|2015||Meg’s volunteer service dates back to 1991 and she’s contributed at the local and national levels in key areas: legislation, officiating, the Rule Book, and communications—including the development of USMS’s flagship publication, SWIMMER magazine. The club she helped found at the University of Kentucky recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.|
|2014||Presented by President Nadine Day:
It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year’s 2014 Ransom Arthur Award recipient, Hill Carrow.
For more than three decades, Hill has served USMS. A true innovator, Hill founded and coached the Raleigh Area Masters in 1980 and co-founded the North Carolina LMSC in 1981. He also founded and served as Executive Director of the NC State Games, ensuring the inclusion of Masters Swimming. In 1992, Hill addressed the warm up situation at our national championships by building a temporary pool. He also co-founded the USMS National Championship award, which is presented by Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team.
Hill has served on a multitude of national committees: Law and Legislation, Legal Advisory, Rules, Marketing, Championship, Professional Management, Insurance, Communications, International, Recognition and Awards, and Compensation and Benefits. He also has served on the Board of Directors, Endowment Fund Board of Governors, USMS Branding task force, USMS 2.0 task force and as the USOC Liaison.
In his spare time, Hill was also the North Carolina LMSC Chair 1982-1985 and helped established the North Carolina Masters in 1983. As we all know, Hill runs great events – serving as meet director for the USMS National Championships in 1984, 1992 and 2012. In 1983, Hill and 2 other RAM swimmers at NC State University developed the first computer software for seeding a national meets.
As the USMS liaison to the USOC, Hill and then USMS President Nancy Ridout, established the USMS High Altitude Training Camp. In 2010, he led the revival of the High Performance Camp in Greensboro, NC.
Hill has been a tireless volunteer for U.S. Masters Swimming. Please join me in thanking Hill for his service to U.S. Masters swimming and congratulating him for being the 2014 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award recipient.
|2013||Presented by President Nadine Day:
As part of the leadership of U.S. Masters Swimming, one of the most important responsibilities is to recognize the service accomplishments of our members. Today we will be awarding our most prestigious award, the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award.
Ransom Arthur was the founding father of U.S. Masters Swimming. His vision for promoting adult health through fitness and competition was revolutionary in 1970. He created a stage upon which adults could gather, compete, have fun and support each other in the lifelong pursuit of fitness goals through training. Today, fitness has become a normal part of everyday life for millions of adults. This was not so in 1970, when 46 athletes gathered in Amarillo, Texas, for the first Masters Short Course National Championship. Forty-three years ago Ransom had a passion and a vision. Today, our 58,000 members are the result of that vision and the torchbearers of his passion.
Each year U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes one member who embodies the dedication, leadership, and passion required to carry the vision forward. It is USMS’s vision to be the premier resource for adult aquatic fitness in the United States and to make fitness through swimming available for as many adults as possible.
It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year’s Ransom Arthur Award recipient, Patricia Miller. Patty has been a swimming advocate who has shown dedication to the USMS vision and strategic plan.
On the national level, Patty is currently serving as the Liaison to USA Swimming. She also serves as the USMS Legal Counsel, a position she has held since 2002 (with one year off for good behavior in 2010). She also sits on the Governance and the Legislation committees. Patty served as the Safety Education Chair and as chair for a variety of USMS task forces including the executive director funding and hiring task force, branding task force, online registration task force, and strategic planning task force. She has been instrumental in ensuring that USMS has a future in open water by serving on the open water task force.
On the local level, Patty has served as the Virginia LMSC Chair as well as the Long Distance Chair. She was co-race director for the Chris Greene Lake Cable Swims, which were USMS Long Distance National Championships in 1994 and 1996.
Patty has been a tireless volunteer for U.S. Masters Swimming. Please join me in thanking Patty for her service to U.S. Masters swimming and congratulating her for being the 2013 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award recipient.
|2012||Presented by President Nadine Day:
As part of the leadership of U.S. Masters Swimming, one of the most important responsibilities is to recognize the service accomplishments of our members. Today we will be awarding our most prestigious award, the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award to Douglas Church.
Ransom Arthur was the founding father of U.S. Masters Swimming. His vision for promoting adult health through fitness and competition was revolutionary in 1970. He created a stage upon which adults could gather, compete, have fun and support each other in the lifelong pursuit of fitness goals through training. Today, fitness has become a normal part of everyday life for millions of adults. This was not so in 1970 when 46 athletes gathered in Amarillo, Texas for the first Masters Short Course National Championship. Forty-two years ago Ransom had a passion and a vision. Today, our 55,000 members are the result of that vision and the torchbearers of his passion.
