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Class of 2013 Announced!


 

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced results of the International Selection Committee’s vote for the Class of 2013.  The ten individuals selected for induction are: Swimmers GARY HALL, JR. (USA), PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND (NED), YANA KLOCHKOVA (UKR) and DAGMAR HASE (GER); Diver HU JIA (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer NATHALIE SCHNEYDER (USA); Water Polo Player MILIVOJ BEBIC (YUG, CRO); Open Water Swimmer CLIFF LUMSDON (CAN); Coach ALBERTO CASTAGNETTI (ITA) and in the Contributor category, PETER MONTGOMERY (AUS).    

The class of 2013 will be formally inducted at the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction Ceremonies on Saturday, May 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA).

About ISHOF
The International Swimming Hall of Fame was established in 1965 as a not-for-profit educational organization in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, improved quality of life and the water safety of all adults and children.  It accomplishes this through the operation of the Museum of Swimming, a shrine dedicated to the preservation of swimming history and the memory of famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, lifesavers and others, whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate and serve as positive role models for future generations.

About the Class of 2013
SWIMMERS:
GARY HALL, JR. (USA)
FOR THE RECORD: 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley), silver (50m free­style, 100m freestyle); 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle, 4x100m medley), silver (4x100m free­style), bronze (100m freestyle); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle), bronze (4x100m freestyle); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley), silver (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle); 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m freestyle), silver (4x100m medley); 1995 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (4x100m freestyle); 2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: bronze (50m freestyle); 1995 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1999 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (50m freestyle).

During his Olympic career from 1996 to 2004, Gary Hall, Jr. won 10 Olympic medals, 5 of them gold. As a sprint freestyle specialist, he won back-to-back gold medals in the 50m race in 2000 and 2004 and the silver medal in 1996, only (.1) one tenth of a second behind Alexsandr Popov of Russia. He competed in both the 1994 and 1998 World Championships winning gold and silver medals. Hall also competed in two Pan American Championships and two Pan Pacific Games.

PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND (NED)
FOR THE RECORD: 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: 4th (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle); 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (100m freestyle), silver (200m freestyle, 4x 100m freestyle); 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES: 5th (100m freestyle); THREE WORLD RECORDS: 100m freestyle, 2-200m freestyle; 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (4x 200m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle); 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle); 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (100m freestyle, 2oom freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle); 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (200m freestyle); 1999 WORLD CHAMPION­SHIPS (25m): gold (4x 200m freestyle), silver (4x100m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle); 1997 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (4x200m freestyle), bronze (4x100m freestyle); 1999 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100 medley); 2000 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle); 2002 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle), bronze (4x200m freestyle);

2004 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle); 2006 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle); 2008 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze (4x100m freestyle); 1998 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (200m freestyle, 4x50m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle); 1999 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: (25m): gold (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle); silver (50m freestyle), bronze (4x50m freestyle); 2001 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (200m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle, 4x 50m freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle); 2003 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x50m freestyle); 1998 GOODWILL GAMES: gold (200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle); 2001 GOODWILL GAMES: bronze (4x100m medley); WORLD SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: 2000; EUROPEAN SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004; DUTCH SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: 1999, 2000, 2004.

After winning 6 gold medals at the 1999 European Championships, Pieter van den Hoogenband set a new world record at the 2000 Olympic Games, in the 100m freestyle defeating the 1992 and 1996 champion Alexsandr Popov of Russia. His world record stood for eight years before broken by France’s Alain Bernard. Van den Hoogenband won two more medals, both bronze, in the 50m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay, in which he was named the 2000 Male World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle and two silvers in the 200m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay, swimming the anchor leg with a 46.79 which was the 2nd fastest split in history. He returned to the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing finishing fifth in the 100m freestyle. In making the 100m freestyle final, van den Hoogenband became the first swimmer to make the finals in the same event four times. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, van den Hoogenband won four silver medals in the 50,100,200 and 4x100m freestyle events. He split a 46.70 in the medley relay which stood as the fastest 100m freestyle split until it was topped in 2008 by US relay veteran Jason Lezak.

