Rowdy Gaines and Debbie Meyer To Be Master of Ceremonies for ISHOF Induction


ISHOF is proud to announce that this year, we will have co-Master of Ceremonies for the 2020 Induction Class of Honorees. Rowdy Gaines and Debbie Meyer will both be with us.

Florida’s own, Rowdy Gaines, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, eight-time world record holder and everyone’s favorite swimming sportscaster.  Rowdy’s enthusiasm for the sport and love of aquatics will make it a night to remember.


Rowdy Gaines after competition

Rowdy still swims Masters and hosts the Rowdy Gaines Classic every October in Orlando, Florida.  This year, 2020, Tokyo, will mark the eighth Olympic Games that Rowdy will be covering for NBC in the pool.


Rowdy Gaines at the 2015 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Debbie Meyer was the USA’s golden girl.  She was the first to win three individual gold medals at one Olympic Games (1968 Mexico City), was the first woman to swim the 1500m under 18 minutes and the first to take the 400m under 4:30.  She held 15 world records and in 1968 was selected as the Sullivan Award Winner.


Debbie Meyer with medals

Debbie recently moved to Reno, Nevada with her husband, Bill Weber.  She has always stayed involved in swimming by coaching, talking to and inspiring teams and of course, swimming regularly. You will always find Debbie supporting swimming, at events, such as Olympic Trials, Golden Googles and others.


Debbie Meyer casting her handprint

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend:

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over two days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Make your plans now to attend the weekend of April 24-25, 2020!  ISHOF Members can purchase the Complete Weekend Package (see below) and save! (Get info on membership here.) Can’t attend the event? Donate to ISHOF to support our honorees.

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:

HONOR SWIMMERSBrendan Hansen (USA), Michael Klim (AUS), Jon Sieben (AUS)Rebecca Soni (USA), and Daichi Suzuki (JPN)

HONOR DIVER: Matthew Mitcham (AUS)




HONOR COACH: Ursula Carlile (AUS) and David Marsh (USA)

HONOR CONTRIBUTOR: Bob Duenkel*(USA) and Peter Hurzeler (SUI)

In addition to the Class of 2020, two Honorees from the Class of 2019, who were unable to attend last year, will be present to be inducted. Honor Swimmer: Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) and Honor Diver: Li Ting (CHN).

Get more information about this year’s induction class here and more information about Otylia Jedrzejczak and Li Ting.


The Induction Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 24, 2020

Paragon & ISHOF Awards Night

  • 5:30 PM Cocktails
  • 6:30 PM ISHOF and Paragon Awards

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Honoree Induction Day Luncheon

  • 12-1:30 PM Luncheon

Official 56th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  • 6:00 PM VIP Reception
  • 7:00 –10:00 PM Induction Ceremony


Ticket Information

*See all ticket options here.



Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar. Location of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $279 per night

Book your group rate for International Swimming Hall of Fame



Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $229 per night

Book your hotel through the group rate for ISHOF Honoree Ceremony

Questions: contact Meg Keller-Marvin at or 570-594-4367