November 2016

Below, you will find ISHOF's November newsletter and please,
think of ISHOF on this #GivingTuesday.
As our founding president, Dr. James Counsilman believed, swimming history connects our modern swimmers to the champions of the past; helping them to understand, appreciate, take pride in and connect to their sport, inspiring people of every race, culture, religion, the able-bodied, the physically challenged, and young and old alike.
Please help us keep our history alive with a #Giving Tuesday donation today.


 On Saturday night, October 29th 2016, the 52nd annual ISHOF Induction Dinner was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.  The prestigious class of 2016 included: Elena Azarova (RUS) Synchronized Swimmer; Simeon Boychenko (RUS) - Pioneer Swimmer, represented by his daughter Oksana; Frank Gorman (USA) - Pioneer Diver; Sir Peter Heatly (GBR) -Contributor, represented by son Peter, Jr.; The 3x Olympic gold medal-winning Hungarian Water Polo Team, consisting of Tibor Benedek, Tamas Molnar, Tamas Kasas, Peter Biros, Gergely Kiss, Zoltan Szecsi and coach Denes Kemeny, Camille Muffat (FRA) - Honor Swimmer, represented by her mother and brother; Sir Desmond Renford (AUS) - Honor Open Water Swimmer, represented by his son Michael; Aaron Peirsol (USA) - Honor Swimmer; Dara Torres (USA) - Honor Swimmer, Monique Wildschut (NED) - Honor Swimmer and Tod Spieker (USA) - ISHOF Gold Medallion.

Presented by Pentair Aquatic Systems

On Friday evening, October 28, the 21st annual Paragon Awards were held in Santa Clara as part of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's 52nd Annual Honoree weekend. The Paragon Awards are presented by the Pentair Corporation. Pictured are (L-R): Glenn Mills (Competitive Swimming), Andy Burke (accepting for the late Dr. Barbara Kalbus' contributions to water polo), Debbie Hesse (USA Swimming Foundation for contributions to water safety), Ulla Soili Marjatta Lucenius (from Finland, for contributions to synchronized swimming), Henry Powell (John K. Williams International Adapted Aquatics Award), Julie Checkoway (Dawson Author's Award for her Book, "The Three Year Swim Club"), Dr. Jane Katz (G. Harold Martin "Every Child A Swimmer" Award), Karlyn Pipes (Dawson Author's Award for "The Do-Over"), John Spannuth (President's Award for lifetime contributions to aquatics), Lulu Cisneros (Mexico, Virginia Hunt Newman Award), Tito Martinez (co author, "The Do-Over").
International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatics Show Hosted by Santa Clara Aquamaids

Scenes from "Alice in Wonderland" played out under water Saturday as the Santa Clara Aquamaids performed a unique rendition of the fantastical children's novel and film.
Hosted in partnership with the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the show included routines by the Aquamaids, guest swimmers from Cirque Du Soleil and the comedic Dana Kunze Divers. For more:

The 2016 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place in San Pedro, California USA on November 4th 2016.  All four inductees were in attendance:  Honor Contributor Charlie Gravett (GBR), Honor Swimmers Attila Mányoki (HUN), Chloë McCardel (AUS) and Tomi Stefanovski (MKD). Dale Petranech was the first recipient of the Dale Petranech Award for Service to the IMSHOF. 

Pictured on left: Bruce Wigo (C), President/CEO, of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, presented two awards:  The Poseidon Award to Chloë McCardel (AUS) (L) and the  Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award posthumously to David Yudovin.

London will be the site of the 2017 IMSHOF Induction Ceremony on 22nd April 2017 - marking a permanent shift to the Spring.  Please see IMSHOF.ORG for further details.
International Swimming Hall of Fame  
will be featured  once again on Travel Channel's
"Mysteries at the Museum "

On November 12, 2016 ISHOF was once again t ransformed into a set for "Mysteries at the Museum".  
We'll keep a mystery about the subject.   

"Swimming the Channel"  
the story of Gertrude Ederle's swim suit is currently airing.  
Check your local listings for airing dates and times.

1984 Olympic Parade Uniform and gold medal
Dmitry Volkov presents his 1984 Soviet Union Olympic parade uniform and gold medal from the "Soviet alternative Olympics" of 1984 to Bruce Wigo and John Naber. The political boycotts of the 1980's almost destroyed the Olympic Games and also affected the dreams of athletes east and west alike. Sometimes we in the west think it was only our athletes who were negatively affected, but eastern block athletes were likewise impacted. A breaststroker, Dmitry was able to fulfill his Olympic dreams reaching the podium three times in 1988 and 1992.

Hungarian water polo flags with signatures of the 2000-2008 Team, including Tibor Benedek, Peter Biros, Gergely Kiss, Tamas Kasas, Tamas Molnar,  Zoltan Szecsi and coach Denes Kemeny.

2016 Honor Swimmer 
Camille Muffat memorabilia: French National Team warm up, 2005 French National Championship gold medal, souvenir T-shirt and cap.

Gurney Godfrey Scrapbooks, donated to ISHOF by Liz Mader 
Gurney Godfrey was a well-known swimmer and diver at the Buffalo (NY) YMCA in the early 1920's.  The scrapbooks contain a

treasure trove of photos and news articles from the era, not only locally, but nationally and internationally, with many original photos and articles of the stars of the day. An example is this studio photo of Gurney, with his "friend and pal," the sensational George Young, winner of the 1927 William Wrigley Ocean Marathon. More:

Legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Heinz Kluetmeier and Olympic great Aaron Peirsol were stylishly dressed at the Golden Goggles - sporting the ISHOF Bow Tie.  Heinz has photographed swimming since the Munich Olympic Games and captured the sports photo of the year in 2008, documenting the finish of the men's 100m butterfly.


L: Alexander Petriav, open water swimmer and coach from 
St. Petersburg, Russia 

R: Swim and dive team from Boulder, Colorado

died at his home on September 8, 2016. 
Wennerberg was born in Chicago on June 20, 1932 and was introduced to
swimming in Lake Michigan at the age of four. He was accepted into medical school at the University of Chicago, with an interest and focus on what would later become known as sports medicine, before he became interested in marathon swimming.
In 1974, he wrote "Wind, Waves, and Sunburn," a book chronicling the history of marathon swimming. He was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1977. More

FIRST US 100+ USMS Swimmer  dies at 103.
Whether it was keeping things in order at the family business or setting records in competitive swimming, age was no obstacle for Marie Krafft Kelleher.   Even after she reached age 100, Mrs. Kelleher - blessed with good eyesight and a spotless driving record - drove to work daily at Kelleher Corp., the Richmond-based heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical business. More:
Watch her record breaking swim
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