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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.

  The exhibit, which ran for eight days in the Aqua Zone, showcased samples of ISHOF’s extensive swimwear collection, from the Victorian era costumes through the current LZR Racer by Speedo.  The exhibit consisted of eight panels of memorabilia and swimsuits once owned by the likes of Annette Kellerman, Duke Kahanamoku, Eleanor Garatti-Saville, Donna DeVarona, Debbie Meyer, Janet Evans and Amy VanDyken. Other pieces of memorabilia included posters, photos and examples of Olympic medals from ancient Greece to 1988.

On Sunday, July 6th, the 44th Annual TOYOTA Honoree Induction Ceremony was attended by over 250 guests, including some of the greatest names in swimming history, past and present. MC’d by Olympic greats Rowdy Gaines, Debbie Meyer and Donna DeVarona, 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. 

The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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 International Swimming Hall of Fame, 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.

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