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Grande Dame Award



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.


She 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."


In addition , 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 Congress Member.


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 member.


As a business woman, June ran the family Steel Tubing Business warehouse in Hollywood, Florida for 20 years following her husband's stroke.


June is truly a tribute to the Hall of Fame Dames and to swimming as an administrator, volunteer, competitor, pioneer and friend.

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