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Roy Saari Passes Away
Roy Saari, a USC swimmer whose unusual kicking style propelled him to swim the first sub-17-minute 1,500-meter freestyle race and later win a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics, has died. He was 63.

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ISHOF Helps Bring On New Era in Aquatic Entertainment

When Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines launches “Oasis of the Seas” in October of 2009, it will spawn a new era for swimming and “Aquatic Entertainment.” Among the attractions on what will be the world’s largest passenger ship, is the AquaTheater, an aquatic stage that will feature the world’s best aquatic entertainers. ISHOF is partnering with Dana Kunze, President of Watershow Productions and Olympic diving coach, Dave Burgering, to help Royal Caribbean bring back the glory days of aquatic entertainment. ISHOF will host an AquaTheater preview on April 2, 2009, when the museum and pool will host an exhibition for 1,500 Cruise Line Travel Agents. Look for more information about the watershows in future newsletters.

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ISHOF Speaking Out on Diversity In Aquatics

The idea behind ISHOF is to be the Institution that inspires Every Child to be a Swimmer. While a recent study initiated by USA Swimming reported that less than 50% of African Americans know how to swim, ISHOF believes that number is much, much higher.

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The 44th Annual TOYOTA Honoree Induction Ceremony Videos
The class of 2008 inducted in Omaha were: Anita Nall (USA) Honor Swimmer, Shelly Taylor Smith (AUS) Honor Open Water Swimmer, Jill Savery, (USA) Honor Synchronized Swimmer, Mel Stewart (USA) Honor Swimmer, and John Urbancheck (USA) Honor Coach.


Duenkel Honored During ISHA Annual Conference
Bob Duenkel, the Executive Director/Curator of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was recently honored as the recipient of the most prestigious award presented by the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA). Duenkel received the Schroeder Award for Distinguished Service during the Evening of Champions dinner at ISHA's 38th Annual Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio in mid-November.


Javier Ostos Mora Passes Away
Javier Ostos Mora, ISHOF Honoree, UANA Founder, twice president of FINA and the man who helped bring the Olympic Games to Mexico City in 1968, passed away on November 6, in Mexico City. He was 85 years old. Ostos Mora was instrumental in promoting swimming throughout the world, but especially in Central and South America and the Caribbean regions.

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Paragon Renews Sponsorship of ISHOF’s Paragon Awards

The International Swimming Hall of Fame today announced that Paragon Aquatics has renewed its sponsorship of the prestigious Paragon Awards, which have been presented annually by ISHOF and Paragon since 1996. The Paragon Awards recognize outstanding contributions to Swimming in the fields of Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.


ISHOF’s Bruce Wigo Honored by World Waterpark Association

Las Vegas, NEV (October 28, 2009) Bruce Wigo, the CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame was awarded the Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award at the annual World Waterpark Association’s 28th Annual Symposium and Trade Show at the MGM Grand Hotel, in Las Vegas, on Tuesday. The Award is presented annually to an individual for significant contribution to guest and employee safety.

Wigo was recognized for his work in assisting the WWA to create, produce and film a series of water safety Public Service Announcements for radio and television, featuring Olympic gold medalists Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Amanda Beard and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak.


ISHOF Featured in Swimming World


The International Swimming Hall of Fame today announced the Honoree Induction Class of 2009, consisting of 9 of the greatest names in aquatic history. 

“This is clearly one of our most diverse and international classes in a long time,” said Bob Duenkel, ISHOF’s staff liaison to the international selection committee of over 150 aquatic authorities. 

The class of inductees includes two honorees from the Netherlands, Russia, and the USA, and one from the nations of Italy, Japan and Great Britain.  The class of 2009 inductees includes:

INGE DE BRUIJN (NED) Honor Swimmer, ALEKSANDR POPOV (RUS) Honor Swimmer, JENNY THOMPSON (USA) Honor Swimmer, OLGA BRUSNIKINA (RUS) Honor Synchronized Swimmer, GIANNI LONZI (ITA) Honor Water Polo Player/Coach, KEVIN MURPHY (GBR) Honor Open water swimmer, IKKAKU MATSUZAWA (JPN) Honor Coach, JUDY McGOWAN (USA) Honor Contributor/Synchronized Swimming, and  IET VAN FEGGELEN (NED) Honor Pioneer Swimmer.

ISHOF Inducts 3 At A The DHL/ISHOF Water Polo Induction in Spain
The International Swimming Hall of Fame recognized three water polo players for their achievements at the DHL/ISHOF Water Polo Induction Ceremony, in Malaga, Spain, held in conjunction wit the European Water Polo Championships. The event, which was held in collaboration with LEN (the Ligue of European Swimming Nations) took place at the Castle Gibralfaro, Saturday, July 12, after the women's finals of the European Water Polo Championships.

Inducted were Debbie Watson (AUS) and Perica Bukic (CRO) both Honor Water Polo Players, and Nanni Moretti (ITA) this year's Gold Medallion recipient.

The 2008 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Induction
The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame is maintained within the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The purpose of the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame is to recognize masters swimmers for their achievements as outstanding competitors and contributors to Masters swimming with a goal of inspiring every adult to live an active and healthy lifestyle by swimming.

The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame class of 2008 includes: Ibone Belausteguigoitia (MEX) - Honor Diver, Russell Hafferkamp (USA) - Honor Water Polo Player, Maria Lenk (BRA/USA) - Honor Swimmer, Jim McConica (USA) - Honor Swimmer, Robert Strand (USA) - Honor Swimmer, Willy van Rysel (GBR) - Honor Swimmer.

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Swimming Hall Of Fame Exhibit And Induction At USA Swimming Olympic Trials
The Museum of Swimming and the International Swimming Hall of Fame were very visible at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, June 29 – July 6, at the Qwest Center, in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to hosting the 2008 44th Annual TOYOTA Induction Ceremony, ISHOF’s Museum of Swimming presented an exhibit, in collaboration with SPEEDO on “The Evolution of Swimwear.”  Both the Induction Ceremony and Exhibit were very well received.

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2008 ISHOF's 38th Annual Diving Extravaganza
ISHOF's 38th Annual Diving Extravanga this year featured the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix. This Olympic preview event featured the top Olympic divers in the world, including gold medalists, world champions and Olympians from the USA, China, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and many more. The Diving Extravaganza also featured comedy diving exhibitions and a "Dreaming of Beijing" Asian Cultural Festival, with demonstrations of Asian cooking, martial arts, music, dancing and singing - and a special appearance by the Beijing 2008 Olympic mascots.



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