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Holiday Letter from the Rauterki of Pittsburgh’s South Side

Happy 2019 to our Friends and Family

Catherine, Mark (108 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203), Erik (Philadelphia, PA), &
Grant (New Orleans, LA)

If you are receiving this letter it means you are either family or friends (or both!). We are lucky to have you in our lives and 2018 was a year of appreciating our many family and friends.

We are thankful to Ed, Lori, Margaret, and Gerrit for opening their home to Mark as he traveled to Napa to kick off the year with a swim coaching presentation. Two additional west-coast visits for aquatics allowed Mark to visit with Steve, Colin and Kevin.

Another magical Memorial Day in Rockport, ME with the Loavenbrucks. So thankful for this family friendship (picture of an impromptu piano concert at the house). And then a Labor Day trip to Rockport, MA for Erik and Catherine.

We are thankful for our trips to Philadelphia to see Erik, to watch Grant play water polo, and a fun visit with the McLaughlins. Photo on the roof of our favorite Philly AirBNB.

Grant lived in Tampa, FL this summer. Thanks so much to Howard and Michelle for opening their home to him (and to his brother for a quick beach visit).

In July, Catherine was thankful for Erik hopping over to Jersey City to visit at a reception (see the beautiful view of Manhattan). In August, we had family time in NY where Erik worked with BCG for the majority of 2018.

On to Connecticut where Grant worked with a faculty member who helped with his data analysis related to his neuroscience major at Tulane, University. Thanks to all the people helping him on his path!

Erik and Erica, thankful for a holiday in Paris!

Erik’s work took him to Dallas several times which meant play time with the Brickner Family.

We are so thankful for all the wonderful cousins!

I thought a lot about friendship this past year as I traveled to Florida each month to spend time with Aunt Debbi who passed away in August. Debbi is pictured here with her friend, Deb, who is one of an army of friends who saw her through the past two years of treatment and finally hospice care. I have never witnessed a more generous, caring, loving group of individuals and it was an honor to get to know many of them. It is impossible to express how thankful I am for their care of Debbi and of me as I made my way through this life event. I wish all of you these types of friendships. They are precious.

Our baby is 21!

Coach, dad and two sons, in swim suits

Coach Mark Rauterkus and his sons, Grant and Erik, swimmers at CAR, the Carlynton Swim Club, 2005



Another big week with Catherine

Catherine attended her first board meeting in her new role as president elect at her professional organization, Triple A, the American Academy of Audiology. The board gathered in the DC area for three days.

Next weekend, without travel, rare in these seasons, comes with a Friday night performance at The Moth’s Grand Slam event in Pittsburgh at the August Wilson Center.

On Saturday, the new graduate students in Audiology at University of Pittsburgh get to celebrate at their White Coat Ceremony.


Coach and swimmers in 2005

Golden years, coaching my kids.

An interesting fact about this team was that all the coaches had their own children swim on the swim team.

Coach, dad and two sons, in swim suits

Coach Mark Rauterkus and his sons, Grant and Erik, swimmers at CAR, the Carlynton Swim Club, 2005

Wellness and Water Warriors – podcast appearance and NCAA Water Polo at Highland Park Pool

I’m the featured guest giving an interview about our approach to ending drowning with SKWIM and water polo.

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We’re hosting a day of NCAA water polo at Citiparks Highland Park Pool on Saturday, September 1, 2018, with games played among Washington & Jefferson College, Penn State, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and Pittsburgh’s Renegades (our masters team).

Water Polo Games at Highland Park Pool on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Ongoing practices happen at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool in The Hill District every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:45 pm. Tonight will be a good practice date as Daniel, a guy I coached when he was a college swimmer back in the early 1980s, is in town and playing.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto might have retweeted after working at the McDonalds Drive-Thru while supporting youth employment opportunities, “If you wanna get a gun out of a young person’s hand, put a paycheck in it.”

IMHO, It is impossible to swim with a gun in your hand.

Hopefully all the shooting we all encounter for the remainder of the summer is confined to area swim pools and within the context of water polo and SKWIM practices and games.

Water polo players at edge of Ammon Swim Pool

Pittsburgh Renegades Masters Water Polo Squad at a regular practice at Citiparks Ammon pool. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:45 pm, weather permitting. (Click photo for enlarged view.)