Wednesday, August 12, 2020

ISHOF Construction Update August 13, 2020

Concrete Placement Dive Well

Hope everyone is doing well, attached is the updated look ahead for early morning concrete which we are projecting for the week of 9.4.2020. This will be a 10 hour concrete pour as we are placing the dive pool walls in one continuous pour. We will aim to start at 3am to miss the afternoon lightning and rain storms that come with working in late August/Early September. There is also a photo attached from the 8.4.2020 dive pool floor concrete pour.

We are still tracking to mobilize the steel sheet pile contractor on 8.17.2020 to begin removing the steel sheet pile from the Competition Pool now that the concrete is cured and pool piping installed. We are projecting to be noisy again from 8.17.2020 through 10.2.2020. There will be periods of just logistical moving of sheets which will not include the vibratory hammer but for the most part the 8.17-10.2.2020 time frame will be noisy from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The over all goal is to have the steel sheet piles removed and off site before FLIBS starts to mobilize in early October 2020.

Kevin Curry
Project Superintendent
Hensel Phelps


1972 Honor Swimmer

FOR THE RECORD:  OLYMPIC GAMES: 1924 gold (1500m freestyle), silver (800m freestyle relay), bronze (400m freestyle); 1928 silver (400m, 1500m freestyle); 1932 (participant); WORLD RECORDS: 5

"Me Tarzan, you Boy", said Johnny Weissmuller in introducing his old Olympic swim rival, Australian Andrew Charlton, in ceremonies at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  "Boy" Charlton, and Johnny swam together in two Olympics, 1924 and 1928. Charlton, at 16, was literally the boy of the 1924 games and a Gold Medal Boy at that!

Boy Charlton held 5 world records, the greatest of which had to be his Paris Olympic victory over the Swedish great Arne Borg, a shock to all Europe, not to mention Borg himself, who signed his picture taken with King Gustav, "From Arne Borg, the King of Swimmers."  The 16 year-old Charlton took 34.8 seconds off Borg's world record for the distance.

If Charlton's 1924 Olympic gold medal ended the 1st long Australian era of swim dominance, it certainly did not end a Charlton era as he went on to win 5 medals and make the finals in 3 Olympics through 1932.

Charlton won the 1924 Paris Olympic 1500 meter freestyle in 20 minutes and six seconds.  Known as the "Manly Flying Fish" for his hometown of Manly, Australia, Charlton was self-taught and largely untrained, but tireless.  He, more than all other swimmers combined, put Australia back on the Olympic swim map after World War I.  While he easily won the 1924 Olympic 1500 meter race, Charlton faced a harder task in the Olympic 400 meter event with the finalists including American Johnny Weissmuller and Borg.  Those two, Weissmuller and Borg, went straight into the lead and at the half-way mark were still together with Charlton 12 yards back.  The Australian then started a dramatic finishing burst that brought the crowd to its feet.  With 50 yards to go he made up eight yards.

With 10 yards to go it seemed that Charlton might make it but the finish was just too close and Weissmuller touched a few feet ahead of Borg with the Australian another three feet back.

Before the Games finished, Charlton anchored the Australian 800 freestyle relay in another thrilling come from behind race adding a silver medal to his gold and bronze in the individual races.  Again he finished second to Weissmuller.

After Paris, Charlton headed home to finish his agriculture degree and a career in farming. Out on the farm, there was little opportunity for swim training and he literally disappeared from the scene between Olympic Games.

Charlton represented Australia again at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam but the lack of continuous competition was beginning to show.  Arne Borg beat Charlton into second place in the 1500 meter and Zorrilla of Argentina did the same in the 400 meter.

Shortly after his return from Amsterdam with two silver medals, Andrew Charlton contracted rheumatic fever which kept him a semi-invalid for nearly a year and meant virtual retirement from swimming.  But when the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles came around, a completely recovered Charlton decided on a comeback and again beat the best in Australia.  However, in Los Angeles a series of heavy colds plagued Charlton and doctors warned of a possible recurrence of rheumatic fever. Consequently, he swam much below form and failed to medal in either of his best races, the 400 and 1500 meter freestyle.

That was Andrew Charlton's swan song.  He went back to the farm.  This time to stay.

Happy Birthday HARRY GALLAGHER !!!!

1984 Honor Coach

FOR THE RECORD:  Australian & Canadian Coach; Olympic Games: 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 (9 gold, 6 silver, 3 bronze); BRITISH COMMONWEALTH GAMES: 12 gold, 6 siler, 3 bronze); AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 201; WORLD RECORD holders: 52; Author of Harry Gallagher On Swimming and How to Sprint the Crawl.

