February 2015

ISHOF in the News
How Burt Lancester learned to swim
ISHOF iVisitors
FINA's e-Magazine
2015 ISHOF Induction
Happy Birthday Mark Spitz
New ISHOF Webpage
New Aquisitions
Vietnam Documentary
Documentary "The Last Gold"
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ISHOF In the News
Following 49ers' wake, Swimming Hall of Fame set to move to Santa Clara
By Mike Rosenberg

SANTA CLARA -Following in the footsteps of the 49ers, swimming's Hall of Fame is moving to Santa Clara this summer.

The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a deal with the Fort Lauderdale based.......

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How Burt Lancester learned to swim
See interview with Bob Horn below.
The Swimmer
The Swimmer
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Mary Wayte's sister and mother visit ISHOF

Twins Natalia & Laura Coronado, Mexican Diving Champions

Bob and Sue Erickson of Minnesota  pointing to themselves in the 1958 photo of the old casino pool.  

 Uruguayan national team swimmer Daniel Queipo and friend George Mason. 

 Marcelo Cevasco, son of 1951 Pan Am water polo champion, Enrique Cevasco and wife Tatiana Sazetzky.

Latest Edition of FINA's
To enjoy FINA's latest edition of their Aquatics world magazines featuring the best athletes of the year 2014, click here:
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In addition to honoring the Class of 2015, the weekend's events will include the USA Swimming/ARENA Pro Swim Series, the Paragon Awards and a 40 year celebration of the 1975 Pan American Games, the 1975 FINA World Championships and a 60 year celebration of the 1955 Pan American Games. Click here to see some of the photos from 1975 in our 1975 facebook album. We will also be celebrating Santa Clara's rich history in aquatics and look forward to seeing many SC swimming, diving and synchronized swimming alumni. Click here to see some images from Santa Clara's past in our Santa Clara facebook album. For more information, follow the link to our 

We invite all athletes that participated in the 1955 and 1975 Pan American Games and 1975 FINA World Championships to join the celebration. 
Please contact Meg Keller-Marvin at [email protected] for more information.

Time flies but not as fast as the fly time of a man 65 years ago. Until Michael Phelps   thundered to eight golds at Beijing 2008, Spitz was considered the undisputed 'greatest' swimmer in history, the winningest athlete all-time in any Olympic sport at one Games, the scope of his achievement stunning for its time and towering to this day, 43 years on. ago today. Mark Spitz, he of the seven gold medals, all won in world records, at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Spitz, 65, an official retirement age in many nations around the world. The American swimmer stopped racing as an elite athlete gunning for gold after his heyday in Munich but a man of his stature never retires, his tally, his times, their meaning then and now eternal. See complete swimvortex article here:

ISHOF's Webpage got a Facelift
MSI's Peer Snoep took our webpage to a new level. The new site has a clean look and is a responsive webpage that can be accessed  from your laptop computer, ipad and cell phone. Please visit the brand new www.ishof.org and contact Ivonne Schmid at [email protected] with questions, comments or concerns.
ISHOF's new homepage
New Aquisition
Scrapbooks detailing Greta Anderson's (DEN)  open water
swimming accomplishments.
Greta was the 1948 Olympic 100m freestyle Champion who went on to a sensational professional open water career.  She still teaches children to swim at her swim school in Los Alamitos, CA. Scrapbooks Donated by Greta.

A collection of 13 El Grafico magazines from Argentina, featuring many of the great international swim stars of the 1920's to the 1960's. From an anonymous donor.
Vietnam Documentary
Water Puppets Children Swimming 
Vietnam Documentary - Water Puppets Children Swimming
Vietnam Documentary - Water Puppets Children Swimming
  Identify the athletes/ coaches in the header from left to right. Send your answers to [email protected]
for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for our giftshop.
  Veteran researcher Helen Russell, unearthing material for the upcoming USA Swimming produced documentary, The Last Gold, about what many consider to be the greatest upset in Olympic history. "The archival collection of materials and films from this era is really overwhelming," says Helen.
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Dear Friends of ISHOF,


While the decision to leave our home of fifty years has not been easy, we look forward to an exciting new era and opportunity to promote the aquatic sports and water safety from a brand new home. I hope that you are as excited about our future as we are and hope that you will support in our mission of  preserve the past to inspire future generations to be swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders in sport and life.To continue our work, we need your support.


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Bruce Wigo

President/ CEO 

The International Swimming Hall of Fame