YANA KLOCHKOVA (UKR)
FOR THE RECORD: 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley), sil­ver (800m freestyle); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); TWO WORLD RECORDS: 400m individual medley, 400m individual medley (25m); 1998 WORLD CHAMPION­SHIPS: silver (400m individual medley); 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (400m individual medley, 400m freestyle), silver(200m individual medley); 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); 1999 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (400m individual medley), silver (200m individual medley);2000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley) silver (400m freestyle); 2002 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400 individual medley); 1997 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (400m individual medley), bronze (200m individual medley);1999 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley), bronze (400m freestyle); 2000 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); 2002 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley), bronze (4x100m medley); 2004 EU­ROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m individual medley), 400m individual medley), silver (4x100 medley), bronze (400m free­style); 1999 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); 2000 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); 2001 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley), silver (400m freestyle); 2001 SUMMER UNI­VERSIADE: gold (800m freestyle, 200m individual medley); 2003 SUMMER UNIVERSIADE: gold (200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley); 2007 SUMMER UNIVERSIADE: gold (400m individual medley), silver (200m individual medley); WORLD SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: 2004; EUROPEAN SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: 2004.

Yana Klochkova is a Ukrainian swimmer, who won five Olympic medals, four of them gold, 200m and the 400m individual medley at the 2000 and 2004 Sydney Olympics. Her silver medal came in the 800m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She won ten titles at swimming’s World Championships as well as nineteen European Championship titles. She currently holds the short-course world record in the 400m individual medley. Her long course 400m individual medley world record was broken by American Katie Hoff at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne. Yana had held the record for seven years. In 2003 she won four golds at the Summer Universiade in South Korea. She was also awarded the Hero of Ukraine medal and was Swimming World Magazine’s World Female Swimmer of the Year in 2004.

DAGMAR HASE (GER)
FOR THE RECORD: 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (400m freestyle), silver (200m backstroke, 4x100 medley); 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: silver (400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle); 1991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (4x200m freestyle); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (200m backstroke); 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (4x200m freestyle), silver (200m backstroke), bronze (400m freestyle); 1995 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): silver (200m backstroke, 4x100m freestyle; 1991 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle), bronze (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke); 1993 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (400m freestyle, 4x200m free­style); 1995 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (4x200m freestyle), silver (200m backstroke); 1997 EURO­PEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle)

She began her international career with a win in the 200m backstroke at the 1989 European Championships and for a 10-year period competed in two Olympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she won gold in the 400m freestyle defeating reigning Olympic champion Janet Evans. In 1996 she won the silver behind Michele Smith of Ireland. She won silver in the 800m free behind Brooke Bennett. At both Olympics she silvered in the 4x100m medley relay and won the 200m bronze medal in the 1996 200m freestyle. Her stroke versatility showed in the 200m backstroke where she won silver medals at the 1991 and 1998 World Championships and 1995 European Championships (gold in 1989).

Pioneers
Chi Lieh Yung (CHN)
On May 1st, 1957, at a meet in Canton, with international referees from Russia and Hungary present, Chi Lieh Yung swam the 100m breaststroke in the time of 1:11.6, beating the world record by 1.4 seconds.  The officials were too astonished to believe it, but eventually it was recognized by FINA and Chi became a national hero because it was the first world record achieved by a Chinese athlete.  Chi's record was broken in September of 1957 by a Russian swimmer, whose time of 1:11:5, officially lasted until 1960. Chi's achievement inspired millions of Chinese to take to the water and gave millions more an important sense of national pride.

Mu Xiangxiong (CHN) Swimmer
Mu Chengkuan (CHN) Coach
The story of Mu Chengkuan and his son, Mu Xiangxiong is well-known in China through a famous movie about their lives, "Enter the Water Dragon" (literally translated, “Water: Spring and Autumn”) released in1959. Trained by his father, Mu Xiangxiong was one of the world’s best underwater breaststrokers in the mid 1950’s.  Kept from swimming in Melbourne, the state decided to hold a swimming match in Shanghai at exactly the same time and day the Olympic breaststroke final was to be swum in Melbourne.  Mu’s time was reportedly faster than that swum by Japanese Olympic champion and ISHOF Honoree, Masaru Furukawa.  When the underwater breaststroke was ruled illegal after Melbourne, Mu went through a period of adjusting and recreating his style.  He made this transition successfully, breaking the listed world record in the 100m breaststroke three times, in 1958 and 1959, dropping the record to 1:11.1. However, due to China’s withdrawal from the IOC and FINA in August of 1958, his times went unrecognized by FINA.  

DIVER
HU JIA (CHN)
FOR THE RECORD: 2000 OYLMPIC GAMES: silver (10m platform); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (10m platform); 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (10m platform synchro); 2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: gold (10m platform); 2002 ASIAN GAMES: gold (10m platform synchro).

