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FORT LAUDERDALE, JULY 21, 2008 - The International Swimming Hall of Fame today announced the Honoree Induction Class of 2009, consisting of 9 of the greatest names in aquatic history. 

“This is clearly one of our most diverse and international classes in a long time,” said Bob Duenkel, ISHOF’s staff liaison to the international selection committee of over 150 aquatic authorities. 

The class of inductees includes two honorees from the Netherlands, Russia, and the USA, and one from the nations of Italy, Japan and Great Britain. 

The class of 2009 inductees includes:
INGE DE BRUIJN (NED) Honor Swimmer, ALEKSANDR POPOV (RUS) Honor Swimmer, Jenny Thompson (USA) Honor Swimmer, OLGA BRUSNIKINA (RUS) Honor Synchronized Swimmer, Gianni Lonzi (ITA) Honor Water Polo Player/Coach, KEVIN MURPHY (GBR) Honor Open water swimmer, IKKAKU MATSUZAWA (JPN) Honor Coach, JUDY McGOWAN (USA) Honor Contributor/Synchronized Swimming, and  IET VAN FEGGELEN (NED) Honor Pioneer Swimmer.
Details about the date and location of the  Induction ceremony will be announced at a future date.

The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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 adults and children. It accomplishes this 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 people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world.

About the Class of 2009
INGE DE BRUIJN (NED) Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD:  1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: 8th (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle); 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly), silver (4x100m freestyle); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle), bronze (100m butterfly, 4x100 freestyle); ELEVEN WORLD RECORDS: 4 (50m freestyle), 2 (100m freestyle), 2 (50m butterfly), 2 (100m butterfly); 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly); 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly); 1999 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (50m freestyle), silver (4x100m freestyle).

Although de Bruijn competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics finishing 8th in the 100m freestyle, it wasn’t until 1999 that she won the European Championships 50m freestyle gold medal and started setting world records  - eleven by the time she retired. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when won the 50m and 100m freestyles and the 100m butterfly, setting world records in all three events. With a silver medal in the 4x100 freestyle, her nickname became “Invincible Inky”. In 2000 and 2001, she was named World Female Swimmer of the Year. At the 2001 and 2003 World Championships, she won another five gold medals. She defended her 50m freestyle gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics while also winning the 100m freestyle silver and 100m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle bronze medals.

FOR THE RECORD:  1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle), silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle), silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: silver (100m freestyle),  SEVEN WORLD RECORDS: 50m freestyle 100m freestyle (50m), 50m freestyle, 4-100m freestyle (25m); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m & 100m freestyle), silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1998 World Championships: gold (100m freestyle), silver (50m freestyle), bronze (4x100m freestyle); 2003 World Championships: gold (50m &100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle), silver (4x100m medley); 1991 European Championships: gold (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1993 European Championships: gold (50m & 100m freestyle, 4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle); 1995 European Championships: gold (50m & 100m freestyle, 4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle); 1997 European Championships: gold (50m & 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1999 European Championships: silver (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle(, bronze (50m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 2001 European Championships: gold (50m & 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 2002 European Championships: gold (4x100m medley), silver (100m freestyle); 2004 European Championships: gold (50m freestyle).

Aleksandr Popov of Russia became the world’s premier sprinter during the decade of the 1990’s. He won nine Olympic medals at three Olympic Games from 1992 to 2000 with a total of four gold medals in individual events. Of his seven World Records, his 100m long course record held for six years and his 100m short course record lasted for ten years. He won six World Championship and 21 European Championship gold medals from 1991 to 2004.

Jenny Thompson (USA) Honor Swimmer
For The Record: 1992 Olympic Games: gold (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley), silver (100m freestyle);  1996 Olympic Games: gold (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley, 4x200m freestyle); 2000 Olympic Games: gold (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley, 4x200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle); 2004 Olympic Games: silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); Six World Records: 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 2 – 4x100m freestyle, 2 – 4x100m medley; Seven World Records (25m): 3 – 50m butterfly, 4 – 100m butterfly); 1991 World Championships: gold (4x100m freestyle); 1994 World Championships: silver (4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley); 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley), silver (4x200m freestyle); 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle), silver (50m butterfly, 4x100m medley), bronze (100m freestyle); 1997 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100m medley), silver (50m freestyle); 1999 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 4x100m medley, silver (50m freestyle); 2000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly), silver (100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle), bronze (4x100m medley); 2004  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (25m): gold (50m butterfly), silver (4x100m medley), bronze (100m butterfly); 1987 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle); 1999 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle); NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 19 individual and relay titles.

