New Champion Crowned,
Can You Say 3-peat?
I would like to express
a big congratulation to all of the competitors who participated this year. I would especially like to thank Neptune
Technologies for sponsoring the event this year. A big "Thank You” to all of the volunteers
who help to make this event run smoothly during the competition and thanks to Jeff Morris, our National Meter
Madness Chair, for officiating this competition.
This year’s competitor
included, David Yelton – Village of
Downers Grove, Randy Tachow – Village of Westmont, Kevin Zook – Mountain Valley
MHP, Edward Cheng (newcomer) - Windsor
Dental, Kirk Nix-Village of Westmont,
and Keith Dollas-Village of Itasca.
All of them did an outstanding job.
Once the contestants
went through preliminary rounds we had our semi finalist set for a battle.
Kevin, Dave, Edward and Kirk all faced off to see which two would make it to
the championship round.
Times in the semi were as follows:
- Kevin had a 1:06:19 (no penalties)
- Edward had a 55:88 (no penalties)
- Dave had a 1:12:40 (no penalties)
- Kirk had a 1:37:28 (with a 10 second penalty)
It came down to Edward and Kevin moving into the
championship round. Both had a few
issues in the preliminary and semi rounds but recovered to make it to the
championship round, Kevin flew right through assembling his meter in a time of
48:06! (Prior to the competition he told me that if he won he wanted to fish in
the Atlantic.) Edward finished his round with an impressive 57:24. After close scrutiny by our two meter judges,
Randy Lusk and Todd Schaefer from M.E. Simpson on testing and assembly of both
meters, our competitor’s times stood without any penalties! Congratulations to
Kevin Zook the 2014 ISAWWA Meter Madness Champion! (This was his third
championship in the last several years!) Kevin, Boston bound to represent
Next year will
be here before you know it. Remember,
you don’t have to be involved with water meters – anyone can compete! (Ask
Edward!) I look forward to seeing all of
you next year at the competition. If you
need to contact me, please email me Bruce Vaickus, at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may
contact next year’s Co-chair Dave Yelton, at email@example.com.