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Felipe Munoz (MEX) won Mexico's first Olympic gold medal in swimming in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.  Munoz swam the 200m Breaststroke. 

February Honoree Birthdays

 1 - Alfred Hajos* (HUN) - read bio
      Marion Kane* (USA) - read bio
      Al Schoenfield (USA) - read bio
      Sun Shuwei (CHN) - read bio
 2 - Anastasia Davydova (RUS) - read bio
      Freddie Lane* (AUS) - read bio
      Jiro Nagasawa* (JPN) - read bio
      Clarence Pinkston* (USA) - read bio
      Bela Rajki* (HUN) - read bio
 3 - Alberto Castagnetti* (ITA) - read bio
      Felipe Munoz (MEX) - read bio
      Satoko Tanaka (JPN) - read bio
 4 - Tracie Ruiz (USA) - read bio
      John Devitt (AUS) - read bio
      Sharon Finneran (USA) - read bio
      Jerry Heidenreich* (USA) - read bio
      Alice Lord Landon* (USA) - read bio
 5 - Craig Wilson (USA) - read bio
 6 - Jeff Rouse (USA) - read bio
      Charlie Hickcox* (USA) - read bio
      Marton Homonnay* (HUN)- read bio

 7 - Mark Tewksbury (CAN) - read bio
      Bridgette Gusterson (AUS)- read bio
      Kristin Otto (GDR)- read bio
 8 - Irina Kalinina (URS) - read bio
      Frederick Holman* (GBR)- read bio
      Norbert Rosza (HUN)- read bio
10- Mark Spitz (USA) - read bio
      Victor Davis* (CAN) - read bio
      Barbara Dunbar (USA) - read bio
      Ethel Lackie* (USA) - read bio
11- Masaji Kiyokawa* (JPN) - read bio
      Zoe Ann Olsen* (USA) - read bio
12- Candy Costie (USA) - read bio
      Carrie Steinseifer (USA) - read bio
13- Beulah Gundling* (USA) - read bio
      Kelly McCormick (USA) - read bio
      Ken Sitzberger* (USA) - read bio
      Yanmei Xu (CHN) - read bio
14- Louis deBreda Handley* (USA) - read bio
      Frank Parrington* (GBR) - read bio
      Ken Treadway (USA) - read bio
15- Jonty Skinner (RSA) - read bio
      Amy VanDyken (USA) - read bio
      Hal Vollmer (USA) - read bio
16- Bert Cummins (GBR) - read bio
17- Rebecca Adlington (GBR) - read bio
      Rowdy Gaines (USA) - read bio
18- Alexei Barkalov (URS) - read bio
      Peng Bo (CHN) - read bio
      Gus Stager* (USA) - read bio
19- Harold "Dutch" Smith (USA) - read bio
20- Steve Lundquist (USA) - read bio
      Perica Bukic* (YUG/CRO) - read bio
      Doug Russell (USA) - read bio
22- Elaine Tanner (CAN) - read bio
23- Lucky Morton* (GBR) - read bio
24- John Jarvis* (GBR) - read bio
      Skip Kenney (USA) - read bio
      Frederick Luehring* (USA) - read bio
25- Harold Henning* (USA) - read bio
      Bernardo Picornell* (ESP) - read bio
26- Jenny Thompson (USA) - read bio
      Ellen Fullard-Leo (USA) - read bio
      Matt Mann* (USA/GBR) - read bio
      Hendrika Mastenbroek* (NED) - read bio
      Albina Osipowich* (USA) - read bio
      Keena Rothhammer (USA) - read bio
      Roy Saari* (USA) - read bio
27- Ethelda Bleibtrey* (USA) - read bio
      Rosemarie Kother (GDR) - read bio
28- Jeff Farrell (USA) - read bio

See all honorees.  If you are an Honoree and we missed your birthday, please e-mail meg@ishof.org....we’d love to hear from you!
* = Deceased

ISHOF Museum Moves a Step Closer to Getting New Buildings

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission voted to accept an unsolicited bid from the Hall of Fame Partners, LLC to replace the front and back International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) museum buildings.  The proposal was accepted and will be revisited again after 21 days to allow additional competitive bids to be presented.  The new building will complement the $45 million renovation of the aquatic center which is scheduled to be completed in the Fall (2021).

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Hilda James Grandson Ian McAllister
Ian McAllister, Grandson of 1920 Olympian and ISHOF Honoree Hilda James, Becomes One In a Thousand

Ian McAllister, the grandson of 1920 Olympic medalist and Hall of Fame pioneer swimmer Hilda James, has joined ISHOF’s “One in a Thousand campaign,” designed to help the hall prosper during the difficult financial times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Hall of Fame gave me a lot of help over several generations of Hall of Famers,” Ian McAllister said. “I was quite touched by the way Bruce approached it. When I brought the book over and before I applied to put her in the Hall of Fame, he showed us around the museum and he wouldn’t put the book down. I gave it to him and he carried it with him all the way around.

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Coach Harry Gallagher Dies at 96
Passages: ISHOF Honor Coach Harry Gallagher, and Legendary Coach of Dawn Fraser, Dies at 96

Legendary Australian Olympic swim coach Harry Gallagher OAM – the mastermind behind Aussie swimming greats Dawn Fraser and Jon Henricks – passed away peacefully early today on the Gold Coast.

“The Crafty Fox” as he was fondly known around the pool decks throughout his colourful 96 years was surrounded by his family and his greatest protégé in four-time Olympic champion Fraser who drove from the Sunshine Coast last night to say her final fond farewells to “Mr Gallagher.”

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Nate Clark, Ohio State swimmer
Ohio State swimmer Nate Clark is second from right
African American Swimmer Nate Clark, A Pioneer in NCAA Swimming, Nominated to be Inducted into ISHOF

The rationale for considering Nate Clark to be inducted into the ISHOF, is the 2018 induction of Willie O’Ree into the Pro Hockey Hall of fame.  O’Ree played in only 46 games in the NHL, had four goals and ten assists. Clearly not Hall of Fame numbers, but the significance is that he broke a barrier as the first African American to play in the NHL.

Now, the idea is that collegiate swimming in the 1960s might be the equivalent of the NHL and Clark was the first black swimmer to earn an athletic scholarship for swimming at a major swimming school (Ohio State), rather than choosing to attend a historically black college.  He was also the first Black swimmer to make the finals at the NCAA Championships in both 1962 and 1963.  Making it to the finals of the 100 meter butterfly in 1962 and both the 100 and 200 meter butterfly in 1963, with his highest finish being 4th.

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Casino Pool in Ft. Lauderdale
93 Years Ago, Swimming History Began in the City of Fort Lauderdale with the Casino Pool

93 years ago, on January 29, 1928, the City of Fort Lauderdale dedicated the Las Olas Casino Pool (1928-1967), the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in the State of Florida and consequently launchedFort Lauderdale as a tourist destination. Our community would forever be famous for swimming!

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White House Press Secretary a Former Swimmer
Former William and Mary Swimmer, Jen Psaki, Named White House Press Secretary Under New President Joe Biden

Jen Psaki has been named the next White House press secretary by U.S. President Joe Biden, who took office on Wednesday in Washington. Psaki was a swimmer at William & Mary.

The press secretary to the first lady is also a former swimmer.

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