Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Passages: ISHOF Honoree Bruce Hopping Dies at 96

Bruce Hopping (a.k.a. “Brucey”, “Mr. B”, et al.) passed away peacefully just after midnight on Thursday, May 17.
He is survived by his nephew and niece, Rick and Melissa Hopping of New Jersey. Bruce was a local legend. He could be seen every day walking down Thalia Street to the beach where he was a regular for the last six decades.
His life story reads more like a novel than reality. He was born in 1921 to W. Frank and Edith Hopping in Saigon, then a part of French Indo-China. His father had lumber interests in the region, and the family was on their way to Borneo. Bruce spent his early years on the islands of the Pacific, where he developed a lifelong connection with the ocean. At 13, he was sent away to Culver Military Academy in Indiana. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Afterward, he transferred to Shepphard Airfield Base in Texas, Westover Air Base in Massachusetts, El Toro in California, Kaneohe Naval Air Station in Hawaii, and Clark Air Base in the Philippines. In World War II, Bruce was a med-evacuation pilot who retrieved the wounded bodies of soldiers from various Pacific theaters and returned them to the base hospital for treatment. One day, he was sent up with a spotter in typhoon conditions to locate a downed C 47.
Their Stinson plane was blown several miles off course, they ran out of gas, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. For the next several weeks, they floated on a one-man raft in the ocean, enduring violent storms, tumultuous waves, and shark-infested waters, before eventually washing up on the Polillo Islands in the eastern Philippines. After a series of difficult setbacks, and with the help of locals in canoes, they eventually made it back safely to Manila, despite the presence of Japanese soldiers in the area.
After World War II, Bruce taught at Bainbridge Air Base in Maryland. When the Korean War broke out a few years later, he was transferred to Barbers Point in Hawaii, and then put on a minesweeper ship bound for the Korean peninsula. After the subsequent deaths of his parents, Bruce took his inheritance and created the New Jersey Foundation in 1953. Over the next decade and a half, the New Jersey Foundation sponsored numerous important aqua-athletic events and commissioned multiple notable works of art. Inspired by visits he had made to Laguna Beach in 1942 while stationed at nearby El Toro, Bruce relocated to Laguna ca. 1960.
In 1966, he met Dr. Ted Brunner, another Laguna Beach resident, and founder of the Classics Department at UC Irvine. Dr. Brunner introduced Bruce to the ancient Greek educational concept of Kalos Kagathos, which emphasizes physical distinction and nobility of mind. Inspired by the concept, Bruce renamed his foundation the Kalos Kagathos Foundation in 1968.
For fifty years, Bruce and his foundation have been recognized internationally, nationally, at the state, county, and city levels for numerous contributions to water sports, arts, and the environment. His cultural exchanges for swim, surf, and water-polo teams have included multiple events on every continent except Antarctica.
He is an Emeritus patron of the ISHOF, patron of the AAU, FINA, ISA, CIF, OCC Rowing, and a two-time Olympic swimming judge. He has been formally acknowledged by various officials, governors, ambassadors, diplomats, provincial administrators, tribal chiefs, warrior clans, and others. Since 1968, Bruce also has worked tirelessly through the Kalos Kagathos foundation to ensure that Laguna Beach retains its historical legacy as an international destination promoting water sports, arts, and the environment. His local contributions are too numerous to mention, but include multiple proclamations by the city council and schoolboard. Very few Laguna Beach residents have left such a lasting indelible impression on this city, and nobody as much on Thalia Street Beach as Bruce Hopping. Please join us for a celebration of his life on Thursday, June 14 (4 pm) at Thalia Street Beach for a paddle-out and swim. Learn more about this legendary man and the Kalos Kagathos Foundation through the words of those who knew him best. And, in his own words, “Keep the faith!”
To learn more about the Kalos Kagathos Foundation, or to help out with future projects, contact:
Kalos Kagathos Foundation, PO Box 416, Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Thursday, May 3, 2018

International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Specialty Awards

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the ISHOF Specialty Awards.  The International Swimming Hall of Fame Specialty Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding contributions to aquatics.  This year’s awards will be presented on Friday evening May 18, 2018, in conjunction with the Paragon Awards at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The Following Individuals Will Be Recognized:

  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award
The ISHOF Specialty Awards are part of ISHOF’s 54th Annual Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend, May 18-20. For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.

