August 2012
ISHOF Announces Class of 2013 
The International Swimming Hall of Fame announced results of the International Selection Committee's vote for the Class of 2013. The ten individuals selected for induction are: Swimmers GARY HALL, JR. (USA), PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND (NED), YANA KLOCHKOVA (UKR) and DAGMAR HASE (GER); Diver HU JIA (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer NATHALIE SCHNEYDER (USA); Water Polo Player MILIVOJ BEBIC (YUG, CRO); Open Water Swimmer CLIFF LUMSDON (CAN); Coach ALBERTO CASTAGNETTI (ITA) & in the Contributor category, PETER MONTGOMERY (AUS)
The class of 2013 will be formally inducted at the International Swimming Hall of Fame's 49th Annual Induction Ceremonies on Saturday, May 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA).
In This Issue
ISHOF Announces Class of 2013
ISHOF @ the London Olympics
ISHOF Grant Recipient
Reunited in London
In The News
Obituary - Phil Moriarty
New NISCA Award Stand
New Aquisitions
The Best of Swimming & Diving of the 1960's
Own Heinz Kluetmeier's "Touch 0.01"
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ISHOF Olympic

 Exhibit at Milton Keynes


Through an arrangement with FINA and thecentre:MK at Milton Keynes, one of the 

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ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo giving a guided tour to the FINA Technical Diving Committe at the ISHOF Olympic Exhibit in Milton Keynes
UK's largest malls, ISHOF presented "Passion and Progress: A History of Aquatics in the Olympic Games."  The exhibit, which runs through September 2nd, features a complete collection of Olympic gold medals won by Olympic athletes from 1896 to 2008.  Special thanks to ISHOF Honorees Adolph Kiefer, Bob Clotworthy, Lynn Burke, Donna DeVarona, Debbie Meyer, Dave Edgar, John Naber, Don Gambril, Rowdy Gaines, Greg Louganis, Jenny Thompson - and future honorees Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol for loaning ISHOF their medals for this exhibition.
ISHOF Grant Recipient Finishes 4th in London  

Alia Atkinson Just Misses Medal in London

Atkins Alia Atkinson, a recipient of an Eleanor Garatti Saville grant, finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke at the London Olympic Games.  Alia grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area, swam for Chris Anderson with the Comets of Pembroke Pines and was the 200m breaststroke NCAA Champion in 2010 for Texas A & M. Representing Jamaica, Alia entered the Olympic meet unseeded, had to win a swim-off to secure lane 8 in the final dropped and improved her time by almost 2 seconds in London to come within a whisker of the podium.  ISHOF's Eleanor Garatti Saville grant was established through a bequest in memory of the 1928 and 1932 Olympic gold medalist to help young athletes achieve their Olympic dreams.
Reunited In London - Sir Peter & Dr. Lee
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Sixty-four years after competing against each other at the London Olympics of 1948, diving greats Sir Peter Heatly (88 years old) and Dr. Sammy Lee (92 years old) were reunited at the Olympic swimming stadium before the 3m springboard final on Tuesday, August 7th.  They both enjoyed meeting up again and received a well deserved reception from the capacity crowd. After long diving careers, both men stayed active within the diving sphere in addition to having distinguished and active lives out of the pool.  While Dr. Lee practiced medicine into his mid 70's, Sir Peter pursued a career in sports management and was Knighted in 1990.  1948, Dr. Lee won gold while Sir Peter finished 5th off the 10m platform.   Both are voting members of ISHOF's International Selection Committee.

In The News
Karen Muir
South Africa's Karen Muir Battles Cancer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa.  ACCORDING to Sport24 in South Africa, South African legend Karen Muir is battling "end stage" breast cancer at the age of 59, and has been told "she only has a few months to live."
Muir, at the age of 12, became the youngest person to break a world record in 1965 with a 1:08.7 in the 110-yard backstroke at the ASA National Junior Championships in Blackpool, England. Throughout the rest of her career, which spanned five more years, she went on to break 15 world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 110 yard and 220 yard backstroke events. More:

Phil Moriarty
Yale Coach Phil Moriarty Passes Away
Long-time Yale swimming and Hall of Fame coach Phil Moriarty passed away peacefully Saturday, August 18 in Mystic, Connecticut with his children Ellen and Richard at his side. He was 98 years old. 

Phil Moriarty' grew up in New Haven, Connecticut in the shadows of Yale University Carnegie Pool.  He was a self-described "pool rat" who occasionally trained as a high school swimmer under Yale's legendary coach Bob Kiphuth.  He started out as a team towel boy and go-fer for Kiphuth and the Yale swimmers.  His first paid position came with the opening of the Kiphuth designed "Exhibition Pool" in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, in 1932. In 1939 he was appointed as the assistant varsity swim coach. With Bob Kiphuth's retirement in 1959, he took over and remained head coach until 1976. For complete obituary, click here:

To read his obituary published in the New York Times, click here:


Barbara Yodice Whitehouse Passes Away


Barbara Yodice

Barbara Yodice Whitehouse, was born July 7, 1927 in Brooklyn N.Y. and passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Southbury, CT, at Danbury Hospital at the age of 85 years. She died peacefully surrounded by family.

