Friday, October 18, 2019


ISHOF Honor Diver and 1948 Olympic Medalist, Patty Elsener Homan passed away on September 29, 2019.  She was just 27 days shy of turning 90.

Elsener was the greatest diver to emerge from San Mateo county.  She developed her diving skills under the guidance of Clyde DeVine.  Patty went on to the Phil Patterson Dive Team that practiced at the Fairmont Hotel Pool in downtown San Francisco, where she flourished for the next five years.  Her one-hour daily commute saw her travel on a bicycle, followed by train ride, street car and finally a cable car. 
At Patterson’s, she dove with and was also regularly coached by ISHOF Honorees, 

Vicki Manalo Draves and Ann Curtis Cuneo as well as national diving champion, Helen Crienkovich.

Elsener captured three straight U.S. Indoor Springboard Championships 1945-47. She capped her stellar career by winning silver and bronze medals in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. She took bronze on the 3-meter spring board, just narrowly defeated by friend and teammates, Vicki Draves and Zoe-Ann Olsen, making it an American sweep.  On the 10-meter platform, Patty took silver, again, just behind Draves. 

The interesting thing about Elsener was she had a fear of heights. She said “And the diving platforms in those days for the high dive were no fun.  You had to climb a ladder straight up to get to the board.  No landings or contoured steps like they have now.  And if you had acrophobia (fear of heights) like I did, it was hard just getting to the boards for the high dives.”  She added, “I climbed with my eyes closed.”

After the 1948 Olympic Games, the U.S. Diving Team did some exhibitions in Frankfurt and Paris.  Patty received scholarship offers to join the diving teams of Stanford, USC and Purdue.  She settled on Purdue, where she met and married Earl Homan.  They settled down to family life in San Bruno, California, and had three children.

Elsener was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the 30 finalists for the 2019 Team USA Awards. Four swimmers were announced as finalists for four of the six awards: Female Olympic Athlete of the Year (Simone Manuel), Male Olympic Athlete of the Year (Caeleb Dressel), Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year (Leanne Smith), and Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year (Robert Griswold).
The six award winners will be announced during the 2019 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year, held on Nov. 19 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. NBC will provide coverage of the awards show from 3-4 p.m. ET on Dec. 22.
Online fan voting at accounts for 50 percent of the final tally, while members of the Olympic and Paralympic community – including an esteemed panel of Olympic and Paralympic journalists – account for the other 50 percent.
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee helped contribute to this report.

Simone Manuel

Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant
Simone Manuel captured the most medals by a woman at a single long course world championship with seven podium finishes, winning gold in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 freestyle – becoming the first American woman to win both events and setting an American record in the 100 freestyle in the process – and earning medals in all five relays in which she competed, with gold in the 4×100 mixed freestyle and 4×100 medley, and silver in the 4×100 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle and 4×100 mixed medley.

Caeleb Dressel

Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant
He earned eight medals – including six golds and two silvers – at the 2019 long course world championships, becoming the first swimmer in history to win eight medals at the event and earning Male Swimmer of the Meet after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly; and led the U.S. men with nine medals – including six golds and three silvers – at the 2018 short course world championships, setting American records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Leanne Smith

In her world championship debut, Leanne Smith won three gold medals and set three Pan American records, after additionally earning three medals at the world series event in Glasgow, Scotland, and winning five national titles.

Robert Griswold

Photo Courtesy: Linda Griswold
Robert Griswold took home four medals – including two golds and two silvers – at the 2019 world championships, highlighted by Pan American records in the SM8 200-meter individual medley and the S8 400 freestyle, in addition to setting a world record earlier in the year in the S8 50 backstroke.

Friday, October 11, 2019


Leading a decorated group of nominees is Olympic and world champion Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida) with five individual nominations following an outstanding 2019 FINA World Championships. Fellow Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, M.d./Stanford Swimming/Alto Swim Club) and world champion Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team) are tied for the most individual female nominations at three.
Full nominee bios and event details can be found at here.
The United States’ top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the 16th annual Golden Goggle Awards. This year’s event will allow swimming stars and attendees to mingle with celebrities, outstanding athletes, business leaders and entertainment icons under the bright lights of LA Live, right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Dressel’s five individual nominations include four of the five nods for Male Race of the Year, highlighting his dominating performances in the 50-meter freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly (semifinal) at the World Championships. He is also the lone nominee for Male Athlete of the Year. Dressel was the first swimmer in history to win eight world championships medals, while his six gold medals tied for the third-most by a male swimmer at a single world championships competition since 1973. He was also a member of the Mixed and Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay teams earning Relay Performance of the Year nominations.
Ledecky and Smith are nominated for Female Athlete of the Year and Female Race of the Year. Ledecky also earned a nomination for the Perseverance Award, while Smith, at just 17 years old, earned a nomination for Breakout Performer of the Year.
Golden Goggle Awards nominations are based on the year’s top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2019 FINA World Championships, where Americans topped the medal table in Gwangju with 30 total medals (14 gold, nine silver and seven bronze) across pool and open water competition. The complete list of 2019 Golden Goggle Awards nominees by category is below.
Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 15. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot.
Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, whose mission is to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aimed at strengthening the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services.

