The International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame Newsletter  
Nov. 2009
In this issue
:: 45th Annual ISHOF Induction
:: Golden Homecoming
:: New 2010 Honorees
:: In Memory of...
:: ISHOF says GoodBye
:: Night at the Museum
:: Masters Hall of Fame
:: Marathon Hall of Fame
:: ISHOF's Rough Water Swim
:: ISHOF Welcomes
the touchJoin the Century Club and own a piece of swimming history.  For your donation of $1,000 or more, you will receive basic benefits and what is already one of sports history's iconic images. Captured by legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Heinz Kluetmeier,  "The Touch .01", captures the incredible finish of the men's 100 meter butterfly race at the 2008 Olympic Games. This limited edition and numbered museum quality print, approximately 17"x22," is personally signed by both Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic.  Proceeds benefit ISHOF,  the Michael Phelps Foundation and the Milorad Cavic Foundation. See complete new membership flyer: and Renew your membership:
Sept. 10-12, 2009, ISHOF hosted the 45th annual Honoree Induction Ceremonies. The weekend was packed with activities! 
45th Annual ISHOF Induction
2009 honoreesThe 45th Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 12th at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel.  The class of 2009 included:  Honor Synchronized Swimmer, OLGA BRUSNIKINA of Russia, Honor Swimmer, INGE DE BRUIJN of the Netherlands, Honor Water Polo Player/Coach,GIANNI LONZI of Italy, Honor Coach, IKKAKU MATSUZAWA of Japan,  Honor Contributor for Synchronized Swimming, JUDY McGOWAN  of the USA, Honor Open Water Swimmer, KEVIN MURPHY of Great Britian, Honor Swimmer, ALEKSANDR POPOV of Russia, Honor Swimmer JENNY THOMPSON of the USA, and Honor Pioneer Swimmer IET VAN FEGGELEN of the Netherlands. Watch their induction videos:
The 2009 ISHOF Gold Medallion was presented at the end of the evening to Ambassador William Robert " Tim" Timken, Jr.  Read more...
Golden Homecoming
ghcISHOF is proud to announce that it is the new home for the Greg Louganis Olympic Medal Collection.  Greg has graciously loaned ISHOF his Olympic medals for display and it has become one of our most popular exhibits.  Greg's medals have been brought back together for the first time in almost 20 years.  During Greg's Olympic career, he became friends with AIDS activist, young man, Ryan White and his family.  Ryan was a pioneer in the early days of AIDS education.  After getting AIDS from a blood transfusion, Ryan developed the disease but would not allow it to stop him; he continued to attend school, educate the world about AIDS and fight for those who could not.  Read more...
New 2010 Honorees
Members of the Class of 2010 who will be inducted at the Fort Lauderdale Ceremony on May 8 include Honor Swimmers Brooke Bennett (USA), Petria Thomas (Australia) and Franziska Van Almsick (Germany); Honor Synchronized Swimmer, Maria Kisseleva (Russia); Honor Open Water Swimmer, Paul Asmuth (USA); Honor Swimming Coaches, Murray Stephens (USA) and Tamas Szechy (Hungary); Honor Pioneer Diver, Larry Griswold (USA); Honor Pioneer Swimmer, Teofilo Yldefonso (Philippines); Honor Contributor, Cornel Marculescu (Romania).
Members of the Class of 2010 who will be inducted in Zagreb and enshrined in the World Museum of Swimming at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA), include:  Honor Water Polo players Giuseppe D'Altrui (ITA) and Marco D'Altrui (ITA), Alexander Dolgushin (URS), Zdravko Jezic (YUG/CRO), Maureen O'Toole (USA), and Honor Pioneer Water Polo Coach Andres "Bandy" Zolyomy (HUN, ITA, ESP). Read more
In Memory of
Margery Meyer:Following a long battle with pancreatic cancer, 2009 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee Margery Meyer died on November 25, 2009. She was 87. More...
Virginia Hunt Newman:
We are saddened by the passing of ISHOF Pioneer Honoree Virginia Hunt Newman. Virginia was an innovator in teaching infants and children to swim developing the non-forceful, non-traumatic method of instruction. More...
Brenda Venderley retires  from ISHOF after 17 years 
brendaThe friendly voice at the other end of the telephone line, Brenda, retired in September after 17 years as ISHOF's bookkeeper, receptionist and office manager. For the past five years, she was the official greeter to museum visitors. She also administered the banquet hall reservations, showing and promoting the hall to perspective renters. Her talents will be missed.
Brenda has moved to California to be closer to her daughter. We all wish her the very best and hope that she comes by for a visit whenever returning to the area.
Night at the Museum
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The Museum opened its doors on Thursday and Friday evening for "A Night at the Museum", which included coaches from the ASCA World Clinic.  The ASCA World Clinic was in held in Fort Lauderdale this year, so we made sure there were plenty of opportunities for all the coaches to visit ISHOF. Guests included Olympian  Garret Weber-Gale, Honoree new Fort Lauderdale Aquatics age group coach, Jesse Vassallo, and Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler, and other dignitaries.
The Int. Masters Swimming Hall of fame Induction
masterswas held, Saturday, Sept.12 at Restaurant 3030, located at Marriott Harbor Beach.  Honorees Margery Meyer of California and Mr. Keijiro Nakamura of Japan were both present to accept their awards.  Gertrude Zint of Wisconsin and Karl Hauter of Germany were not able to attend.  Margery Meyer was accompanied by her daughter and coach, Marguerite as well as a group of friends and family.  Mr. Keijiro Nakamura traveled all the way from Japan with three friends; Mr. and Mrs. Shiriyama and Mrs. Enatsu.   Attending the IMSHOF Induction were IMSHOF Honorees,   Drury Gallagher and Phil Whitten, USMS President Rob Copeland and USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher.
The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame 
m readInduction was held on Friday, Sept. 11 in the ISHOF Auditorium.  The prestigious class for 2009 includes Honor Administrator, Sunny Lowry (GBR), Honor Pioneer, Frank Pritchard (USA), Honor Swimmer, Peter Stoychev (BUL), Honor Swimmer, Skip Storch (USA),  Honor Swimmer, David Meca Medina (ESP), Honor Swimmer, Britta Kamrau (GER),  and Honor Swimmer, Maria Luisa Cabanero Sanchez De Leon (ESP).  The highlight of the Induction was the presentation of the Davids/Wheelers Award, which was established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association on behalf of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  The 2009 Davids/Wheeler Award recipient was be presented to Michael P. Read of Great Britain. More...
ISHOF's Rough Water Swim 
Registration for the 2010 Ft. Lauderdale Rough Water Swim. Now Open

ISHOF welcomes Marcia Meiners
marcia meinersMarcia Meiners joined our staff on October 1st of this year.  She has lived in the greater Fort Lauderdale area for over 30 years and helped us from time to time on events held here at the Hall of Fame.  She has two children one of which played water polo for South Florida Water Polo and now plays for the United States Naval Academy. 

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Bruce Wigo
The International Swimming Hall of Fame