Harry Gallagher was to Dawn Fraser what Bill Bachrach in a different time was to Johnny Weissmuller. Both Harry and "Bach" had many other Olympic swimmers, but based alone on their handling of what may have been the two most tempestuous top male and female swimmers of all time, these two coaches deserve their place in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. 

And then there are Harry's other credentials--three of Australia's most successful Olympic teams, working with exercise physiologists as early as 1953, his two successful swimming books and his always hopeful but unpublished mystery novel, his painting and his eight years as an age-group coach in Canada. 

On the lighter side, he pushed a hospital bed 320 miles from Adelaide to Port Pirie in an fundraising effort for the heart Fund. "I've always been pushed for money!" says Harry. 

Harry has coached swimming more than 30 years, turning out such Hall of Famers as the "fastest afloat" Jon Henricks and Dawn Fraser, and Olympic performers Brad Cooper, Lyn McClements, Steve Holland and Graham White.  His swimmers won nine Olympic Sprint titles.  Harry's motto is "teach them before you train them." 

As Sir Edgar Tanner phrased it in the forward to the book Harry Gallagher on Swimming, "The 'Fox' of Fox-under-the-Hill, Donvale, Australia, fashions his pupils in a graceful style that brings speed, beauty of action, and develops determination and the will to win."

Happy Birthday RAY BUSSARD !!!

1999 Honor Coach

FOR THE RECORD: 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES: Assistant Swimming Coach; 1983 PACIFIC GAMES: Coach; 1979 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: Coach; Coach of Two Olympic Gold Medalists; Coach of Three World Record Holders; Coach of World Championship Gold Medalist; Coach of 6 NCAA National Champions; Coach of NCAA National Championship Team (University of Tennessee); Clinic speaker at 4 ASCA World Clinics, 60% of State High School Clinics, 3 Countries.

Ray Bussard did more for the sport of swimming than developing champions. His role went beyond preparing National and Olympic Champions. He sensationalized the sport, built spirit and made believers of his athletes. Lucky for swimming, because he would have been good coaching any sport.

He learned to swim at age six in a creek bed outside his home in rural Virginia, but his early interests were in field sports. By college age at Bridgewater College, he was National AAU All-Around Champion in track and field, and All-State football player and an all-tourney selection in basketball. Among his teammates was Bob Richards, Olympic Pole Vault Champion in 1952 and 1956. After graduation, he coached these sports in Virginia and Tennessee high schools, establishing state champions.

It was only during the summers, that Ray became involved in teaching swimming for the Red Cross, conducting life saving programs and managing swimming pools. He started the Chattanooga Swim League in 1960 and six years later moved to Knoxville as Head Coach of the newly established swimming and diving team at the University of Tennessee. He took his principles for success from his high school multi-sport coaching days and applied them to his swimmers. For another 22 years, he guided the team to national prominence and its swimmers to international stardom. Ray Bussard was a winner who hated to lose.

On the university level, Bussard established a career winning percentage of .926, compiling a 252-30 dual meet record. He became known as swimming’s gimmick man by building team spirit among the athletes and excitement among the spectators when he introduced zany antics to the program. At away meets, his teams poured orange colored water (Tennessee colors) into the opponent’s pool, oranges were passed out to spectators, and they were given orange leis around the neck. The Timette Organization of college girls was formed to time at swim meets. The coonskin hat, made famous by Davy Crockett at the Alamo, was worn (first at a meet with SMU in Texas in 1971) to solidify the effort. When America was going through a rebellious period of time, Bussard insisted upon a dress code, proper behavior, a hair code with no mustache and a travel code that stressed proper dress and procedures. He was loud, and he was tough. And his swimmers respected him for it. Bussard’s biggest contribution to swimming was in sprinting. He defined it as “quickness control”. He applied the physics of his “rebounding – ball sports” to the pool developing the fast “Tennessee Turn” and “Tennessee Start”, and making his swimmers unbeatable in short course races.

Ray coached swimmers to 6 world records, 3 Olympic gold medals, 19 American records and 44 NCAA gold medals. His swimmers, Dave Edgar never lost a college sprint race (including three years against Mark Spitz), Matt Vogel won 2 gold medals at the 1976 Olympics, and Andy Coan won 2 golds at the 1975 World Championships among other national champions and international competitors include John Trembley and Lee Engstrand. Fourteen of his swimmers won NCAA gold medals. His 1978 Tennessee team won the NCAA National Championship. He was National Coach of the Year (1972, 1978), Assistant Coach of the 1978 USA-USSR Dual Meet, 1979 Pan American Games, 1984 Olympic Games and 1983 Pan Pacific Games Coach. He has received the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy and, with Ruth, originated the Baton of Victory Award to honor all the men’s and women’s coaches who have won NCAA Championships. He has conducted clinics in over 60% of the United States. Over two dozen of his swimmers have continued in swimming as coaches including current Tennessee Coach John Trembley.

