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The turnout for the 2009 reunion was fantastic. Approximately 30 ex-swimmers and their families attend the organised events. Below is a rogue's gallery of ex-swimmers.
Woody said we wouldn't be able to remember all the names of those in the picture because most of us had Alzheimers (Woody's favourite question was - "where am I?"), so we had the names of all the rogues printed on the picture as well. And of course some of the names have been misspelled to protect the innocent.Click here to enlarge the photograph
Game of golf: 9am - 2pm
16 plus hackers turned up to play golf. Bets were made and it was game on. There were balls and clubs flying everywhere. Cries of "You nearly hit me with that ball!!" were heard from every direction.
Replies of "No I didn't, you were standing where I was aiming so you were perfectly safe".
John Meyer turned up half way through the round and disrupted play. We all expected a couple of cherry bombs to be thrown, so everybody kept one eye on Meyer and one eye on the golf course.
At the end of the game money begrudgingly exchanged hands and there was just about time to make it back for pizza at the Hideaway.
Tour of the new Athletic facilities: 10am - 11am
For those who didn't play golf, a tour of the new Athletic facilities had been arranged. Judging by the comments made by those who participated it was an interesting tour.
Meet and Greet at the Hideaway: 3pm - 5pm
We had our own private area where we could eat pizza and drink beer. There was a great deal of hugging and shaking hands as old friends arrived.
The place was packed and the beer flowed. Ross Seymour told numerous stories and at one point a waitress fell asleep and her head fell into one of the pizzas. It was hard to imagine that between 30 to 40 years had passed since we last met. All the old stories came out and the phrase "do you remember" could be heard all round the room.
It was so good to see old friends again and the 2 hours passed all too quickly. Then it was off for the group picture.
Group Photo in front of Old Central: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
All those who turned up to the Hideaway then walked over to Old Central and a professional photographer took a photograph (see picture at top of page) of the "usual suspects" - phrase from the film Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart.
As you can see, time hasn't changed us. We are all in peak physical condition and ready for 2 workouts a day. Well, maybe one workout a week!!
Campus walk about: 7pm - 12 midnight
In the evening we broke into small groups and walked around campus looking at the Homecoming floats. The campus was hopping and everybody enjoyed the festivities. The floats were amazing and the evening was too.
Visit to the 25yd indoor pool: 9am - 10am
This brought back memories. The smell of chlorine, the kickboards, the old lane ropes and of course the 5:30am workouts.
Those that attended gathered around the 1 metre spring board and group pictures were taken (see Memory Lane).
A few of us grabbed John Meyer and made out that we were going to throw him into the pool fully clothed. It is a testament to our maturity that we didn't - we must be getting old, years ago we wouldn't have given it a second thought. John went white as a sheet because he thought for a split second that we were going to do it. An opportunity missed.
Michael Scott AKA Scotty challenged John Meyer to a 500yd race at the 2010 reunion. The challenge was accepted and rumour has it that both are now working out twice a day (yea right!!).
The visit ended and we dispersed thinking about old times and what might have been.
O-Club meal: 6pm - 7:30pm
The food was excellent and from the balcony we watched both teams warm up.
Football Game OSU ve Missouri: 8pm - 12 midnight
We had a block of seats at the top of the stadium. So the majority of us sat together. Peter Friesen gave a running commentary throughout the game. It soon became obvious that he didn't know what he was talking about (no change there then!!)
It was cold and we huddled together for warmth. During the second quarter we had a swim team reunion Powerpoint slideshow displayed on the large screen which showed pictures of us in our prime and at that point in time 50 thousand people knew who we were, but they didn't know where we were seated. We all stood up and screamed "Up here, up here", but nobody saw us. Fame is a fleeting moment in time it would seem.
At the end of the game which OSU won 57 - 13, we dispersed and some of us went to the Hideaway to eat yet more pizza and drink more beer. We left at 3am in the morning.
Head for home.
On Sunday there was no final gathering. Each of us went our own way. We had laughed together and had become reacquainted - the years had been pushed back. We left somewhat sad, but happy that we had attended.
During the swimming pool visit, all who were present agreed it would be nice to meet up again in 2010. The reunion committee was re-elected and duly tasked with making it happen.