USMS Awards

Whom Do YOU Know?

Each year U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our members beyond the water’s edge. USMS’s success is a result of the amazing contributions of our talented and dedicated volunteers. Help us identify initiative and performance by nominating people you know who fulfill the ideals of the following awards.


Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award

This award is given in honor of Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D., who, by his sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication to improving the health of adults through swimming, established the Masters Swimming program in the United States. The award is given annually to the USMS registered person who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming.

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nomination Form
Nominations are due by March 15


Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach Of The Year Award

Since 1986, the Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year award has been presented at the U.S. Masters Swimming annual convention to a USMS registered coach who demonstrates excellence in five areas: club and individual accomplishments, publications, contributions to U.S. Masters Swimming and the LMSC, letters of support and long-term contributions to Masters swimming.

Address any other questions to:

Heather Howland
Coordinator, Coach of the Year Subcommittee
chair -AT- ilmsa -DOT- com

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

As a volunteer-driven organization, USMS is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to help all phases of our programs. The DDSA is given to those volunteers whose service stands out in its scope and its impact on the program and the USMS members who have benefited from their efforts on the local, regional, and national level. The recipient must be a registered member of USMS.

Up to 15 people are selected each year for the USMS Service Award with nominations coming from LMSCs, clubs, and individuals.

To make a nomination, submit a one-page letter citing the reasons the
individual deserves recognition and the award. Be sure to include:
• The name, address, Email and phone information for both nominee and nominator
• Where the service was performed: local (club or LMSC), zone, or national level or any combination thereof
• The impact of service to new programs, improvements or enhancements of on-going programs
• The scope of the service including effect on members who have benefited

Submit nominations electronically by July 1 to: awards AT usms DOT org

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award

The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee initiated a new award in 2008 with the goal of recognizing USMS registered coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grass Roots Coaching Award, it has been renamed to honor Coach Kerry O'Brien of Walnut Creek Masters, who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that these coaches bring to the pool deck. It is with the efforts of individuals like these that U.S. Masters Swimming will most certainly move to a greater level.

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Year Award

Successful USMS clubs develop programs that draw people in, support their swimmers, and set standards for other clubs to follow. Initiated in 2006, this annual award recognizes the efforts of the great clubs that embody these attributes.

Clubs may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Once a club receives this award, that club may not be nominated again for a period of five years.

The USMS Club of the Year award is given in two separate club categories: Regional and Local. See the nomination information document for details.

Local Club Nomination Form
Regional Club Nomination Form

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming June Krauser Communications Award

The June Krauser Communications Award is presented annually to a USMS registered individual, or group, whose communicative efforts have contributed to the growth, improvement, or success of United States Masters Swimming.

To submit a nomination, write a one-page letter detailing why the candidate is deserving of the award. Include the name, address, email and phone information for the nominee and nominator.

Submit nominations electronically to Nancy Ridout at nancyridout AT usms DOT org

Award Recipients
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Award

The United States Masters Swimming Fitness Committee annually presents the USMS Fitness Award to USMS registered individuals and organizations demonstrating outstanding contribution to fitness activities within USMS.

Please use the provided nomination form and electronic submissions are encouraged. Submit them to Fitness Chair, Marcia Anziano at fitness AT usms DOT org.

Award Recipients
Nomination Information
Nomination Form
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship Meets Award

Presented by the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team in cooperation with the USMS Championship Committee.

This annual award is presented to someone who makes significant contributions to USMS National Championship meets. The award recognizes efforts to assist USMS and meet hosts in providing excellent competitive conditions for championship racing or otherwise contributing to the success of USMS National Championships or national championship-level competitions (including international meets) held in the U.S.

Award Recipients
Nomination Form
Nominations are due by July 1


U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Service Award

Established in 2013, the U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Service Award honors individuals who have made significant service contributions to promoting and building excellence in USMS open water swimming in the following ways: Embodies the USMS mission, vision, goals, and objectives through open water swimming service; contributes to open water notably in several roles (i.e., USMS Open Water/Long Distance national committees, LMSC open water/long distance chair, event and/or safety director, official, coach, clinician, and/or volunteer); contributes to open water notably at different levels of USMS (i.e. national, zone, LMSC, and/or local); or demonstrates extraordinary measurable service achievement and impact.

Please use this form to nominate a candidate for the USMS Open Water Service Award. Fill out completely to give your candidate the best opportunity to be selected. Submit by email no later than July 1 to openwater@usms.org. You may attach supplementary information, candidate's open water resume and letters of support as appropriate.

Award Recipients
Nomination Form
Nominations are due by July 1


Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award

The award is named in honor of Ted Haartz, a leader in U.S. Masters Swimming since 1970. Ted helped establish the foundation for U.S. Masters Swimming’s evolution into a professionally operated organization. During Haartz’s tenure as President, U.S. Masters Swimming became the only self-governed Masters organization in the world.

This award recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates excellence in assisting and supporting the U.S. Masters Swimming staff in the national office with its professional duties of servicing, promoting, and building the membership. This award celebrates the organization’s volunteer roots, as well as its future, specifically by recognizing efforts that support and assist the staff in its responsibilities.

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USMS Athletes Inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame is maintained within the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The purpose of the IMSHOF is to recognize masters swimmers for their achievements as outstanding competitors and contributors to Masters swimming with a goal of inspiring every adult to live an active and healthy lifestyle by swimming.

It is the role of the USMS Recognition and Awards Committee to ensure that qualified USMS members are submitted as candidates for several of the aquatic categories: Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Coaches, and Contributors.

Award Recipients


USMS Athletes Inducted Into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ISHOF mission is to “promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children.” The ISHOF mission is accomplished “through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life saving activities and education, throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame’s experience and programs.”

It is the role of the USMS Recognition and Awards Committee to ensure that qualified USMS members are submitted as candidates for the various categories: Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo, Open Water, Coaches, Contributors, Pioneers and Masters. Honor Masters Category.

The criteria for being considered as an honor masters nominee include the following: 16 years of active participation as a masters athlete (beginning at age 25, the minimum age for FINA competition), active competition in a minimum of four masters age groups, masters national and international dominance, high performance achievements as measured by masters world and national records, andgenuine contribution to the sport in general.

Award Recipients


U.S. Masters Swimming Newsletter Of The Year Award

The June Krauser Communications Award recognized all manner of communication efforts.

The award was presented annually to the most outstanding LMSC or club newsletter but it was discontinued in 2009 by the USMS Communications Committee.

Award Recipients


David Yorzyk Memorial Award

The David Yorzyk Award was created in 1985 by Mani Sanguily in honor of David Yorzyk, a young swimmer who tragically lost his life in 1984 at the age of 19. David Yorzyk was an up and coming swimmer whose expertise was the 400 IM. His father, Bill Yorzyk, was well known for his butterfly mechanics and performance at the 1956 Olympics.

The award was presented annually to the swimmer who performed the most outstanding 400 yard individual medley at the Short Course National Championships. 2009 was the last year a selection was made.

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Award Recipients by Year

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