The First Annual Awards were presented on Saturday, January 8, 2005 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Each award honors a very special person who has been very important to the growth and development of Masters Swimming. We could write a book about each person but space does not permit!
Award to recognize a person who has provided leadership to Masters
Swimming throughout the country and/or world over the years: Judge
Robert Beach swam in the 2nd National Masters Swimming meet held in
Amarillo, Texas in 1971. Organized, directed and financed a meet in
St. Petersburg, Florida that is the longest running Masters Swimming
meet in the world. Bob loves to talk about the benefits of Masters
Award to recognize a person who has played a major role in Masters
Swimming Rules or who produces and distributes a Masters Swimming
Newsletter. June Krauser the mother of Masters Swimming! Was the
first chairperson of the National Masters Rules Newsletter Committee
The Award to recognize a Masters Swimming Coach who has been active over a long period of time.
John R. Spannuth organized and directed the first National Masters
Swimming Meet in Amarillo, Texas in 1970. Former President of the
American Swimming Coaches Association and National Aquatics
Administrator for the AAU when Masters Swimming became an official AAU
The Award to recognize a person who promotes the fitness benefits of Masters Swimming.
Paul Hutinger Paul first swam in a Masters National Swimming Meet in
1971. He wrote a wide variety of articles about exercise physiology
which were very informative.
The Award to recognize a person who has played a major role in recording Masters Records and/or Masters Tabulations. Ted Haartz was the first Masters Swimming Records Chairperson (1972). Also did the top tabulations for many years.
The Award to recognize a person who is involved in two or more Masters Aquatic Sports or involved in Cross Training. Dr.
Jane Katz is a college professor and swimming coach with a degree in
gerontology. She has been very involved in Masters Swimming and
Masters Synchronized Swimming for many years.
The Award to recognize a person who has been involved in recording the history of Masters Swimming.
Award to recognize a medical doctor who is involved in Masters
Swimming and promotes the benefits of swimming on a regular basis. Dr.
Burwell Bumpy Jones Dr. Jones was an Olympic Swimmer and National
Collegiate Swimming Champion and is a very active Masters Swimmer. He
helps in many ways to promote the benefits of being involved in Masters
The Award to recognize a person who writes feature articles and books and/or publishes magazines regarding Masters Swimming. Dr. Philip Whitten was the Editor/Publisher of Swim Magazine. Promotes Masters Swimming in many ways.
The Award to recognize an individual who has promoted Masters Swimming on the International level.
Dr. Richard Rahe a medical doctor who was the top assistant to Dr.
Ransam Arthur for many years. Was the first chairperson of the
International Masters Swimming Committee (1972).
Award - no recognize an individual who promotes Masters Swimming or
was a national or international celebrity when they were active in
Masters Swimming. Buster Crabbe swam in the
First National AAU Masters Swimming Championship in 1972 in
Bloomington. Former movie star who promoted the benefits of Masters
Swimming as a fitness program.
Award to recognize an individual who has been involved in Masters
Swimming (as a swimmer and/or administrator) for more than twenty years.
Ken Kimball swam with the navy team from San Diego at the First
Masters Meet held in 1970 in Amarillo. Involved in the formation and
development of Masters Swimming.