Westside Swimming Honored with 2017 Dominant Dynasties Award
The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has selected the Omaha Westside High School Swimming Teams from 1973-1988 to receive the Dominant Dynasties Award for 2017.
Under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Cal Bentz, Westside earned national respect in the sport of swimming, winning 16 Boys and Girls championship titles between 1963 and 1977. Bentz was known for innovative coaching techniques to improve athletes’ performance and time in the pool.
Bentz was instrumental in the hiring of Westside Head Coach Doug Krecklow, who kept Westside Swimming an elite program. Westside won every Boys State Championship from 1977-1986 except one; that year they were State Runners Up. Westside also won 10 Girls State Championships from 1975-1988. Dozens of Westside swimmers won individual state championships in the same time frame. Krecklow still leads Westside’s Swimming Program today.
“The Dynasty Award is a terrific salute to our long standing swimming program and a testament to the girls, boys and coaches who set the standard that we continue to emulate today,” said Krecklow. “I’m very proud to be a part of the head coaching staff during this historical time and I feel honored to stand with Cal Bentz and Pat DiBaise as we honor these years of excellence.”
Westside Athletic Director Tom Kerkman will accept the Dominant Dynasties Award at the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation annual Induction and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 1 at Lincoln East High School.