It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year's Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient, Doug Church. Doug is a swimming advocate and is dedicated to the USMS vision and strategic plan.
Over the years Doug's contributions to USMS have been many. On the national level, Doug has volunteered as USMS Legal Counsel, USMS Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, he served as the chair of the Endowment Fund for over a decade and is the current Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Chair. He was also the co-meet director for the 1998 and 2000 USMS Short Course National Championships.
Doug has been instrumental in saving and building swimming programs. He established "Friends of Central Pool," a not for profit foundation that saved a pool from demolition. This facility, known as the Forest Park Aquatic Center now serves over 50,000 community citizens each year. He was also instrumental in developing and building the Fishers YMCA, which is the largest YMCA in Indiana. Doug was the founder and coach of Noblesville Adult Swim Team (NASTI), which through his energy and motivation, has grown its numbers to over 150 registered USMS swimmers.
One of Doug's quotes epitomizes his dedication to USMS: "some people play golf and some people fish; I volunteer." Doug has been a tireless volunteer for US Masters Swimming as shown by these few examples and more. We are proud to give him the much-deserved recognition as the 2012 Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient.
|2011||Speech prepared by President Jeff Moxie:
As part of the leadership of U.S. Masters Swimming, one of the most important responsibilities is to recognize the service accomplishments of our members.
It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year’s Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient Rob Copeland. Rob’s love of the sport is evidenced by his long-term involvement in both the competitive side as well as with the organizational side of Masters swimming. He has a deep understanding of our rich heritage and our vision for the future. Rob has worked, and continues to work, at maintaining and improving our high level of quality programs and services.
Over the years Rob’s contributions to U.S. Masters Swimming have been many. On the national level, Rob has served on, and often chaired, multiple committees and task forces, including Legislation, Long Distance, Rules, Finance and Governance, just to name a few. More recently, Rob was the president of U.S. Masters Swimming from 2005 through 2009 and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President. Rob’s calm demeanor and ability to calm the waters has served him well in the past, will continue to do so in the future, and is highly valued by the organization.
Rob is also active within his LMSC. He has served on the Board of Directors as well as being the Long Distance Chair and Safety Chair for the Georgia LMSC. In addition, he runs the very successful Peachtree City Short Course Yards Pentathlon every year and directs at least one open water event each summer.
Rob has been a tireless volunteer for U.S. Masters Swimming as shown by these few examples we have talked about. We are proud to give him the much-deserved recognition as the 2011 Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient.
|2010||Speech prepared by President Jeff Moxie.
It is with great pleasure that U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes this year's Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient Lynn Hazlewood.
Lynn is truly one of U.S. Masters Swimming's unsung heroes and has been fondly called the soul of the organization. She is involved with swimming for all the right reasons—love of the sport and she is one of the unique adult athletes that pursue fitness and competitive opportunities.
Over the years Lynn's contributions to U.S. Masters swimming are many. On the national level, Lynn currently chairs the Open Water Committee. She has also served as chair of the Editorial Committee, Open Water Task Force, and Branding Task Force. One of Lynn's many strengths is the ability to effectively communicate within the group she is leading. She has a unique ability to make those around her feel valued in their contribution to the final product. Lynn also served on U.S. Masters Swimming executive committee as the Zone Chair and has been a valued member of the Communications Committee, Long Distance Committee, Publication Management Committee, and the Records and Tabulations Committee.
Lynn also chaired the Transition Team that was instrumental in allowing U.S. Masters Swimming to take editorial ownership of our member magazine. She continues to contribute to our communications strategy by organizing and publishing web content for usms.org and as editor of the Calendar of Events. Lynn is also active within her LMSC. She has held various positions over the years, including club President, Vice President, Social Chair, Membership Chair, and LMSC Sanctions Chair and board member. Lynn was also a co-founder and is meet registrar of the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims, which is now in it's twenty third year.
Lynn is the epitome of a dedicated volunteer to U.S. Masters Swimming as shown by these few examples we have talked about. She is often the first person we think about when a new challenge faces U.S. Masters Swimming that needs an objective, reliable and knowledgeable leader—and while Lynn does not seek recognition for her work we are proud to give her that recognition as the 2010 Ransom J. Arthur Award winner.
|2009||Southern Pacific LMSC|
|2008||U.S. Masters Swimming recognizes Barry Fasbender as the 2008 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. honoree.
