If there is ever a "real" Hall of Fame Dame, it's June
Krauser. June was at the very first meeting of the International Swimming
Hall of Fame Dames in 1965 and established the Dames' By-Laws that same year.
She served as the second president of the organization and was a dues-paying
member for many years. Since 1992, she has served as secretary and
continues to volunteer her time at various ISHOF events during the year.
But June's involvement with swimming also extends to many other facets of the
Hall of Fame. She attended the 1962 AAU convention in Detroit when the
Hall of Fame was awarded to the City of Fort Lauderdale, beating out two other
cities. She was at the first International Meet at the Hall of Fame Pool
dedication in 1965 when breaststroker Catie Ball set the first world record in
the new pool. She attended the 1968 FINA Congress Meeting in Mexico City
when FINA President Javier Ostos (MEX) at the urging of Hal Henning (USA)
presented the vote to confirm ISHOF's position in the world. Over the past
42 years, she and her family have contributed to many projects, which have
helped sustain the ISHOF.
June Krauser learned to swim in
Lake Michigan at age four and has made a splash ever since. First coached
by Hall of Famer Dick Papenguth at the Indianapolis Athletic Club, June went on
to swim for Bud Sawin at the Riviera Club as a member of the three-time title
winning senior national team in 1941, 1942 and 1943. At age 16, June won
her only Senior National title, the 200y breaststroke.
may have left the water, but certainly not the sport. June switched from
swim suit (silk and sheer black back then) to business suit. Moving to
Florida with her husband Jack in 1955, June got her feet wet as an age group
mother when daughter Janice turned five and swam in her first AAU meet.
Son Larry followed, and later became a Purdue captain. June became an
official, and after helping to formulate the Florida Gold Coast Swimming
Committee, she was elected secretary/treasurer, a post she held for nine years.
June's administrative and organization skills were immediately acclaimed, and
she moved quickly to the national level. In 1959, June was named delegate
for the AAU Convention and has represented South Florida every year since in
AAU, USS, USMS or USAS.
In 1964, June was named as a member
of the U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Committee and in 1968 took on the unpopular but
necessary role of re-organizing and enforcing the rule book as the Swimming
Rules Chairman. She also served as manager on six international AAU trips.
Twenty-five years after her "retirement" from active senior competition, June
got back into the pool as a Masters swimmer - a concept and program she helped
to pioneer in 1971. Krauser was the first and only rules chairman for
United States Masters Swimming and helped to write most of them. She was
founder and editor of Masters first national newsletter, Swim Master and
printed it for the next 20 years. For her untiring devotion to the sport,
June was named the second recipient of the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur Award, and the
first USMS rule book was dedicated in her name. She became affectionately
known as "Mother of Masters Swimming."
, June served as president of AAU Masters and was five-time national meet
director. She has swimming friends around the globe from her many travels as
team manager, committee representative and competitor. As her friends have
said, "Mother Masters in one of the most dedicated people we know. If you
need something done right, you call June Krauser."
June has never missed a USMS national competition since 1972 -- 66 in all.
She has competed in every FINA Masters World Championship since 1986 - 10 in
all. She has 66 FINA Masters World Records, has been a member of the
College Coaches Swim Forum since 1955 and is a long-time ISHOF International
Respected around the world, June
was elected for induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1994
as Honor Contributor and also into the International Masters Swimming Hall of
Fame in the inaugural class of 1993 as Honor Swimmer/Contributor.
In 1988, June was elected to the FINA Masters Committee and continues to serve,
as the USA representative thru 2005 - 17 years in all, longer than any other
As a business woman, June ran the family
Steel Tubing Business warehouse in Hollywood, Florida for 20 years following her
June is truly a tribute to the
Hall of Fame Dames and to swimming as an administrator, volunteer, competitor,
pioneer and friend.