Thursday, December 2, 2021

Frank Elm, one of the top coaches in U.S. history has died. He was 92.

Frank Elm, one of the top coaches in U.S. history has died. He was 92.

Born on Oct 30, 1929, Elm was the head coach for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. He also was an assistant coach for the 1968 and 1976 Olympic Games.

Elm, who also coached the 1967 U.S. Pan American Games team, and two U.S. National Teams that toured Japan in 1975 and the Soviet Union in 1981, was elected to the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2004.

Elm coached at Rutgers for 31 years and was elected to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He developed the women’s program at the school and fought for facilities worthy of the talent and hard work he and his swimmers put in at Rutgers, where he developed 10 Olympic swimmers- two gold medal winners, several Pan Am Games swimmers, five of whom won gold medals. He also tutored several individual and national championship swimmers as well as national relay champions.

He oversaw the development of the women’s swimming and diving program at Rutgers, a team that went undefeated from 1973-75.

Near the end of his career, he was able to help oversee the construction of the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center, one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in America. Elm received the Master Coaches Award from the Swimming Coaches’ Association of America in 1973 and was bestowed with the honor of Loyal Son in 1992 by the Rutgers Alumni Association.

“It is so antiquated it’s disgusting,” Frank Elm told the New York Times about the old facility. “With only four lanes, it limits the size of our teams and our training. Other state schools like Tennessee, with its 32 available lanes, and Penn State, with 12 lanes, make the Rutgers facilities look sick.”

Rutgers has hosted a Frank Elm Invitational in his honor at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center.

Elm came to Rutgers as a successful AAU Coach, New Jersey Interscholastic Champion, All-American from Indiana University and a swimmer-coach in the Marine Corps. His Rutgers team won 39 dual meets in a row, Summit Y Men’s team won 68 meets in a row, and the Summit Y Girls team won 70 meets in a row (never losing a dual meet). Another club Frank Elm coached in the 1950’s won 60 meets in a row and never lost while he was coaching. Frank Elm served on several National Committees and was selected as a Loyal Son of Rutgers in April of 1992.

Frank Elm led the Scarlet Knights at Rutgers from 1961 to 1972 stamped 11-straight winning seasons, with an overall 79-42 record. In 1965, the creation of the Eastern Seaboard Championships brought Rutgers University to a new level, with swimmers such as Bill Clark (’63), Larry Jones, John Wasylyk (’64), Don Galluzzi, Marty Flickenger (’65), and diver Roy Nicholas (’64 – Eastern Champion and NCAA top-eight finisher) as the top performers.

But one of his biggest pioneering roles came when women joined the college swimming ranks.

The 1970’s at Rutgers were best known for the inclusion of the women into the Rutgers program. Olympic swimmer Judy Mellick (’77) became the first female members of the Rutgers team and the first woman to compete with men. She was one of the pioneers as Rutgers transformed into a successful women’s athletic program. The Rutgers women’s swimming program blasted onto the scene under Frank Elm with three consecutive undefeated season (1975-77), with a fierce dominance at the Eastern Championships. The women’s team went on to be the only Eastern team to place in the top ten at the 1977 Nationals. Frank Elm coached 15 swimmers on to earn All-American recognition and many to be come stars of their era, including Mellick, Ellen Wallace, Debbie Franks, Maureen Mortell and Robin Locklair.  Wallace went on to represent the USA at the Pan-Am Championships. Frank Elm finished the women’s program in the 1970’s with a 70-20 record.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Elizabeth Fry ​to Receive the 2022 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award




Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Elizabeth Fry to Receive the 2022 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award
FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Elizabeth Fry, for her extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2022 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award. The Award will be presented to Elizabeth during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony in Naples Italy on Saturday May 7th 2022. The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.
This year’s award recognizes Elizabeth Fry, an open water swimming administrator from Connecticut, USA who has served the sport for more than 30 years. She has also been the marathon director for 13 years of the 25 km St. Vincent’s Foundation Swim Across the (Long Island) Sound which raises more than $2 million EACH YEAR. Prior to her leadership in 2007 the event raised approximately $40,000 annually. Liz created a detailed safety plan that allows the event to host up to 65 escort boats and created separate team and two-person relay categories to expand fund raising and provide open water experience to local swimmers. Donations to the event have grown to over $2 million each year to help cancer patients and their families. In 2008, Liz expanded the fund raising to include multiple sclerosis (MS) with an event named the “January Jam”. This event encourages participants from around the world to track their yardage for the entire month to see who can “jam” the most yards into 31 days.
Elizabeth is an accomplished marathon swimmer: Oceans Seven; set the record for the oldest person to do a two-way English Channel crossing; and other firsts including two-way Ederle Swim, 35-mile swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, New Jersey and two-way S.C.A.R. She was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 2014.

For additional information, please call Ned Denison in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at (954) 462-6536, or visit http://www.ishof.org

Beth Yudovin to be inducted as an Honor Administrator into the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame (IMSHOF), Class of 2022



Beth Yudovin will be inducted as an Honor Administrator into the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame (IMSHOF), Class of 2022. The ceremony will take place in Naples Italy on Saturday the 7th of May 2022.
Beth has a 30+ year involvement in the sport, since 2015 as a member of IMSHOF Executive Committee. She served initially as Chair and later took over finance and hosted the 2015 and 2016 Induction and Awards Ceremonies in San Pedro California.
Prior to this Beth’s prior involvement in the sport was generally as her husband’s (David Yudovin Honor Swimmer in IMSHOF and ISHOF) manager and crew chief. Together over 25+ years they completed first ever marathon swims in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, New Zealand, Portugal, Azores, California’s Channel Islands and in Africa: Cape Verde plus São Tomé and Príncipe. They also completed previously established marathon swims in Tahiti, Hawaii and across the English Channel and Straits of Gibraltar.
Ned Denison, Chair of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, explains the reasoning behind her induction. "Beth brought success, class and dignity to the sport. On the Executive Committee of IMSHOF she showed masterful diplomatic skills and kept us heading upmarket - especially with generous contributions including attending the last eight Induction and Awards Ceremonies. Because of her commitment and dedication, the organization and hence sport is in a much better place.”
She received the Dale Petranech Award for service to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2020.

Shelley Taylor-Smith to receive the 2022 Poseidon Award


Saturday, November 27, 2021
Shelley Taylor-Smith to receive the 2022 Poseidon Award
FORT LAUDERDALE –
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Shelley Taylor-Smith for her high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2022 Poseidon Award. The Award will be presented to Shelly during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony on Saturday May 7th 2022 in Naples Italy. The Poseidon Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of Marathon Swimming to the world.
This year’s award honors Shelley Taylor-Smith. Shelley Taylor-Smith was one of the top elite swimmers of her generation. She won 7 majors (marathon world championships), set world speed records, beat all the men in 9 races and scored 51 victories in National, Regional and International races.
Shelley was the Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and had oversight of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, the 10km Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games.
She has been an active coach since 2009, and her swimmers have been successful in 9 solos and 2 relays across the 33 km English Channel and more than 700 solos and relays across the 19.75 km Rottnest Channel.
Finally, Shelley was on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014 and was one of the most dedicated Honorees in attending the Induction and Awards Ceremonies in 2011 (New York, USA), 2012 (Los Angeles, USA) and 2014 (Bute, Scotland). Her involvement helped IMSHOF establish a successful ceremony tradition.
She was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in IMSHOF in 1990. In 2008 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and also received The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.
For additional information, please call Ned Denison for IMSHOF in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at +1 (954) 462-6536, or visit http://www.ishof.org

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

SOLD OUT ISHOF’s 56th Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony Huge Success

The International Swimming Hall of Fame hosted it’s 56th annual Honoree Induction ceremony, dinner and silent auction on October 9th.  It was a bit different than most other inductions, in that none of our international Honorees were able to travel to the US to attend because of Covid restrictions.  We took the safe road and hosted a “USA only” induction, except for Elvira KhasynovaSynchronized Swimmer from Russia, who now lives in Northern California and coaches at Stanford.

