Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sue Guesdon to Receive the 2019 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Sue Guesdon, for her extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2019 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.  The Award will be presented to Sue, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on March 9th in Melbourne Australia.  The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.

This year’s award honors Sue Guesdon, an open water swimming administrator from Australia who has served the sport for more than 50 years.  She has contributed in a wide range of roles and assisted at many events across the world.   Sue’s roles included:  Race Director, Organiser, Coach Handler, Administrator, Team Official, Lecturer, Judge, Health & Fitness Advisor, Licensed Boat Captain, Writer and Open Water Official. 
Over this half century she assisted at marathon swimming events in the following countries:  Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom and USA.  Selected examples help illustrate the range of Sue’s contribution:
Official - 40km Port Philip Bay Big Swim 1968; Coach handler - English Channel 1970, 1975 and 1977; Escort handler - Hong Kong Repulse Bay Marathon October 1977; Australian Team coach handler- silver medal- Capri Napoli World Championship 1975; Official Clerk of Course & Judge Fiji Open Water Championships 2001; FINA OWS Certificate - Technical Officials Clinic Cook Islands 2007 and Clerk of Course/Official South East Asian Games OWS event 2009.
Her ability in so many aspects of the sport gives her an understanding of the athletes and officials and was paramount in her success as a technical official lecturer and teacher and was a driving force toward the positioning and development of marathon swimming in the world. 

For additional information, please call Ned Denison in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at (954) 462-6536, or visit

Friday, October 12, 2018

The International Swimming Hall of Fame Is Accepting Nominations For 2019 Inductees

Fort Lauderdale, Florida: — The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is accepting nominations for the 2019 class of inductees, which honors individuals who have achieved tremendous success in the aquatic disciplines and/or made a significant impact on the sport of aquatics through their lifelong efforts.
The 2019 Inductees will be honored at ISHOF’s annual Induction Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA on Saturday May 18, 2019.
Nominations can be made by anyone in any of the following ten categories:
  • Swimming
  • Open Water Swimming (FINA Events)
  • Marathon Swimming (Non-FINA Events)
  • Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Coach
  • Pioneer
  • Contributor
  • Masters (Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming, Coach, Contributor)
Nominations must be submitted along with supporting materials by October 19, 2018. Nomination forms can be found at:—honoree-nomination-form.pdf. Nominations may be emailed to or faxed to 954.525.4031.
Each nominee must meet the following minimum criteria to appear on the ballot:
Athletes in Olympic Sports shall not be chosen unless retired from elite competition for at least one Olympic quadrennial. “Athletes in Olympic Sports” refers to swimmers, open water swimmers, divers, water polo players and artistic (synchronized) swimmers. Marathon swimmers and Masters athletes do not need to be retired from competition.
To achieve selection to the ISHOF, nominees are judged on their extraordinary success at the international levels, not just within his or her own country.
A coach must have a significant international record and have been coaching at least 25 years.
A contributor must have been involved in swimming for at least 20 years and have had a significant international impact. Athletic achievement should NOT be considered. Contributors are those who have advanced the sport internationally through leadership, journalism, invention, events and overall promotion of great, outstanding impact.
The Pioneer category was created to honor great achievements that have been overlooked over time due to special circumstances, such as interruptions caused by, for example, war or politics.
Nominees must also meet the ISHOF ethics guidelines. With any ethical violations of the spirit and principles of Olympism, the ISHOF relies upon the legal system (civil and criminal), National and
International governing bodies along with organizations responsible for registering, certifying and disciplining coaches and athletes to make determinations regarding allegations of criminal and unethical behavior in a way that ensures constitutionally guaranteed due process protection for all parties involved.
If and when ISHOF is presented with substantial or compelling evidence, a determination, a criminal charge, conviction or admission of guilt, the ISHOF board of Directors will consider all options within our means and resources that will enable us to ensure the integrity of our Hall of Fame.
For more information please email Ivonne Schmid at or call 954.462.6536 ext. 210


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Welcomes Induction Class of 2018

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) welcomed its class of 2018 inductees this weekend at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. Nine individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame from five different countries: United States, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Austria.  Tom Boak was Master of Ceremonies.

Mary Bennett, Diver, USA

(L-R) Nancy Ridout, Betty (Mary’s Sister), Tom Boak; Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Mary Bennett has 85 National titles, six FINA National Championships, three World Masters Games titles and five FINA WORLD RECORDS. She has competed in four age groups between 1990 and 2014 (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69). She competed in the 1m, 3m, 10m and also in the synchro events winning a total of 106 gold, 23 silver and three bronze medals. She competed at five FINA Masters World Championships where she won 13 gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. Just months before her death from cancer she won the synchro platform event in Montreal in 2014. She was on oxygen and had to be carried up the ladder to do her dives, but insisted on finishing the event. She passed away on October 11, 2014. She won the McAlister and Krahn Performance Award (Sable) in 2012.

Beth Carey, Synchro Swimmer, USA

Tom Boak and Beth Carey – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Beth Carey has attended eight FINA Masters World Championships from 1992 through 2010, winning 20 medals (eight gold, seven silver, and five bronze). She attended the 2013 Pan American Masters Championship, where she won one gold in the duet, and one silver in the team event. Carey competed in US Masters National Championships beginning in 1984 and is still participating today. To date, she has won 77 medals (medals in her age group every year, missing only one US Masters Championships in the last 30 years, due to illness). She has a 40+ year career in Masters synchronized swimming, beginning in her 40s until now in her 80s. She has been a member of the Ramapo Aqua Masters (New York-New Jersey) since the team’s inception.

