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Three European Swimmers, Coach Skip Kenney, Headline 2004 Inductees into the International Swimming Hall of Fame -- June 2, 2003

By Phillip Whitten

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 2. THREE Europeans -- Italy's Giorgia Lamberti, Spain's Martin Lopez-Zubero and Russia's Denis Pankratov -- top the list of eight individuals who will be inducted into the International Swimming hall of Fame in 2004. It marks the first time in memory that no American swimmer was included among the inductees.

Also voted for induction were US Olympic coach Coach Skip Kenney; water polo player Zoran Yankovic (YUG);
synchro swimmer Becky Dyroen-Lancer (USA); contributor Ross Wales; and pioneer contributor Ralph Thomas.

A list of the inductees and their accomplishments follows:


BECKY DYROEN-LANCER (USA) SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER
FOR THE RECORD: 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (team); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (solo, duet, team, figures); 1991 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (solo); 1995 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (solo, duet, team, figures); V, VI, VII FINA WORLD CUPS: 9 gold (solo, duet, figures – 1993-1995, team – 1991, 1993, 1995); 1995 FINA PRIZE recipient; Swimming World’s World Synchronized Swimmer of the Year: 1993, 1994, 1995.


ZORAN JANKOVIC (YUG) WATER POLO PLAYER
FOR THE RECORD: 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold; 1970 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze; 1965, 1966 European Club Cup: gold; 1971 Jadran Cup: silver; 1972 Tungsram Cup: silver.


SKIP KENNEY (USA) COACH
FOR THE RECORD: 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: Head Coach Men’s Team; 1988 OLYMPIC GAMES: Assistant Coach Men’s and Women’s Team; 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES: Assistant Coach Men’s and Women’s Team; 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Assistant Coach Women’s Team; 1993 PAN PACIFIC
CHAMPIONSHIPS: Head Coach; 1987 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: Head Coach; Coach of Stanford University (1979-present) winning a total of 7 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS; Coach of 11 OLYMPIC SWIMMERS winning 11 OLYMPIC medals.


GIORGIO LAMBERTI (ITA)SWIMMER
FOR THE RECORD: 6 WORLD RECORDS: 4-200m freestyle (L.C.); 1-200m freestyle, 1-400m freestyle (S.C.); 1991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay); 1987 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (200m freestyle); 1989 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay); 1991 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle, 400m freestyle); 18 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.


DENIS PANKRATOV (RUS) SWIMMER
FOR THE RECORD: 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (200m butterfly), silver (800m freestyle, 4x100m medley), bronze (100m butterfly); 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (100m, 200m butterfly); SEVEN WORLD RECORDS: 2-100m butterfly, 1-200m butterfly, 1-50m butterfly (S.C.), 2-100m butterfly (S.C.), 1-200m butterfly (S.C.); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: gold (200m butterfly), silver (4x100m medley), bronze (100m butterfly); 1993 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m butterfly, 4x100m medley), silver (100m butterfly); 1995 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 4x100m medley).


RALPH THOMAS (GBR) PIONEER/ CONTRIBUTOR
FOR THE RECORD: Swimming's First Historian; Author of "Swimming" (1904), (first issue 1868); Swimming's first Biographer, Historian and Bibliographer.


ROSS WALES (USA) CONTRIBUTOR
FOR THE RECORD: 1968 OLYMPIC GAMES: bronze (100m butterfly); 1967 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: silver (100m butterfly); ONE NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 100m butterfly; TWO U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 100m butterfly; PRESIDENT of U.S. Swimming and U.S. Aquatic Sports; HONORARY SECRETARY of FINA; VICE PRESIDENT of FINA.


MARTIN LOPEZ-ZUBERO (ESP) SWIMMER
FOR THE RECORD: 1988 OLYMPIC GAMES: 10th (200m backstroke), 4th (100m backstroke); 1992 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (200m backstroke); 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES: 4th (100m backstroke); THREE WORLD RECORDS: 2-200m backstroke (L.C.), 1-200m backstroke (S.C.); 1991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (200m backstroke), bronze (100m backstroke); 1994 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (100m backstroke), silver (200m backstroke); 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5 gold (4-100m backstroke, 1-200m backstroke (’91)), 2 silver (1-200m backstroke (’93), 1-100m butterfly (’91); Over 20 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS; Over 6 SPANISH NATIONAL RECORDS: 50m, 100m, 200m backstroke, 100m, 200m butterfly, 200m I.M. (LCM, SCM); 4 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2-200y backstroke, 1-200y I.M., 1-4x100m medley.