Barry Fasbender has been involved in Masters swimming for more than three decades, with increasing involvement each decade. He began swimming in local Masters programs in the 1970s and running local programs from 1983-1985. Barry moved on to the national level, attending his first USMS Convention in 1993, and has participated as Chair of the Championship Committee and as a member of the Rules Committee.
Barry establishes the practical foundations for success for Masters swimming competitors at all levels of the organization, as shown by his actions as Championship Committee Chair (obtaining HyTek timing for Nationals), preparing bid packages and acting as meet liaison for several USMS Nationals, as well as his current responsibilities for the sanctions and meet operations of all swim meets in Pacific LMSC that holds at least twenty meets each year.
Barry quietly and effectively gets all tasks done, from the small things like measuring all the Pacific swimming venues, to the large projects, like assuring that the first ever Relay Day at the 2006 FINA World Championships (with over 4,000 individuals participating) went off with out any visible hitches. This quiet competence makes him a crucial and dependable member of any task force on any issue related to Masters swimming. He is always available, always knowledgeable, and always a solid contributor.
Barry’s legacy to our organization is that he not only gets the job, meet, or project done, but that he does it always with integrity, good grace and competence. His credentials and his long-term dedication to USMS make him deserving of this prestigious award.
|2007||Each year USMS recognizes one of our members who embodies the dedication and passion required to carry on Ransom Arthur’s vision.
Our 2007 recipient is no exception; she has been instrumental in the development of Masters swimming at all levels. She does not seek recognition for her contributions at the local, regional and national levels and she is not looking for adulation. However, when Masters swimming calls for help, her altruistic nature drives her to take on the challenge, no matter how large or small; and when there is a job to do, she will step in and see it through to a successful end.
And while she is not looking for recognition for her volunteerism it is my great pleasure to recognize this year’s Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient, Jeanne Ensign. Jeanne is an exhaustive worker who has showed remarkable enthusiasm for all of her duties at team, LMSC, Zone and National levels. Nationally, Jeanne has served as our USMS Treasurer, a member of our Board of Directors, our Internal Auditor, the Finance Committee Chair, as well as volunteering for numerous other assignments in her 15 years as a delegate to our annual meeting.
Jeanne has served as the Northwest Zone Treasurer for approximately 10 years, she has served as the Pacific Northwest Association president, vice president, and treasurer. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, Jeanne was the Montana LMSC registrar and treasurer. She has also been a major contributor in the success of the 1997 Short Course, 2001 Long Course, and this year’s 2007 Short Course USMS National Championships.
Jeanne is a leader who can be counted on to support the mission of Masters swimming to promote fitness and health in adults by offering and supporting Masters swimming programs. Jeanne is a contributor who gives back over and over again. And most important, to me, Jeanne is a friend whom I greatly admire and respect.
|2006||Sally Dillon is another of our volunteers who performs equally well in the local and national administrative arena and in the water. Notice the word "water" rather than "pool." In AAU age group swimming (starting at age eight) then through high school and junior college, Sally was a "drop dead sprinter," 200s and over were a disaster. In 1967 she retired from swimming for marriage and motherhood. While attending CSU Long Beach in 1972, she started swimming again. Late in the year Sally discovered Masters swimming and Long Beach Masters, was instantly hooked, and entered her first National Championships in Santa Monica.
After years of avoiding longer distances, she started giving them a try in 1978 after moving to Northern California, slowly evolving into a distance swimmer and branching out into open water events. This was a turning point in both her swimming and administrative career. Sally has been active on the local levels. She co-founded and was a board member of Sierra Nevada Masters. In Truckee, Calif., she founded the Donner Lake Swim and the Truckee Winter Meet, directing each for 15 years.
She was a board member of Southern Pacific Masters Association for a few years, attending National Convention in 1976 for SPMA. Moving north, she represented Pacific Masters Swimming on the national level for 11 years, from 1987-1997. Sally has moved further north and is now an active member of Pacific Northwest Association. On the national level, Sally served as the first USMS Officials Committee Chair and chaired the Long Distance Committee for eight years.
