Beth Yudovin Receives Dale Petranech Award
Beth Yudovin Receives Dale Petranech AwardCourtesy of Ned Denison, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
“Beth Yudovin has been around the ocean and ocean swimmers for most of her adult life, on escort boats, on dryland, and behind the scenes. She is so giving and tremendously supportive,” observed Steven Munatones. “She is always a major help for everyone and with everything in which she comes in contact.”
Yudovin was selected as the fourth recipient of the Dale Petranech Award for Services to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. She will be presented with the award at the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in New York City on May 2nd 2020.
Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame explains the well-deserved honor, “Beth helped guide the organization through a difficult transition. She took over as Chair of the Executive Committee when [her husband] David Yudovin passed away in March of 2015. Chris Guesdon took over as Chair in 2016 and Beth took over finance and hosting the 2015 and 2016 Induction and Awards Ceremonies in San Pedro, California.
Beth brought class and dignity to the organization, showed masterful diplomatic skills and kept us heading upmarket – especially with generous contributions including attending the last six Induction and Awards Ceremonies. Because of her commitment and dedication, the organization is in a much better place. [Before he passed away,] Dale asked that Beth be notified in advance and pose with the award while the three of us were together at the International Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies in Florida in May this year. Dale passed away shortly after the event.
Beth’s prior 3-decade-long involvement in the sport was generally as her husband’s manager and crew chief. David is an Honor Swimmer in both International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Together, they completed first marathon swims in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, New Zealand, Portugal, California’s Channel Islands and in Africa: Cape Verde plus São Tomé and Príncipe. They also completed previously established marathon swims in Tahiti, Hawaii, and across the English Channel, and Straits of Gibraltar.
This award was created in 2016 to honor Dale Petranech for decades of service to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Petranech is a dual inductee in both the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Contributor. As a marathon swimmer, Petranech previously held the record as the oldest solo swimmer across the Catalina Channel. He served for nearly 50 years in various capacities at all levels of the sport, local, regional, national and international.”
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