LANA WHITEHEAD – Judge G. Harold Martin Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Harold Martin Award to Lana Whitehead.  The Harold Martin Award is presented to someone for long and exceptional leadership, insight and dedication to the water safety of children and the cause of making Every Child A Swimmer.
Lana Whitehead has owned and operated SWIMkids USA for 43 years. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and was a representative of the Sports Medicine Delegation to China in 2009 where she presented at the Beijing Sports University. She has authored five books on swimming and braindevelopment. She has lectured nationally and internationally at many conferences and government forums. Her method has been featured nationally on the NBC TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show. That’s Incredible, Disney’s Epcot Magazine, Montel Williams Show, Omni’s Medical Documentary and PM Magazine. Her articles have been featured nationally in PARENTS MagazineParenting MagazineBrain World MagazineAmerican Baby MagazineBabytalk Magazine and Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. Lana received a BA in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in Sensory Integration. Lana has been involved in competitive swimming as a coach, State and National USA Swimming Official.
Lana was named Community Lifesavers of the Year in 2011 by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. She received the Western Region Award for outstanding efforts, accomplishments and contributions to water safety by the National Water Safety Congress in March of 2013. In 2012 and 2007 she received the Hall of Fame and the Humanitarian Award from the United States Swim School Association for outstanding service to the local community. In 2012, 2013 Lana and her SWIMkids received the Best of Aquatics Awards from the Aquatics International Association. She received the Health Care Heroes Award from Phoenix Business Journals in 2014 and the Best of Aquatics Community Outreach Award from Aquatics International Magazine. USA Swimming awarded Mrs Whitehead with the Adolf Kiefer Safety Commendation Award in 2015. In 2016 she was the winner of the Health Care Leadership Award for Community Impact from Arizona Business Association. In 2017 Ms Whitehead received the Spirit of Enterprise Award for Social Impact from Arizona State University’s J.P Carey’s College of Business.
About G. Harold Martin: Back in 1908, G. Harold Martin almost drowned in the Ohio River. Over the next two decades he almost drowned two more times. From these experiences evolved a mission to make “Every Child A Swimmer.” His civic involvement led to the building of Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s first municipal pool in 1927, Kiwanian sponsored free swim lessons at the pool and eventually the decision by ISHOF to locate in Fort Lauderdale. An active Kiwanian his entire adult life, he was instrumental in making the Key Club an integral Club within Kiwanis International and the adoption of Every Child A Swimmer as a Kiwanian Project.

ANTHONY ERVIN and CONSTANTINE MARKIDES – Buck Dawson Author Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Buck Dawson Author’s Award: Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian”.  This award is presented by ISHOF in the name of William “Buck” Dawson, ISHOF’s founding Executive Director, to authors of works that positively promote and educate people about swimming.
Dawson was a veteran of WWII who served as assistant and publicist for Generals Gavin and Ridgeway in the 82nd Airborne. From the time he was chosen to lead ISHOF in 1962, until his death in 2008, Buck traveled around the world armed with Hall of Fame brochures, books and bumper stickers, always spreading the word, always willing to talk and teach swimming and swimming history, to anyone who would listen. He wrote hundreds of articles and was the author of eight books, ranging in subjects from bathing beauties to war, but especially swimming. The Awards will be presented to the recipients in conjunction with ISHOF’s 54th Annual Honoree Weekend, on Friday, May 18th, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Anthony Ervin – is a four-time Olympic medalist, claiming the title of the fastest person on the planet, both in 2000, as well as 16 years later by claiming the Olympic title in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Anthony’s story is especially unique and interesting, in that his family tree represents a broad demographic of Jewish and African-American descent, truly embodying the diversity of our modern world.  Over the years, Anthony has grown to embrace his place in the world, as an opportunity to reach out and try to give back.  He auctioned off his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay and donated the proceeds to tsunami relief in Southeast Asia.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Ervin “wrote” the most fitting afterward to his astonishing story by winning two gold medals, becoming the oldest swimmer (from any nation) to win a gold medal in an individual race, and in finishing first in the 50-meter freestyle once again earning the title of fastest human in the water.
 Constantine Markides – is A NYC-based writer and former correspondent for the daily newspaper, Cyprus Mail, Constantine reported from over a dozen countries in four continents.  In covering the 2006 Lebanon War, he worked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and was featured on CNBC and NPR’s Marketplace.  As a reporter, he contracted malaria in Kenya, got showered by leaflets from an exploding artillery shell in Beirut, and witnessed a Cypriot photographer break a limb off an ancient bonsai tree in Shanghai while trying to photograph the President of Cypress.
A state high school champion swimmer, Constantine swam for Columbia University, from which he graduated cum laude in philosophy.  He holds a Masters in English with thesis distinction from University College London, where he was a Chevening Scholar.
Constantine met Anthony Ervin in 2009, in Brooklyn, New York, when they were both swim instructors for Imagine Swimming.  They immediately became friends as they shared similar interests, aquatics, although they didn’t talk about it much in the beginning of the friendship, and things literary, which led them to their collaboration on the book.