The biggest change was that we combined the Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees and the Paragon Award Winners into the Saturday evening Induction program.

In the past, the Paragon and the ISHOF Awards had its own evening the night before, and the Masters induction was during the annual United States Aquatic Sports Convention, which did not take place this year.

The weekend began with a luncheon at the ISHOF front building, followed by a tour of the facility given by Rowdy Gaines, and ISHOF Aquatic Center Manager, Laura Voet.  As all could see, that the renovation of the aquatic center is really moving along. All were mesmerized with the 27-meter high diving tower.

high-diving-tower

Photo Courtesy: Jason Leidy

Saturday evening’s festivities began with a cocktail reception and silent auction.

The evening was a sell out with Honorees, Board Members, aquatic greats, South Floridians, and local VIPs mingling to make new friends and reestablish existing ones.

The night opened with a video from our CEO, Brent Rutemiller, who was unable to attend the induction because he is fighting a rare form of cancer.  He planned on attending up until the day before when his doctors at Mayo Clinic advised against it. A real disappointment, but we will hopefully see him next year.

The evening saw 1964 Olympic gold medalist – Debbie Meyers and 1984 Olympic gold medalist and NBC Olympic Commentator – Rowdy Gaines emceeing the event.

This year, ISHOF inducted two Honor Swimmers: Rebecca Soni and Brendan Hansen.

Rebecca Soni is a three-time Olympic gold medalist specializing in the breaststroke.  Soni won back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 200m Breaststroke.  She was also a member of the 4 x 100 medley gold medal relay team that took gold in London.  Rebecca was inducted by fellow breaststroker, 1964 Olympic gold medalist, Catie Ball.

Rebecca Soni

Brendan Hansen is also a breaststroke specialist and a three-time Olympic gold medalist.  His Olympic career spans from 2004 Athens through 2012 London. Brendan was on the gold medal winning medley relay for three consecutive Games, 2004, 2008 and 2012, making him the top breaststrokers for eight solid years. Brendan was inducted by his University of Texas Coach, 2002 ISHOF Honor Coach, Eddie Reese.

Brendan Hanson

ISHOF inducted David Marsh as an Honor Coach. Marsh was the 2016 Team USA Head Olympic Women’s Swimming Coach, the winningest coach in NCAA history in the state of Alabama, winning more titles than the famed Bear Bryant, with seven men’s and five women’s titles. Rowdy Gaines, one of Marsh’s closest friends, inducted his former Auburn teammate.

David Marsh

Elvira Khasyanova, three-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012) and nine-time World Champion for Russia in synchronized swimming was able to be present for her induction.  She is an assistant coach at Stanford University, living in California. Elvira was a member of Russia’s National Team beginning in 1999 until she announced her retirement in 2012.  She was inducted by ISHOF Open Water Swimmer and Board of Director, Sandra Bucha.

Elvira-Kasyanova

Last but certainly not least, was our longtime colleague and friend, Robert T. “Bob” Duenkel.  Bob Duenkel was inducted this year as an Honor Contributor.  Bob had been with ISHOF since the 1970’s.  There was no one like Bob.  He was a walking encyclopedia on swimming and aquatic sports.  Everyone knew and loved him.  He was the face of ISHOF along with Buck Dawson for so many years. We lost Bob a couple of years ago, so his wife Colette, and daughter Teagan accepted the award on his behalf.  What made the induction really special, was that Bob was inducted posthumously by his sister, Honor Swimmer and 1964 Olympic gold medalist (400 freestyle), Ginny Duenkel.

Inductees at the 2021 Hall of Fame

Ginny Duenkel (Inducted ’85), Debbie Meyer (Inducted ’77), Teagan Duenkel, and Colette Duenkel

The culmination of the evening was the ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Award has only been given out four other times in ISHOF’s history.  Previous recipients include: Bob and Norma MaxwellGreta AndersonJohn McLaughlin, and most recently Jim Wood.