2019 Golden Goggle Nominees

Breakout Performer of the Year
Perseverance Award
Coach of the Year
  • Jack Bauerle
  • Ray Looze
  • Greg Meehan
  • Mike Parratto
  • Gregg Troy
Relay Performance of the Year
Female Race of the Year
Male Race of the Year 
Female Athlete of the Year 
  • Lilly King
  • Katie Ledecky
  • Simone Manuel
  • Regan Smith
Male Athlete of the Year 
  • Caeleb Dressel

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Even the most talented and successful athletes need a boost of motivation once in a while to help push through the tough days of training that leave one depleted mentally and physically.  The athletes on the New York Breakers reveal the motivational quotes that give them that inspiration to push forward, reach for the next level, and leave everything they have in the pool. (And then wake up and do it all over again the next day!)
Michael Andrew: Do or do not, there is no try. -Yoda
Haley Black: Always keep believing.
Pernille Blume: I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.
Marcelo Chierighini: What we do in life echoes in eternity.
Mack Darragh: Train insane or remain the same.
Joao De Lucca: I can and I will.
Ali DeLoof: Good things come to those who wait.
Catie DeLoof: Fate whispers to the warrior “You cannot withstand the storm.” The warrior whispers back “I am the storm.”
Gabby DeLoof: Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. -Earl Nightingale
Emily Escobido: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky
Reva Foos: Hard work beats talent.
Jonathan Gomez: The difficult takes a little bit of time, the impossible just a little bit longer. -Jeff Olson
Marco Koch: Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re finished.
Marius Kusch: We did not just come here to take part, we came here to take over. -Conor McGregor
Breeja Larson: This pain is not your curse, this pain is your privilege. -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Clyde Lewis: Overthinking, over analyzing, separates the body from the mind; Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must feed my will to feel my moment. -Maynard James Keenan
Justin Lynch: Be the best version of yourself in anything you do.You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.
Jack McLoughlin: If something is worth doing its worth overdoing.
Lia Neal: Everything happens for a reason.
Emily Overholt: The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
Jacob Pebley: There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure. -The Alchemist
Tomas Peribonio: There is no pressure when you are making a dream come true. -Neymar
Christopher Reid: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it present. -Master Oogway
Pedro Spajari: Fight always, win sometimes and never give up.
Brad Tandy: Be great, have fun.
Grigory Tarasevich: Ain’t no rest for the wicked. -Quote popularized by Cage the Elephant song with the same title.
Alys Thomas: Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up. -Rocky
Markus Thormeyer: Don’t sit and wait for the storm to pass, but instead learn how to dance in the rain.
Madi Wilson: A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. -Serena Williams
Abbie Wood: If it was easy everyone would do it.
Personalized Gear Now Available For Each NY Breakers Athlete
Get inspired by your favorite New York Breakers swimmers through their personalized apparel collections available on  The apparel and home items in the collections include unique features that were hand selected by each athlete to reflect his/her personal style and inspiration.
And for a limited time, the New York Breakers will donate a portion of all merchandise sales to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and Museum. ISHOF serves as the central point for the study of the history of swimming in the United States and around the world.  After the limited time fundraiser with ISHOF, 50% of all proceeds for personalized gear will go directly to the athletes.
Select t-shirts, hats, towels, sweatshirts, shorts, coffee mugs, and more are available with any NY Breaker athlete’s name.

Personalized shirts available for every NY Breaker athlete
Personalized towels available for every NY Breaker athlete
Personalized sweatshirts; shown is women’s hoodie.