KATHY BATEMAN -2018 John K. Williams, JR. Adapted Aquatics Award

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The Adapted Aquatics Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is pleased to announce that Kathy Bateman, will receive the 2018 John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award. The annual award, honoring individuals or organizations who have made significant and substantial contributions to the field of adaptive aquatics is presented by S.R. Smith, a world-leading manufacturer of commercial and residential swimming pool deck equipment headquartered in Canby, Oregon.
Bateman has been an advocate for adapted aquatics for many years. She has effectively developed, led, trained and consulted personnel in interacting with and leading programs for
those with special needs in aquatic and equine environments. Bateman has ten years’ experience with the Seattle Children’s Hospital working with physical, emotional, and mentally challenged individuals and their families in both aquatics and land environments.

JOHNNY JOHNSON  – 2018 Virginia Hunt Newman International Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announced that Johnny Johnson will be the 2018 recipient of the Virginia Hunt Newman International Award.  The award is sponsored by Kiefer, the “Keep em Swimming” Company founded in 1947 by Hall of Fame swimming great, Adolph Kiefer, this award annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of infant and young child swimming instruction in the name of the “Mother of Infant Swimming,” Virginia Hunt Newman.
Johnny Johnson has journeyed from being a student in 1959, to teacher, and now owner of the Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California.  In the past 51 years, he has taught thousands of children to swim and is now teaching many third-generation students.
Blue buoy is a charter member of the United States Swim School Association, and Johnny is a past president, having served on the Board of Directors on two occasions.  In addition to seven years of board service he co-chaired the USSSA Infant Toddler Committee and co-authored the teaching course, along with Virginia Hunt-Newman, that has been taken by thousands of instructors worldwide.  Johnny was awarded the USSSA Guiding Light Award in 1996 and in 2004 he was recognized for his lifelong contributions to swimming and water safety with his induction into the USSSA Hall of Fame.

GAY DEMARIO – 2018 International Swimming Hall of Fame Service Award

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The CEO and staff of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Gay DeMario, will receive the 2018 ISHOF Service Award.  The ISHOF Service Award is given periodically to an individual who has selflessly volunteered their time, energy and/or resources to advance the interests and work of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
DeMario is an extremely talent artist, as well as a graphic designer.  Through the years, Gay has helped create ISHOF programs, yearbooks, displays, brochures, fliers, books, photo exhibits, signage, traveling exhibits, ad specialty designs and many other things.  Gay has been helping ISHOF for more than 30 years and she has designed the cover of the ISHOF yearbook since 2006 and continues to be an integral part of the team.

BOB INGRAM – 2018 Al Schoenfield Media Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Al Schoenfield Media Award will be Bob Ingram.  This award is presented by ISHOF in memory of Al Schoenfield, for outstanding contributions to the promotion of aquatic sports through journalism.
Al Schoenfield was the Editor and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine (1960-1977) and served on various international committees of swimming, including the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (1980-1984).  Al’s life was a commitment to swimming.  He participated in its administrative structure and spread its stories through his magazines and promotions.  Al died in 2005, but his legacy will forever endure to all who have benefited from his lifetime of service to swimming.
Bob Ingram is the senior editor of Swimming World Magazine since the early 70’s and worked along side Schoenfield. He has been involved in aquatics for nearly half a century (47 years), traveling the world extensively and covering all levels of competition. During the last 18 years, Ingram has primarily been responsible for the editing and production of the Swimming World Magazine, Swimming World Biweekly Magazine and Swimming Technique Magazine. His love for swimming and his ability to work with designers, photographer, and writers as proven to be invaluable to the swimming community.
In addition to his responsibilities at Swimming World, Ingram helped proofread and edit two books: “Character & Excellence” by Mike Gosman (1998) and “The History of Olympic Swimming” by Peter Daland (2009).