Maurine Kornfeld, Swimmer, USA

Maurine Kornfeld, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Currently at 97 years old, Maurine has been competing for 31 years and has been in the Top Ten 27 times. She has set seven long course and 20 short course FINA Masters World records in the I.M., freestyle and backstroke. She has competed in four FINA World Championships, winning 14 gold and four silver medals. She has set 27 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS and since 1986, she has competed in eight age groups (65-69 through 95-99).

Hitomi Matsuda, Swimmer, Japan

Caroline Boak, Hitomi Matsuda, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Since 2004, Hitomi has been in the Top Ten each of the 14 years she has competed. She has set 35 long course and 45 short course FINA Masters World Records in the I.M., freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke. She has competed in the 2014 & 2017 FINA Masters World Championships winning six gold and one silver. Matsuda has competed in four age groups (25-29 through 40-44) and has already set 80 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS and she has only just begun.

Marcus Mattioli, Swimmer, Brazil

Laura Val, Marcus Laborne Mattioli, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Marcus Laborne Mattioli moved right into Masters swimming after ending his Olympic career in 1988, immediately receiving rankings in the Top Ten Masters category. However, he did leave the sport for 16 years, but returning to the Top 10 in 2004. Since then he has been on the list every year, for a total 15 times. He has set 14 long course and six short course FINA Masters World Records in the freestyle, butterfly and I.M. He has competed in six FINA World Championships since 1988 winning 24 gold and three silver, and has set 20 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS in the four age groups (25-29 through 55-59) he has competed in.

Walt Reid, Contributor, USA

Walt Reid, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
When Walt Reid began attending USMS conventions in 1984, he volunteered to help tabulate USMS national records. Three years later he became the chair of the Records and Tabulation committee. His initiation of officially recording the Short Course Meters Top Ten Times and Short Course Meters National Records led to his creation of a computer program for LMSCs to compile Top Ten Times that interfaced with his National Top Ten database. Keeping the national records quickly evolved into Walt’s expanded interest in international performances. The formation of Masters Swimming International (MSI) in 1983 led to keeping data for swims around the world. In 1987, Walt began compiling and publishing the MSI World Masters Top 10. Walt’s commitment to chronicling the performances of Masters Swimmers globally was instrumental in making Masters a truly international endeavor and provided an invaluable resource for federations, national organizations and individual athletes.
Reid became the first (and only to date) “FINA Masters Recorder”, in 1992, under the direction of FINA, where he became responsible for the development of procedures and forms for processing Masters World Record Applications and World Top 10 Tabulations; First and only FINA Masters Recorder from 1992 to present. This enables Walt to provide to ISHOF/IMSHOF a list of candidates for the category “Honor Swimmer” each year for consideration for selection, based on a FINA approved Masters point system and database for calculating points based on swimming World Records and Top 10. Reid has been Chairman of IMSHOF’s Selection Committee and USMS Liaison to ISHOF from 2010- present.

Jurgen Schmidt, Swimmer, USA

Jurgen Schmidt, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Since 1973, Jurgen Schmidt has competed in nine age groups (50-54 through 90-94) and has set two FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS. Jurgen was a six-time All-Star in three different age-groups and has been ranked in the Top Ten for 43 years. e has competed in the 1988 and 2006 FINA Masters World Championships winning one gold, four silver and two bronze medals. In 1999 & 2008, he was named SPMA Swimmer of the Year. In 2004, he was named Santa Barbara Master Athlete of the Year and in 2015, he was inducted into the Huntsman World Senior Games Hall of Fame, (St. George, Utah).

Wolf-RĂ¼diger Schulz, Water Polo Player, Germany

Wolf Rudiger, Tom Boak – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross
Wolf RĂ¼diger was chosen as a member of the Olympic-Dream team, for his home country of Germany, which made him one of the Top 14 water polo players of the Olympic tournament in the 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES. He retired from Olympic competition afterward but has continued to stay involved with the sport. In 2000, at the age of 60, he won his first Masters World Championships alongside other former national players. To this day he has been playing for SV Cannstatt and has participated in numerous German, European and World Championships in the Masters category. He has attended numerous FINA World Masters Championships, winning four gold medals (2000, 2010, 2012, 2014), European Masters Championships, winning three gold (2007, 2009, 2011), and German Championships, winning seven gold (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Diver Irmtraud Bohn of Austria was inducted but was unable to attend the ceremony.
In addition to honoring the IMSHOF Honorees, ISHOF recognized Swimming World Magazine’s Top Ten Masters Swimmers from 2017, which can be read in full in the April 2018 issue of Swimming World.
(L-R): Laura Val, Maurine Kornfeld, Willard Lamb, Betty Lorenzi, Diann Uustal and Nicolas Granger; Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

Swimming World Magazine‘s Top Twelve Masters Swimmers for 2017:

Men –

  • Rick Colella (USA)
  • Sergey Geybel (RUS)
  • Nicolas Granger (FRA)
  • Karl Hauter (GER)
  • Willard Lamb (USA)
  • Darian Townsend (USA)

Women –

  • Noriko Inada (USA)
  • Maurine Kornfeld (USA)
  • Betty Lorenzi (USA)
  • Karlyn Pipes (USA)
  • Diann Uustal (USA)
  • Laura Val (USA)