RICK MEIER-WINDES 1955-2004
It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of Rick Meier- Windes. Rick had been a stalward of Pacific Masters Swimming for many years, having served in many of the leadership positions including chair of Pacific Masters.
Rick also served on United States Masters Swimming committees including Officials and Legislation. He has been the only person to be awarded the distinguished Pacific Masters "Contributor of the Year Award" twice ( 1988 and 1992).
A gifted long distance swimmer, Rick swam in the Olympic trials in 1972. When he could no longer swim as well as he had in the past, Rick became a deck official. He worked many Pacific Masters meets and age groups meets. He became a National Championship Certified deck official (one of the highest rankings).
Rick continued to swim when his health would let him. He would enter the 500 and 1000 yard events with really no help of winning just to participate (his times would be double of what he swam when he was in condition). He swam just for the joy of the competition.
A founding member of Tsunami Swim Club, Rick served on its board and worked very hard getting all the records correct for Tsunami and for the International Gay Lesbian Aquatics group.
Rick was a tireless advocate for swimming. He was known for his forceful yet reasoned approach.
When information on a celebration of Rick's life is available, it will be posted on the Pacific Masters Web site. For those who would like to send a note to Rick's partner Cris Meier Windes the address is:
San Francisco, CA 94124
I know he would love to hear from friends.
michael moore, chairman
Pacific Masters Swimming
words Michael. I will reminisce about what I remember of Rick. I met him back in
1987 at the SCN in Stanford and I believe he was just getting back into swimming
in masters. I do remember reading about him in Swimming World back in the
1970's and he was perhaps one of the great distance swimmers of that time. As
Michael said he made the 1972 Olympic Trials when he was 16 and he was in the
conlsolation heat of the 1500 Free at Portage Park in Chicago. When Mark
Schubert went to Mission Viejo in 1972, Rick was the first swimmer to swim in
the so called "animal lane". Physically he had to take the punishement of 9000
meters in a practice, two practices a day with no rest days. Most swimmers would
be completely exhausted by this which was standard fare for the distance
swimmers at Mission. In talking with Mark at a US Open Meet in Ann Arbor in
1993, he said that Rick was one of the hardest working swimmers he has ever
coached. He said he set examples for people like Brian Goodell, Taylor Howe,
Casey Converse, and latter Paul Asmuth and Mike O'Brien. In fact it is
documented on page 32 in the book Four Champions One Gold Medal that says "The
individual on the Nadadores with the strongest work ethic and the greatest work
capacity was 16 year old Rick Windes". Now that is saying something when a coach
like that says those things.