Tiffany Cohen – 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist – To Be ISHOF Master of Induction Ceremonies

ISHOF is proud to announce that this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 Induction Class of Honorees is Tiffany Cohen Lalonde.
Tiffany Cohen was a competitor, a racer and a winner. She was the greatest distance swimmer of her generation. Swimming for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, under coach Mark Schubert, Tiffany won 14 US National Championships from 400 meters to 1500 meters freestyle before winning double gold in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996.
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In 2016, Tiffany was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive ductal cel carcinoma.  She says that the traits she developed to become an
 elite athlete helped her face the challenge of cancer and that surviving breast cancer is like winning another Olympic Gold medal.Tiffany lives in South Florida with her husband Mark Lalonde and over the years she has remained active with programs to promote swimming and the welfare of swimmers through the International Swimming Hall of Fame and with USA Swimming
 On Sunday May 20 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM, Swim Across America and ISHOF are sponsoring a fundraising event to raise money to fight cancer. The event will take place at the International Swimming Hall of Fame pool, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316-just South of Las Olas off of Seabreeze Blvd. Join the ISHOF Relay! For more information on the event, please see this link   

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over three days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Make your plans now to attend the weekend of May 18-20, 2018! ISHOF Members can purchase the Weekend Package and save!
This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Swimmers: Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Amanda Beard (USA), and Libby Trickett (AUS); Water Polo Player: Brenda Villa (USA); Contributor: Andy Burke (USA); Diver: Irina Lashko  (USSR, RUS, AUS) ; Coach: Bill Sweetenham (AUS)Synchronized Swimmer: Miho Takeda (JPN);  Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL)and Pioneer Synchronized Swimming Contributor: Joy Cushman (USA). Ian Crocker (USA) was a part of the Class of 2017, but was unable to attend the induction due to Hurricane Harvey.  We will be officially celebrating his induction as part of the class of 2018.

The Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards will be presented of Friday of the same weekend

2018 Paragon Award and ISHOF Specialty Award Recipients:
  • Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming
  • Dr. Ben Rubin for Diving
  • Bob Corb for Water Polo
  • Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming
  • David Bell for Recreational Swimming
  • Jill White for Water Safety
  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award

Additional Events

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms and Purchase Your Tickets Today

May 18-20, 2018 HOTEL INFORMATION

  • Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

    Four and a half star upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and Oceanside bar. Location
    of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

    • 440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733;
    • Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $159 per night
    • Please call 954 524-8733 and mention Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Ceremony for the special Rate of $159.
For more hotel or ticket Information contact Meg Keller-Marvin meg@ishof.org / 570-594-4367

Monday, April 30, 2018

The International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Paragon Award Recipients

Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the 23rd Annual Paragon Awards.  The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories. This year’s recipients are Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming; Bob Corb for Water Polo; Dr. Ben Rubin for Competitive Diving; Jill White for Aquatic Safety; Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming and David Bell for Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be presented onFriday evening May 18, 2018, in ceremonies at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
“Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion of aquatics”, said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair Aquatic Systems.
“The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said ISHOF CEO Brent Rutemiller. “These are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.“
The Paragon Awards are part of ISHOF’s 54th Annual Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend, May 18-20. For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.  For more information about the Paragon Awards, see: Paragon Awards

2018 Paragon Award Recipients:

Competitive Diving

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• Dr. Ben Rubin (USA)
Dr. Ben Rubin became involved in the sport of diving 40 years ago, when he became the team doctor for the Mission Viejo Natadores in California.  As an Orthopedic Surgeon, he cared for the athletes on the team and as his expertise in diving injuries became more widely known, he began treating athletes from other diving teams from around the country.  During this time, Dr. Rubin began working with USA Diving and was asked to assemble the first ever Sports Medicine Team to provide treatment and care for the U.S. National Team and all the athletes participating in the National Championships, as well as at the World Championships and the Olympic Trials.  Rubin’s Sports Medicine Team was one of the best, if not THE best group of experts ever assembled.  At the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, Dr. Rubin served as the physician for the USA teams.

