December 2014
In This Issue
In the News
Mixed Synchro Added to FINA Program
David Thiele to enter Queensland Pantheon
Rick White passes
Memorial Pete DiCroce
Save the Date - ISHOF Announces Class of 2015
Before Foxcatcher
New Aquisitions
Yudovin Award
ISHOF on YouTube
In the News

Sun-Sentinel, Dec 29, 2014


2015 Swimming Hall of Fame enshrinement won't be in Fort Lauderdale. Read Article;

Mixed Synchro Added to FINA Program

At the recent FINA Congress in Doha, Qatar, FINA added Mixed Gender synchronized swimming to the event Program.Mixed gender synchro is as old as the sport itself.
 Pictured are FINA president Dr. Harold Henning and his wife Jean performing together in 1938. Jean, still swimming at 96 years old says the two actually met during the casting of a water show at North Central College.

David Thiele, last Aussie Olympic Back king to enter Queensland Pantheon

David Theile, the last Australian Olympic
backstroke champion is to be honoured at the 20th annual Queensland's Sport Awards, when he becomes the 14th legend inducted into the Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame on December 1.
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Rick White, World High Diving Champion passes at 71


After a long battle with cancer, Rick White passed away peacefully in his home at Lawton, OK on December 2nd, 2014.


Rick White with President Ford at  ISHOF in 1977.

Yuko Matsuzaki, Japanese marathon swimmer finds her name on the sea goddess.

2010 Masters Hall of Famer "Crazy" 
Pete DiCroce honored in Memorial


On December 7th 

friends and family said goodbye to Pete in an emotional memorial followed by the spreading of his ashes behind his house on the New River. Many thanks to his long time friend and coach Tim O'Brien who organized  a memorable Celebration of Pete's life.


Save the Date
Announcing The Class of 2015 
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced the finalized results of the International Selection Committee's recommendations as approved by the Board of Directors for the Class of 2015.  The Enshrinement ceremonies will be held in Santa Clara, California, June 19-21, 2015.  The weekend of events will include: The ARENA/USA Swimming Grand Prix; 40th Anniversary exhibits and celebrations by participants of the 1975 II FINA World Championships, the 1975 VII Pan American Games and the 60th anniversary celebration of the 1955 II Pan American Games; the annual Paragon Awards recognizing Leaders in Aquatics.   
The Class of 2015 includes swimmers 
Enith Brigitha (NED), Jodie Henry (AUS) and Diana Macanu (ROM); Diver Lao Lishi (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer Anastaysia Ermakova (RUS); Water Polo Player/Coach Ivo Trumbic (CRO/YUG/NED); Open Water Swimmer Irene Van Der Laan (NED); Coaches James Gaughran (USA), Don Watson (USA) and Masako Kaneko (JPN); Contributor Bartolo Consolo (ITA); Pioneer Liang Boxi (CHN), and Masters Swimmer Karlyn Pipes (USA).   
Before Foxcatcher
The story of Santa Clara, George Haines, the Swimming Hall of Fame and John du Pont not depicted in FOXCATCHER, the movie.


The Seamless Rubber Company of New Haven, CT
 introduced its Swim-eze brand of swim trunks in 1950. This had to be one of the most uncomfortable suits ever made.
Donated by Frank Comfort, Swim Coach Emeritus, University of North Carolina.
Rick White Jacket

Rick White wore this jacket when he met President Ford at ISHOF in 1977 (pictured in Rick's obituary).

Donated by Rick White.




Lynn Sherr's Research Library


Author of Swim, one of the best books written on swimming, donated the reference library she relied upon to write her book. If you haven't read SWIM, you can order it here


Miscellaneous Swim Suits 1910-1920

donated by "Anonymous"


David Yudovin Inspires 
Yudovin Award

The Marathon Swimmers Forum started the MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards in 2012 with two categories. This year, they are excited to announce another new award category,the Yudovin Award, named after legendary Californian marathon swimmer David Yudovin - one of the very few open water swimmers to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The Yudovin Award honors the single most adventurous swim of the year.
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Dear Friends of ISHOF,


With the close of one year and the start of a promising new one, the spirit of giving is in the air!  It is a time for reflecting upon the highlights of the year behind us and time when we look with hope and optimism towards the year ahead.

We are thankful and grateful for those who faithfully support our mission each year. If you have not yet renewed your membership or have made a gift, we ask you to remember ISHOF in your year-end giving plans by visiting our webpage.


Thank you for sharing our journey and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.


Bruce Wigo