Friday, June 18, 2021

Happy Birthday Nobutaka Taguchi !!!

Nobutaka Taguchi (JPN) 1987 Honor Swimmer

FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1972 gold (100m, 200m breaststroke); 1976 member of Japan Olympic Team; WORLD RECORDS: 2 (100m breaststroke); WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1973 bronze (100m, 200m breaststroke); 1975 silver (100m breaststroke).

In 1972, Nobutaka Taguchi won Japan's first Olympic swimming gold medal since 1956.  Fifteen years is a long dry spell for the proud nation that held the world's first competitive swimming championships in 1810.  Japan dominated the 1932 and 1936 Olympics and won the breaststroke crown in 1928, 1932, 1936 and 1956 in spite of three radical rule changes that  completely changed the stroke each time.

Taguchi did it all alone in 1972 beating three Americans in his Olympic victory.  He was the only Nippon winner, as Americans dominated the 1971 Japanese Nationals the year before the Olympics, and he followed his Olympic triumph by again beating John "the rocket" Hencken in the Santa Clara Invitational in 1973.  Taguchi's accomplishments are all the more remarkable in that he won during a five year era dominated by Hencken and David Wilkie, two of the greatest breaststrokers of all time.  He also bronzed behind "the Rocket" and the "Flying Scott" in the 200 breaststroke at Munich and in both breaststrokes in the 1975 World Championships at Cali.  He closed out his career at the Olympics in Montreal.

The highlight of his career was definitely his "Lone Ranger" over three Olympic champions and a fourth world record holder in Munich.  Taguchi is today a world renowned construction executive, a fitting follow up for Japan's best constructed swimmer in many years.

Montenegrin and Yugoslavian Water Polo Player, Mirko Vičević to be Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as part of Class of 2021

Mirko Vičević has won gold at every major event on the water polo world stage; the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the FINA World Cup.  His original club was Primorac of Kotor, Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia), where he played from 1982 to 1989. After that, he played for several teams, Jadran, in Split, Croatia, Savona (Italy) Barcelona (Spain) Brixia (Brescia, Italy) and Pro Recco (Italy). Vicevic won the LEN Trophy for the years 2002, 2003 and 2006 with his club Brixia, and was selected as Best Sportsman of the Municipality of Kotor in 1986, 1988 & 1989 and Best Sportsman in Montenegro in 1988.

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Meet Vičević in person and hear his incredible life story at the ISHOF Induction dinner on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Become an ISHOF Legacy Member and attend the ISHOF Induction dinner for FREE. Can’t attend the event? Please consider donating to ISHOF, support Vičević and our other inspirational Honorees.

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More about Mirko Vicevic:

After retiring in 1991 Mirko graduated from the School of Water Polo Trifun-Miro Ćirković and began coaching water polo. He received his coaching diploma in 1997. As a coach he won the Italian Junior Championships with the water polo club Savona in 1999. Since 2008, he has been the A-Team Coach of the newly-founded club, Vaterpolo Akademija Cattaro, where he is also the team manager, winning the LEN Trophy in the season 2009/2010. Vičević won the European championship gold medal in 2013, with the National Junior Team of Montenegro.  He has also been the adviser of sport in the municipality of Kotor since December 2013.

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About the International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend:

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with ISHOF Honoree and Sullivan Award Winner, Debbie Meyer, and double Olympic gold-medalist and everyone’s favorite Olympic swimming broadcaster, Rowdy Gaines acting as co-emcees and hosts of the induction with multiple events spread out over two days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Make your plans now to attend the weekend of October 8-9, 2021!  ISHOF Members can purchase the Complete Weekend Package (see below) and save! (Get info on membership here.) Can’t attend the event? Donate to ISHOF to support our honorees.

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:

In addition to the Class of 2021, the MISHOF, Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be inducted.

Get more information about this year’s induction class here and more information about the Masters Class, Click here:


The Induction Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 8, 2021

Paragon & ISHOF Awards Night

  • 5:30 pm Cocktails
  • 6:30 pm ISHOF and Paragon Awards

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Honoree Induction Day Luncheon – Meet Rowdy Gaines and go on a behind the scenes tour of the Aquatic Complex construction

  • 12-1:30 pm Luncheon

Official 56th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

  • 5:30 pm VIP Reception
  • 6:30 –10:00 pm Induction Ceremony & Dinner

Ticket Information

  • October 8-9th Complete Weekend Package (Includes Paragon/ISHOF Awards Night, Saturday Luncheon, and Induction Ceremony)

ISHOF Members $350

ISHOF Non-Members $425 BEST PRICE!!