Under Sally's leadership, the Long Distance Committee approved many changes in the rules, revised Part Three of the Rule Book for greater clarity and completed and published the Open Water Manual. One of Sally's leadership talents is delegation, and her working sub-committees responded with greatly enhanced programs. They approved All American Certificates distinctively for Long Distance; initiated the Long Distance All-Star team in 1995, and redefined the All Star Criteria in 1997. Sally spent countless hours assisting Carl House by resurrecting old records and identifying Long Distance All-Americans since day one for the History and Archives web project.
Attending 42 national and international events, Sally was particularly thrilled to become a world champion for the first time in Sheffield, England, winning the 800-meters free in the pool and the 5K in the pond. She has attended four other world championship meets.
In 2001 Sally was elected to serve as the USMS Secretary—a position she held for four years. She currently serves as a member of the Rules committee and the History and Archives committee. In 2006 Sally received USMS’s highest honor—the Ransom Arthur Award.
Sally and husband Glen live near their combined family of four children and six grandchildren. Living on Whidbey Island, she trains with North Whidbey Masters in Oak Harbor. She is active in the PNA, currently serving as chair for Long Distance. In 2003 Glen suffered a spinal injury in a car accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. A life-altering event for the entire family, both Glen and Sally are getting accustomed to the changes and occasionally travel to meets and “faraway places”.
On turning 60 this year, Sally has competed in eight different USMS age groups and has swum Masters for 34 full and enjoyable years! She figures if she can't beat her competition, she'll just have to outlive them—but so far, her age group seems to be growing instead of diminishing!
|2005||Betsy Durrant was announced as the recipient of the Ransom Arthur Award at the 2005 USMS Short Course National Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The award is given annually to the person who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters swimming.
Recently, as Chair of the USMS Planning Committee, Betsy led the committee through a study that led to recommendations on restructuring of national offices and the USMS Board of Directors. Her leadership in this area will result in a transformed USMS governance structure and will ultimately strengthen our ability to further the goals of our organization.
Prior to becoming Chair of the Planning Committee, Betsy held several leadership positions in USMS at the national level. She has served as Colonies Zone Representative, Zone Committee Chair and USMS Secretary. She is also a member of the USMS Endowment Fund Board of Governors.
Betsy began her involvement in masters swimming in 1975. She was the first Chair of the Virginia LMSC, organized in 1980, and was instrumental in establishing the Virginia Masters Swim Team (VMST). Betsy held the position of LMSC Registrar from 1984 to 1995. Her continued involvement as LMSC Newsletter Editor and a member of the LMSC Board of Directors has contributed to further growth, now over 1000 registered swimmers. In her current capacity as VMST and LMSC newsletter editor, she constantly seeks to educate swimmers and look for ways to help individuals and local programs achieve success. She has also served as Meet Director for two important long-running Virginia Masters events: our annual Fall Invitational meet for 23 years and the Jack King One-Mile Ocean Swim for 19 years, a USMS national championship event multiple times.
Betsy’s resume is indicative of her desire to undertake important jobs and contribute in any way that she can to our mission as an organization. In addition to these accomplishments, she works behind the scenes to attract new swimmers to the sport and to encourage others to become involved in her team, LMSC and national leadership, offering advice and assistance wherever needed. Her passion and enthusiasm for swimming are evident in all of these efforts.
|2004||The presentation of the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award is a distinct honor. This is one opportunity that United States Masters Swimming has to recognize one out of the many thousands of volunteers that have made our organization so great, simply because they love the sport.
Captain Arthur was a physician with a vision. This vision was that adults needed to exercise—a unique concept at the time. He also felt that a competitive side would encourage training and camaraderie. Here we are at the 34th National Short Course Championships proving that this was far more than a dream.
The honoree, Leo Letendre, first came to the national scene in 1983 as a support for his wife, Diane, a new delegate to the convention. Paraphrasing Diane’s comment, “Leo got to the convention, started talking, and never shut up.” He has now attended 21 USAS conventions.
Since 1983 Leo developed and continues to update the registration software that USMS is using today. He was so innovative in its production that the software is commonly referred to as “Leo Ware.” His valuable insights into the needs of USMS are enhanced by his prior experience as the chair of the Ad Hoc Computerization Committee and a member of the Professional Management and Officials Committees. Currently, he chairs the Rules Committee, where his methodical organization and calm leadership make “wet” years, or rules years in the USMS legislative calendar, as painless as possible. He actively serves on the Legislation Committee, Officials Committee, and Data Base Task Force. He has been active on the local level as Zone Representative, Ozark LMSC Chair, Officials Chair, and Top Ten Recorder.
