Year Inducted: 2014
Nominated By: Eunice Wolther (relative)
Sports Competed In: Swimming
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

High School:
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S., graduating in 2002...Three-year member of the Bulldogs swim team from 1999 to 2002.

College:
Went to Southern Methodist University (SMU)...Continued his post-graduate studies at SMU.

Travis WoltherAthletic Achievements:
● Boys 4A State Champion in 50 and 100 Freestyle, both state records (1999).
● Boys 4A State Champion in 100 Freestyle, 2nd place 50 Freestyle (2000).
● Boys 4A runner up in 100 Breaststroke and 100 Freestyle (2001).
● National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) High School All-American, 100 Breaststroke (2001).
● Recorded the 20th fastest 100 yard breaststroke time in the Nation (2001).
● Boys 4A State Champion in 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke (2002).
● NISCA High School All-American Honorable mention, 100 free (2002).
● Had the 45th fastest 100 yard freestyle time in the nation (2002).
● NISCA High School All-American Honorable mention, 100 breaststroke (2002).
● Colorado 4A "Swimmer of the Year" (2002).
● Named Colorado All-State four straight years (1999-2002).
● At the time of his graduation, Wolther held 4A State record in 100 free.
● Won five individual state titles.
● Finished individual runner-up three times.
● Two relay runner up (2002, 200 medley and 400 free relays.
● Held school/city/league records in: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free (school only), 100 breast, 200 IM, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay...Wolther was undefeated in league swim meets and dual meets.

Contributions:
● Selected as captain of the Pueblo Centennial H.S. swim team his senior year (2002).
● First State swimming champion in history of Pueblo Centennial H.S.
● First State swimming champion in Pueblo in 30 years.
● Most male individual state swimming championships for Pueblo.
● After his high school career, numerous athletes from Pueblo have captured state titles and Pueblo swimming appears to have had a revitalization.
●  Growing up from 7th Grade through high school, Wolther traveled 45 minutes each way to train with the Colorado Springs Swim Team at the Olympic Training Center, but since his graduation,
the athlete participation in Pueblo appears to have increased and enjoys a much stronger club swimming scene.
●  Pueblo Centennial H.S. changed the requirements for "Mr. C" as it has always been a two-sport award. Students can now be considered if outstanding in one sport.

Honors:
● Graduated eighth in Pueblo Centennial H.S. class of 2002.
● Member of the National Honor Society.
● Received academic scholarship to Southern Methodist University.

Personal:
Lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Petri Brill.


GPSA "W" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

 1

Administrator/Contributor
George Williams, Sr. (1980)

Athlete/Contributor
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Athlete/Coach
John Wristen (2015)

Athlete/Coach/Contrbutor
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)
Tama H.S., Tama, IA

Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
John Wristen (2015)

Big Game Hunter
Mahlon Thatcher White (1981)

Car Racing
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Contributor
Wilbur Wayne Wright (1991*)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Rifle
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

Swimming
Travis J. Wolther (2014)

Won a National Championship
John Wristen (2015)

Wrestling
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)

2
Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Larry G. Wagner (2000)
Fort Morgan H.S., Fort Morgan, CO
George Williams, Sr. (1980)
Fountain H.S., Fountain, CO

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)

Softball
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)

Track
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)

 

3
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Travis J. Wolther (2014)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Mahlon Thatcher White (1981)

Coach
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Larry G. Wagner (2000)
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

 

 

 

4
Athlete
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)
Travis J. Wolther (2014)
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

Football
John Wristen (2015)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

 

5
Honorees Deceased
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)
Wilbur Wayne Wright (1991*)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

 

13
Honorees in "W" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007