My name is Nate and I was born in May of '84. It was a Wednesday. I know this because my Speedo calendar tells me so.
George and I met in the late 90’s while swimming for the Great Bridge Swim and Racquet Club – the legendary Virginia Beach Swim League powerhouse led by Krissy Kirkman.
Soon after high school, George and I found ourselves at the helm of the Cheshire Forest Flying Fish (another vaunted VBSL squad). This is where a make-believe club team was formed: the NGAC Water Monsters. Hence, our true entity name: Water Monsters, LLC. NGAC, for ya’ll not following, is short for Nate & George Aquatic Club.
We drank a 12 pack of Code Red Mountain Dew at every Saturday morning swim meet.
There is nothing more fun than summer league swimming. It truly was the best of times.
It was at Old Dominion University when I first realized how expensive and difficult to use the existing digital pace clocks were. We spent $500 on a remote control to program sets into our $1200 pace clock. After sitting on the floor of our office for 3 hours, we gave up.
After several years coaching club and college at the same time, I hung up my stopwatch for the magical world of business insurance.
After a couple years of tweeting, we thought maybe we should develop a product that could benefit the swimming community. So, we took aim at improving the college swimming recruitment process.
Our idea was to simply compare a high school swimmer’s times with every Division, Conference, and Team in the NCAA.
Due to lack of a real business model, the college swimming recruiting tool is alive & free (visit https://swimnerd.com) and instead we turned our attention to making an affordable, useful pace clock.
We got a prototype built in the Silicon Valley of Alabama and launched our Kickstarter during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Thanks to dozens of ravenous swim nerds that wanted an affordable digital pace clock, we quickly raised over $60,000 in 30 days, and we were off to the races. Well, to China, actually.
The global economy is a beautiful thing.