Men’s t-shirt is available with any male athlete’s name on the back
NY Breakers women’s t-shirt can be personalized with an athlete’s name

New York Breakers General Manager, Tina Andrew, announced:
“We are thrilled to partner with Swimming World in this effort to raise funds. Our goal is to contribute $1k per athlete to ISHOF before the end of the season. It is only natural to support an organization that records historical moments in the sport.
“The launch of the International Swimming League (ISL) is a historical feat, and we are very proud to be a part of it. As an organization, we are huge fans of the swim community and we, personally, want to invite everyone to become a New York Breaker fan.”
Since announcing its roster of decorated swimmers that will compete in the new International Swimming League (ISL) when it gets underway in Indianapolis in October with the first of six matches leading to a grand finale in Las Vegas on the cusp of Christmas, The New York Breakers now launch their athletes’ stores to add value to their fans and give back to the swimming community.
ISHOF President, Brent Rutemiller, expressed his appreciation:
“In this exciting time for the sport of swimming, we are honored to work with this talented organization and group of athletes to support the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  We are grateful for this partnership with the New York Breakers and the opportunity the ISL has given to athletes to continue to pursue their dreams and compete on a professional level.”
The New York Breakers full roster of swimmers:
Men: Michael Andrew (USA), Marcelo Chierighini (Brazil), Mack Darragh (Canada), Jonathan Gomez (Colombia), Marco Koch (Germany), Marius Kusch (Germany), Clyde Lewis (Australia), Joao De Lucca (Brazil), Justin Lynch* (USA), Jack McLoughlin (Australia), Jacob Pebley (USA), Tomas Peribonio (Ecuador), Chris Reid (South Africa), Pedro Spajari (Brazil), Brad Tandy (South Africa), Grigory Tarasevich (Russia) and Markus Thormeyer (Canada)
Women: Haley Black (Canada), Ali DeLoof (USA), Catie DeLoof (USA), Gaby DeLoof (USA), Emily Escobedo (USA), Reva Foos (Germany), Lara Grangeon (France), Breeja Larson (USA), Lia Neal (USA), Emily Overholt (Canada), Alys Thomas (UK), Madi Wilson (Australia) and Abbie Wood (England).
*not on travel team
The Breakers will compete at the following three meets, with the opportunity for a spot at the season-ending championship in Las Vegas (December 20 – 21 up) for grabs:
  • Lewisville, Dallas, Texas, USA (October 18 – 19)
  • Budapest, Hungary (October 26 – 27)
  • Washington D.C. (November 15 – 17)
The NY Breakers commitment to swimming and the home of its history could hardly have come at a better moment as the the new Hall of Fame starts to take shape:
ABOUT THE NEW YORK BREAKERS in their own words: Founded in April 2019, the New York Breakers is New York’s newest Professional Sports Club. With a gender equal 27-swimmer roster, the Breakers aims is to establish a winning culture by rewriting the playbook for pro swimmers.
The team’s mission is to provide a highly competitive and team-oriented professional swim team where character and personhood are valued on the same scale as performance; one where athletes and coaches alike are motivated by a higher purpose than self; and one where the words ‘team’ and ‘family’ are used interchangeably.
The Breakers believe in providing financial security and building wealth for every member of the team so that we are all free to perform at our best, making it a reality to make a living in the sport we love. We believe that our values will offer future investors exciting opportunities & reasons to invest in our sport and enter into win/win partnerships.
The Breakers will compete in the new International Swimming League (ISL) which gets underway in October 2019.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Marquis Who's Who is proud to honor it's most distinguished listees based on their career longevity, philanthropic endeavors and lasting contributions to society. Out of 1.5 million biographees, only a small percentage are selected for the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Among that prestigious group, a handful are chosen to represent Marquis in the Wall Street Journal. Congratulations to one of those prestigious few,  Dr. Jane Katz!

Dr. Jane Katz attributes her success to her parents, Dorothy and Leon Katz. As a teenager, her father nearly drowned.  Shortly thereafter, a newfound friend taught him how to swim.  From the time of this life-changing event, Leon was passionate about sharing his knowledge about swimming with everyone he met poolside.  In this spirit, Dr. Katz assumed her father's mantle very early on.  At the tender age of seven, she witnessed a parent trying to teach his child how to swim.  A young Dr. Katz offered unsolicited advice with predictable results.  She now operates by the following motto: "Water is democratic; it works for everybody and is a great equalizer".
The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award is an honor reserved for biographees who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and longevity within their respective industries and professions. One of the highest distinctions available through Marquis Who’s Who, the award entitles biographees to a listing on the Lifetime Achievers website alongside fellow honorees, as well as a professional announcement detailing induction.

Dr. Jane Katz was awarded the Federation Internationale de Natacion Amateur Certificate of Merit to honor her "dedication and contributions to the development of swimming " in Sydney during the XXVII Olympiad in 2000, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2006.  She was celebrated by the Legends of the Maccabiah of the NYAC in 2018 and has been selected for inclusion in several notable Who's Who publications.

Over the course of four decades, Dr. Katz has authored 16 books and numerous articles in the field of aquatics, highlighting "water exercise techniques" (W.E.T.s)", water therapy and aquatic safety.   

Dr. Katz has been involved with ISHOF for many years and received the Every Child Swimmer Award from ISHOF in 2016.

Congratulations Jane!