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September 2021 Newsletter
September 4th - Happy Birthday Dawn Fraser!!!!

Dawn Fraser is the female version of the water world's "fastest human" and has been for 10 years and three Olympics (Melbourne-1956, Rome-1960, Tokyo-1964).

September Honoree Birthdays

 1 - Charlotte Epstein* (USA) - read bio
 2 - Ernst Hoppenberg* (GER) - read bio
 4 - Dawn Fraser (AUS) - read bio
 5 - Eldon Godfrey (CAN) - read bio
 6 - Mickey Riley* (USA) - read bio
      Billy Rose* (USA) - read bio

 7 - Gao Min (CHN) - read bio
      Tetsuo Hamuro* (JPN) - read bio

      Monte Nitzkowski* (USA) - read bio
10- Carlo Silipo (ITA)- read bio
11- Frank Kurtz* (USA) - read bio

      Emil Rausch* (GER)- read bio
13- Jimmy McLane (USA)- read bio

      Miho Takeda (JPN) - read bio
15- Tom Dolan (USA)- read bio
16- Hironoshin Furuhashi* (JPN) - read bio
      Karen Muir (RSA) - read bio
17- Harrison Glancy* (USA)- read bio
      Larry Griswold* (USA) - read bio
18- Howard Firby* (CAN) - read bio
20- Shiro Hashizume (JPN) - read bio
21- Stubby Kruger* (AUS) - read bio
22- Fritz Gunst* (GER) - read bio
24- Claire Galligan* (USA) - read bio
26- Gary Hall, Jr. (USA) - read bio

      Lenore Kight Wingard* (USA) - read bio
      Dick Roth (USA) - read bio
27- Tian Liang (CHN) - read bio
      Caren Metschuck (GDR) - read bio
28- Lenny Krayzelburg (USA) - read bio
      Joe Ruddy* (USA)- read bio

      Debbie Watson (AUS) - 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 Ceremonies – A “GO” for this year ~ USA Only, October 9th !!

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) has made the decision to move forward with its annual events to induct new honorees into its esteemed Hall and honor its Paragon Award winners.
The events will be combined into one evening on October 9th, and will honor only those living in the United States due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.  The evening will honor 14 people, including 5 ISHOF Inductees, 4 Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF),  4 Paragon Award winners, and 1 Lifetime Achievement award.
The International honorees and award winners who will not be recognized this year due to travel restrictions, will be celebrated next year (2022) on October 14 and 15th in Fort Lauderdale.

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The ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award is only giving when ISHOF deems someone worthy.  The award has only been given out four other times in ISHOF’s 56 year history.   The ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the lifetime dedication and achievements from someone in the swimming/aquatics community. Reese will be honored on October 9th, 2021
Coach Reese is the perfect selection for this award, particularly after his record breaking NCAA DI Championships win in 2021. Coach Reese had just won his un-precedented 15th National Championship at the University of Texas.  After flirting with the idea of retirement,  Reese decided there was still more he wanted to achieve with his group of guys.  His decision to continue coaching will just add to lifetime achievements and enhance this award.

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ISHOF Induction Ceremony Info
Time to get your tickets for the 2021 ISHOF and Masters Honoree Induction Weekend
ISHOF Honor Coach, Ron O’Brien comes home again…..

Last week, one of our favorite Honorees and local Fort Lauderdale resident, eight-time Olympic Diving Coach, Dr. Ron O’Brien made a visit to the Hall of Fame Aquatic Center, his former home from 1990-1996.  Manager Laura Voet gave O’Brien a tour of the new facility and its newest star, the 27-meter dive tower.

We all know Ron as eight-time Olympic Diving Coach for the U.S.A., coach of Greg Louganis, Michelle Mitchell, Mary Ellen Clark, Scott Donie, Jennifer Chandler and so many more……but did you know that Ron began his career as a diver? He was the NCAA 1-meter champion for Ohio State University(1959), earned six varsity letters at OSU, in both diving and gymnastics and in 1960, placed third in the US Diving Olympic Trials, narrowly missing the top two qualification spots and a chance to compete in the Olympic Games.  After his career as an athlete ended, he began coaching and became one of the most successful coaches of all time.

O’Brien was inducted into the Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame as a diver in 1978,  and was inducted into ISHOF in 1988, as an Honor Coach, in May, 2015, Ron received a stone on Ft. Lauderdale’s Walk of Fame. On January 7, 2020,  the City of Ft. Lauderdale declared “Ron O’Brien Day in the City. Possibly one of the most prestigious awards presented to Dr. O’Brien, was in 2019, when he was inducted into the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs.  He was only the fifth Coach to ever be inducted into that Hall of Fame, out of all the sports in the Olympic Games.  Quite an honor.

New Exhibit in Philadelphia to Share History of Segregation in Swimming

A new exhibit opening next week at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center near Philadelphia will share the story of African Americans in swimming. The exhibit, titled “POOL: A Social History of Segregation,” will show the history of how black Americans were systemically denied access to the lifesaving skill of swimming throughout centuries of U.S. history. The exhibit, which will run from Sept. 3 until Aug. 30, 2022, was curated by Victoria Prizzia.

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Swimming World Re-Cap of
2021 Olympic Games
Tokyo Olympics Analysis (U.S. Men): Dressel Shines, Finke Stuns on Biggest Stage

For the first 85 meters of the 100 freestyle final, Caeleb Dressel breathed every stroke to his left side as he opened up a big lead. But when he passed the red buoy on the lane marking 15 meters to go, Dressel put his head down and spun. Gold or bust.

Dressel got it done, touching six hundredths ahead of Australian rival Kyle Chalmers for his first individual Olympic medal, gold. At that point, with his hardest individual race out of the way, and the pursuit of at least individual perfection was definitely within his capabilities. Indeed, Dressel held off Kristof Milak for gold in the 100 fly and produced the largest margin of victory ever in the 50 free. He finished the meet with five golds and a spot in history, capturing the attention of a U.S. general public only now appreciating Dressel’s greatness that swimming fans have watched and appreciated on the NCAA level and the World Championships level for years.

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Tokyo Olympics Analysis (U.S. Women): Lots of Medals, Youth and Potential for Future Brilliance

It’s true — the American women won just three gold medals in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, their fewest at any major international meet in recent memory. Katie Ledecky brought home the inaugural Olympic gold medal in the women’s 1500 freestyle, and she earned her historic third straight gold in the 800 freestyle. 17-year-old Alaska-native Lydia Jacoby shocked the world by winning the 100 breaststroke. But the Americans were shut out of gold medals in the relays and in the remaining individual events.

But was this a poor performance in Tokyo? No way. Not even close. Look across the board, and you see an incredibly strong performance by one of the most well-rounded swim teams ever assembled.

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