Synchronized Swimming

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• Jennifer Gray (GBR)
Jennifer Gray has served as the National Development Officer for the Amateur Swimming Association for Synchronized Swimming and Diving. She is one of the most widely published authors for synchronized swimming, having published nine books on the sport, one in collaboration with Istvan Bayli, “Long Term Athlete Development for Synchronized Swimming”.  Jennifer is one of the most sought out presenters at conferences on synchronized swimming for both judges and coaches. Her presentations applying Laban’s Theories of Movement to synchronized swimming were the first of their kind.   She has been a valued member of the FINA Ad Hoc Committee on Degrees of Difficulty since its creation in 1987. Gray has conducted clinics for 23 national associations and 24 FINA/LEN clinics. She has conducted clinics on every continent.  She has judged or refereed at the FINA World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Masters Commonwealth Games, Goodwill Games and at the Olympic Games in Beijing. And in addition, she is a FINA Evaluator.

Water Polo

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• Bob Corb (USA)
Bob Corb is a former water polo official who is now responsible for the education of all varsity officials working for the NCAA.  For the past ten years, Dr. Corb has used his background as an official, training as a psychologist, and his education in athletic administration to create a national program whose goal is to improve the overall quality and consistency of officiating throughout the country.  As the NCAA national coordinator of officials for both the men and women’s water polo, his initiatives in support of this goal has included the development and growth of the National Evaluator Group (NEG), currently consisting of twenty members across the US with a combined 750+ years of water polo experience.




Competitive Swimming

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• Frank Busch (USA)
Frank Busch was the National Team Director for USA Swimming from 2011 through 2017.  Prior to that appointment, Busch had a 31-year coaching career, leading his collegiate and club teams to national championships seasons.  After his hiring at the University of Arizona in 1989, Busch went on to win Division I titles at both Men and Women’s National Championships. During his coaching years, Busch was named to numerous coaching staffs for USA Swimming, including Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008.  In addition to his contributions to American swimming, Busch has coached athletes from over a dozen other countries to international success.  Busch has been the recipient of multiple coaching awards including United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming Coach of the Year.  He is a six-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and earned the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year award 11 times.  He was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2008.

Recreational Swimming

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• David Bell (USA)
David Bell has been a contributor to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) national aquatics program for over 40 years.  He became an instructor trainer for BSA camp aquatics directors in 1974 and continues to teach at those week-long schools.  The hundreds of adults he has trained have in turn provided safe swimming programs for tens of thousands of youth.  He has been an Aquatics Specialist on the BSA National Health and Safety Committee since 1996 and became a Charter Member of the BSA National Aquatics Task Force in 2005.  He was a major contributor in the redevelopment of the BSA Lifeguard professional lifeguard certification in 2008.

Water Safety:

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• Jill White (USA)
Jill White is an internationally recognized safety, risk management, and training specialist in the field of aquatics. She is the co-founder of the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) – a certification agency for lifeguards, swimming instructors and pool operators – and a managing partner of StarGuard Elite (SGE) – a provider of training, aquatic risk prevention, and operational support services to waterparks, the cruise industry, and aquatic venues in the U.S. and international locations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and the author of numerous publications, Jill was recognized by Aquatics International magazine as one of the “Power 25 of the last 25 years” for her contributions and influence in the field, was selected to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame, and is a recent recipient of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Lighthouse Award.
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About Pentair Aquatic Systems: Pentair Aquatic Systems is a world-wide leader in the manufacture of residential and commercial swimming pool equipment including PARAGON™ Competitive Starting Platforms, which have been the leader in innovation, design and quality for over 50 years. Pentair is a proud sponsor of the ISHOF “Paragon Awards” since 1996. For more information about the Paragon Awards, see: http://www.ishof.org/awards/paragon.html
About ISHOF:  The International Swimming Hall of Fame, founded in 1965 and recognized by FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, is a not-for-profit educational organization. Its purpose is to; Preserve swimming history, Celebrate the heroes and to educate the public about the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to water safety, fitness, good health, quality of life, and to Inspire Swimming For All, Swimming For Life!” . For more information about ISHOF, see www.ishof.org