Leo’s tireless work ethic and dedication to United States Masters Swimming have laced him in the spotlight that he deserves today. United States Masters Swimming is proud to recognize Leo today.
|2003||Sandi Rousseau received USMS’s highest honor for service, the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award, so named for the founder of Masters swimming. Sandi has an exceptional history of service to Masters swimming on all levels since 1983. Her service includes eight years as chair of the USMS Championship Committee, where she spearheaded many changes in national championship meets and she was the USMS liaison to seven national championship meets. Sandi had personal experience to rely on in the national championship arena, as she was meet director for the 1986 USMS Long Course Nationals, the swimming commissioner for the 1998 NIKE World Masters Games, and a driving force behind the 1995 USMS Long Course Nationals.
Sandi has been active on her Oregon LMSC board for twenty years, holding several offices and committee chair positions. She has also been president and secretary of her local team. She has drafted meet guidelines, contracts, and safety procedures on both the local and national levels. She has received numerous local awards for service as well as the National Championship Meet Award.
A recent move from Portland to Hood River has not diminished Sandi’s support for Masters swimming. Suddenly Hood River has a Masters team where none existed before. She was recently spotted “selling” Masters swimming at a post-workout breakfast to a lap swimmer who thought he was just going to get pancakes. To quote her teammates and swimming friends, “Her dedication, professionalism, work ethic, and integrity have been a blessing to Oregon Masters Swimming, the Northwest Zone, and USMS”.
|2002||Hugh and Jane Moore received USMS’s highest honor for service, the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award, so named for the founder of Masters swimming. They have been outstanding volunteers for USMS since 1979 when they were founding members of Swimmers of Wichita; Hugh was the club’s president, Jane the secretary/treasurer, and they hosted local meets. They continued their local service when they moved to the Northwest and became charter members of Federal Way Masters where Hugh again served as president and Jane as treasurer. This time their careers as meet hosts extended from local meets to LMSC and zone championships, National Postal meets, and three national championship meets. Local PNA members say “Hugh and Jane could talk them into anything.” Together they have served in seven different LMSC board positions for PNA including several terms each as president, and they have engineered many positive changes. On the national level, they have filled four committee chairmanships - Sports Medicine, Planning, Officials, and Communications, and one national office—Zone Chair. Hugh and Jane have served on twelve USMS committees and completed six special assignments including the National Registration Program and directing medical services at national championship meets. Ever since Jane found Hugh’s name on a bulletin board advertising Masters swimming at the Wichita “Y” 23 years ago, they have dedicated a large share of their lives to Masters swimming on all levels, not only as individuals but also as a team. Whatever one is involved in, the other actively supports. They have contributed substantially to Masters swimming on the local, zone, and national levels. USMS has always received “two for the price of one” when assigning one or the other to a major project or position.|
|Hugh and Jane Moore received USMS’s highest honor for service, the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award, so named for the founder of Masters swimming. They have been outstanding volunteers for USMS since 1979 when they were founding members of Swimmers of Wichita; Hugh was the club’s president, Jane the secretary/treasurer, and they hosted local meets. They continued their local service when they moved to the Northwest and became charter members of Federal Way Masters where Hugh again served as president and Jane as treasurer. This time their careers as meet hosts extended from local meets to LMSC and zone championships, National Postal meets, and three national championship meets. Local PNA members say “Hugh and Jane could talk them into anything.” Together they have served in seven different LMSC board positions for PNA including several terms each as president, and they have engineered many positive changes. On the national level, they have filled four committee chairmanships - Sports Medicine, Planning, Officials, and Communications, and one national office—Zone Chair. Hugh and Jane have served on twelve USMS committees and completed six special assignments including the National Registration Program and directing medical services at national championship meets.
