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Nine to be inducted into the
INTERNATIONAL MASTERS SWIMMING HALL OF FAME
AT THE 5th ANNUAL TOYOTA IMSHOF HONOREE CEREMONY

Fort Lauderdale – Nine Masters athletes from the sports of swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, representing the Canada, Great Britain and United States, will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) at the 5th Annual TOYOTA IMSHOF Honoree Induction Ceremony, on Friday, September 28, 2007, at 6:30 PM at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Anaheim, California. Tickets for the event are $45 per person and my be purchased at the door. The event is being held as part of the 2007 United States Aquatic Sports Annual Convention.

            From swimming, the class of 2007 Honorees includes swimmers SUZANNE HEIM BOWEN (USA), Jean Durston (USA,  KARYLN PIPES-NEILSEN (USA), JUDY WILSON (GBR), WOODROW BOWERSOCK (USA), SANDY GALLETLY (USA/GBR), RONALD JOHNSON (USA), diver TOM HAIRABEDIAN (USA) and synchronized swimmer CAROL FITZSIMMONS (CAN).

            SUZANNE HEIM BOWEN (USA) has 23 FINA Masters World Records in freestyle events ranging from 100m to 1500m and she won two first place FINA Masters World Championship 3K events and one FINA Masters World Championship second place.  In US Masters open water events since 1983, she has 29 age group first place finishes in distances from one to two miles throughout California and Hawaii. The late Jean Durston (USA) began masters swimming in 1974 and competed 6 age groups (60-64 thru 85-89) setting 26 FINA Masters World records.  KARYLN PIPES-NEILSEN (USA) began setting FINA World Masters records at the age of 32 and has been setting them ever since, accumulating 123 next her name, and is still counting.  Ever since 1987, JUDY WILSON (GBR) has ranked among the Masters Top Ten, accumulating 35 FINA World Masters Records along the way, in both butterfly and freestyle events. WOODROW BOWERSOCK (USA) began competing in Masters competitions in 1978 in the 65-69 age group and for 28 consecutive years, and counting, Woody has been in the top ten of his age group and has set 22 FINA Masters world records.  Competing in Masters since 1987, SANDY GALLETLY (USA/GBR) has set 25 FINA Masters World Records in distance freestyle events (400m, 800m, 1500m) and 400m I.M. He has competed in the FINA Masters World Championships five times from 1994 to 2004 in 16 events winning 12 gold and 4 silver medals. RONALD JOHNSON (USA) joined Masters in 1973 and began setting world records in 1996. He now has set 33 FINA Masters World Records in butterfly, freestyle, backstroke and I.M. events from 50m to 200m.  

Diver TOM HAIRABEDIAN (USA) has competed every year but one since the inception of Masters Diving in 1974. He has competed in 50 USA Masters National Championships, winning 39 gold medals in the 1m springboard, 44 gold in the 3m springboard and 28 gold in the platform.  He also has attended three FINA Masters World Championships winning 5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Synchronized swimmer CAROL FITZSIMMONS (CAN) has competed at five FINA Masters World Championships since 1994, winning every event she entered – solo, duet and team. 

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About IMSHOF

Criteria for becoming an IMSHOF Honoree is based on a minimum of 16 years of active participation in the Masters competition.  This involves competing in four age groups.  Emphasis is placed on international and regional performances, dominance in the sport and a genuine contribution to the sport in general.

  1. Nominee's minimum age for beginning competition is 25 years. FINA's official age groups begin at age 25 years.
  2. All nominees shall have participated for a minimum of 16 years covering at least four different age groups.
  3. All nominees shall be limited to recognition for Masters participation only (not prior accomplishments).
  4. Recognition of accomplishments is based upon: a) FINA Masters World Records,  b) Masters World Championships, c) Masters Regional Championships (LEN, Pan Pacifics, etc.), d) Masters National Championships, and e) Masters National Records
  5. An individual's total dominance within an age group.

IMSHOF is housed within the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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