His southern drawl, loud jackets, zany antics and fast swimmers will go down in the history books.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Happy Birthday JAN HENNE !!!

1979 Honor Swimmer

FOR THE RECORD:  OLYMPIC GAMES: 1968 gold (100m freestyle; 400m freestyle relay), silver (200m freestyle), bronze (200m individual medley); U.S. NATIONAL AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS: 9; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4 AMERICAN RECORDS: 8.

In July, 1968, Jan Henne and her coach, George Haines, decided she was to become a freestyler and 3 months later she medaled in 4 events at the Mexico City Olympics.  Primarily a breaststroker and water polo player, Henne was an AAU All-American in 1965, 1966, and 1967 with American Records in the 100, 100 and 250 yard breaststroke.  A breaststroke finalist in the Nationals starting in 1963 and in the 1964 Olympic Trials, Jan shifted to Santa Clara in the fall of 1967 and was a sensation in the 1968 Indoor Nationals with 4 gold medals in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 3 American Record relays, plus third in the 200 yard breaststroke and 200 yard individual medley.  She won 4 events for Arizona State in the 1970 National Collegiates.  Her coaches were John Williams at Palo Alto, George Haines at Santa Clara, and Mona Plummer at Arizona State.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Happy Birthday YOSHI OYAKAWA !!!

1973 Honor Swimmer


Hawaiian Yoshi Oyakawa won 23 major titles in his remarkable career as the last of the great straight-armed backstrokers.  He won the 1952 Olympic backstroke crown at Helsinki in 1:05.4 finally breaking Adolph Kiefer's Olympic record of 1:05.9 set in 1936.  Oyakawa won 6 Big Ten, 7 NCAA and 9 NAAU gold medals during his distinguished career under coaches Sparky Kawamoto, Hilo, Hawaii, and Mike Peppe (Ohio State).

Oyakawa started competitive swimming late (15), turned over on his back at 16, and was on his way to the Olympics at 18.  Yoshi went to his second Olympics (1956 Melbourne) as an Air Force Second Lieutenant, finishing 8th after breaking his 1952 Olympic record in the prelims.  Neither time was as good as his 1:04.7 to win the U.S. Olympic trials in Detroit.

After 2 years active duty this great backstroker and his Ohio State Sweetheart Mariko Yamane settled in Cincinnati where they have raised four daughters and a son and enough good swimmers at Oak Hills High School for Yoshi Oyakawa to be named Ohio High School Coach of the year for 1972.

Others have bettered Oyakawa's 100 yd. and 100m world records but none since Oyakawa have done it going straight.  The newer bent arm techniques have left his records intact, as the fastest ever straight-armed backstroker.

Oyakawa marked the ending of at least one other era, the domination of world swimming by the Hawaiian Islands.  Their last Olympic champions were Oyakawa and Ford Konno in 1952.  Not since the six Hawaiians (including Oyakawa) swam in the 1956 Games, has one of the islanders made a U.S. Olympic team.

Yoshi Oyakawa (USA)
2017 Honor Masters Swimmer

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (SWIMMER): World Points-634, Pre 1986 Points- 11, Total Points-645; Since 1974, he has competed in 9 age groups (40-44 through 80-84). 27 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS.

Yoshinobu Oyakawa, born on the Kona side of the big island of Hawai’i, was a swimming stand-out at Hilo High School. He continued his career of swimming though his college years at the Ohio State University under the great Hall of Fame Coach, Mike Peppe. While Oyakawa was attending Ohio State, he made his first Olympic team at the age of 19. He represented the United States of America, when he travelled to Helsinki, Finland in 1952. Yoshi did not disappoint. He won the gold medal in the 100m backstroke.

In 1956, Oyakawa again made the Olympic team, where, along with Ford Konno, he was elected co-captain of the US team. At that time, he was also a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force.

Yoshi is considered to be the last of the great “straight-arm-pull” backstrokers, and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1973. Now, 44 years later, Yoshi is again being recognized by ISHOF, but this time, for his career in Masters swimming.

Swimming has always been a big part of Oyakawa’s life. Growing up in Hawaii, Yoshi says, the ocean, the rivers and the pool at the Naval Air Station made swimming an everyday occurrence for him. So, when Ransom Arthur started Masters Swimming in the 1970’s, Yoshi says he was first in line!