Jenny is the most decorated U.S. Olympian with 12 medals, 8 of them gold. From 1992 to 2004, she competed on four Olympic Teams winning gold medals mostly as a member of relay teams but in the process she set 13 world records mostly in individual events. In 1999, she broke Mary T. Meagher’s 18-year-old-world record in the 100m butterfly. She competed in the 2004 Olympic Games at the age of 31. She was the 1999 World Female Swimmer of the Year.

OLGA BRUSNIKINA (RUS) Honor Synchronized Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD:  1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: 4th (solo, duet); 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: 4th (team); 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (duet, team); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (team); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4th (team), 5th (duet); 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (duet, team); 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (solo, team); 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (team); 1995 WORLD CUP: bronze (team); 1997 WORLD CUP: gold (duet, team); 1999 WORLD CUP: gold (solo, duet, team); 1993, 1995 European Championships: gold (team); 1997 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (duet, team); 1999 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (solo, duet, team); 2000 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (solo, team); 2004 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (team); 1994 GOODWILL GAMES: silver (duet); 1998 GOODWILL GAMES: gold (duet, team).

Russia’s international breakthrough started at the 1993 Junior World Championships in Leeds when Olga Brusnikina won all of the solo, duet and team events.  That same year, she was a member of the Team that won at the European Championships.  After the Olympic Games of 1996, Russia’s dominance in Synchro became apparent when Olga won the 1997 World Cup (duet and team) and  never lost a major international competition for the next seven years, including the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (duet and team) and 2004 Athens Games (team, did not compete in duet).  She competed at three World Championships, winning gold medals—1998 (duet, team), 2001 (solo) and 2003 (team).  She competed in six European Championships from 1993 to 2004, winning nine gold medals.  She currently is a member of the National Olympic Committee of Russia and a coach to young synchro swimmers. 

Gianni Lonzi (ITA) Honor Water Polo Player/Coach
FOR THE RECORD:  ATHLETE 1960 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold; 1964 OLYMPIC GAMES: 4th; 1968  OYLMPIC GAMES: 4th; 1963 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES: gold; 1967, 1968 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold;  COACH  1976 OLYMPIC GAMES: silver; 1975 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze; 1978 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold; 1977 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES: gold; 1977 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold; ADMINISTRATOR 1988 To Present: Vice Chairman LEN European Water Polo Committee; FINA Technical Water polo Committee: Member since 1992, Chairman since 1996;

Gianni Lonzi was successful in all aspects of water polo, winning Olympic medals as an athlete, coach and administrator. Considered one of the best drivers of his time, Lonzi won Olympic gold in 1960 and just missed the bronze medals of 1964 and 1968. He retired from the water and moved to the pool deck as coach of the Italian team winning the Olympic silver medal in 1976 and gold and bronze medals in surrounding World Championships. Knowing the importance of raising young players to success, he coached the 1977 and 1982 Junior teams to gold medals in European Championships. In 1988 he became the Vice Chairman of the LEN Water Polo Committee and four years later began his term on the FINA TWPC becoming chairman in 1996.

Kevin Murphy (GBR) Honor Open water swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: Three Two-Way Crossings of the English Channel: 1970, 1975, 1987; 32 English Channel Crossings; Northern Ireland - Scotland: 1970, 1971, 1989 (11h 21min); Loch Ness: 1976 (23 miles); Richmond to Gravesend – River Thames: 42 miles; The Wash: 1973 (17 miles); Loch Lomond: 1967 (15h 4min); Lake Windermere Two-Way: 1969 (21 miles); 8 Lake Windermere Crossings; Lake Tahoe: (21+miles); Catalina Channel: (22+miles); Chicago Shoreline: (30+miles); Around Manhattan: (27 miles); Lake Balaton: (48 miles); Lake Como: (30 km); Majorca to Minorca: (25 miles); Marathon du Saguenay: (42 km); Capri to Naples: (23 miles); Nile Marathon: (20 miles); Lake Windermere International: (25 km);

