Voting Into The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Voting Into The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

The 29 members of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame are among the most passionate supporters and enthusiasts in the sport of open water swimming.

They come from 14 countries and have a variety of experiences as athletes, coaches, writers, observers, navigators and administrators. Every year, they cull a number of nominations, a full slate of nominees and vote on the inductees to the Hall of Fame.

1. Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia was the dominant female professional marathon swimmer from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s and the former Secretary General of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (shown above swimming around Atlantic City in New Jersey).
2. Sid Cassidy of the U.S.A. is a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and former pro marathon swimmer.
3. Captain Tim Johnson of the U.S.A. is the author of The History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming and the world’s foremost authority on tidal influences on open water swimmers.
4. Paul Asmuth of California was the dominant professional marathon swimmer of the 1980s.
5. Michael Read of England is a 1960 Olympic Games swimmer and President of the Channel Swimming Association who swam 33 times across the English Channel.
6. Philip Rush of New Zealand set the English Channel triple crossing record, en route he also established the men’s single and double records.
7. Conrad Wennerberg of the U.S.A. is the Chairman Emeritus of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and author of Winds, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming, one of the most authoritative books written on marathon swimming.
8. Steven Munatones of the U.S.A. is the creator of The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Openwaterpedia and the Open Water Swimming Dictionary.
9. Skip Storch of the U.S.A. is an ultra-marathon swimmer who completed a triple circumnavigation of Manhattan Island.
10. Kevin Murphy of the U.K. is the current King of the Channel for his 34 successful swims of the English Channel.
11. Pierre Otis of Canada is former Chairman of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean.
12. Dale Petranech of the U.S.A. is the Honorary Secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and former chairman of the FINA Open Water Swimming Commission.
13. Carol Sing of the U.S.A., oldest female swimmer to cross the English Channel and board member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.
14. Montserrat Tresserras of Spain, first Spaniard to swim the Strait of Gibraltar and English Channel and first female swimmer to swim the English Channel both ways (1961).
15. Irene van der Laan of the Netherlands, former English Channel double-crossing record holder and long-time professional marathon swimmer.
16. Lynn Blouin of Canada, race director of the Traversée internationale du Lac Memphrémagag.
17. Richard Broer of the Netherlands is creator of Netherlands Open Water and European Open Water Swimming.
18. David Clark of the U.S.A. is a swimmer, coach, escort and observer for swimmers of the Catalina Channel and English Channel.
19. Bob Duenkel of the U.S.A. is the Curator and Assistant CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and former USA Swimming national open water team coach.
20. Silvia Dalotto of Argentina is a certified FINA Open Water official, advocate of South American open water swimmers and former top professional marathon swimmer.
21. James Doty of the U.S.A. was a former professional marathon swimmer and founded the New England Marathon Swimming Association.
22. Dr. Marcella MacDonald of the U.S.A., successfully completed 12 English Channel crossings including a double-crossing.
23. Dr. Osama Ahmed Momtaz of Egypt was recipient of the National Award of Excellency in Sport from the Egyptian Government, Director of the Egyptian Swimming Federation and former professional marathon swimmer.
24. Chris Guesdon of Australia is a long-time promoter, writer, instructor and official of marathon swimming.
25. Pavel Kuznetsov of Russia is an English Channel swimmer and promoter of open water swimming.
26. Peter Van Vooren of Belgium is the Chairman of the Channel Swimming Association
27. Neville Smith of South Africa is a writer, coach and promoter of open water swimming.
28. Dee Llewellyn of the U.K. is an Administrator of the British Long Distance Swimming Association.
29. Stephane Lecat of France was a dominant swimmer of the FINA pro circuit during the late 1990s and early 2000s and swam the English Channel in 2003 in 8:19.

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