Begun in 1986 after the untimely death of John Skehan (the swim coach of St. Bonaventure University and founder of SKWIM), we recognize his pioneering effors on the part of Masters swimming in the area.
He opened SKWIM in 1979 to the newly emerging Masters swimmers. His summer clinic was the first program offered nationally to Masters competitors. This was a time when there were no more than 5,000 of us nationally (versus 34,000+ today*). For most of us this was our first exposure to a coached workout. Coach Skehan was not only in tune with the times but he was out at the leading edge.
-George McVey (excerpt from the Jan. 1999 issue of Water Power Gazette newsletter)
*Webmaster's note: As of 2012, there are over 50,000 members of USMS.
- 2012 - Amy Johnson
- 2006 - Dan Kornblatt
- 2005 - John Pilger
- 2000 - Bill Walter
- 1999 - Lynn Fuller and Vern Hecker
- 1998 - Jim Matysek
- 1997 - Alex Goodin
- 1994 - Lola Donner and Sue McVey
- 1993 - Lorie Rick
- 1991 - Kay Turner
- 1990 - Fred Dittman
- 1989 - Otto Dingfield
- 1988 - Angie Sinacore
- 1987 - George McVey
- 1986 - Betty Lou Gruner and Gene Donner