USMS Award Recipients

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.

2007 Woodrow Bowersock
Jean Durston
Ron Johnson
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen
2006 Drury Gallagher
Katherine Pelton
Walter Pfeiffer
Rita Simonton
William Specht
Lavelle Stoinoff
2005 Burwell Jones
Betsy Jordan
Sandy Neilson-Bell
Tod Spieker
Phil Whitten
2004 Aldo da Rosa
Paul Hutinger
Frank Piemme
Laura Val
2000 Barbara Dunbar
1999 Kelley Lemmon
Maxine Merlino
1998 Jayne Bruner
Graham Johnston
1997 Tim Garton
Gail Roper
1996 Ardeth Mueller
Ray Taft
1995 Gus Langner
Clara Walker
1994 June Krauser
1990 Ransom Arthur
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