Kevin Murphy has a long distance career covering more than 40 years. He was the first Briton and third ever to complete the two-way, non-stop English Channel swim. He was the King of the Channel with the most crossings of 32 times in 2004. In 1970, he was the second ever to complete the North Channel of the Irish Sea (11h 21 min) (100 C), setting a record lasting 18 years. He has swum in waters around Europe, Australia and North America. He is the only man to have completed three two-way Crossings of the English Channel. Other records include the Bristol Channel, Loch Ness, Round the Isle of Wright, River Thames Sydney Harbour, Lake Balaton (HUN) and the length of the Chicago Shoreline. Many of his swims he swam multiple times. He has completed over 73 swims of 10 miles or more with most of the swims over 15 miles.

FOR THE RECORD: 1932,1936 OLYMPIC GAMES: Head Coach; Coach of Swimmers Winning 9 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze Olympic Medals; Coach of 1931, 1935 Japanese Team vs. USA Team Duel Meets; Formed First Nippon Intercollegiate Swimming Association; Member Amateur Swimming Federation of Japan; Coach of First Japanese Female Team Exhibition Meet in Hawaii: 1929.

No other swimming coach has single-handedly developed, trained and organized a national team to Olympic and international prominence than Ikkaku Matsuzawa. For a decade, he became the leader of Japanese swimming, ended only by the outbreak of World War II. During the late teens and early 1920’s, Matsuzawa was a middle school, high school and university swimmer in Tokyo. Very few pools existed and swimming meets were held in the seas or lakes. Being a good swimmer and seeing the need for college swimming organization, he started the Nippon Intercollegiate Swimming Association in 1921. He was also very active in the Amateur Swimming Federation of Japan. In 1929, he escorted the first Japanese team of female swimmers to compete in Hawaii. Upon the team’s return, he was appointed coach of the National Team for men and women, competing against the USA Team in a 1931 duel meet in which Japan was victorious. His training methods were revolutionary for the era. He emphasized developing leg muscles for a strong kick vs. developing upper body limbs as the other countries were doing. He stressed the rhythmic motion of the trunk to minimize water resistance. He emphasized dryland training. He provided leadership and instruction. The next year at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, his male swimmers won all but one of the gold medals and four of the five silver medals. Among his swimmers were future Hall of Famers Yasuji Miyazaki, Kusuo Kitamura, Shozo Makino, Masaji Kiyokawa, Yoshi Tsuruta, Reizo Koike and Masanora Yusa, all winning Olympic medals in all three strokes. Hideko Maehata won the silver in the 200m breaststroke for women. The team was victorious again at a 1935 duel meet versus the USA. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the Japanese men won two of the five events, all of the bronze medals and two of the silver medals. The relay team won the gold. In women’s competition, Maehata won the breaststroke gold medal and Tetsuo Hamuro won the men’s breaststroke. His success of the time may be attributed to his strict system of training according to army discipline. He had the swimmers lead a systematical life.

FOR THE RECORD: 55 Years a Competitor, Coach, Judge, Administrator in Synchronized Swimming; Member FINA Technical Synchronized Swimming Committee: 1984-1996 (Chairman 1984-1992); Member ASUA Technical Synchronized Swimming Committee: 1979 – 1984; Editor and Primary Author of First International Training Manuel for Synchro Judges: 1979; Edited First FINA Judging Manuel (1988); Chaired FINA – TSSC Ad Hoc Committee on Degrees of Difficulty; Developed First Video Tape Series for Training International Routine Judges; Drafted First Rules and Guidelines for Technical Routines; International Clinician Conducting 37 International Clinics; Synchro Competition Manager for 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES; U.S. Chef de Mission for 1982 World Championship; Synchro Judge/Official at Five Olympic Games, Five World Championships, Five Pan American Games and Seven WORLD CUPS.

