MISHOF ~ Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame October Induction Information and Updates


MISHOF 2019 Induction Ceremony, St. Louis, MO, USAS convention (photo above)

The Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF) was proud to announce its prestigious Masters Class of 2023 back in March. This year ISHOF will be inducting the class of seven (7) honorees from five countries that were selected last year: three swimmers, one diver, one water polo player, one synchronized/artistic swimmer, and one contributor. The Masters (MISHOF) induction event will be held in conjunction with the ISHOF Honoree weekend, Saturday, October 4-5, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Today, we are proud to announce that five will be with us for the event, which will be held Friday, October 4, at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in conjunction with the ISHOF Aquatic Awards presented by AquaCal and the ISHOF Specialty Awards.

This year’s Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF) honorees include:

HONOR SWIMMERS: Clary Munns (AUS), Glen Christiansen (SWE), and Tom Wolf (USA); HONOR DIVER:  Tarja Liljestrom (FIN); HONOR SYNCHRONIZED (ARTISTIC) SWIMMER:  Lizzi Jakobsen*  (USA); HONOR WATER POLO: Jose Luis Martin Gomez (ESP); and HONOR CONTRIBUTOR: Nadine Day (USA)   *deceased

The following Masters Honorees will be in attendance in Fort Lauderdale:

SWIMMERS:

TOM WOLF (USA)

Tom Wolf began swimming Masters in the 25-29 age group.  He is currently swimming in the 65-69, meaning he has competed in eight different age groups.  He has set 28 FINA Masters World Records competing in the backstroke and the I.M. events and has been in the world rankings since 1983.

Wolf has been in the Top Ten 16 times in his career.  He previously swam for North Texas Masters and is currently swimming for Lone Star Masters in the USA.  

Like Clary Munns, Wolf has not competed in any FINA Masters World Championships, accumulating all his 949 world points by breaking world records and setting world rankings.

GLEN CHRISTIANSEN (SWE)

Glen Christiansen is a former Swedish Olympic swimmer who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics, where he finished 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Since then, he has had continued success as a Masters swimmer and has pursued an international career as a swimming coach. He broke 24 world records between 1986 and 2009 and has competed in eight Masters World Championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010 and 2014), winning a total of 26 medals. He has been in the Top Ten a total of 32 times and has acquired a total of 908 world points.

He has been in the World Rankings in both the long and short course, with a total of 33, almost exclusively in the breaststroke events.

researcher for the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland. 

WATER  POLO PLAYER:

JOSE LUIS MARTIN GOMEZ (ESP)

In 1998 Jose started playing for Real Canoe Masters of Madrid;  a few years prior to that, he was playing in the regional league, as there was no Masters league. Jose imported the traveling spirit of his former club that he played in as a child, to Real Canoe and now the club makes two to three trips a year to any part of the world to play in Masters tournaments. He also organizes the Spanish Cup of Masters water polo every two years.

Jose has competed in eight FINA Masters World Championships between 2004 and 2017, earning one silver and two bronze in tournament play.  In 2017 he won gold at the World Master Games; He has competed in six European Masters Championships, coming away with one gold, one silver and two bronze. 

He has also competed in numerous international tournaments throughout Europe and Spain, as a member of the Real Canoe Team, between 2002-2017, earning ten gold medals, five silver medals and four bronze medals.

ARTISTIC SWIMMER:

LIZZI JAKOBSEN (USA)*

*deceased (Lizzi’s daughter, is coming to represent her)

Lizzi Jakobsen was one of the five original members of the team that became the Southern California Unsyncables.  Inspired by the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, they decided to enter the Masters National Championships that year. Lizzie and her team competed in nationals again in 1986, ‘88, ‘90, and ‘91. With the FINA World Masters being held in Indianapolis in 1992, they planned to enter their first ever FINA World Masters Championships.  With the help of Dawn Bean as coach, they were elated to come home with medals in four events including gold medals in the 50-59 age group team.

After their success in Indianapolis, the Unsyncables began competing in the FINA Masters World Championships. Lizzi attended a total of seven  FINA Masters Championships winning a total of 15 medals: 12 gold, two silver and one bronze.    Indianapolis (1992), Montreal (1994), Sheffield, England (1996), Munich (2000), Christchurch, New Zealand (2002), Riccione, Italy (2004), Stanford, California (2006), and Goteborg, Sweden (2010). 

Unfortunately, Lizzi passed away last year before she learned of her induction.