The award was created to recognize the lifetime dedication and achievements in the swimming community.  Eddie Reese was a natural selection for ISHOF’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year.  Beginning his 57th year in the sport and his 44th year at Texas, Reese has had one of the most successful coaching careers in our sport, maybe in any sport.  He recently won his 15th National Championship at the University of Texas.  Eddie thought briefly about retiring over the Summer, bur he was back on the pool deck for the start of the new year looking for that 16th championship! Reese was inducted into ISHOF in 2002 as an Honor Coach.  We now congratulate him as ISHOF’s newest Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Eddie-Reese

Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame

This year’s 2021 Class of Master International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees included one swimmer, one diver, one coach, and one contributor.

Clay Britt, Honor Swimmer, of the Ancient Mariners Masters was always at the top of his age group.  He even swam for Eddie Reese back in the 1980’s at the University of Texas. Britt has set 23 FINA Masters World Records in seven different age groups beginning in the 25-29.  He is a backstroke, fly  and IM Specialist, recording 281 Top Ten times, 49 individual USMS records and has been a 28-time individual pool All-American. Britt also coaches at his club, the Ancient Mariners, located outside the Washington D.C. area.

Clay-Britt

Kerry O’Brien, Honor Coach, led a 40-year coaching career, leading Walnut Creek Masters to become one of the USMS’s largest teams.  Under his leadership, Walnut Creek became a USMS Gold Club, growing from just 70 members to more than 450. The club has been ranked among the best at USMS National Championships and is considered a model Club in the U.S.  Its philosophy is that participation in aquatics should be a life-enhancing experience.

Kerry-O’Brien

Rose Cody, Honor Contributor for the sport of Synchronized Swimming is considered to be the Mother of Masters synchronized swimming in Puerto Rico.  Synchronized Swimming would not be where it is today without Rose.  She has been involved in the sport on all levels.  She has run Masters World Championships for the sport, named Director of the event. Cody has been the FINA Masters Synchro Chair from 1994-2017; been a member of the FINA Masters Technical Committee for Synchro from 1994-2017 and has been a member of the FINA Technical Committee for Synchro for many years; She has been a UANA Committee Member for over 20 years, a FINA certified judge from 1994-2004 and a CCCAN Committee Member from 1976-2004.

Rose-Cody

David Cotton, Honor Diver has attended eight FINA World Championships, between the years 2000 and 2017, winning 11 gold, 12 silver and three bronze medals, competing in four age groups, 45-49 through 60-64.  David began diving early on, competed in high school, attended Pepperdine University on a full athletic scholarship and placed 12th in the US Nationals in 1980 on the 10-meter platform.  He represented the USA in the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, where he took gold on the 10-meter and silver on the 3-meter.

David-Cotton

Paragon Awards

This year’s Paragon Award winners that were present were a fabulous group.  Ft. Lauderdale’s very own, Dave Burgering, Head Diving Coach of the Ft. Lauderdale Dive Team was honored with the Paragon Award in the sport of Diving.  Dave began his career as a diver, making the 1980 Olympic Team, only to have it taken away when the U.S. boycotted the Games.  He attended Michigan State, went on to dive for the great Honor Coach, Dr. Ron O’Brien, out at Mission Viejo, CA, where he eventually became a coach.  He later travelled to Florida and Mission Bay in Boca Raton, where he continued his success from Mission Viejo, winning more Junior National titles. During all the years of coaching, Dave found time to give back to the sport and serve as the President of US Diving in 2002.

Dave-Burgering

In the sport of synchronized swimming in the U.S.A., Betty Hazle has done it all.  Athlete, coach, judge and sport administrator.  She was a member of the USA National Team Coaching staff from 1989-1991 and 1994-1995; She has chaired the rules, governance and international relations committees; been a Board Member for USA Synchronized Swimming, served as Technical Vice Chair, Administrative Vice Chair and eventually the organization’s President.  Hazle has served as the editor for the USA Synchro rule book for the past 20 years and has served as Chef de Mission for the FINA World Championships for 14 years (2003-2017).  Most recently, Betty has just returned from Tokyo serving as an artistic swimming judge for the 2020/21 Olympic Games.

