Encouraging More Adults to Swim
2007 USMS Award Recipients

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

  Jeanne EnsignEach 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.

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

  Kris HouchensKris coaches YMCA Indy SwimFit.

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

  Joan CampbellWritten by Meegan Wilson and Marianne Bradley: Joan started Masters swimming late in life. At the age of 59, in 1989, she was introduced to the Senior Olympics in Connecticut by Dorothy Donnelly. Dot and Joannie became lifelong friends. Joannie volunteered as a timer, a scorer, in hospitality, and awards. She did anything, anywhere that help was needed, working at local and national meets, Senior Games, and YMCAs. In 1995 at the age of 65 Joannie retired from an executive position of vice president in the investment department of Reliance Insurance in New York. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla. She immediately became actively involved with Clearwater Masters serving as president, vice president, registrar, treasurer and secretary. She was instrumental in making her team annual winter swim meet a huge success by offering fabulous hospitality, a continuation of Dorothy Donnelly Connecticut Masters philosophy. She was also directly involved in the formation of two new teams, Sun Masters and the Florida Aquatic Combined Team (FACT). Over the past six years, she has been a delegate to the USMS convention and an active member of the USMS Finance Committee. Since 2004 she has also served on the USMS Marketing Committee. She has been active with the National Senior Games and has promoted USMS involvement and participation of USMS members in the Games. Since 2001 she has served as Liaison to the Senior Games for the Florida LMSC. She has served on many other committees of the Florida LMSC and is one reason that our Annual Awards Banquet is such a success. At 77, she remains active in all facets of the swimming world, achieving Top 10 regularly in all strokes and receiving special awards for long distance swimming from her local LMSC and All-American honors. And she continues to work part time five days a week in New Port Richey for Morgan Stanley, after her daily workout! Joannie is a take charge individual. She always finishes what she starts, with honors. The Florida LMSC nominates Joan Campbell for the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.
  Cav CavanaughFlorida Gold Coast LMSC
  Mary Lee WatsonSoutheastern LMSC
  Loree WatanabePacific LMSC
  Kerry O’Brien
  Arni LittPacific Northwest LMSC
  Joseph MagieraIllinois LMSC
  Steve PetersonPacific Northwest LMSC
  Chuck HutingerFlorida LMSC
  Mark GillKentucky LMSC
  James DonnellyFlorida LMSC
  Phil DodsonIllinois LMSC
  Nadine Day

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

  Walnut Creek Masters

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

  Julie HeatherJulie serves her LMSC as registrar, Top 10 recorder, newsletter editor, and SPMA librarian. She instigated many innovative ideas including distributing the newsletter with the USMS magazine and holding conference call instead face-to-face meetings.

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Award

  Mary SweatMary Sweat received the U.S. Masters Fitness Award in 2007. During that year a new event was introduced by the Fitness Committee to U.S. Masters swimming, a program to track distance entitled "Go the Distance." Commonly known as GTD, the initial year of this event proved to be very successful, with 367 swimmers participating. The program, free to any registered swimmer, allows for the swimmers to enter the distance that they swim each month, tracking this throughout the year. Interesting milestone caps and patches were made available for purchase. This event was successful largely due to Mary's diligent effort of reporting and following up with each and every participant.

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

  Bob and Helen BrownAdministrative Referees, Starter Officials, and numerous other officiating roles, they have devoted their lives to supporting the competitive efforts of USMS.

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

  Woody BowersockHonor Swimmer
  Jean DurstonHonor Swimmer
  Sandy GalletlyHonor Swimmer
  Suzanne Heim-BowenHonor Open-Water Swimmer
  Ron JohnsonHonor Swimmer
  Karlyn Pipes-NeilsenHonor Swimmer

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

  David RadcliffAqua-Master (Oregon LMSC)

Recipients of The David Yorzyk Memorial Award

  Erik Scalise
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