International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoring Swimming World Editor John Lohn

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International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoring Swimming World Editor John Lohn

As part of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2023 induction weekend, scheduled for late September in Fort Lauderdale, Swimming World Magazine editor-in-chief John Lohn will receive the Al Schoenfield Media Award. The Schoenfield Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of aquatic sports through journalism.

Lohn first started covering the sport of swimming in the late 1990s, when he served as a correspondent for the Delaware County Daily Times in suburban Philadelphia. While covering high school swimming, Lohn crossed paths with Brendan Hansen, a rising star on the national stage who would go on to capture six medals across three Olympic Games.

While covering Hansen’s career, Lohn pitched a feature story to Swimming World, which eventually gave him the opportunity to write for the magazine. That partnership has endured for more than 20 years, with Lohn serving in various roles – newsmaster, senior writer, associate editor and editor-in-chief.

Lohn has covered the sport on a global basis, including trips to the past four Olympic Games, six United States Olympic Trials, the World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, U.S. Nationals and the NCAA Championships. Through the years, his work has been cited by CNN, the Washington Post, USA Today and media outlets in Europe, Japan, China, Brazil, and Australia. He has also appeared as a guest on ESPN and the BBC.

In addition to his duties with Swimming World, Lohn has authored five books on the sport, including 2021’s Below the Surface, a 2021 publication which examines the history and top moments in the sport. His other books are: The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History (2018); The Most Memorable Moments in Olympic Swimming (2014); They Ruled the Pool: The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History (2013); The Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming (2010).

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Stathis Avramidis
3 months ago

Well deserved John. Keep going, like another famous “person” with whom you have the same name… John(ny) Walker!