Betty-Hazle

All-American water polo player and swimmer, Lynn Comer Kachmarik was presented this year’s Paragon award for water polo.  She was a 10-year member and captain of the United States National Water Polo team as a player, coach, and member of the USA Water Polo’s Executive Committee.  She has served as the Head Swimming and Water Polo coach at Bucknell University, served as Athletic Director at St. Mary’s College and moved on to become the   V.P./General Manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks Baseball Team.  Lynn has also worked at the University of Notre Dame and served as the National Outreach Director for Play Like A Champion Today!

Lynn-Comer-Kachmarik (1)

Florence “Flo” Werner taught swimming for the American Red Cross (ARC) for over 50 years, and the ARC celebrated that achievement in 2011.  Today she is 91 years young, and she still wants to help people learn to swim.  As she will tell you, “It was her whole life!”  She began giving lessons for the ARC in the City of Miami in 1961 at the Curtis Pool, a few blocks from downtown Miami.  Her life took many turns, but the constant for Flo was teaching swimming and making people safe around the water.  Even when adults were afraid of the water, Flo helped make them comfortable enough to teach them how to swim.  Therefore, Florence Werner was awarded this year’s Paragon Award for Recreational Swimming.

Florence-Werner

There were a lot of wonderful speeches, a lot of sharing of stories and remembering of all those who made these wonderful aquatic people become who they are today.

Another special part of the evening is seeing Honorees that were able to make it back to Fort Lauderdale to help celebrate the new class of inductees.  This year, our returning Honorees were: Ginny Duenkel FuldnerAaron PeirsolTom Gompf, Eddie Reese, Catie Ball CondonRowdy GainesDebby MeyerSandra Bucha, and Randy Reese.

Rowdy-Debbie-Meyers

Debbie Meyers and Rowdy Gaines at the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction

Masters Honorees attending were: Tom BoakCarolyn BoakTim Shead, and John Denninger

Most importantly, we have to thank all our sponsors, who without their support, none of this would be possible.  Autopilot, the Bill Kent Family Foundation, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Duraflex, Every Child A Swimmer, FINA, Florida Gold Coast, Florida Pool Pro, Hensel Phelps, Horner Express, Keiser University, Paragon/Pentair, Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, The Raymond C. Rude Foundation, SR Smith, Swiss Timing, USA Artistic Swimming, USAS, USA Diving, USA Swimming, US Masters Swimming, Visit Lauderdale; And a special thank you to all our new sponsors, thanks to the hard work of our new Development Director, Alyssa Lovitt; Florida Craft, Hotwire, Memorial Healthcare System, Stefano Ricci,

Dr. Bill Kent is the first person to receive the International Swimming Hall of Fame Legacy Award for his many years serving on ISHOF’s board in various capacities including Treasurer and currently Chairman.  He has donated countless hours of his time and significant financial support.

Most recently, Dr. Kent has been the leading force in ISHOF acquiring the Every Child A Swimmer trademark and getting legislation passed at the Florida State legislature requiring all parents to be informed on the importance of swimming lessons in children before entering kindergarten.

The award is an exact replica of the Olympic Tiles that currently sit outside the main ISHOF Museum which was installed in 1968.  The current tiles will be removed prior to the demolition of our current museum and relocated to another visible spot in 2025.

Dr. Bill Kent receiving the Legacy-Award

Our date for 2022 has been set – It is Saturday, October 15, 2022.  Please mark your calendars.  We will be honoring all those international honorees and possibly a few others who were not able to be inducted this year.

 

As of now, the class of 2022 includes:

Honor Swimmers

Michael Klim, Australia

Jon Sieben, Australia

Daichi Suzuki, Japan

 

Honor Open Water Swimmer

Marilyn Bell, Canada

 

Honor Diver

Matthew Micham, Australia

 

Honor Water Polo Player

Mirko Vicevic, Yugoslavia/Montenegro

 

Honor Coach

Ursula Carlile, Australia

 

Honor Contributor

Peter Hurezeler, Switzerland