Emeritus Award

GRIN Members Emeritus

When one of our fellow Hoosier swimmers reaches octogenarian status, he or she receives the designation of GRIN Member Emeritus. In addition to a beautiful plaque, the swimmer enjoys the benefit of free USMS dues, sponsored by GRIN, for the remainder or his/her lifetime! These swimmer are traditionally honored each year at the State Championship Meet.


2018 Emeritus Award Recipients

Miguel Gambetta, Duneland Masters

Mel Goldstein, Indy Aquatic Masters

Ed Keefe, Noblesville Adult Swim Team

Jerry Myers, Noblesville Adult Swim Team







Past Recipients

Robert Badger – Bob got his first taste of the water in 1946, where his father was Treasurer of the Military Academy at West Point in 1946. Working out with the West Point “plebes” (freshmen) while attending the Hotchkiss School, Bob began breaking school records. In 1949, he broke the 100 Breast record. In 1950, Bob broke a record almost every time he swam, was named Team Captain, and selected for the 1950 All-American Prep School team. Upon graduation, he entered West Point in 1950 and continued his record-setting ways. He was also named to the 1953 All-American Swim Team. After retiring from the Army, Bob joined GRIN and holds several records in his age group.

Howard Baetzhold (deceased) – Howard started swimming in Lake Erie when he was 5 years old and hasn’t stopped. Howard competed both in high school and at Brown University, until WWII sidetracked his swimming career. He returned to the pool in 1965 and started swimming with Masters at the Jordan Y in the 1970’s. The rest was history!

June Barghahn (deceased) – A late comer to the pool, June began swimming in 1993 when she began experiencing back issues.  June was encouraged by the Goshen High School Swim Coach, Brian Rathke, for physical therapy and she joined the Maple Leaf Masters in Goshen. Though June did not swim in high school or college, she was recognized for her achievements in Masters Swimming in February 1994 when the Goshen High School Athletic Director, Herb Resler, presented her with a high school swimming letter.

Peter Boerner (deceased) – A swimmer from childhood on, Peter began swimming in Estonia (where he was born), continued in Germany (where he grew up), and then brought his love of the water to the United States (where he taught at various universities, most recently at I.U.). Having been in the water for over 50 years, Peter swam for fitness and enjoyed being in the water. Peter passed away in 2015.

Dave Bowell

Kate Brazil (deceased) – Though Kate did not start Masters Swimming until the early 1980’s, her swimming career goes back to the 1939 New York World’s Fair where she swam in Billy Rose’s famous Aquacade! Kate’s favorite swims were long distance freestyle events, which her husband Bob faithfully counted for her until his passing. In 2003, Kate moved to California to be closer to her family.

Ivan Chalfie (deceased) – After contracting rheumatic fever at age 6, Ivan started swimming in order to rehabilitate his thin legs and weak heart. By age 9, he had started swimming at the Kirshbaum Center (predecessor to the Jewish Community Center), and by age 13, Ivan was winning summer league races. That summer, he decided to begin swimming year-round. The result? Ivan won the city championship for 13 and 14 year-olds and set records that were later broken by Olympian Frank McKinney. Ivan later swam for Indiana University and was an alternate in butterfly on the 1948 Olympic Team. Serving in the 822nd Engine Aviation Battalion, Ivan swam on the team representing Guam and won the Far East Championships.  An original member of the inaugural Arthur Jordan Swim Team, Ivan has had many successes in both the pool and life. The James L. Kittle, Senior Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a volunteer, was awarded to Ivan in 2010.

Richard Clapp

David Costill  – A legend in the pool, Dave has always been around the water – as both a coach and swimmer. He was a competitive swimmer at Ohio University from 1954-1958 and served as a Co-Captain from 1957-1958. He has coached high school swimming for 3 years and at the collegiate level for 3 years at both Cortland State University and at Ball State University. Dave has been part of USMS since 1983. The records he holds simply continue to mount, as of 2016, Dave earned 303 USMS Top Ten swims, set 30 USMS National Records and 2 World Records, and was named and All-Star 2 times and an All-American 34 times. Continuing to compete, Dave’s accomplishments will continue to grow.

Doc Counsilman (deceased) – Though renowned as the most famous swimming coach of all times, Doc was also an accomplished Masters Swimmer – winning several USMS National titles and setting National and World records in breaststroke. Doc was responsible for the first USMS LCM National Championships being held in Bloomington in August 11-13, 1972! In 1979, at the age of 58, Doc swam across the English Channel and was (at the time) the oldest person ever to do so. James “Doc” Counsilman passed away January 4, 2004, in Bloomington, IN.

