February 2016
Announces Ceremonies Postponed - Conflict with Copa America Soccer Tournament Cited.

FORT LAUDERDALE - The International Swimming Hall of Fame announced today that it will postpone its 2016 Induction Weekend, originally scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, Calif., June 3-5, to a date still to be determined in either October or November.

            The cause of the change is necessitated by a conflict with the Copa America Soccer tournament, says ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo.  "Subsequent to our announcement last year," says Wigo, "the City of Santa Clara and Levi Stadium were selected by CONCACAF, the continental governing body for association football (soccer) in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to host the Copa America.  We have tried to work things out, but realize that the impact of these games and the crowds they will attract will just be too disruptive for our attendees as the events were scheduled to take place in the same general area as Levi Stadium."
            The ISHOF considered other options in San Jose and other nearby cities, but as Santa Clara is the new home of the organization, it remains committed to host its events in the City and now must wait until after the Olympics. ISHOF expects to make an announcement confirming a new date once the NFL schedule is published in April - so the organization won't face the same situation in the fall.
3 of the Award winners are from the Santa Clara area: Chris Carver, Jessica Steffens & Bill May.

Budapest - FINA Gala
Crowning the stars of 2015
A man and a woman for each of FINA's six disciplines have been awarded on January 31st in Budapest, Hungary, on the occasion of the second edition of the FINA World Aquatics Gala - "SoirĂ©e des Etoiles", an evening paying tribute to the great aquatic stars of 2015. 

Picture on L: LtR: Agnes Kovacs, Bruce Wigo, Dr. Andrea Gyarmati, Norbert Rosza
Picture on R: LtR: Water polo great Tamas Farago & Dr. Frenc Solomon

New Feature on ISHOF Webpage  

Our webpage is now searchable!!! You will find a search button at the top of the webpage. 
Once selected, you can type in any name, organisation, product etc. and the search machine will direct you to the right place on our page. Check it out here:
From the Water Polo European Championships in Belgrade

( R) Interview with Honor Coach Denes Kemeny and Tibor Benedek, 3 x Olympic Champion who will be part of t he Class of 2016, during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary to recognize the Federation for being the only nation to medal in both the men's and women's events at the European Water Polo Championships. 

Visitors to the Hall of Fame
LtR upper row:  Melinda Hough Simms, granddaughter of Dick Hough, & her family;
Marco Birri, Sports Director of the LEN (European Swimming League) his wife Teresa and FINA water polo referee Mark Kaganov; 
LtR: lower row: Ken Hamdorf pointing to his name on the US Water Polo Hall of Fame Trophy;
Susan Silvia Laing, daughter of 1976 honoree Charles Silvia (R) and life member Kim Wiezbicki Trudeau examining the Silvia collection of historic films. The collection includes NCAA, AAU and Olympic films from the 1930s through 1974.
The US Diving Team Visited ISHOF in preparation for the World Cup in Rio; February 19-24, 2016.

(L) David Boudia and Steele Johnson. David and Steele are Men's 10 meter synchro partners at the World Cup in Rio;  (R)  Kristian Ipsen, and ISHOF grant recipient will be competing at the World Cup in two events: Men's 3 Meter and Men's 3 Meter Synchro with Miami grad Sam Dorman.
(L&R) Scott Donie, the silver Medalist on Men's 10m in Barcelona 1992 as a member of the FLL Diving Team under Dr.Ron O'Brien. He is the current coach at NYU and was here in an Advisory Role to the Athletes & Coaches as a former Olympic medalist,  (L) Scott excited to see his old Olympic teammate Mary Ellen Clark.

New Publication (Out In May) To Look Forward To:
By Craig Lord

Dust down a shelf, make room for a pride-of-place gem heading to the book storeand tablet this May: The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman.
Yes, the foreword is written by the biggest ticket he help punch: Michael Phelps. Yes, it is well-written, the co-author Charles Butler, entertaining and instructive all at once. And you can get your hands on the works from May 17. NB: don't think 'swimming book'.
Bob Duenkel Retired After
40 Years 

On Saturday, January 9, 2016 family, friends and co-workers came together to celebrate Bob's retirement from ISHOF.
I n The News

Michael Phelps anchors 
'Curtain of Distraction' 
in Sun Devils' rout
In Theaters Now:
"Hail, Caesar! and the Rise & Fall of the Aquamusical"

Vicki Valosik , a freelance writer from Washington, D,C., who has done extensive research at ISHOF on the history of synchronized swimming, reviews the Coen
brother's newest film, Hail, Caesar!.  The film channels the glamour of theGolden-era "aquamusical," made popular by Esther Williams in the 1940s and early 1950s. In one of the film's movie-within-a-movie subplots, Scarlett Johansson plays a sequined Hollywood mermaid starring in an Esther Williams style aquamusical with daring high dives, spouting water fountains and aerial shots of synchronized swimmers in shifting, geometric patterns reminiscent of those directed by celebrated choreographer Busby Berkeley.

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