Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Former Athlete And Staff Member Is Hall of Fame Bound

Heather Czappa, a four-year letterwinner on the swim team at UWM from 1995-99 who was also an assistant Milwaukee swim coach for six years, will be inducted into her high school athletics hall of fame later this month.

On Friday, Sept. 26, Czappa will receive the honor during homecoming festivities at her alma mater, Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. She will be introduced by Keri Siekert, her high school coach, at 5:30 p.m. and inducted in pre-game ceremonies before Lincoln’s homecoming game against DC Everest at 7:30 p.m. that night.

As a high school athlete, she set one conference, two sectional and 11 school records while also earning valedictorian honors in the classroom.

As a collegian, she was a two-time league champion and all-league selection in the 100 backstroke. Czappa was the school-record holder in the 200 backstroke and the 100 backstroke when she graduated and was also a member of the school-record setting 200 and 400 medley relay teams. She was named the UWM Rookie of the Year after her freshman season and earned team MVP honors as a sophomore.

Czappa graduated Summa Cum Laude from UWM after majoring in English with minors in psychology and mass communication. She was an eight-time member of the CSCAA Academic All-America Team and an eight-time Dean's List selection.

She is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator at Alverno College in Milwaukee.