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Laurie Marchwinski Becomes Chief Operations Officer For International Swimming Hall of Fame

Laurie Marchwinski New Chief Operations Officer for International Swimming Hall of Fame
Laurie Marchwinski has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Marchwinski has been a long-time employee for ISHOF with over 37 years of experience. She started out as a graphic artist in 1981 and has successfully evolved to being responsible for the coordination of various ISHOF departments including special events, marketing, visual communications, building operations, maintenance, retail and product fulfillment. Marchwinski’s background in graphic design has been one of her greatest contribution to ISHOF. Her everyday use of those skills and eye for detail is readily seen throughout the ISHOF museum.
“Laurie is comfortable working with people of all levels and has an excellent approach to solving problems and developing business processes.  She has proven people management skills, with the ability to motivate staff on an individual and team level.  Laurie has repeatedly shown an exceptional ability to organize and manage multiple projects at one time.  I have been impressed from day one with her business acumen, dedication, work ethic, and passion for the Hall of Fame,” said Brent Rutemiller – CEO for ISHOF.
Marchwinski will be overseeing the day-to-day operations of ISHOF as its COO and will be working directly with Rutemiller who is in the process of merging operations with Swimming World Magazine.
The ISHOF team is currently focused on the May 18-20th, 54th International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where over 350 people have already committed to attend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Amanda Beard To Be Inducted Into The International Swimming Hall of Fame

Amanda Beard, a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze) will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018 during the Honoree Induction ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 19, 2018.
Growing up in Southern California, Amanda Beard loved swimming and spent almost every waking hour at the pool during the summer months.  When her older sisters joined a swim team, she became the team’s cute mascot until she was old enough to join them.
When she started serious training as an 11-year old, no one could have imagined that this California girl, whose role model was the flamboyant bad boy of basketball, Dennis Rodman, would become America’s best female breaststroker at the tender age of 13. Training under coach Dave Salo at Novaquatics Swim Club, her progress was so meteoric that she skipped Junior Nationals, jumping directly from competing against 12-year-olds to the Senior Nationals.
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In 1995, Amanda stood a little over 5 feet tall and weighed 90 pounds dripping wet. So slender as to appear fragile, yet she was tough enough to win her first U.S. national title and qualify for the Pan-Pacs, where she won silver and bronze medals. She also broke a couple of meet records held by the great Tracy Caulkins.
In 1996, Amanda arrived in Indianapolis for the U.S. Olympic Trials slightly taller, slightly heavier and holding a teddy bear she would carry to the starting blocks for good luck.  She returned to California to a hero’s welcome after qualifying first in both breaststroke events, with times that made her a favorite to win three medals in Atlanta.
Four months later, when she made her Olympic debut in the 100-meter breaststroke, she didn’t disappoint.  Swimming from lane five in the finals, Amanda went from next to last at the half-way mark to next to first, to finish just behind Hall of Famer, Penny Heyns, in American record time.  Amanda would leave Atlanta with a second silver in the 200-breast and a gold medal for the 4 x 100 medley relay.
After the 1996 Atlanta Games, Amanda became a darling of the media. She had breakfast with Dennis Rodman and appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Unfortunately, she also suffered from the post “Olympic blues.” To make matters worse, she was dealing with her parents divorce while going through physical maturity at the same time. Experiencing a four-inch growth spurt and its accompanying extra pounds, she struggled to reach the same speeds that had once come so easily when she was shaped more like a torpedo. In 1997, sportswriters started to wonder if she would ever do anything great in swimming again. Unfortunately, she would later say, it was the same negative loop she was playing in her own head, and she was literally drowning from the pressure of expectations.  So, right after Nationals, Amanda decided to quit swimming permanently. Dave Salo supported her in her decision, but left it open-ended, and said if she ever wanted to come back, she would be welcomed. Luckily, her sabbatical only lasted a few months.  When she decided to return, she did it for a healthy lifestyle, she told herself.  More importantly, she wouldn’t concentrate on her signature events, she would mix it up, do her own thing. She wouldn’t put all that pressure on herself.
By 1999, Amanda had regained her spark. She was adjusting her technique to suit her new physique and was one of the nation’s most sought-after college recruits.  Her choice was to swim for coach Frank Busch at the University of Arizona and when she joined the team in the fall of 1999, she was 5 feet, eight inches tall and weighed 120 pounds.
In 2000, Amanda was considered an underdog to make her second Olympic team. At the Trials, she finished a disappointing eighth in the 100-breast, but the 200 was her best event.  When she looked at the scoreboard after that race, and realized that she finished second to Megan Quann and had qualified for Sydney, she literally shook with excitement.  Once again, she resembled the adorable youngster who had won three medals in Atlanta.
In Sydney, Amanda struggled, recording the eighth fastest time in both the prelims and semi-finals, which put her in lane eight for the final.  In five days of competition, no swimmer in lane eight had won a medal and she was a full second from the 6th place qualifier.  But after a pep talk from coach Busch, Amanda did it.  In fourth place at the 150, she put on a painful burst of speed over the final ten meters to capture the bronze medal by .01 seconds.
It took almost three very difficult years for Amanda to adjust to her new body. When she finally did, she was almost unbeatable. In 2002, she won double gold at the Pan-Pacs. In 2003, she won gold in the 200-meter and silver in the 100-meter at the FINA World Championships.  At the 2004 US Olympic Trials she qualified for four events, while breaking the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
In Athens she finally won her first individual gold medal when she won the 200-meter breaststroke in world record time.  In the 200-meter individual medley, she won silver while setting a new American record. She won a second silver medal for the 4 x 100 medley relay and finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke.
After Athens, she embarked on a mission to turn herself from Olympic Champion into a lucrative brand name.  Her life out of the pool was not without its challenges, as she describes in her 2012 memoir, “In The Water, They Can’t See You Cry.” Still, she had enough talent and toughness to train seriously for a few months and qualify for her fourth Olympic appearance, in Beijing, in 2008, at the age of 27.  At the final team training session, Amanda was elected to serve as one of three co-captains of the women’s Olympic swimming team.  Although she placed a disappointing 18th in her signature 200-meter breaststroke event, she provided a role model for younger members of the team.
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Photo Courtesy: Peter Bick

