April 2016
OCTOBER 28-30, 2016
FORT LAUDERDALE - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), recognized by FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic sports, today announced the new dates for ISHOF ' s 52 nd Annual Honors Weekend,  October 28-30, 2016  in Santa Clara, California.   More:         
Quentin Muffat (pictured with ISHOF's Ivonne Schmid), brother of Camille Muffat (FRA), recently visited ISHOF to donate memorabilia of his sister to the museum. Camille won three medals at the London Olympics, including gold in the 400m freestyle. She will be inducted posthumously into the ISHOF in October.  Quentin currently studies and swims for NOVA Southeastern University.  

Hall of Famer Janet Evans has officially joined the LA 2024 bid committee. 

As vice chair in charge of giving athletes a voice in the proposal, Janet came to ISHOF to meet and talk to local Olympians about their past experiences and their suggestions for  making the 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles a success.

A mong the US Olympian attendees were swimmers Gary Hall Sr., Jesse Vassallo, Tiffany Cohen, Dick Hanley and Olympic Diving Coach Tim O'Brien.

Visitors to the Hall of Fame Museum
L-R top: Hungarian coach Karoly von Toeroes and Honoree Tamas Darnyi; Renowned artist/sculptor Robert Wyland in front of his dolphin sculpture
L-R: bottom: FINA's Marketing Director Peter Hall with his family; Relatives of Annette Kellerman.
L-R top: Natalia Dubova and her husband Semion Belits-Geiman with ISHOF's Laurie Marchwinski. Semion once held the world record in the 400m freestyle and won two medals at the 1968 Olympic Games. The couple now coach ice dancers in Connecticut; German Honor Swimmer Rosemarie Kother with ISHOF's Ivonne Schmid; Bill Mallon, head of the World Olympic Historians, with ISHOF librarian Marion Washburn. 
L-R bottom: Chet Jastremski's niece Taylor Fritz, Tim Garton's grandson, Gus Langner's granddaughter.
Obituary:  Archie Harris

NORMAL (IL) - Archie Harris, 92, died Monday (April 11, 2016) with family at his side in a Willowbrook memory care home.
Archie had a wonderful career and passion for swimming.  Generations of college swimmers will remember Archie Harris. For almost fifty years, he ran the "50 50s" during the Christmas CSCAA College Swim Forum, at the Hall of Fame Pool.  The longtime swim coach at Illinois State was a great supporter and volunteer for ISHOF, the YMCA, Red Cross and all things aquatic.   More:
2016 IMSHOF Nominations
There is still time to nominate Masters swimmers, divers, synchronized swimmers, water polo players and contributors for induction into the 
2016 Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.
Please contact Ivonne Schmid at  [email protected] for details.
New Aquisitions - Flip Darr's Prototypes
Original prototypes of Honor Coach Flip Darr's hand-paddles - donated by Miriam Darr.  Flip started to develop and use the hand paddles in 1966 or 67. The first designs were made of aluminum with surgical tubing bands. The next paddles, introduced around 1968, pictured in the little brochure, were made of plastic and shaped and sanded in his kitchen. When he couldn't supply the demand, Hall of Famer Gary Hall's brother, Ron, manufactured them in his parent's garage.

Dr. Stathis Avramidis  "A Chance for Children" inspired by the life of Greg Bonann, Gold Medallion recipient and Creator of Baywatch. Funded by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and endorsed by 18 organizations including ISHOF, the story forms a water safety program for 500,000 primary school Greek children and millions internationally.

Books by Olympians
Five stars - Chasing Water: Elegy Of An Olympian by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides
An extremely well-written memoir and biography in one that gives insight into an incredibly talented athlete ' s life, how he lost his way in our confusing culture, and returned to our sport all the wiser.
Five stars - 
MUNICH TO MONTREAL: Women's Olympic Swimming in a Tarnished Golden Era  by 
Casey Converse
Casey Converse gives the backstory and behind the scenes story of what ISHOF calls " The greatest upset in Olympic swimming history. "

Four Stars -  Swimming Toward The Gold Lining: How Jessica Hardy turned her wounds into wisdom, by Jessica Hardy
An inspirational never-give-up story that could have been either shorter, or longer with more background about supplements, Rick DeMont and the legal battles.  

New Staff - Welcome on Board
Casey Keiber (pictured on left with ISHOF Honor Masters Swimmer Karlyn Pipes) has joined ISHOF's  staff as Director of Development and Special Projects. Casey swam at Penn State and is an active masters swimmer.
Casey can be reached at [email protected]

The International Swimming Hall of Fame fosters education and promotes a better understanding of the benefits of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and water safety by providing public access to our unique, one-of-a-kind museum, historical archives, displays, aquatic art and  memorabilia collections.   Your kind support with a membership, and/or donation, will help the museum continue continue it's mission for generations to come.

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