Since 1953, Judy has been active as a competitor, a coach, a judge and most importantly, in administrative duties nationally and internationally. Her younger days of competition in the City of Baltimore area and subsequent coaching in the area helped prepare her for the many years of commitment and service she gave to the sport. In 1974, she was the U.S. delegate to the First International Conference on Synchronized Swimming in Ottawa and then elected to chair the International Judges Study Group from 1974 to 1984. In 1979, she was editor and primary author of the First International Training Manuel for Synchronized Swimming Judges. She organized the Second International Conference on Synchronized Swimming in 1979 in Washington, DC. Six years later in 1984, she became the first woman ever appointed to chair a FINA committee, the TSSC on which she served for 12 years, 8 as chairman. During her tenure, she innovated and improved judging and scoring procedures, initiated development clinics, conducted clinics around the world and developed training materials. In 1988, she edited the first FINA Judging Manual, revising it in 1992. She chaired the FINA – TSSC Ad Hoc Committee on Degrees of Difficulty and authored its report, which established a systematic approach to assigning degrees of difficulty to FINA figures. She developed the first video tape series for training international routine judges by writing the script, selecting video clips, designing the format, and doing the video voice-over. She also wrote a teaching manual to accompany the tapes. She drafted the first rules and guidelines for technical routines and organized the first FINA Coaching Symposium for elite synchro coaches in 1992 at Olympia, Greece. As an international clinician, she conducted or served 37 international clinics around the world including Argentina, Australia(3), Brazil, Canada(2), China, Columbia(3), Cuba, Dominican Republic(2), Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea(2) Mexico(2), Puerto Rico(2), Russia, Soviet Union, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, USA(7), and Venezuela. On the home front, she was the Founding President of U.S. Synchronized Swimming where she incorporated the organization, hired the first executive director and established the national office (1977 – 1984). During this time the USSS National Team Program, National Age Group Championships and Masters programs were begun; and the concept for the first USSS Coaches Certification Program was developed. She became the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Task Force to investigate the status of Coaches Education in the United States for Pan American and Olympic Sports. All recommendations were subsequently adopted including the establishment of a USOC Coaching Education Program. From 1984 to 1988, she chaired the Coaches Education Committee, organizing the first coaching education seminars for the USOC. She became a member of the USOC Executive Board from 1980-1984 and was appointed by USOC president Bill Simon as the liaison for the Athletes Advisory Council. She served as an international judge at the 1984, 2000 Olympic Games, serving as Chief Olympic Referee in 1988, 1992 and Competition Manager in 1996. She was a judge at the 1978, 1998, 2005 World Championships, 1979, 1997, 1999 World Cups, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2004 Jr World Championships and 1979, 1983, 1987, 1999, 2003 Pan American Games. She served as Chief Referee at the 1986, 1991 World Championships, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 World Cups and 1989, 1991 Jr Worlds.  She was the competition manager at the 1995 World Cup. She was the U.S. Chef de Mission at the 1982 World Championships.

FOR THE RECORD: ELEVEN WORLD RECORDS: Three (100m backstroke), Two (200m backstroke), One (400m backstroke), One (150y backstroke), One (100m backstroke), Two (3x100m Medley Relay), One (3x100y Medley Relay); 1964, 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES: Coach With Dutch Swimming Team; Started First Synchronized Swimming Team in Europe.

Iet van Feggelen reached her swimming prime following the Olympic Games of 1936. In 1938 and 1939, she set eight Worlds backstroke Records in distances from 100 yards to 400 meters. Her Olympic ambitions were denied when World War II prevented her from competing in the cancelled Games of 1940. Almost ten years later and following the war, she swam on Holland’s 3x100 Medley Relay teams setting three world records in the process. In 1947, she toured the USA with Hall of Fame teammate Nel van Vliet, during which time she discovered synchronized swimming. Upon her return to Holland, she started the first synchronized swimming team in Holland and Europe. Holland’s Jan Armbrust followed Iet’s Dutch synchro success with his own team a few years later eventually becoming very active in the International synchronized swimming scene. The Dutch Swimming Federation selected her as a coach for the Olympic swimming teams of 1964 and 1968. She currently resides in Holland.

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