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.
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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 volunteer who has done the most to further the objectives of Masters Swimming, generally over an extended period of time.
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 questions to:
Coordinator, Coach of the Year Subcommittee
coachchris -AT- mvm -DOT- com
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
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 coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grassroots 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.
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
U.S. Masters Swimming June Krauser Communications Award
The June Krauser Communications Award is presented annually to a USMS-registered individual or group, whose work in communications has contributed to the growth, improvement, or success of U.S. Masters Swimming locally, regionally, or nationally.
To submit a nomination, follow the instructions and complete the nomination form from the link below.
Submit nominations electronically to Nancy Ridout at nancyridout AT usms DOT org
U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Award
The USMS Fitness Education 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, Mary Jurey at fitness AT usms DOT org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You may attach supplementary information, candidate's open water resume and letters of support as appropriate.
Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award
This award is named in honor of Ted Haartz, a leader in U.S. Masters Swimming since 1970. Ted helped establish the foundation for USMS’s evolution into a professionally-operated organization. The award celebrates our volunteer roots, as well as our future, specifically by recognizing one volunteer each year who demonstrates excellence in assisting and supporting the National Office staff with its professional duties of serving our members and promoting Masters Swimming.
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, Fla. 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.
USMS Athletes Inducted Into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a nonprofit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 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, and genuine contribution to the sport in general.
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.
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. This award was discontinued in 2010.
Award Recipients by Year
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