Louise Crandall – Louise learned to swim (dog paddle style) at age 5, while vacationing in Texas. After that, about 50 years passed until she swam competitively for the first time. Inspired by Marcella Lammey, she signed up for the Hoosier State Games and began her competitive career. She loved swimming fly.

Art Cross (deceased) – Learning to swim at the University of Colorado as a child, Art continued to swim in the lakes of Madison, Wisconsin, and at the University of Michigan. Always around water, Art served as a lifeguard in Boulder, a Navy swim instructor, and a USO lifeguard. He joined the “Y” swimming program with his children in Cincinnati and later even swam the English Channel. After moving to Indy, Art swam at the Jordan YMCA, where he met Ivan Chalfie, who encouraged Art to join Masters. Sharing his love of the water, Art served as stroke judge and timer at youth meets, while competing himself in the White River Games, GRIN State Meets, YMCA Nationals, and USMS National. Believing that swimming is great for body and greater for the mind, Art continued to practice three times a week with his buddy Ivan.

Muriel Dykema – Muriel taught herself to swim in the Long Island Sound at the age of 4. She continued to swim every day each summer until she headed to college at age 16 as a Cadet Nurse in WWII. Muriel married and had 3 children (two boys, one girl) and both boys swam on the Riviera Swim Team. In 1980, Muriel started swimming laps at the Jordan YMCA, where Mel Goldstein invited her to Masters and recruited her to swim in the 1986 Y Nationals. Muriel swam the Y Nationals every year until 2005, which she missed due to a back injury. Muriel was successful in recruiting many others to Masters. Fun and fellowship were a priority as she hosted team breakfasts, baby showers, and team parties while on the road. Her granddaughters also share her love of the water and several are Masters swimmers themselves.

Charles Fouts – On August 8, 1990, Charlie began the Olympic Distance race at the Bud Lite Tri in Indy. At the event, he managed to get out of the water (he thinks he even had cramps in his earlobes) and finish the race. The old gravel pit crawl didn’t serve him well. More importantly, he met Mel Goldstein, who was running a swim clinic at the Nat. Begging to get into a full class, Charles fought and splashed through his 60-yard demo swim for Mel. Mel “suggested” that Charlie not fight the water and Mel helped Charlie learn to swim efficiently, so Charlie was able to get out of the water with some energy left for the bike and run.  “Fortunately, I get from point to point, even if it is slow. Thanks, Mel.” Charlie still competes in triathlons and enjoys swimming as exercise for health reasons.

Miguel Gambetta

Mel Goldstein

Mary Johnston Brown

Russell Judd – As a kid, Russ got into swimming when he went to the YMCA with his dad and even competed as a freshman on the Indiana University swim team. After IU, Russ left the water. Then, in 1992, Frank McAree and George Quigley lured him back to the water with Indy SwimFit. Russ enjoys swim workouts, meeting new people, social events, and the competition.

Irving Heath (deceased) – A member of the Noblesville Adult Swim Team for over 20 years, Irv won numerous state and national medals. Away from the water, Irv did amazing civic work in Noblesville as a community activist and volunteer on many boards and committees. Irv passed away in 2016.

Robert Huston – Bob started swimming in 4th or 5th grade. While attending Monmouth College, Bob was a member of the diving team, but was occasionally drafted to fill out swimming relays. In 1979, while teaching at Ball State, Bob’s doctor suggested that he swim to relieve beginning symptoms of arthritis in his shoulder. A fellow professor, Chuck Houck, told Bob about Masters Swimming. Bob enjoyed great success in the Area 6 Senior Games, where he boasted that he always placed first and last in his age group as the only participant!

Russell Judd

Ed Keefe

Carol Lowengub

John Maxwell (deceased) – John started swimming in his 60’s to improve his health. A fierce competitor, John earned 34 USMS Top Ten swims and was named a USMS All American in both 1993 and 1995. Competing at his first White River Park State Games, John remembered noticing the abundance of patches on Irv Merritt’s warm-up jacket. He completed his Masters Swimming career with an abundance of his own patches. John passed away in December 2001 at the age of 93.

