2006 USMS Award Recipients

Recipients of The Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award

  Sally DillonSally 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 SPMA (Southern Pacific Masters Association) for a few years, attending National Convention in 1976 for SPMA. She represented PMS (Pacific Masters Swimming) for 11 years, from 1987-1997. She has moved further north and is now an active member of PNA (Pacific Northwest Association). On the national level, Sally served as the first Officials Committee Chair and chaired the Long Distance Committee for two terms. 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!

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

  Sue WelkerSue coaches Naperville Waves Swim Club/Illinois Masters.

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

  Marcia BenjaminPacific LMSC
  Connie BarrettConnie Barrett received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Connie has served for a number of years on the SPMA Executive Committee, was an instrumental part of SPMA’s management team for the 2005 USMS National Long Course Championships, and serves as Chairman of the USMS Marketing Committee.
  Kathy CaseyPacific Northwest LMSC
  Tom BoydTom Boyd received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Tom has participated as the Meet Director of SPMA’s Short Course Meters Championships, Chairman of the SPMA Marketing Committee, and helped grow the club’s membership to its largest size in history. He also serves as an SPMA board member and volunteer coach. On the national level he serves as Vice Chair of the USMS Marketing Committee.
  Mo ChambersMo Chambers received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Moving from one LMSC to another and raising twins did not stop her from contributing to USMS by making contributions with articles in USMS Swimmer magazine. She posts workouts on the USMS website, and continues her education in coaching and directing that knowledge as the Vice Chair of the Coaches Committee.
  Debbie CavanaughDebbie Cavanaugh received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006. As secretary of Gold Coast Masters Swim Club she manages all relay entries for championships. She has served for eight years as chairman of the Gold Coast LMSC. During convention, she leads the USMS Certification Desk. Debbie serves on the Championships Committee and was the committee’s liaison to the 2005 Short Course Nationals.
  Randy CrutchfieldRandy Crutchfield received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Serving as Indiana LMSC Treasurer of the 800+ membership of NASTI, Randy brings a grin to the LMSC by supporting the initiatives and by-laws of Greater Indiana Masters Swimming, or GRIN. When a major meet or swim clinic goes on, he is there early and will stay late to scrape tape off the walls, turn things off and lock-up. Nationally, he has been a delegate for the last eight conventions and served on several committees, including Fitness, Registration and Finance.
  Sue HaughSue Haugh received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Sue is assistant coach of the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team and has served as a Board member. She arranges for lane space for the team and handles the negotiations with the city and local teams. She coordinates team social events and regularly serves as Meet Director for the annual State SCM Championships. She also served on the host committee for RAM's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
  Laura KesslerLaura Kessler received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Twenty- three years and fourteen conventions, Laura has done a lot— served on several committees, including Legislation, Long Distance, Rules, and Sports Medicine. Laura was the co-meet director for the 2002 LCM Nationals. In 2006, she was the Entry Chair for the One-Hour Postal Champs. She has served on two LMSC Board of Directors, been Sanctions Chair, and was a Zone Representative. She has promoted the organization locally by starting workout groups, and presided over O*H*I*O Masters. Laura is an Assistant Swim Coach at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.
  Fritz LehmanFritz Lehman received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Fritz has retired as the Chairman of North Carolina’s LMSC. In that capacity he served as a delegate for North Carolina to the USMS Convention. He has also served as the long-running Chairman of the Board of the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team where he has helped maintain the team as the largest in the Carolinas.
  Hugh MoorePacific Northwest LMSC
  Jon SteinerPacific LMSC
  Patricia TullmanPatricia Tullman received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006: Patricia has served as the Registrar for the Florida LMSC for four years. She has put significant time and effort into the addition of the national permanent ID and updates the registrar procedures and programs. She has always been patient and understanding in her dealings with 1,460 USMS members and 34 different USMS clubs.
  Mary PohlmannOzark LMSC
  Walt ReidPacific Northwest LMSC

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Year Award

  YMCA Indy SwimFit

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming June Krauser Communications Award

  Lynn HazlewoodLynn has been an active part of the USMS Communications Committee since it was created, and has been an important contributor to the USMS web site. She has also maintained the Long Distance Section of the USMS web site, and the USMS Calendar of events for several years.

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship Meets Award

  Michael Moore

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

  Drury GallagherHonor Swimmer
  Walter Pfeiffer
  Katherine Pelton Honor Swimmer
  Lavelle Stoinoff
  Rita SimontonHonor Swimmer
  William Specht Honor Swimmer

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Newsletter Of The Year Award

  Dan AdamsWH2O (West Hollywood Aquatics)

Recipients of The David Yorzyk Memorial Award

  Charlotte Davis
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