Penny Lee Dean, EdD to receive the 2024 Poseidon Award
FORT LAUDERDALE –
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Penny Lee Dean, EdD
for her high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2024 Poseidon Award. The
Award will be presented to Penny during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
(IMSHOF) Induction and Award Ceremony on Saturday May 18th, 2024 in Cancun México.
The Poseidon Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to
the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a
field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the
development and status of Marathon Swimming to the world.
This year’s award honors Penny Lee Dean, EdD. She delivered high level achievements as
a marathon swimmer: won 1 major (1979 World Professional Marathon Swimming
Federation) and other prestigious races, set 2 overall Catalina Channel speed records which
still stand more than 40 years later, set overall English Channel speed record which stood
for 16 years and female record which stood for 28 years.
Penny delivered high level achievements as an administrator: Catalina Channel Swimming
Federation – Founder, President more than 10 years and Historian/Board Member for more
than 40 years. Meet director for the 1984 USA Long Distance International Championships
across the Catalina Channel.
She delivered high level achievements as a coach: USA Swimming National Open Water
Team Coach for twelve years (winning every competition) – taking teams to the 1991 Pan
Pacific Championships; 1991 World Swimming Championships; 1982/1986/1990
Windermere Championships; 1990 English Channel Race and 1984/1989 Catalina Channel
She was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of
Fame (IMSHOF) in 1980. The International Swimming Hall of Fame inducted Penny In 1996
and presented her with the Buck Dawson Authors Award in 1998.
For additional information, please call Ned Denison in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at (+1 954) 462-6536, or visit http://www.ishof.org