Ever since Jane found Hugh’s name on a bulletin board advertising Masters swimming at the Wichita “Y” 23 years ago, they have dedicated a large share of their lives to Masters swimming on all levels, not only as individuals but also as a team. Whatever one is involved in, the other actively supports. They have contributed substantially to Masters swimming on the local, zone, and national levels. USMS has always received “two for the price of one” when assigning one or the other to a major project or position.
|2001||Carolyn Boak has served at every level from local Top Ten and Records Chair, to Meet Director, National Championship Meet Director, USMS International Committee Chair, member of the Rules Committee and Championship Committee, author of Guidelines for Liaisons to National Meets and co-author of the Meet Directors Handbook for National Championship Meets. Wherever she has found herself, this woman has made contributions and had an impact. Her intelligence and insights, coupled with her energy, have made her an invaluable asset to USMS. Her loyalty, enthusiasm, and ardent spirit are unsurpassed in our organization. Many of you know her. She comes from one of the premier swimming families of northern California. She is a long-time member and has served as president and interim coach of the Los Altos Masters and, more recently, our program at The Woodlands, Texas has benefited from her expertise. And you know her as a world-class swimmer and competitor who holds numerous Pacific, National, and world records and setting more here at this meet!|
|Richard Smith is the 2000 Ransom Arthur Award Recipient. Smith swam as a University of Oregon "Duck" 1939-1943 (freestyle 220 and 440) along with two other now All-American US Masters, Gerald Huestis and Earl Walters. Richard and Gerald were co-captains of the University of Oregon swim team that won the Northern Division Championships and was named as the Pacific Coast Champion for the year 1942.
Richard served as an infantry lt. during 1943-1946 with the 94th Division in England, France, Germany and Czechoslovakia, receiving a Purple Heart for injuries from a land mine in France.
Richard and Joan Pine were married September 1, 1946 and are still a very solid unit after more than a half-century. From 1946 to 1970 Richard and Joan were too busy raising a family of four children (one, Doug now also a master swimmer) and earning a living to spend much time in the water. In 1970 Richard made a mid-life change and became an auditor for the California State Board of Equalization, stationed in Santa Rosa. About that time Gail Roper, one of our greatest Master swimmers, was coaching in Santa Rosa and formed one of the early Masters clubs. So Richard was back in the water, as was Joan, and both went to the first Masters National under the auspices of the AAU, held in San Mateo, Calif., (sorry about that Texas.) Joan came home with three thirds while Richard came home empty handed. “We both had a great time, met a lot of fine folks, and decided that this was the best thing invented since the wheel." So since that time both Richard and Joan have been involved in the Masters swim program. Richard has just retired from ten years as the treasurer of Pacific Masters Swimming and Joan has been active in Pacific during that time as head of several committees and during the past two years as vice-chair administration. On the national level Richard has served many years on the Finance Committee and is now Oceana Zone Rep., and on the Legislation Committee while Joan has been serving as National Historian and on the Top-Ten Committee. “Yes, the Smiths consider themselves ‘tied’ to the Masters swim program and we love every minute of it and everyone in it.” They were the recipients of the 2000 Ransom Arthur Award.
Richard is only coming up on 78 and so intends to keep healthy through swimming and sees many happy years down the road. Richard's motto is "Speak with someone new, someone you have never spoken to before, at every swim meet. Do this and you will find much enjoyment in being with your fellow Masters swimmers.”
Richard T. Smith lives in Sacramento, Calif., and swims for Sacramento Masters Swimmers.
|1999||In the tradition of the award’s namesake, Dr. Jim Miller was selected as the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award recipient because of his commitment to and involvement in swimming and the health and fitness of swimmers. With experience as a physician, coach, and leader, Jim served at all levels of Masters swimming. Prior to receiving the award, Jim was Vice President of USMS, Medical Coordinator for numerous USMS National Championships, Chair of the USMS Sports Medicine Committee, Chair of the USMS Coaches Committee, Vice President of the Masters Aquatic Coaches Association, Chair of the Virginia LMSC, President of Virginia Masters Swim Team, and the 1986 USMS Coach of the Year. He also served on USMS’s Championship and Long Distance Committees.
In addition, Jim was involved in swimming beyond Masters, which benefited USMS’s ties in the swimming community. He was a coach and stroke and turn official for many years. He also served as a physician at the Olympic Trials for swimming 1996.
Jim’s medical practice has been tied to the encouragement of adult swimming and fitness. He is a family practitioner with a subspecialty in sports medicine. He was the medical director for the health club at which his Masters team swam and team physician for a local high school’s sports teams. Jim also published on swimming and adult athletes. The combination of Jim’s long-term commitment and service to USMS and his medical contributions to swimming and fitness led to the decision to present him with the 1999 Ransom Arthur Award.
|1996||Suzanne Rague was honored with the Ransom Arthur Award in 1996. While serving as USMS auditor and controller Suzanne realized our organization could no longer operate optimally with manually maintained accounting records and financial statements. She commenced a three-year project, which included computerizing the auditing process, modifying the program to accommodate the controller’s functions, and then producing an additional module to produce the USMS tax return. These are truly “behind the scenes” activities that may not be recognized by the average swimmer, but benefit all.