In 2009, Amanda married her soul mate, Sacha Brown, who she credits for encouraging her to seek therapy.  In September of that same year, Amanda gave birth to their first child, a son, Blaise.  After giving birth, she came out of retirement to swim in the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships. She had just hoped to be respectable, but finished second in the 200-breaststroke and qualified for the Pan-Pacs, once again. This success led her to continue training for a chance to reach her fifth Olympic Games in 2012.  After finishing fifth and failing to make the team, she retired again, and in 2013, she gave birth to a daughter, Doone Isla Brown.
Last year, Beard opened the Beard Swim Co., a learn to swim company, out of Gig Harbor, Washington.  Recognized for Excellence by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, The Amanda Beard Swim School believes the ability to swim is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to a child.

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

International Swimming Hall of Fame
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over three days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Make your plans now to attend the weekend of May 18-20, 2018! ISHOF Members can purchase the Weekend Package and save!
This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Swimmers: Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Amanda Beard (USA), and Libby Trickett (AUS); Water Polo Player: Brenda Villa (USA); Contributor: Andy Burke (USA); Diver: Irina Lashko  (USSR, RUS, AUS) ; Coach: Bill Sweetenham (AUS)Synchronized Swimmer: Miho Takeda (JPN);  Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL)and Pioneer Synchronized Swimming Contributor: Joy Cushman (USA). Ian Crocker (USA) was a part of the Class of 2017, but was unable to attend the induction due to Hurricane Harvey.  We will be officially celebrating his induction as part of the class of 2018.

The Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards will be presented of Friday of the same weekend

2018 Paragon Award and ISHOF Award Recipients:
  • Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming
  • Dr. Ben Rubin for Diving
  • Bob Corb for Water Polo
  • Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming
  • David Bell for Recreational Swimming
  • Jill White for Water Safety
  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award

Additional Events

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms and Purchase Your Tickets Today

May 18-20, 2018 HOTEL INFORMATION

  • Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

    Four and a half star upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and Oceanside bar. Location
    of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

    • 440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733;
    • Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $159 per night
    • Please call 954 524-8733 and mention Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Ceremony for the special Rate of $159.
For more hotel or ticket Information contact Meg Keller-Marvin meg@ishof.org / 570-594-4367