  • October 8th Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards Night (Hors D’oeuvres and Open Bar) 5:30 pm

ISHOF Members $75

ISHOF Non-Members $100

  • October 9th Saturday Luncheon 12:00-1:30 pm

ISHOF Members $35

ISHOF Non-Members $50

  • October 9th Induction Ceremony and Dinner5:30 pm

ISHOF Members $275

ISHOF Non-Members $300

10 Person Table $3,500 and $5,000 (Prime location) options

*See all ticket options here.


Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar. Location of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $259 per night

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Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 per night

Honoree Ceremony October 9, 2021
Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2021
End Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Last Day to Book: Friday, September 15, 2021

Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony October 2021

Questions: contact Meg Keller-Marvin at or 570-594-4367

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

ISHOF 2012 Honor Open Water Swimmer Chad Hundeby dies at age 50......

Chad Hundeby,  2012 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer, died suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2021; He was just 50 years old.  His brother Coleman said he suffered an apparent heart attack.

The Open Water and Marathon Swimming community is in shock over the passing of this young man but he certainly leaves a spectacular swimming legacy behind for his three young sons to be proud of.

If there was one thing that everyone in the swimming community agreed on when it came to Chad Hundeby, it was how humble he was.

In 1994, when Hundeby decided to swim the English Channel, he didn’t set out to break the record that his coach Penny Lee Dean had set 16 years earlier, “I just wanted to get across,” he had said. But break her record he did, swimming across the shipping lanes from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in seven hours and 17 minutes, a finish that knocked 23 minutes off Dean’s record. “You couldn’t ask for a nicer person to destroy your record” she said at the time. That record held for an amazing 21 years.

“There was no more humble and quiet professional marathon swimming champion like Chad,” remembers Steven Munatones, Founder of World Open Water Swimming Association. "He won nearly every professional marathon swim in the world during his career – and you would never know it. He didn’t brag or boast. He swam, he won, he moved onto the next race. He was such a gentleman with so many achievements to his name. He will be sorely missed.”

Hundeby swam in college at Southern Methodist University, but when he failed to make the 1988 Olympic team, he decided to concentrate solely on open water swimming.  

In 1991, Hundeby won the first-ever FINA World Open Water Championships, a 25 kilometer race down the Swan River in Perth, Australia, where thousands of spectators lined the course. He finished in a remarkable time of just over five hours.    

In 1993, he set the Catalina Channel record at eight hours, 14 minutes from the island to the mainland.  He was honored as USA’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994, long before the discipline was added to the Olympic lineup.  Hundeby was also named the IMSA/FINA World Series Champion three times.  

Hundeby is survived by his wife, Jean Marie, sons Anders, Hayden, and Marcus, brother, Coleman, and parents Ted and Jan of Irvine. Funeral arrangements are pending, Coleman said.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Happy Birthday Tiffany Cohen!

TIFFANY COHEN (USA) 1996 Honor Swimmer

FOR THE RECORD: 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (400m and 800m freestyle); 1982 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze (400m freestyle); 1983 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (400m and 800m freestyle); 14 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 400m, 800m 1000yd, 1500m freestyle.

She swam at a time when Tracy Wickham of Australia held all the world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and most of them for a period of nine and one-half years. But Tiffany Lisa Cohen (TLC for short) was a competitor, and she raced whomever was next to her.  Said her coach Mark Schubert, "Tiffany has that great ability to rise to the occasion when the gun goes off."

Cohen joined the Mission Viejo Swim Team in 1980 and swam her first U.S. Nationals one year later in  Brown Deer, Wisconsin, winning the 400m freestyle, the first of fourteen U.S. National Championships in the 400m, 800m 1000m and 1500m freestyle events.

In only her second complete year of competition, she won the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle behind GDR swimmers Carmela Schmidt and Petra Schneider at the 1982 World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  The following year her international competitions were at the Caracas Pan American Games where she won gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyles and the Pan Pacific Championships where she again won the 400m and 800m freestyles.

Tiffany likes to be the leader both in and out of the water.  She sets a good example and has a good attitude about competing in sport and life.  She enjoys helping people and has that burning desire to succeed.

So when the Olympic Games of 1984 came, she was ready to take on the world and particularly East Germany's Astrid Strauss who narrowly defeated Tiffany earlier in the year at the U.S. Swimming International.  But the head to head competition was not to happen as the GDR boycotted the Games.  Tiffany swam to an American record by winning the 400m freestyle and an Olympic record by winning the 800m freestyle, only 33 one-hundredths of a second short of Hall of Famer Tracy Wickham's world record.  It was an Olympic performance of which to be proud.

