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Passages: Former Navy Diving Coach Joe Suriano Passes Away

Joe Suriano, who served as the Navy diving coach and a physical education instructor at the USNA for 35 years, passed away this week in Annapolis. A celebration of his life will be held Sat., Feb. 15, from 4-6 p.m. in Lejeune Hall with a reception to follow. Those interested in attending are asked t...

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Passages: Six-Time Olympic Water Polo Referee Eugenio Martinez Passes

Eugenio Martinez passes away. [caption id="attachment_409826" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Eugenio middle row, far right with the Cuban National team, late 1980s. Photo Courtesy: Osvaldo Garcia (middle row 3rd from right).[/caption] Six-time Olympic water polo referee Eugenio Martinez of Cuba ha...

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Passages: NISCA Pioneer David H. Robertson Dies at 93

One of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) pioneers, David Robertson, has died. Robertson was 93 years old.NISCA posted this obituary on its site: Obituary for David H. Robertson 12/5/1925-11/18/2019 The swimming world lost a great teacher, innovator, and gentleman, when Da...

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Passages: Water Polo Legend István Szívós Passes Away at 71

István Szívós, Jr, Water Polo Legend, Has Died April 24, 1948 - November 10, 2019 István Szívós, Jr. - whose father was a two-time Olympic champion (in 1952 and 1956) and whose son, Marton, was a world champion and 2012 Olympian - has died in Budapest. Szívós took part in four Olympic Games and won ...

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Passages: Olympic Diving Medalist Patty Elsener Dies at 89

Patty Elsener (Homan), an Olympic diving medalist, died on Sept. 29 at age 89. Elsener won the silver medal on platform in the 1948 Olympics, also winning the bronze medal on the 3-meter board. She is an honoree at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). In the summer of 1947,...

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Passages: Dr. Julian Stein, ISHOF Award Winner, Dies

Dr. Julian Stein passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019. He was ISHOF’s 1999 John K. Williams Jr. Adaptive Aquatic Award Winner. Stein became known internationally for his contributions in the area of physical fitness for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Devoted to his ...

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Passages: Legendary Swimmer Graham Johnston at Age 88

Written by Robert Keilleen Graham Johnston Passes Away Legendary Swimmer was 88. May 15, 1931 - July 27, 2019 The world lost legendary swimmer Graham Johnston at age 88. Graham was born on May 15, 1931 and raised in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He learned to swim at the age of 4 and loved it, and all...

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Passages: Gus Stager, Former Olympic, Michigan Coach Dies

Former Olympic and University of Michigan Coach Gus Stager died on Saturday at age 92. "The entire Michigan swimming and diving community sends its condolences to the family of former head coach Gus Stager, who passed away on Saturday," the University said in a statement. [caption id="attachment_378...