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September 17, 2010

For more information, call Meg Keller-Marvin at  (570) 594-4367.

FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame is proud to announce its class of Masters (IMSHOF) inductees for 2010.  The group of six great athletes, will be inducted at its annual ceremonies, September 17th at the Hyatt Regency, in Dallas, Texas, in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention.

The prestigious IMSHOF class of 2010 includes four world-class swimmers this year: Honor Swimmer, Lois “Kivi” Nochman (USA) began swimming Masters in 1989 in the 65-69 age group.  Since 1989, she has been in the top ten 20 times swimming predominately the I.M. and Butterfly.  She has set 23 Masters World records in long course meters and 26 world records in short course, for a total of 49 FINA Masters World records. 

The second woman to be inducted this year is Bonnie Pronk of Canada. Bonnie has been competing in Masters swimming since 1972 and has competed in seven age groups (35-39 thru 65-69).  She has set 34 FINA Masters World Records. Bonnie set a few World records in the 1980’s and excelled mid 1990’s to the present.  She has been in the Top Ten consistently since 1995 and two times in the late 1970’s for a total of 16 times.   She has set a total of 11 long course FINA Master World records and 23 short course records for a total of 34 World records in the breaststroke, backstroke and the I.M.

Barry Young of New Zealand is the first of the two male Honor Swimmers being inducted as part of the IMSHOF Class of 2010.  Barry has been competing since 1984 in all four strokes,  but primarily in the backstroke and the I.M.   Barry has set 43 FINA Masters World records, 31ong course and 12 short course from 1984 to present in the backstroke and I.M. with a few butterfly and one freestyle early in his career.

The final Masters Swimmer Honoree to be inducted as part of the IMSHOF Class of 2010 is Richard Burns (USA).  Rich began competing in the 35-39 age group of USMS in 1981 with backstroke being his primary stroke.  He appeared on the Top 10 list for 23 of the next 25 years.  He has set 37 FINA Masters World records swimming mainly backstroke with four I.M. and one butterfly record – 22 long course meters and 15 short course meters.  

This year in addition to the four Honor Swimmers, IMSHOF will induct an Honor Masters Diver and an Honor Master Contributor. Honor Diver, John Conner (USA) first international competition was in 1988 at the Second Masters World Championships in the 50-54 age group and continues today in the 80-84 age group.  In the 11 World competitions in which John competed, he won eight gold and three bronze medals.  John competes on both the 1 and 3 meter boards. 

Honor Contributor, Andy Burke, has been active in the sports of water polo and swimming for 64 years.  Andy has been involved in water polo, as an athlete, coach, team leader, and administrator from 1945 to the present day. He was a member of the USA Olympic Water Polo Committee from 1961-1976, Chair, 1961-1965, and elected to the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1982.  In addition to the duties as the Olympic Club Masters Team Leader, Andy served as Director of Water Polo at the 2006 FINA Masters World Championships in Stanford, California.   

THE IMSHOF Induction will take place on Friday, September 17, 2010,  with a reception at 5:30 PM. and ceremonies from 6:30 to 8 PM, at the Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention. Tickets are complimentary.  For more and information, please visit the ISHOF website at www.ishof.org or call Meg Keller-Marvin at  (570) 594-4367 or ISHOF at (954) 462-6536.

Swimming is universally identified as the best way to exercise for the adult population. It has been shown to reduce stress, promote cardiovascular fitness, reduce bad cholesterol, increase muscle tone and endurance. The purpose of the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is to promote the health and fitness benefits of swimming and encourage swimming as an adult lifestyle by recognizing the achievements of masters athletes and contributors in the five aquatic disciplines of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. It accomplishes this through operation of the World Museum of Swimming, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information visit http://www.ishof.org

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