Following the Olympics of Los Angeles, Tiffany continued to compete and win, helping her Mission Viejo team on its way to a record number of national championships.  She attended the University of Texas, winning five NCAA National titles for her team and coach Richard Quick.  Said Quick of Cohen, "Tiffany has the mark of a champion.  Just to swim well isn't enough.  She doesn't like losing."

In 1987, Tiffany retired from competitive swimming to battle bulimia, an eating disorder. She has embarked on a campaign to educate the public about the perils of eating disorders.  She and her husband Bill are expecting their first child, and she will continue her lecturing career and concentrate on being a full-time mom.  That's Tiffany - focused both in and out of the water.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On this day in 1924, Sir Peter Heatly was born.......

Sir Peter Heatly (GBR) 2016 Honor Contributor

FOR THE RECORD: MEMBER FINA TECHNICAL DIVING COMMITTEE: 1966-1988 (Chairman 1984-1988), Honorary Secretary (1972-1984); MEMBER LEN TECHNICAL DIVING COMMITTEE: 1966–1988; CHAIRMAN OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES FEDERATION: 1982-1990; APPOINTED LIFE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES FEDERATION: 1990; 1948 OLYMPIC GAMES: diving competitor, (5th); 1952 OLYMPIC GAMES: diving competitor; 1950 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: gold (10m Platform); 1954 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: silver (3m Springboard); 1958 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: gold (10m platform); 1966 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Scottish Team Manager; 1974 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Scottish Team Manager; CHAIRMAN OF THE SCOTTISH SPORTS COUNCIL: 1975-1987.

As a swimmer, he was the Scottish freestyle champion and record holder over several distances between 1942 and 1947 before deciding to concentrate on diving. Self-taught and self-coached, he won gold medals at the 1950, 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games on the 10-meter platform and represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1948 in London and in 1952 in Helsinki.

After Peter Heatly’s career as an athlete ended, he decided to give back to the sports he so loved. He would serve the aquatic sports in some capacity for over seventy years at the local, national and international levels as either a manager, official or administrator.

Peter joined the FINA and LEN technical diving committees in 1966, serving as Honorary Secretary of the FINA Committee from 1972 to 1984 and Chairman from 1984 to 1988. He was selected Chairman of the Great Britain Swimming Federation in 1981 and again in 1992. He served as chairman of the National Scottish Learn to Swim Campaign from 1964 to 1974 and went on to become Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council from 1975 to 1987. 

Heatly was involved in 17 consecutive Commonwealth Games from 1950 to 2014, becoming Vice -Chairman of the Organizing Committee, when the Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1970, and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982 to 1990 after the first ever balloted election.

As a Chartered Civil Engineer, he produced and delivered papers on the design of swimming pools to professional bodies both in Great Britain and Europe. He also received Honorary Doctorates from three universities for his contributions to the sport.

Peter Heatly was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1971 and in 1990 was installed as a Knight of the Realm by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He was inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010.

Legendary High Diver Dana Kunze Joins ISHOF’s One in a Thousand Campaign

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF Archives

Legendary high diver Dana Kunze has joined ISHOF’s One in a Thousand campaign, designed to help the Hall of Fame prosper during the COVID pandemic.

“I decided to donate because I love the sport of swimming and diving, the place, the people and the mission! I’ve been involved with the Hall of Fame since my first world record for ABC Sports there in 1978 and over the years I have helped by performing some shows, bringing Royal Caribbean to the complex to rehearse, rent the museum and reveal my “Splish Splash” and the Oasis of Dreams shows. I’ve had David Blaine and other friends down to perform at FINA outings, so I try to do what I can.”

Kunze is a former member of the ISHOF Advisory Board and is the leading producer of high diving shows in the country, according to his website. He has won eight World Championships in high diving and has broken the world record for the highest dive ever done seven times. His last world record of 172 feet had surpassed 35 million hits on YouTube and is still recognized as the legitimate world record after 35 years.

Dana Kunze began his professional High Diving career at the age of 13. After being trained by world record holder John Tobler, Dana joined a crew of professional high divers on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.


World record attempt at ISHOF. Photo Courtesy: Dana Kunze

Kunze was a fast learner and after three short summers of show diving, he became the youngest professional diver at age 16 to dive off of the Famed Cliffs of Acapulco. The dive was featured on ABC Television’s Wide World of Sports and started a decade of appearances on sports programming.

In 1985 after a decade of competing on ABC Wide World of Sports and performing thousands of live shows, Dana Kunze opened Watershow Productions Incorporated and with the same determination that made him an 8-time world champion, he created new shows and incorporated original “themes” into what had previously been a standard style of show.

