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Legendary Waukesha High School Swimming Coach Passes Away

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that legendary Waukesha Swimming Coach Phil Cibik passed away last Tuesday (01/12).  Coach Cibik was a pioneer and a guiding force for swimming in Waukesha in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  His career started in the early 1960’s as an assistant to another coaching great Rollie Bestor.

Some of Phil Cibik’s coaching highlights:

  • Won 6 out of 7 WIAA State Championships as Head Coach
  • Won 7 out of 7 Suburban Conference Championships
  • Career dual meet record of 141-1
  • Coached 14 High School All-Americans in his seven years as Head Coach.

A quote from Coach Cibik regarding the remarkable success of the Waukesha High School swim team:

“The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that three coaches, Rollie Bestor, myself and Ron Hart, finished first 14 times and second three times in 17 years.  That’s an incredible run of success.  I was an assistant coach to Rollie and when he left, I took over.  When I left Ron Hart took over, and all three of us are still friends to this day.”  (Two of those second place finishes were close defeats by 4 and 6 points.)

“It was a special time and place to be part of this winning tradition, probably will never be repeated again.”

Coach Cibik was just recently inducted into the Waukesha Swimming Wall of Fame in November and his coaching career guided hundreds and hundreds of swimmers.  Perhaps even more important than the Championship victories and more than 100 wins was the life lessons that he imparted on his swimmers.  Life skills that everyone that I have talked to about the early days of success in swimming in Waukesha all refer to.  Coach Cibik taught hard work and discipline, taught swimmers how to work together as a TEAM, taught leadership, and pushed his swimmers to be great citizens.

The Cibik family has set up a Memorial Fund in his name with the Waukesha Express Swim Team to continue to help young swimmers in Waukesha develop as athletes and people.  There is a link on the homepage of our team’s website for those wishing to donate to the Phil Cibik Memorial Fund.

RIP Coach Cibik!

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Blackshirt Swimming Alum Gwen Jorgensen named to US Olympic Team

Gwen Jorgensen Qualifies to represent the USA in Rio

Congratulations to Blackshirt Alumni Gwen Jorgensen on her second selection to the USA Olympic Team.  Way to go Gwen!  Below is an article after her qualifiying performance.

RIO DE JANEIRO — 2012 Olympians Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True punched their tickets for the 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday at the 2015 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, held at Copacabana Beach.

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked in at 1 hour, 58 minutes, 46 seconds on the standard 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course, which is expected to be the same next year when the women’s triathlon event is contested on Aug. 20 during the Olympic Games. Great Britain’s Non Stanford finished second in 1:59:05, while her compatriot Vicky Holland finished third in 1:59:27. True (Hanover, N.H.) finished fourth in 1:59:46.

As the top-two Americans within the top eight on Sunday, Jorgensen and True met the qualification standards outlined by USA Triathlon earlier this year. According to USA Triathlon’s 2016 Olympic qualification criteria, the two highest-placing eligible American athletes could automatically qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team by placing among the top eight finishers today. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished sixth and was the third American finisher of the day.

The race began with a one-lap ocean swim, and Jorgensen, True, Zaferes and more than 20 other women came out of the water close enough to form the lead pack. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) and Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) also were in the lead pack. Throughout the eight laps on the bike, the lead group worked together to put a gap on the chase pack, with an advantage of more than 90 seconds by the second transition. With the race coming down to the run, Jorgensen moved to the front of the field, with Holland and Stanford on her shoulders. True was trailing a bit after the first lap, but pulled back up to the lead group, and the four women ran together through lap three.

Then Jorgensen made a break, putting distance between herself and Stanford. Gwen posted a 33:57 run split — the fastest of the day — to take the tape and the win. Her victory also confirmed a National Federation spot for the U.S. Additional spots will be confirmed through the ITU Olympic Points List, and the U.S. women are currently in prime position to ensure three women will be on the team next summer.

“It’s amazing to have qualified for the Olympics,” said Jorgensen, who currently has 11 consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series wins and 14 WTS career titles. “This has been the first step in my goal of aspiring to win gold in Rio next year since the 2012 Olympics. I’m really excited and we now have two U.S. girls qualified, so I think that’s key. Sarah and I both have a year now to prepare for the race. This whole season, this has been the focus race.”

The reigning world champion, Jorgensen is sitting out the next two WTS stops this season, and will return to racing at the WTS Grand Final in Chicago on Sept. 18.

True finished fourth at London 2012 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings. She finished last season as the runner-up in the ITU World Championships (determined by series season rankings) and now will prepare to compete on her second Olympic team.

“I was trying to race for position and not race for the podium. I was fighting for third but Vicky went down and she still got it. She’s my buddy and I’m super psyched for her, but it would have been nice to be on the podium,” True said. “I knew it was going to be hard this year. We have so much depth. I’m happy I got through. I know I sound like a broken record, but after London, I learned that I didn’t approach the race as a potential medalist. Now I have a year to wrap my head around that and train accordingly. I’m just trying to stay healthy, progress and peak at the right time.”

Jorgensen, 29, and True, 33, become the sixth and seventh members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, joining pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher, table tennis player Yue ”Jennifer” Wu, and open water swimmers Jordan Wilimovsky, Sean Ryan and Haley Anderson, all of whom qualified last month.

In the men’s race, Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top American finisher in 15th and Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) was 16th. Reigning world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain claimed the win.

American Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.) was in fourth position out of the water and connected with the lead pack, including Gomez, Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain, and seven others. The group of 10 lost two athletes due to a bike incident, and by the end of the bike leg had raced to a gap of more than 90 seconds, much like in the women’s race.

Despite rising temperatures, once out on the run, Gomez and Vincent Luis of France peeled away from the field, while Zaferes held his position in the top eight through the first half of the run. Known runners like Richard Murray of South Africa and Mario Mola of Spain who had been in the chase group made contact with Zaferes on the third lap. Zaferes slowed his pace in the final lap, but Billington and Maloy kept charging to finish in the top 20.

“Actually it worked exactly how I thought it would,” Zaferes said after the race. “I went for it on the run in the first two laps, and then once I was outside the top eight, I shut it down because of my past history with the heat. I just did my thing to get the best result on the run, and I just didn’t have it the last 5k.”

“Obviously the goal coming in was top eight, because that would get me a spot,” Billington said. “It’s a deep American field now, and there are a lot of guys I’m racing against to be top American, but when you go into a race, that’s never your goal. Your goal is to compete on an international level. I was happy to have a good run and stay solid. I’ve been progressing all year, I think we’ve done what we need to do. It’s been great to have the support of USAT. I’m grateful for them setting me up to have a great race today.”

Though the World Olympic Qualification Event was not part of the World Triathlon Series, the event featured many of the best athletes in the sport competing for National Federation quota spots and in some cases, individual qualification. The World Triathlon Series resumes in Stockholm on Aug. 22-23, followed by Edmonton on Sept. 5-6. The elites will be racing in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on Sept. 18-19 as part of a week of world championship action in Chicago.

2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event
1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Elite Women
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1. Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:58:46
2. Non Stanford (GBR), 1:59:05
3. Vicky Holland (GBR), 1:59:27

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