Suzanne has been very active in her LMSCs as well. She served as president, treasurer, Top Ten and Sanctions, and newsletter editor for the Metropolitan LMSC. She created LMSC bylaws for Metropolitan and Empire LMSC, recorded records, ran meets, coached a team and, not surprising—received the Empire Distinguished Service Award in 1992.
After moving way West to Oregon, Suzanne joined the Oregon Masters Board of Directors right away. She jumped right in to do data entry for meets, act as the LMSC auditor, chair the data entry/management committee for 1995 LC Nationals, and organize the 1995 One Hour Postal swim.
In addition to all of Suzanne’s efforts as auditor and controller previously mentioned on the national level, she served as USMS treasurer from 1989-1993 and was USMS secretary at the time she received the Ransom Arthur Award. Clearly, Suzanne’s services to USMS are overwhelmingly numerous and USMS has benefitted greatly from her membership and dedication.
|1994||Originally published in SWIM magazine, Sept-Oct 1994:
Every year since 1973, USMS has given the Ransom J. Arthur award to one who has contributed in an outstanding manner to Masters swimming. The award is given in honor of Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D., whose sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication to improving the health of adults through swimming, established the Masters swimming program in America.
The recipient of the 1994 Ransom J. Arthur Award is Nancy Ridout. Having been a swimmer and an administrator in Masters swimming since 1972, Ridout has dedicated her energies on a national, LMSC, and local level.
Ridout has served as USMS vice president and secretary and created and edited Places to Swim. She held the position of co-editor of Watermarks and USMS co-editor of SWIM magazine. She is now chairman of the USMS Marketing Committee and has served on six USMS committees since 1976.
For Pacific Masters swimming, Ridout has been registrar for the past 11 years and has served 14 years as Top Ten and records chairman. Also, she directs numerous PMS clinics and championship meets.
A member of the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters since 1972, Ridout's achievements in the water are equally outstanding. She has been named USMS All-American every year since 1972 and was named PMS Swimmer of the Year on seven occasions. Having attended 35 national championships, she has broken numerous national and world records. Nancy J. Ridout lives in Novato, Calif., and swims for Tamalpais Aquatic Masters.
|1993||Pacific Northwest LMSC|
|1992||Walt Reid was honored with the 1992 Ransom Arthur Award in recognition of his long-standing service at the club, LMSC, national, and world level. He became active in the Pacific Northwest LMSC in 1979 and served as the official preparer of results for many years. Walt also participated in the newsletter committee, relay committee, nominations committee, and the ad hoc computer committee. He has maintained PNA Top Ten times as well as records.
On the national level, Walt began attending USMS convention in 1984 and became chair of the Records and Tabulation committee in 1987. He introduced Short Course Meters Top Ten and Records and compiled all USMS records for many years. Walt developed and provided to the LMSCs a computer program to compile Top Ten and interface with the National Top Ten database.
Walt began producing the World MSI Top Ten in 1987 and become the MSI Top Ten Recorder in 1989, a position held for many years. Walt’s contributions to swimmers on the local and national level make him a deserving recipient of the Ransom Arthur award.
Walt received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2006: Walt maintains catalogued files of swimmers, times, ages and remembers a bit about each swimmer and event. He has been PNA's Records Chair, and he certifies the results and submits times for the USMS Top Ten after every meet. Nationally, he has been the Chair of the Records and Tabulations Committee. He is also the Top 10 Director and World Records Chair to FINA.
|1990||It's hard to count the many facets of Jack Geoghegan's service to USMS. As Legal Counsel for 14 years, he has kept us on the straight and true path. He is always ready to soothe any troubled waters, yet still finds time to be a perennial All American. In fact, Jack was the first USMS swimmer over age 40 to break 50 seconds for the 100-yard freestyle. His Irish wit, unparalleled eloquence, and debonair manner have entertained us at many an awards ceremony. He has served as advisor to the Legislation, Rules, International, Insurance, and Rule Book Committees. And as a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame Committee, Jack was responsible for at long last bringing Masters into the Hall of Fame as full fledged honorees.|
|1988||Florida Gold Coast LMSC|
|1987||Ross Wales was awarded the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award in 1987 in recognition of his service as President of United States Swimming in assisting United States Masters swimming become an independent not-for-profit corporate body. At the same time Ross was leading US Swimming out of the AAU. Ross, and Olympic medalist, won a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly in the 1968 Olympic Games. However, he is not a USMS member, nor has he ever been one. He was awarded the 2004 Honor Contributor to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.|
|1984||Southern Pacific LMSC|
|1982||Harry Rawstrom was the Men’s Swimming Coach at the University of Delaware from 1946-1981. He was a native of Montclair, N.J., and a two-time collegiate All-American at Springfield (Mass.). Harry was honored by The University of Delaware when the pool in Carpenter Sports Building was named the Harry W. Rawstrom Pool.