Kunze’s one of a kind expertise with heights and stunts would become even more valuable when he and Tom Sailor created the World’s First Bungee Diving show –  “Bungee Dive Spectacular.” Their creation would be featured all over the world and spinoff the popular rides “Skycoaster” and “The Catapult” seen at most Amusement Parks and State Fairs today.

Kunze now spends most of his time producing, creating, coaching and selling the shows, but he still dives from time to time. He was inducted into the World Acrobatic Society’s Gallery of Legends in a Las Vegas celebration in 2011 and competed on America’s Got Talent with a 10 performer team of divers in 2013! Dana will be producing new television and World Record Breaking Events in 2018 and on our 33rd anniversary it is our mission to provide the shows that our buyers want back again and again!

Dana Kunze’s world record dive:

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame wants to know if you are one in a thousand?  We think you are! Show how special you are and become a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s “One In A Thousand” Club.  Help keep the International Swimming Hall of Fame moving forward toward a new vision and museum by joining now!

During these unprecedented times, the ISHOF Board is calling on every member in the aquatic community to make a small monthly commitment of support to show how special you are and how special the International Swimming Hall of Fame is to everyone.

Our goal is simple. If we get 1,000 people to simply commit $10, $25 or $50 per month, we will generate enough revenue to go beyond this Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis.” – Bill Kent – Chairman of the ISHOF Board

Those that believe in our vision, mission, and goals can join us in taking ISHOF into the future and be a part of aquatic history.”  – Brent Rutemiller – CEO and President of ISHOF

Since 1965, ISHOF has been the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports. ISHOF’s vision for the future is to build a new museum and expand its reach by offering its museum artifacts digitally through a redesigned website.

The ISHOF Board of Directors is calling on all members of the aquatics community to make a small monthly commitment to show their dedication to aquatics and how special the International Swimming Hall of Fame is to everyone.

Friday, June 4, 2021

On this day in 1896, the great Coach Stan Brauninger was born.......

STAN BRAUNINGER  (USA) 1972 Honor Coach

FOR THE RECORD:  Only US coach to produce national champion men's and women's teams in both swimming and diving. His teams won the National AAU Championships 6 times. Coach of 5 Olympians.

Stan Brauninger is the only coach who turned out U.S. National Champion men's and women's teams in both swimming and diving.  His teams won the national AAU championships six times, and were runner-ups on at least nine occasions.  His swimmers extended from national highpoint winners Wally Laufer in the early 1920s to Adolph Kiefer in the early 1940s.  In 1926 Brauninger's Cincinnati "Y" won the nationals with four men, as one man, Wally Laufer (including relay points) outscored all other teams.  Laufer, crown prince to Weissmuller in those years, was on two Olympic teams as was his team member Olympic gold medalist Jack Glancy.

Brauninger's prowess as a diving coach became apparent when he coached the Chicago Lakeshore Athletic and Medina "Towers" Clubs during the 1930s and the early '40s.  His Olympic divers included Wally Colbath, Al Green and Miller Anderson.  Colbath later became the first "Jack Armstrong, All American Boy" of radio.  But Stan Brauninger's No. 1 All American Boy was Adolph "Sonny" Kiefer, the backstroke All-Everything who Stan legally adopted.  Kiefer began with Brauninger in 1933 at fourteen, when Stan got him a job operating the Lakeshore Club elevator so he'd have the carfare to get to and from practice.

According to Kiefer, "Brauninger's outstanding record as both Athletic Director and Swim Coach was due at least in part to the fact that he actually lived in the club and was always  available.  His devotion to his athletes was sincere.  he was lovable, masterful, plain spoken--a leader in style, technique, and motivation.  He kept his swimmers on target in life as well as in the pool."

Brauninger's National Women's champions included Olympic breaststroker Dorothy Schiller and divers Jane Fauntz, Marian Mansfield, and Arlite Smith, plus Jackie Levine, Crystal Diete, and a score of other national contenders.  His girls also introduced an early form of synchronized swimming with Ema Schmieta, Rose Johnson, Helen Dreiffer, and the Hurtienne sisters who swam in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Brauninger's great men's teams included FINA President Harold Henning, 1936 Olympians Mac Breidenthal and Art Highland, national sprint champions Hank Kozlowski, Otto Jaretz, Ed Kirar, and many others.

In the 1970s Stan Brauninger no longer teaches kids to swim.  Retired to a fishing boat in Florida, he competes daily for the biggest catch, brags a little during show and tell, then feeds the whole neighborhood.  "So what's new", says Adolph Kiefer.