Primarily a breaststroke swimmer, Barbara won Metropolitan and US National Titles as a member of the famous Women's Swimming Association of New York in the 1940's - the war years - when there was little opportunity for international competition. She was taught to swim by Hall of Fame great Gertrude Ederle and swam under Hall of Fame coach Lou de B. Handley.  A long-time supporter and member of ISHOF, Barbara was instrumental in creating ISHOF's exhibit honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the WSA - a club largely responsible for the growth of women's swimming in the USA and around the world. More:


Barbara's family has requested that Memorial Contributions be made to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in here name. 

New NISCA Hall of Fame Award* stand arrives at ISHOF

As a member of NISCA, Tom Caccia was asked to replace

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Early in the construction process, Ryan (on left) and Austin 
the old NISCA trophy stand.  Tom suggested a senior project in his Product Development and Design class at Platteville High School in Wisconsin.  He gave the project to two of his advanced senior students, Ryan Myers and Austin Fox.  They worked with their woodworking skills, laser engraving machines at the high school, and even collaborated with the University of Wisconsin - Platteville Woods classes to computer control route the decorative uprights on the sides of the cabinet.  The completed project took the pair roughly three months of class time to NISCA
design, construct and finish. 
On August 1st 2012 Tom arrived at ISHOF with the new NISCA Hall of Fame Award stand where it found its new home. Thank you Tom!


*The NISCA Hall of Fame Award is the highest award given by the association for leadership in interscholastic aquatics. In 1958, Kalos Kagathos Foundation was invited by NISCA to conceive, commission, and grant fund to Princeton Sculptor, Joe Brown the NISCA Hall of Fame Award.  

At each Annual General Meeting one member may be honored with this award. The recipient's name will be engraved on the trophy at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and an individual award will be presented.


New Aquisitions  From Germany

1974 FRG Adhesive Suit  donated by Claus Vanderhirtz (GER)

adhesive suit

The adhesive suit was developed in the 1970s in collaboration with the leading German band aid brand "Hansaplast". They developed a body glue that glued the swim suit to the swimmer's body to prevent water from entering the space between swimsuit and body.

Christel Justen  

Christel Schulz (on left), one of Claus Vanderhirtz's swimmers, swam in the glue suit at the 1974 European Championships and broke the world record in the 100m breaststroke.




1972 Munich Olympic Games Banner donated by Mickey King

This 8 x 4 foot banner, "liberated" by Micki after the Games, was part of a much larger piece (30' x 6') that covered part of the stands at the swimming venue in Munich.  Another Olympic treasure!  

1972 Olympic banner

The Best Swimming and Diving of the 1960's

New Fund Established to Convert Film Archive to DVD

Palmer & Peppe

The idea of establishing a special fund to preserve ISHOF's film library was the idea of Michigan great Frank Legacki, after a recent visit ISHOF.  Of particular interest to Frank was the film of the 1961 Men's AAU National Championship. Held at Yale University's Payne Whitney Exhibition Pool, it was considered at the time to be the greatest swimming meet in history. Narrated by Bud Palmer and Ohio State's Mike Peppe, and broadcast on CBS' Sunday Sports Spectacular, the meet saw world records smashed in 12 of the 14 events.   As a participant in that event, Frank felt it would be worth while to make a donation to help preserve this and other historic filmsMore: 

Preview of the 1961 Men's AAU swimming championships at Yale
Preview of the 1961 Men's
AAU swimming
championships at Yale
To see a preview of the 1961 Championships and subscribe to ISHOF's Youtube Channel click click on the photo at left.

To make a donation to the film preservation fund and get a copy of this DVD call Bruce Wigo at 954-559-1622 or email him at





Own A Piece of History: Heinz Kluetmeier's "Touch .01"  


Thanks to legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Heinz Kluetmeier, ISHOF is pleased to offer what has been identified by the NY Times as "the best Olympic swimming photograph ever taken" - Michael Phelps "miracle touch" in the 100m butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  This limited edition collectible, personally autographed by both Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, captures one of the greatest moments in Olympic history. Proceeds from the sale of this limited edition photo help to support ISHOF and the work of the Michael Phelps Milorad Cavic Foundations. For information on how you can own this incredible piece of Olympic and swimming history, please contact Bruce Wigo at  

Dear Friends,
What a fantastic Olympic Games!  Amazing as it seems to young people, today's stars will one day be senior citizens and their records and accomplishments will be "history" - like the accomplishments and records of the stars of the 1960's, like Mike Troy, Steve Clark, Murray Rose, Lance Larson and Chet Jastramski, to name a few, who appear in the film of the 1961 AAU Championships.  For those of us who were alive then, 1961 doesn't seem that long ago - but it was 51 years ago!  Hard to believe.  As ISHOF approaches its 50th year of operation, it needs your support more than ever. Please consider renewing your membership and or making a contribution or donation to support this incredible institution and help us keep memories alive! 
Bruce Wigo 
International Swimming Hall of Fame 
One Hall of Fame Dr. 
FortLauderdale, FL 33316 
phone: 954-559-1622