Fan Appreciation Day — and Final Meet of the season

Here is an example of what we did at Ohio University back in the day.

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Eastern Michigan University gotta keep its great swimming and diving programs

Direct link to the petition!

They can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan. Now they say the men can’t swim and dive into the water at Eastern. Crazy that the opportunities for the young men of today’s generation are evaporating before our eyes.

The EMU swimming and diving teams are number 1. I know. I coached for four years at Ohio University and EMU always kicked our tails and was tops in the Mid American Conference Championships. That team dominated back in my day and for decades. Many men have gone though the program and have turned into wonderful swim coaches, much like what used to happen at Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania.

Click the petition. Send a letter too. Show some outrage. But, don’t hold your breath. That won’t help anyone.

I posted on the Detroit Free Press: Why not cut back on the sport that causes brain injuries. Curbing the expensive hotel stays for the entire football team and staff on the nights before the HOME games would be enough money pay for the swim team’s budget.

Dan Medvid posted

Horrific. How much does swimming possibly cost when you already have a pool? And a world-class one like EMU has. Couple swim suits, a few scholarships and some travel. That’s all these schools have to fund. They spend more money on one second-string football player. And swimmers are often some of the best scholar-athletes at our universities. Shameful.

This was not the intention of Title IX.

Good luck to the swim tech innovators at Phlex

If you want to try out the AutoCoach One, a device that does most, if not all, of the same things as the Phlex, let’s set up an appointment at the Saturday Swim School and get a demo.

PPS Middle School Championships

At the first part of the meet, an invite letter was delivered to coaches and guardians.

Letter to call participants to the new All-City Aquatics All-Star Team

Coach Mark Rauterkus

Head Boys Varsity Coach at PPS Obama
Executive Director, SKWIM USA

108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1226

412-298-3432 = cell

January 24, 2018

Delivery to participants and spectators at PPS Middle School Championships

Dear Swimmers, Guardians and Coaches:

Three cheers to you for completing the middle-school season and competing in today’s championships. Hopefully, you choose to continue swimming, as we’d love to see you at 11:30 am on Saturday at PPS Oliver High School on the Northside.

You are invited to sign-up for a brand-new,

All-City, Aquatics All-Star Team!

First meeting and swim clinic is this Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 11:30 to 1 pm on the Northside at PPS Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, 15212.

Second meeting and clinic is next Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 11:30 to 1 pm at PPS Oliver.

If interested, call, text or email.

Or, sign-up in advance at

We are seeking 25 or more middle-school athletes, boys and girls, of any swimming ability, for this low/no cost program. It is a labor of love from the coach(es). We hope to organize the swimmers, guardians and boosters for an All-Star experience with specialized practices, coaching, training, and lots of play and competitions. We’ll swim, exercise, use technology tools. We’ll also learn, practice and play water polo and SKWIM, a water-disk game. We stress sportsmanship, teamwork, and conditioning with help of digital badges. Playing well with others happens with in-house meets and game-days — if we get your support and your participation.

Expect more information at the first clinics. Other practice opportunities in other city neighborhoods are possible too. Call with questions. See

Boost your fitness, swim knowledge, circle-of-friends, swim speed and aquatic game-play so that you can become a future lifeguard and a stronger varsity athlete, in any sport.

Thanks for the consideration.

Coach Mark Rauterkus

Back of letter

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Snow & Ice leads to Pittsburgh Public Schools cancelling all activities on Saturday, January 13, 2018

No Saturday Swim School on January 13, 20

No Saturday Swim School.

This is your invite to shovel instead.

Go Steelers!

No Saturday Swim School on January 13, 20
No Saturday Swim School on January 13, 2018

Entry into Brashear’s High School Swim Pool

Brashear High School, 590 Crane Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Front door of PPS Brashear High School is to the left side of the building. The middle school entry is different. South Hills Middle School has its doors to the right.
Door to the swim pool at Brashear. Look for the cone and smell for the chlorine.
The swim pool is in the back of the building.
Swim pool locker rooms and the gym are up two floors.
Brashear has two gyms. The small gym is the South gym. The swim pool is between both gyms.
Utility hallway near pool that connects the locker rooms.
Six lane, 25-yard pool at Brashear. The spectator seating is up an additional floor and in the end zone.

Entry into Sci-Tech’s swim pool

Building outside of school
Looking at PPS Sci-Tech from Forbes Ave in Oakland.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Sci-Tech is a city-wide magnet that serves grades 6 to 12 and is the former Frick Middle School.



The swim pool is 3-lanes wide and 25-yards long. It is located next to the gym on the bottom floor and below the cafeteria / auditorium.


Pitt's Cathedral
Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning is a focal point of the campus. Sci-Tech is about 4 blocks from this major city landmark.

Sci-Tech is in the heart of Oakland and Pitt right off of Fifth Avenue, the one-way, main street that heads to Downtown. It is across the street from Pitt’s three dorm towers, next to a church and close to where the former Childrens’ Hospital location.

The one-way driving trick: Both of the side streets on either side of Sci-Tech, Thackeray and N. Bouquet Streets, are ONE WAY in the same direction, going down the hill onto Fifth Ave. So, to drive into the parking lot, one must go around the block from above from O’Hara Street and then drive down to the school.

Bus sign and Pitt Towers
Take the bus to and from Sci Tech. Pitt dorms are across the street.


In the day, while the faculty is present, it is hard to find a spot in the parking lot. In the evenings, nights and weekends, there is plenty of free parking.

PAT (bus) Transit

Building Doors

door of Sci-Tech
Front door of Sci-Tech. Do not use this door to enter the swim pool in times when the school is NOT in session.

For a swim practice in the evening, weekends and on holidays, do not use the front door. Enter the building from the door in the parking lot that is closer to the swim pool and to the right of the tall smoke-stack.

parking lot and school doors
Sci-Tech Parking Lot. The doors to the swim pool for entry on non-school day times is to the right of the tall smoke-stack.
Use these doors to enter the Sci-Tech swim pool.

Inside and to the swim pool

After entering the basement doors off of the parking lot, finding the swim pool is easy.


The swim pool is near the gym, in the lower level.
Hallway leads to the pool. Right side door goes to the women’s lockers and left side goes to the men’s lockers.
Locker area is used only for the swim pool.

Pool is 25-yards long and three lanes wide with deep end and starting blocks and shallow end too.

The pool is a nice venue for SKWIM games and practices. Coach Picciafoco is a retired physical education teacher and long-time coach at Frick and then at Obama. The teams back in the day had a dynasty of devoted swimmers, always winning the city league and often beating the combined score from all the other schools.

The students at Sci-Tech have their own swim team for the middle-school grades, 6, 7 and 8. When the Sci-Tech students are in the high school grades ( 9, 10, 11 and 12) they join with the athletes at Obama Academy. The Obama Varsity swim teams have students from Sci-Tech, U-Prep and Obama, as well as some home-school families if they reside in the U-Prep feeder pattern.

Dr. K has been the head coach of the Sci-Tech middle school swim teams since 2015.

6 AM swim practices approved for Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sci Tech

Bus sign and Pitt Towers

See you here.

Building outside of school
Looking at PPS Sci-Tech from Forbes Ave in Oakland.