessarily in watching the team go fast at a duel or championship meet, but in seeing the athletes accomplish something they didn’t think was possible and grow in the process.” There’s lots more in the interview, including nice mention of his alma mater. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Bob and his wife, Sue (Wotila) Brackenridge ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 19 with family and friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are still active and healthy, and both attended the 2015 Homecoming in Kalamazoo. They also are planning a Michigan trip in May 2016 that will include stops at the Senior PGA golf tournament in Benton Harbor, the Michigan capitol in Lansing, and the Upper Peninsula. The latter is sure to rekindle memories of Bob’s “Soo to Kazoo in ‘62” cross-country relay with Coach Swede Thomas and Hornet harrier teammates.
Bobby (and, to a lesser extent, the extraordinary streak of consecutive conference titles by the Hornet men’s tennis program) is the subject of a short feature on the Colgate University Raider website. Bobby is in his ninth season coaching both the Colgate men’s and women’s tennis squads. “I was fortunate enough to play four years for the Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team,” he is quoted. He was captain his senior year and part of an All-American doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli ’01. Bobby’s major at K was English.
Sarah, a.k.a. the “Bricktator,” is making a name (even two!) for herself in roller derby. She’s a lifelong athlete: a childhood figure skater, high school basketball player, and Hornet soccer standout (she was captain of the women’s varsity team two years). At K Sarah majored in biology and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. After graduation, while living in San Francisco in 2011, Sarah got hooked on roller derby after attending a local game. She joined the Bay Area Derby Girls, a four-team league. Last year, when Arnosky moved to St. Louis, Mo., to attend graduate school at Washington University, she joined the St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Girls (ARRG) league and had an immediate impact. She was named MVP of the ARRG league this season, and she led her travel team to a No. 10 international ranking. In November of 2015 Sarah and her ARRG travel team qualified for the WFTDA Championships in St. Paul, Minn. The event included teams from five countries and was streamed live on ESPN3. In roller derby, each team has five players on the track at one time — four blockers and one jammer. The goal of the game is for the jammer to lap opposing players as they go around the track. Each time the jammer laps an opponent, one point is scored for the jammer’s side. The blockers are thus simultaneously attempting to stop their opponent’s jammer while also trying to create space for their own jammer to skate through. Sarah is a jammer for ARRG with the moniker “Bricktator.” She loves the sport for its physicality and footwork and for the fact that it favors so many different types of athlete body–short, tall, wide and thin. The sport has surged during the past 15 years with hundreds of women’s leagues around the world.