Fran McAree

Marty Mennen – Marty learned to swim at the age of 9 and began competing 2 years  later. By age 14, Marty had won the State Age Group High Point trophy and swam on the All-American Prep School relay team at age 17. He began his collegiate career at Williams College and was later Co-Captain at the University of Louisville. At age 35, Marty competed in his first USMS LCM National Championship, finished 3rd in his 3 individual events.  At age 53, he won his first individual events at a USMS National Championship and the rest is history. Since then, Marty has won multiple National Championships, set National records, and was named a 2014 All-Star (at the age of 78). Still competing, Marty continues to set Team and State records with his favorite stroke – Backstroke.

George Murphy

Jerry Myers

Sam Neff – Sam has been an enthusiastic triathlete for over 30 years.  He has participated in the Earlham College Triathlon (Olympic distance) since its inception in the early 1980s.  His interest in swimming grew out of his triathlon experience and Sam has participated in the Kinsmen Games, Senior Olympics, and USMS National Championships.

Dale Ostler

Marge Ostler

John Patten (deceased) – John “Jack” Patten swam in junior high and at prep school. Attending the University of Michigan to pursue aeronautical engineering, he caught the eye of an assistant swimmer coach who recruited Jack to swim with the “Blue and Maize.” WWII dry-docked Jack’s swimming career until 1989, when he learned about the Senior Olympics and Mel Goldstein’s program at the Jordan Y.

Tim Reiman – Born in Battle Creek in 1932, Tim graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1950, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate degree from the University of Michigan.  He started swimming in Florida and led his team to the Florida State Championships in the 50 Free and 100 Free, and was named to the All American High School Swimming Team.  In college, he was named to the Big Eight Team in 1953.  An Indiana resident for over 45 years, Reiman has been active in Indiana Masters Swimming for 30 years – both competing in meets and serving as Secretary/Treasurer in the beginning years of the Indiana LMSC.  In insurance management for over 39 years, Tim is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.

Bob Risley

Dr. Cory SerVaas – Cory taught her own children to swim, even though she grew up in rural Iowa where she “didn’t have a pool within forty miles and I didn’t swim while I was teaching children.”  Cory hopes that other Masters swimmers will continue to teach and influence others to swim into their adult years. Considering herself a beginner swimmer, Cory swims where she can and “I work out almost daily to catch up!”

Peggy Shoup

Doug Strong (deceased)– Swimming with Indiana Masters for as long as anyone can remember, Doug swam in as many events per year as possible and was always ready to challenge himself in the toughest “Strong Man” events, like the 400 IM and the 200 Fly. In the distance events, he’s often sought personal bests in the 1000 while on his way to finishing in the 1650. Doug liked the more obscure, “tough guy” challenges as well: postal pentathlons, hour swims, and other offbeat endurance events! His “199 meter” Fly in Minneapolis will be remembered for years to come! Doug Strong was and is an icon and legend in Indiana Masters Swimming.

Bill Tanner (deceased) -Bill swam backstroke in high school, in the days when guys wore wool suits that covered the chest. He went to medical school at Illinois, met and married Megan (who is from Wales), served in the Pacific with the Marines during WWII, and then had a very long and successful medical career in Danville, Illinois, raising 5 boys – all collegiate swimmers at Illinois and Indiana. Swimming in only one Masters meet, the USMS Short Course Nationals in Indy, Bill won the 50 Back. Even though there were just 2 guys in the race, Bill proudly displayed his patch and medal from the light in his dining room. He was surprised and honored to be selected as a GRIN Emeritus swimmer.

Bob Welklin (deceased) – Back in the 1930’s, Bob had nothing more than a duck-chasing Springer Spaniel to drag him to the water and a gang of taunting friends that challenged him to swim across the lake. From those beginnings, another Masters swimmer was born. Beginning in the 1960’s and for many years thereafter, Bob was a well known fixture at the Fort Wayne YMCA. After he did all the normal “Y” activities like track and racquet ball, he left his buddies to throw in a quick 50 laps in the pool to fill out the day. Bob loved freestyle, which allowed him to throw in his distinctive scissor kick “booster” on every stroke without being disqualified. His love of swimming was poassed on to his children. In fact, Bob’s family set the record for “greatest number (5) of family members swimming in the Greater Indiana Masters (GRIN) Championship meet,” including: Bob’s oldest son, Dan; Dan’s wife, Laura; Bob’s daughter, Sharon Richardson; and his son, David. 


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