Hu Jia, born in 1983 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, is a male diver who won two silver medals in his first Olympic Games in 2000 on the 10m platform. Four years later, he won the gold on his own in the 10m platform event. With teammate Tian Liang, Hu fliped gold medal wins from 2000 to 2004. Hu won gold medals at the 2001 Fukuoka World Championships (10m platform synchro) and 2005 Montreal World Championship (10m platform). At the 2002 Busan Asian Games, Hu won a gold medal in 10m synchro diving.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER
NATHALIE SCHNEYDER (USA)
FOR THE RECORD: 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (team); 1991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: gold (team); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: gold (team); 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 FINA WORLD CUP: gold (team); 1991 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (team); 1988, 1992 SWISS OPEN: gold (team); 1991 ROME OPEN: gold (team); 1993 CHINA OPEN: silver (duet); 1994 FRENCH OPEN: gold (team); 1992 U.S NATIONALS: gold (team), 4th (solo); 1993 U.S. NATIONALS: silver (team), bronze (duet), 5th (solo); 1994 U.S. NATIONALS: silver (team), 4th (duet), 6th (solo); 1995 U.S. NATIONALS: silver (team), bronze (solo).

Natalie Schneyder was a member of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming team which struck gold at the 1996 Olympic Games with a perfect score. She was a USSS All-American from 1989-95 and a nine-year member of the National Team. Schneyder-Bartleson served as an athlete’s representative from 1987-96, an AEC Olympic International Representative from 1994-96 and was the AEC Secretary from 1992-94.

WATER POLO
MILIVOJ BEBIC (YUG, CRO)
FOR THE RECORD: 1980 OLYMPIC GAMES: silver; 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold; FINA WATER POLO PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 1982, 1984, 1985; 1982 FINA CUP: gold; 1984 FINA CUP: gold; 1984 EUROPEAN SUPER CUP: gold; 1983 MEDITERRANIAN CUP: gold; 1985 MEDITERRIANIAN CUP: gold; 1980 YUGO­SLAVIAN CUP: gold; 1983 YUGOSLAVIAN CUP: gold; AWARDED ORDER OF CROATIA DANICA AS CROATIA’S BEST ATHLETE: 1999, 2000. FIRST PLAYER TO SIGN A $1 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT.

At 6’2”, 194 pounds, Milivoj Bebic is known for scoring goals-many goals. In six years playing for the Yugoslavia National Team, he scored 620 goals in 222 games. He was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team winning the bronze medal and four years later at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, his team won the gold medal, outlasting a strong team from the USA. Bebic competed for water polo clubs Posk, from Split (1975-1985), Volturno, Italy (1986-1990) and Nervi (1990- 1992). In one game against Guatemala, the score ended at 62 to 0 with Bebic scoring 28 of the goals. He won two Mediterranean Cups, two Yugoslavian Cups, and a European Super Cup. FINA proclaimed Bebic to be the world’s best water polo player of 1982, 1984 and 1985. While playing professionally in Italy, Bebic was the first water polo player to sign a contract for over $1 million dollars. After Croatia gained its independence in 1991, Bebic was awarded the Order of Croatian Danica as his country’s top athlete (1999, 2000). For three years, he was awarded best athlete of Dalmatia.

OPEN WATER SWIMMER
CLIFF LUMSDON (CAN)
FOR THE RECORD: FIVE-TIME WORLD PROFESSIONAL MARATHON CHAMPION: 1949-1954; ATLAN­TIC CITY 22 MILE (35.2K) PROFESSIONAL SWIM: 1st (‘56, ‘59), 2nd (‘54, ‘55, ‘58, ‘60, ‘62), 3rd (‘61), 4th (‘63, ‘64); 10 MILE CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE) PROFESSIONAL SWIMS: 1st (‘49, ‘50, ‘52, ‘53), 3rd (‘51), 5th (‘48); 1955 32 MILE CNE SWIM RACE: Only Finisher in Field of 35 Swimmers; STRAIGHTS OF JUAN DE FUCA: 1956.