Even though Oyakawa started swimming Masters in the early 1970’s, he didn’t seriously pursue it until 1985. He has been in the Top Ten for a total of 28 times. He has set a total of 27 FINA Masters world records, 13 long course and 14 short course meters, all of them in the backstroke. He has competed in three FINA Masters World Championships, winning eight gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the backstroke and freestyle events.

Yoshi says that Buster Crabbe once told him many years ago that swimming was the BEST SPORT and the people involved became your BEST FRIENDS! HOW TRUE, Yoshi says!!

Happy Birthday JESSE VASSALLO !!!

1997 Honor Swimmer

FOR THE RECORD:  1980 US OLYMPIC TEAM: Boycott; 1984 US OLYMPIC TEAM: 4th (400m IM); WORLD RECORDS (3): 200m IM, 400m IM; 1978 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m backstroke, 400m IM): silver (200m IM); 1979 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (200m IM, 400m IM), silver (200m backstroke); US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES (17): 7 short course (200yd backstroke, 200yd, 400yd IM, 400yd medley relay), 10 long course (200m backstroke, 200m 400m IM); NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE: (400yd IM); 1978 WORLD SWIMMER OF THE YEAR.

He began his swimming career at Club Deportivo de Ponce and became the most successful swimmer ever from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico.  Given the name Jesus David, dubbed Cheyenne by his mother, Daise, but known throughout the world as Jesse, this young swimmer, at an early age, became the hero to many a younger competitor.  During his six year international career, Jesse Vassallo set three world records in the individual medley, lasting a combined five years.

Because his father wanted better and faster training for Jesse and Jesse's four brothers, and also to improve upon their English, the family moved from Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Miami, where, at age 11, in 1974, Jesse began swimming with the Hurricane Swim Club.  Soon he won his first national record at age 13 in the 200m backstroke.  At that point, his father, a successful businessman and professional basketball player, knew his son had what it took to be a champion.  That year became a pivotal year for Jesse and the family as they moved to California to train under the famed Mission Viejo coach, Mark Schubert.

Under Schubert's cautious guidance, Jesse improved enough to compete in his first National Championship meet (1976) and win his first National Championship race (1977) at Kelly Pool in Philadelphia.

In 1978, as a 17 year old "Gold Fish," Jesse got gold fever at the Berlin World Championships, winning both the 200m and the 400m individual medleys and setting a world record in the 400m individual medley, a record he broke once more and held for four years; all while he was still in high school.

In 1979, Vassallo claimed five more US National Championships and prepared for his first swim in his native Puerto Rico since his family had left seven years previously.  "I was a little nervous about swimming at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, a little unsure how the people would like me having gone to the United States to train.  But they were great.  Once I got there, I knew I wanted to swim super fast for the people and for my family," Vassallo said.  And super fast he swam, winning the 200m IM in world record time (2:03.29) and the 400m IM, and taking the silver in the 200m backstroke.  Friends and relatives, all sporting yellow "Vassallo" t-shirts led the crowd in "Viva Vassallo" cheers.

 Jesse Vassallo was the Kid of the IM; world record holder in both the 200m and 400m IM, World Championship gold medalist in the 400m IM, and Pan American Games gold medalist in both the 200m and 400m IM.  Swimming World magazine selected him as World Swimmer of the Year and the European press chose him as one of the world's top ten athletes, among major sports stars as Mohammed Ali, Bjorn Borg and Mario Andretti.

But hardships fell upon Jesse.  He was riding high to compete at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.  Like many other athletes, his dreams were shattered with the Olympic boycott.  His father was struck by a car on the road and never recovered, and during his illustrious career as a student athlete at the University of Miami swimming under Coach Bill Diaz, Jesse seriously damaged his left knee ligaments, requiring surgery and almost two years of recovery, keeping him out of the 1982 Guayaquil World Championships.  "You don't know what you've got until you don't have it anymore.  Now I want it back," said Jesse.

Propelled by his passion for sports he inherited from his father, and the relentless spirit of a true champion, his comeback in 1984 included another national title in the 200m backstroke and another spot on the US Olympic Team where he managed a fourth place in the 400m IM race at Los Angeles.

The recovery time before the Olympics was not quite long enough to fully heal and prepare for international competition.

After 14 years, following the 1984 Games, he announced his retirement from competitive swimming.  Since then, he has conducted swimming clinics in the US, Puerto Rico and Central and South America and currently coaches the swim team in his hometown.  He and his brothers have established a successful manufacturing operation.  Jesse lives with his wife Bethsabee and their three children Jess, Victor and Alejandro, in Puerto Rico.