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Fort Lauderdale’s swimming heritage as the center for elite athletes dates back to the Casino Pool of the 1920’s. The pool was the first Olympic size in Florida and much of American swimming history can be traced to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The concept of an International Swimming Hall of Fame first surfaced in 1963 when coaches from the College Coaches Swim Forum and Fort Lauderdale community
leaders recognized the need for a permanent memorial to aquatic sports and its participants. Since Fort Lauderdale and the Casino Pool had been the site of the annual college winter training since 1935, the idea of a Swimming Hall of Fame drew strong support form area residents.

Fort Lauderdale was selected in 1962 over a very strong field of cities by the Amateur Athletic Union as the the site for the Swimming Hall of Fame.
This hall of fame was to be much more than a historic and educational museum dedicated to the world’s aquatic greats - it was going to be a living place where future champions would train and compete in swimming.

With funding and support from the City of Fort Lauderdale and its citizens, the Hall of Fame municipal swimming pool opened in 1965, and the first honorees
inducted into the Hall of Fame included aquatic greats Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe, Duke Kahanamoku, Don Schollander, Katherine Rawls, Adolph Kiefer, Pat McCormick, Australian Dawn Fraser and Japan’s Kusuo Kitamura. Also in 1965, the facility received worldwide recognition and status when the Federation Internationale de Nation Amateur (FINA) Congress designated ISHOF as the official International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).

In 1976 the first women’s collegiate national championships were held at the Hall of Fame. Today ISHOF continues to be proactive in championing women’s sports.

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