Cliff Lumsdon was one of the world’s great long distance swimmers. He was five-time world champion between 1949 and 1954. He was known for his ability to swim in cold water, once going 32 miles in 18 plus hours in water temperatures ranging between 48 and 52 degrees F. His cold-water abilities were reflected in his 1956, 11 hour 35 minute crossing of the Straits Juan de Fuca between Washington State and Vancouver Island where water temperatures are reported to average 48 F. Cliff was the second person to cross the straits, after Bert Thomas in 1955. He completed ten Atlantic City Marathon Swims from 1954 - 1964, placing first or second in seven of them. He competed in six CNE swims in Lake Ontario winning four of them. In 1949, he won the Lou Marsh Trophy, for the outstanding Canadian Athlete of the year, and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 as well as the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1993. The Cliff Lumsdon Award is presented for outstanding achievement in marathon swimming in Ontario.

COACH
ALBERTO CASTAGNETTI (ITA)
FOR THE RECORD: ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM SWIMMING COACH (1987-2009); COACH OF GIORGIO LAMBERTI, DOMENICO FIORAVANTI, FEDERICA PELLEGRINI; COMPETITOR AT 1972 OLYMPIC GAMES AND 1973 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Alberto Castagnetti was an International Swimmer before he became an International Coach. He won several Ital­ian National Championships swimming on relays. At the age of 30, he competed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the 1973 FINA World Championships in Belgrade. Since 1987, he has coached the Italian National Swimming Team producing international standouts GIORGIO LAMBERTI (three world freestyle records, three 1991 World Champion­ship medals (gold-200m freestyle, bronze-100m, 4x100m freestyles), three European Championship gold medals, one silver and two bronze and 18 Italian National Championships), DOMENICO FIORAVANTI (two-time Olympic breaststroke gold medalist) and FEDERICA PELLEGRINI (Olympic freestyle gold and silver medalist, four-time world record holder). Castagnetti died October 12, 2009.

CONTRIBUTOR
PETER MONTGOMERY (AUS)
FOR THE RECORD: FINA TECHNICAL WATER POLO COMMITTEE HONORARY SECRETARY: 1984-1992; CHAIRMAN FINA DISCIPLINARY PANEL: 2005-2009; MEMBER FINA DOPING PANEL: 1998-1999; PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATION: 1995-1999; AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COM­MITTEE BOARD MEMBER: 1989-Present; AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE VICE PRESIDENT Since 2001; MEMBER INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ATHLETES COMMISSION: 1988-1999; ASSIS­TANT CHEF-DE-MISSION AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; MEMBER OF THE OLYMPIC ACEDEMY COMMISSION: 1990-1996; MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL COMMISSION: 1989-1990; MEMBER OF THE SPORT AND LAW COMMISSION: 1996; MEMBER OF THE EVALUATION COMMISSION: 1998 WIN­TER GAMES; MEMBER OF CO-ORGANIZATION COMMISSION: 1988 (SEOUL), 1992 (BARCELONA), 1994 (LILLEHAM­MER), 2000 (SYDNEY); INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT BOARD MEMBER: 1993-1999; FOUNDER AND MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE OF AUSTRALIAN WATER POLO: 1982-1992, Patron: 1992-Present; PLAYED OVER 500 INTERNATIONAL WATER POLO MATCHES: 1972-1984; PLAYED ON FOUR OLYMPIC WATER POLO TEAMS: 1972-1984, Captain 176 Times; BOARD MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT: 1984-1989; BOARD MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION: 1988-1989.

Peter Montgomery is a rare example of being a multiple Olympian as a player (1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984) and official (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). He was captain of the 1984 Olympic Team, which placed 5th overall. As a player, he was on the 1973, 1975, 1978 and 1982 Aussie Teams competing at the World Championships (captain in 1982). His team won 11 Australian National Championships from 1973-1984, but Peter is best known for his contributions for sport and particularly for water polo after his playing days were over. For 38 years, he has served FINA, the IOC and the Australian Olympic Committee. He served as Honorary Secretary of FINA’s Technical Water Polo Committee for eight years. Since 1989, he has served as a board member of Australia’s Olympic Committee, Vice-President since 2001. He was on the 1991-1993 Sydney Olympic Games Bid and Lobby Committee. He was chairman of the FINA disciplinary panel from 2005 to 2009 and a member of the doping panel for two years in 1998-1999. He has been the Assistant Chef de-Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for four Olympic games from 1996-2008. He has been a member of the Olympic Academy Commission, Cultural Commission, Sport and Law Commission and the Evaluation Commission. He was president of the world Olympian Associa­tion for afour-year term. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Sport and a board member of the Australian Sports Commission. In 2006, he received the coveted order of Australia medal for services to sport.

 

 

 

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