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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dale Petranech Voted In Internat'l Swimming Hall Of Fame

He is never alone and his efforts are never about himself.

After decades of volunteering and donating his money to support the sport of open water swimming, New Jersey's Dale Petranech was selected for enshrinement in a special election by the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Open Water Swimming Contributor. Petranech will join the pantheon of other aquatic greats including the following individuals in the Open Water category:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.) - Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.) - Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina) - Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands) - Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.) - Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain) - Honor Open Water Pioneer Swimmer
* George Young (Canada) - Honor Open Water Pioneer Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.) - Honor Open Water Contributor

Not only did Petranech join the Half Century Club for his crossing of the Catalina Channel, he has contributed to the sport in myriad ways. He is the long-time Honorary Secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and started the 1-Hour Postal swim in 1978 (currently branded as the Speedo USMS 1-Hour Postal National Championship).

Petranech's wealth of information and global networks in the open water swimming community is one of the most impressive in the world of aquatics.

In 1977, the selfless New Jersey native unintentionally became the first U.S. Swimming Open Water Swimming Committee Chairman, but his passion for the open water grew immediately while he retained strong roots in the pool swimming community. He assisted U.S. Masters Swimming to form its own independent organization and was chairman of the FINA Open Water Swimming Commission that made long-term recommendations to FINA for inclusion of Open Water Swimming into its full program. He eventually served as Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and helped lay the groundwork to get marathon swimming into the Summer Olympics.

Throughout the decades, he has provided the administrative background, expertise and efforts to maintain the records, rules, policies, procedures and protocols used in the sport at the USA Swimming, local age-group and masters, and FINA levels. He is a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and is the Eastern Zone Open Water Swimming Zone Representative for USA Swimming. "His historical records and recollections of the sport are priceless," explains Steven Munatones. "He has an encyclopedic knowledge of what happened by whom when and where regarding open water swimming on various levels since 1977. His work has spanned everything from U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Swimming to FINA and the International Marathon Swimming Association."

Among his body of work, Petranech has accomplished the following:

* Open water swimming administrator from 1977-present
* Chairman, AAU National Long Distance Committee 1977-1979
* Chairman, United States Swimming Long Distance Committee 1979-1991
* Chairman, First FINA Commission to Study Adding Open Water Swimming to the FINA and Olympic Program (1984-1992)
* Member, FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Honorary Secretary 1992-1996
* FINA Safety Delegate, Observer, Official 1992-present
* Honorary Secretary, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame 1998 to Present
* Chairman, National Aquatic Coalition 1994-1996

Bruce Wigo of the International Swimming Hall of Fame summarizes his accomplishments, "For the past 35 years, Dale has been a leader in, and advocate for, open water, long distance swimming and has worked to organize open water swimming competitions in the United States and around the world. He accepts every challenge head-on and is well respected internationally for his work. He began in 1977, as a chairman for AAU National Long Distance Committee, of which only one race existed annually - the 4-mile for men and 3-mile for women, both swum around a quarter mile cable stretched in the water.

As committee chair, his first priority was to increase the number of meets attended by U.S. athletes, both nationally and internationally, whereby he secured U.S. athletes to compete at Lake Windermere, the first time any swimmers officially represented the USA overseas. With the help International Swimming Hall of Famer Ross Wales, Dale helped create United States Open Water Inc., when the AAU was required to relinquish its administrative control on the sport, opening the potential to access more concentrated efforts on long distance swimming’s behalf within the U.S.

For a short period of time, the organization was separate from all other organizations. As Chairman of the committee, Dale was responsible for both USS and USMS open water, long distance swimming. As a member of the DC Masters Swimming Club, Dale organized and participated in the first-ever, one-hour swimming-for-distance postal meet where results are sent to a central location for tabulation. This new concept has grown to include thousands of participating swimmers today. In 1992, with Dale’s urging, FINA President Bob Helmick agreed to study adding open water swimming to the Olympic program. Dale became Chairman of a newly appointed FINA Commission to study adding Open Water Swimming to the FINA and Olympic Games programs and to develop rules and procedures to help make it happen.

This led to the formation of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee with Dale serving as Honorary Secretary, responsible for setting the agenda. During his terms on the Committee and FINA Commission, he helped write the accepted and standard international rules using the 25 km race as a standard distance. Guidelines were taken from the rules of the British Long Distance Swimming Association, Channel Swimming Association and United States Swimming Long Distance groups. He stressed a 25 km race be held at each World Championship (first one in Perth in 1990) and pushed for a FINA Marathon World Cup in Olympic years, the first one from Lausanne to Evian France on Lake Geneva in 1988. In 1984, he helped to host a Catalina Channel International and a 15 km Huntington Beach to Seal Beach attended by Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Egypt and the USA.

During his tenure as Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, he served in many capacities internationally as an event official from Clerk of Course to Assistant Referee to FINA Special Observer. He has presided over many FINA Open Water Clinics, and has been the lead official at the USA National Open Water Championships and the 2000 FINA World Open Water Championships in Hawaii. He served on the organizing committees for the first few Manhattan Island Marathon Swims and the FINA Around Absecon Island (Atlantic City) swims.

From 1994 to 1996, Dale was the Chairman of the National Aquatic Coalition, an organization to bring together all organizations relating to aquatics, for mutual understanding. As secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame when Commander Gerald Forsberg died in 1998, Dale assumed his position as Honorary Secretary of International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame where has admirably performed all the duties of this position including formalizing the ballot for the IMSHOF Induction. He developed and organized the first IMSHOF Induction Ceremony for this organization that began in 1963.

In 1985 at the age of 50 he became the oldest person to swim the 20-mile Catalina Channel. In order to preserve marathon swimming history, Dale is working to publish the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator, now deceased, Joe Grossman
."

Dale Petranech is shown above with members of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation at the 2011 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the United Nations in New York City together with Penny Dean, John York, Linda Bamford, Paula Selby, David Clark and Carol Sing. Photo by Skip Storch.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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