The International Swimming Hall of Fame

                          The International Swimming 
                          Hall of Fame Newsletter
November 2011


Honoree Class 2012 Announced


The voting is in.  Here are the individuals who will be honored on Saturday, May 12, at ISHOF's 47th Annual Induction Ceremonies, in Fort Lauderdale.


Domenico Fioravanti (ITA) - In 2000, Fioravanti became the first Italian swimmer to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games, winning both the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke races.

József Szabó (HUN) - Won the Olympic gold medal in Seoul along with one World Championship and three European Championships in the 200m breastroke.         

Gustavo Borges (BRA) - Competed in four Olympic Games, 1992 - 2004 winning four Olympic medals (two silver & two bronze in the 100 & 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle relay)

Tian Liang (CHN) - Off the ten-meter platform, he won two gold, one silver & one bronze medal in 2 Olympic Games (2000 & 2004) and won three time World Championship titles (1998 & 2001).

Jill Sudduth (USA) - Won gold in the team and duet events at the 1994 World Championships and was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team that received a perfect score and also won the gold medal.

Jesus Miguel Rollan Prada (ESP) - One of the all-time great goalkeepers, he articipated in five Olympic Games, winning one gold (1996) & one silver meda (1992).

Chad Hundeby (USA) - Won FINA's 1st Open Water World Championship (1991), broke a 16 year old English Channel Crossing record in 1994 and won almost every major long distance race in the world during his career.

Laszlo Kiss (HUN) - As Hungarian Nat. Team Coach for over 40 years, his swimmers won ten Olympic & eight World Championship medals.

Frank Kurtz (USA) -  In the era of American domination, he was the first U.S. diver to qualify for three Olympic teams, won the bronze medal at the 1932 Olympic Games in 10m platform and later became a famous as World War II pilot.

Eldon Godfrey (CAN) - Over thirty-eight years of involvement in international aquatic sport administration as diving judge, FINA Bureau Member  (1996-2009), President of UANA 2007-2011 and now Honorary Member of the FINA Bureau.

Dr. Julio Maglione (URU) When elected President of FINA in 2009, it capped a career of lifetime service to international sports that began in 1955 as a swimmer in the Pan American Games and which has included positions as President of his National Swimming Federation, the Confederacion Sudamericana de Natacion, UANA  and membership on the IOC, to name a few.   


International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival (IAHSFF) 
The Historic Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is delighted to announce the inaugural International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival (IAHSFF) that will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 9-12 May 2012.


Sports history and historical events provide a platform for documentary and feature films, for fictional and non-fiction literature and art -all of which serve to promote sport in the media and with the general public. Thus, the heritage of every sport is a fundamental component of its future and must be respected and preserved in a meaningful way. It is for this reason that the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and Museum was established in 1962 and to further this important mission, ISHOF is initiating the inaugural IAHSFF.

The IAHSFF will include keynotes, a Film Festival, book signings, a museum tour, exhibitions, oral and poster presentations, and 8 prestigious prizes for best contributions in research and cinematography. For more information please visit or email


ISHOF returns historic films to Russian Swimming Federation


ISHOF President Wigo was the guest of the Russian Swimming Federation and Hall of Fame great Vladimir Salnikov in Moscow during the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, October 18 - 19.  In a brief ceremony before the start of the meet, Wigo presented 7 tins of 16mn and 35mm Soviet era swimming and diving films, some dating to the Pankratov & Wigolate 1940's, that were in ISHOF's archives.  The Russian Federation intends to digitize the films & provide

 ISHOF with DVD copies. 
At right: Wigo with double butterfly Olympic gold medalist and ISHOF Hall of Famer Denis Pankratov in Moscow.

New Corporate Partner


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Holiday Gift Ideas from ISHOF


The " Safe Swimmer" is one of many holiday gift ideas from ISHOF. Become a member  and receive this and many more items at a special Members-Only price.Safe Swimmer

In This Issue
2012 ISHOF Honorees
Int. Aquatic History Symposium
Eleanor Garatti-Saville Grants
Latest Acqusitions
GB Synchro Team at ISHOF
Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

Four Olympic Hopefuls to Receive

Eleanor Garatti-Saville Grants 


Fort Lauderdale, FL - (November 3) - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced the names of four Olympic hopefuls who will receive Eleanor Garatti-Saville Memorial Grants: swimmers Lara Jackson and Marcus Titus and divers Christina Loukas and Chris Colwill.  The Eleanor Garatti-Saville Memorial Fund was established at ISHOF in the name of Honor Pioneer Swimmer Eleanor Garatti-Saville in 2009, by her sister, the late Dora Hartsfield. The purpose of the Fund is to help young Olympic hopefuls achieve their dreams. Read more...

Latest Acquisitions
Uhro Saari Film Collection


Recently, Robert Saari, a member of the 1964 US Olympic water polo team, donated the complete film collection of his late father, Uhro, to the ISHOF's Henning Library.  Uhro Saari was a two-time US Olympic water polo coach and legendary swimming and water polo coach at El Segundo High School, in El Segundo, California - where he also coached his other son Roy to a Hall of Fame career.  The Uhro Saari Film Collection includes rare footage from major international and national swimming and water polo events from the 1940's through the early 1970's Saari attended over his career.  Uhro passed away in 1990.


The Joel & Ward O'Connell Film Collection


Joel Lenzi O'Connell, a many time USA National Diving

Champion who attended Fort Lauderdale's Pine Crest School and trained under Al Gordon at the old Casino Pool, has donated a collection of historic swimming and diving films, dating from the early 1930's through the 1970's. The gift is made in the name of Joel and her husband Ward, long-time diving coach of Arizona State University who passed away in 2009. "I am so delighted that I found the appropriate place for these films," said Joel.

Visitors to ISHOF 
Great Britain's Olympic synchronized swimming team enjoyed a  tour of the Hall of Fame during their training camp in Fort Lauderdale. 

GB synchro 

Rowdy Gaines' Masters Classic


Ageless wonder 90 year old Tiger Holmes, past ISHOF Chairman and Gold Medallion recipient, with daughter Mary and Rowdy Gaines at the third annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic in Orlando, FL. 






Dear Friends,

           As we approach our fiftieth year of operation we will soon be announcing plans for a new home. To ensure the International Swimming Hall of Fame will continue to be a one-of-a-kind, world-class aquatic complex and museum dedicated to promoting swimming and inspiring future champions - we need your help.  Won't you please join or renew your membership today!

           Unlike the Halls of Fame for the professional sports we must rely upon people like you - who love swimming - to keep the doors open.  If you join or renew your membership before January 1st you will not only be able to enjoy special "members only" discounts for holiday gifts in our e-store, but you will also receive our 2011 yearbook in addition to full member benefits for 2012. 


Thank you for your consideration. 


Bruce Wigo