CONTRIBUTOR:

NADINE DAY (USA) – Masters Swimming Contributor

Nadine Day has devoted the last 25 years of her life to Masters swimming.  Her volunteer work began in 2001 when she became the Illinois Local Masters Swimming Committee (LMSC) Sanctions Chair.  Attending her first USMS convention a year later, she soon joined several USMS committees, all the while continuing to take on more responsibility within her local MSC. Nadine served as her LMSC’s Vice Chair and subsequently its Chair in addition to balancing the demands of multiple USMS Committee assignments.

In 2005, Nadine was elected to the USMS Board of Directors for the first time. After serving two terms as the Great Lakes Director, she was elected Vice President of Community Services. In 2012, Nadine was elected President of United States Masters Swimming, where she served one term. During her 16 years as a leader on the USMS Board, Day was involved in numerous task forces and committees. In the late twenty-teens, Nadine was named the United States Aquatic Sports Convention Chairperson, which is no small undertaking.  Day and her committee took it over flawlessly from a crew that had been running it for years and years. 

Nadine continued serving in leadership positions on committees and international organizations, once off the USMS board. In Nadine’s own words: “To me it’s about giving back to a sport I love and encouraging other adults to love swimming—it’s about providing opportunities for others. Making sacrifices for others is easy when you want our sport to be successful”. Nadine’s contributions to USMS have touched countless lives and helped USMS to grow and evolve.

Nadine has received numerous awards through the years, showing her continued dedication to Masters swimming. She won the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award; in 2015, USMS, gave her the Ted Haartz Staff Appreciation Award and in 2016, she received USMS’s highest honor, the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award.  In 2018 Swimming World Magazine named her  “One of the 10 Most Impactful People” in Swimming. And lastly, in 2020 United States Aquatic Sports presented Nadine with the Women in Swimming Award.

EVENT INFORMATION

TICKETS

Friday, October 4, 2024

(Masters MISHOF Honoree Induction, ISHOF Aquatic Awards, presented by AquaCal and ISHOF Specialty Awards)

Click here for Tickets – MISHOF/AWARDS

Saturday, October 5, 2024

ISHOF Honoree Induction Ceremonies, Al Schoenfield Media Award, ISHOF Gold Medallion Award

Click here for Tickets – INDUCTION

~ HOTEL INFORMATION ~

Host Hotel:  Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa

To make reservations click here:  https://book.passkey.com/e/50757008

321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 467-1111.

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $229 per night, 

Additional Hotel Option: 

Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

 Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 – $199 per night

If you have questions, call Meg-Keller-Marvin at 570 594-4367 or e-mail: meg@ishof.org or visit www.ishof.org

Honorees who are not able to attend:

CLARY MUNNS (AUS)

78-year-old grandmother Clary Munns swims for the Blacktown City Masters Swimming Club.

As of her selection in early 2023, she had set eight long course and 25 short course FINA Masters world records in the backstroke, butterfly and I.M events, since 1988 with 13 world records in 2019 alone. Munns has not competed in any FINA Masters World Championships, accumulating all her 1297 world points by breaking world records, and setting world rankings.  Since 1986, Clary has been in the Top Ten, 25 times. 

Clary is a great ambassador for Blacktown City at the state, national and world levels, and is proof that age is no barrier to sporting success. In 2016 she was New South Wales Masters Athlete of the Year.

DIVER:

TARJA LILJESTROM (FIN) 

Prior to her Masters career, Tarja Liljestrom was a competitor in the 1968 Olympic Games for Finland on both the 3M Springboard and 10M Platform.  

Tarja has competed in nine FINA World Championships, and has won 24 medals:  10 Gold, 13 Silver, 1 Bronze.  In addition, she has set three World Records, has competed in numerous European Masters competitions, and serves as a judge in the same competitions.  She is currently competing in the 65-69 age group.

About MISHOF

The purpose of the MISHOF is to promote a healthy lifestyle, lifelong fitness, and participation in adult aquatic programs. MISHOF recognizes the achievements of individuals who have participated in Masters programs through at least four different Masters age groups.  Most must pre-qualify by an objective point system based on world records performances, world Top Ten rankings and World Championship performances.  The MISHOF is a division of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, please visit:  www.ishof.org

About ISHOF

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.  It was first recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports, in 1968.  ISHOF’s mission is to collaborate with aquatic organizations worldwide to preserve, educate and celebrate history, showcase events, share cultures, increase participation in aquatic sports, while working toward making “Every child A Swimmer”.

For more information, call Meg-Keller-Marvin at 570 594-4367 or e-mail: meg@ishof.org or visit www.ishof.org

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