Encouraging More Adults to Swim
2011 USMS Award Recipients

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

  Rob CopelandSpeech read by Michael Heather in honor of Rob Copeland's receipt of the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. award, at Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz., April 29, 2011: 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-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. Each year U. S. Masters Swimming recognizes one of its members who embody the dedication, leadership and passion required to carry the vision forward. By promoting our core objectives of education, growth and service our recipient for 2011 continues the rich tradition. 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 US 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 this year’s Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient. Please join me in thanking Rob for his service to U.S. Masters swimming and congratulating him for being the 2011 Ransom J. Arthur Award recipient.

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

  Chad DurieuxChad coaches at Rose Bowl Aquatics in Pasadena, CA

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

  John BaumanWisconsin LMSC
  Joanne BervenPacific LMSC
  Charles CockrellVirginia LMSC
  Herb CookPacific Northwest LMSC
  Malcolm CooperHawaii LMSC
  Daniel CoxLake Erie LMSC
  Leianne CrittendenPacific LMSC
  Richard Hap GentryOzark LMSC
  Jan GoffKentucky LMSC
  Heather HagadornColorado LMSC
  John KingPacific LMSC
  Pam OgdenMinnesota LMSC
  Mark OliphantMaryland LMSC
  Tracy RobinNorth Dakota LMSC
  Bob UpshawPacific LMSC

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award

  Rich AxtellRich Coaches the Minuteman Masters club.
  Diane BartlettDiane coaches the Grand Stand Masters.
  Ken DeMontKen coaches North Bay Aquatics with Don.
  Don SwartzDon coaches North Bay Aquatics with Ken.
  Elmer EgelkrautElmer coaches the Battle Creek Y Masters.
  Marty HendrickMarty coaches Ft. Lauderdale Aquatics.
  Tom MesterTom coaches Cresent Hills Masters.
  Eric PetersonEric coaches Shaker Sharks Masters.
  Jody SmithJody coaches Mountain View Masters.
  Brian StackBrian coaches Manatee Aquatic Masters.
  Dennie Swan-ScottDennie coaches Glens Falls Family YMCA Masters.
  Hermine TerhorstHermine coaches Santa Rosa Masters.

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

  Michigan MastersRegional Club of the Year
  Davis Aquatic MastersLocal Club of the Year

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

  Jane KatzJane has written more than a dozen books on swimming or aquatics, contributed to scores of periodicals, presented at more than 100 lectures, and released four videos. In fact her nomination included 21 pages of references. She is a remarkable ambassador for US Masters Swimming.

Recipients of The U.S. Masters Swimming Fitness Award

  Jane KatzJane has been a Masters swimmer for many years and she has devoted her life to the promotion of the Fitness side of our sport. Her resume includes over 14 pages of articles and speaking engagements and over a dozen books - all on swimming and its benefits for fitness and health.

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

  Herb SchwabHerb has served as the Administrative Referee at many USMS National Championship meets, which will include both championships in 2012 (Greensboro and Omaha). He patiently deals with upset swimmers, willingly suggests changes to improve meets, works well with meet management, and makes for a great team with Hytek and meet referees.

Recipients of The Ted Haartz U.S. Masters Swimming Staff Appreciation Award

  Ralph Davis2011 Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award presented by Susan Kuhlman, USMS Controller The Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award is an honor bestowed upon a volunteer who has most helped the national office. It's a deserving award named after Ted, and as Rob shared yesterday, Ted is one of the original pioneers of USMS. Ted was at the 1971 USMS Nationals developing our record and Top 10 system, incorporated USMS in 1978, served as USMS Board President, has served on the USA Swimming board of directors for nearly two decades, and was on the search committee that hired our executive director. Last years winner, George Simon, was a leader in helping USMS adopt the online registration technology and educating registrars on how to use the service. This year's winner has too played a vital role in moving USMS forward. He is best known for his financial prowess and his astute leadership skills. Locally, he's been a club president, LMSC president and LMSC treasurer. At the national level, he's been the Finance Committee Chair, member of the USMS Board of Directors and our current treasurer. Under Ralph Davis, USMS has created an Audit Committee and Investment Committee. Our Audit Committee meets annually face to face and selected our new auditors that specialize in non-profit accounting. We now provide an annual audit for USMS to ensure the organization is safeguarded and financially transparent. Our Investment Committee likewise selected our investment managers, meets annually and is responsible for implementing our Investment policy. During this time he oversaw the selection, purchase and installation of new accounting software. To the staff, Ralph has been a valuable resource, sounding board, and mentor. When it came time to bring production of SWIMMER magazine in house, Ralph was there to help us review the responsibilities, contract and financial saving to USMS of more than $100,000 a year. When we changed our employment management services provider, Ralph was instrumental as well in ensuring the organization and our employees were protected. When I was hired as our controller a year and a half ago, Ralph was on the selection committee. I was a newbie to the Masters swimming culture and Ralph has been there for me whenever I need sage advice, review, or just knowing how to navigate both FOG and our various committees. What you may not know, is that Ralph is a heart transplant recipient. He's competed in the Transplant Games taking home his share of ribbons. Ralph has had a change of heart, but his commitment to USMS is unwavering. Ladies and Gentleman, it is my privilege to present the Ted Haartz Staff Award to Ralph Davis.

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

  Rich AbrahamsHonor Swimmer
  Jeff Farrell
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