Harry earned All-American honors in Masters swimming in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1988, and 1989. Harry’s biggest contribution to USMS was in his work for local Masters in the Delaware Valley LMSC. Harry made the University of Delaware pool available to Masters swimmers for early morning workouts, encouraged swimmers to participate in USMS, and ran two Masters meets each year at the University pool. Harry was honored by USMS in 1982 as the winner of the Ransom Arthur Award for his work on behalf of United States Masters swimming. Harry earned All-American honors in Masters swimming in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1988, and 1989.
|1981||Cindy Baxter started swimming in Masters meets when she turned 40 in 1972. In 1973 she became a national champion in the 100-, and 200-yard breaststroke. She achieved All American in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1980. Cindy said "In the early years, it took different qualifications to become an All-American. I was on the Ad Hoc Committee that June Krauser appointed to change the way the Masters became All-Americans. I can't remember the year we changed it. I believe I was All-American with both set of rules." In 1978 she was named "World's Best" by June Krauser, placing first in the 400-meter IM, second in 100-meter back, 200-meter back, and 200-meter free, third in 200-meter IM and 1500-meter free, and fourth in 200-meter breast.
In 1979, she was awarded the Pacific Association Swimmer of the Year Award for helping promote Master swimming. But her most exciting moment in Master swimming history was receiving the 1980 Captain Ransom J. Arthur, MD. Award. She said, "Everyone likes a good or fast athlete regardless of age, but the feeling I had when others recognized me for helping promote the sport of Master swimming meant more to me than words can possible say. And to be recognized again this year at the national convention made me excitedly ecstatic."
Cindy said "It really has been a long time since I was capable of being an All American Master Swimmer." She has a good reason for having slowed down in the record books. In 1981, she had the misfortune of falling off her bike and breaking her scapula, shoulder and elbow on the right side, from which she never fully recovered. Then to make matters worse, in 1992, an object fell on her head and she developed two brain clots that rendered her paralyzed on her right side. Cindy said "I am lucky to be right handed as I have more control on this side. Even though I will never be able to regain the nerve and muscle damage, with physical therapy, I have been able to return to running and swimming."
January 1998 marks Cindy's 26th year as one of the coaches of Rinconada Masters. Living in Palo Alto, Calif., she still competes and made the national top 10 in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1993. She went to the 1997 Pan Pacifics in Maui, competing in the 65-69 age group, and medaled in all six of her individual events. She placed first in 50-meter back, second in 100-meter back, 200-meter back and 100-meter breast, third in 50-meter breast, and fourth in 200-meter breast.
Cindy said "I feel honored that anyone would like to have information on me for the Wide World Web... now I think I'll get back in the swim and try harder."
|1980||Enid and Ed (Reed) received the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award for their volunteer work in continuing the records and Top Ten compilations after Ted Haartz was elected chairman of Masters swimming. Enid maintained all of the women’s records, Top Ten, and relay times while Ed did the same for the men.|
|Enid and Ed (Reed) received the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award for their volunteer work in continuing the records and Top Ten compilations after Ted Haartz was elected chairman of Masters swimming. Enid maintained all of the women’s records, Top Ten, and relay times while Ed did the same for the men.|
|1978||South Texas LMSC|
|South Texas LMSC|
|1976||Ted Haartz received the Captain Ransom J. Arthur, M.D. Award as a result of volunteering in 1971 and 1972 to establish and maintain a Top Ten Times for Masters swimming in all age groups and relays, commencing with the first Masters Nationals in Amarillo, Texas in 1970. Ted also did the records for a period of time after Hal Onusseit’s untimely death.|
|1975||New England LMSC|
|1974||Florida Gold Coast LMSC|
|1973||San Diego - Imperial LMSC|