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FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is proud to announce its class of inductees for 2011.  The group of seven outstanding individuals will be inducted at the annual ceremony to be held Friday evening, September 16th, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,  Jacksonville, Florida, in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.

The prestigious IMSHOF class of 2011 includes four swimmers, two divers and one contributor from four different countries:  the USA, Canada, Norway and Australia.   

Since 1986 Lynn Marshall, of Canada, has been among the world’s Top 10 Masters swimmers every year and has set five long course and 23 short course FINA Masters World Records. In 20 years of Masters competition, Christel Schultz, of Germany, has set 23 long course and 10 short course FINA World Records and has competed in six FINA World Masters Championships, winning 23 gold medals.   Since 1986 Richard Abrahams (USA) has set 37 FINA Masters World Records and won 10 gold medals in three FINA World Masters Championships.  A 1960 Olympic gold medalist, Jeff Farrell of the USA, began his Masters career in 1981 and has set 27 FINA Masters World Records. 

USA Diver Peter Dicroce has won 12 FINA World Masters diving titles in addition to 39 USA National Masters championships.  Fellow diver Grunde Vegard, of Norway, competed in his first international masters competition in 1989 in the 55-59 age group. In the ten international competitions he has competed in, he has won 13 gold medals.

Gary Stutsel of Australia is joining the IMSHOF as an Honor Contributor for all he has done to coordinate and promote masters swimming in Australia and around the world.  In addition, he has been a highly competitive masters swimmer, presently competing in the 70 – 74 age group.

The purpose of the IMSHOF is to promote a healthy lifestyle, lifelong fitness and participation in adult aquatic programs by recognizing the achievements of individuals who serve as an example for others and who have participated in Masters programs through at least four different masters age groups.  The IMSHOF is a division of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, please visit:  www.ishof.org

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its 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 all children and adults. For more information please visit http://www.ishof.org


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