Irv Merritt Award

Irv Merritt Memorial Award Recipients

Irv Merritt (born F. Irvin Merritt October 25, 1903 – December 1985) was a highly competitive athlete, well into his 80s. He was a regular participant at Masters swimming competitions and also a competitive distance runner. He was a joy to visit with and always had an interest in the people with whom he competed. At the time of his death, Irv´s family established an annual award in his memory to be presented to an Indiana Masters swimmer who exemplified the standards and values embodied in the life of Irv Merritt.


2018 Award Recipients
Jerrilyn Bayless, Terre Haute Torpedoes Masters – Jerrilyn is definitely dedicated to the sport of swimming. “You can definitely say she is not a bench warmer,” says teammate and friend, Audrey Harbison. In addition to her own swimming, Jerrilyn is at the pool volunteering as the THT Treasurer, working as an official, coaching, and teaching swim lessons. “She is amazing and her enthusiasm encourages others to better themselves.” Congratulations to our 2018 Irv Merritt winner – Jerrilyn Bayless!


Past Recipients

2017 – Karen Gernert

2016 – Craig Bauer and Michael Carlson

2015 – Chris Sikich and Matt Lee

2014 – Rachel Sitarz

2013 – Lisa Brown

2012 – Kris Houchens and Richard Smith

2011 – Steve Jones

2010 – Adam Dawkins

2009 – David Costill

2008 – Lisa Whitaker

2007 – Bill Ramos

2006 – Randy Crutchfield and Michael Bernstein

2005 – Nan StagerJoel Stager, and Jim Lewis

2004 – Cheryl GettelfingerMelissa Rinker, and Melanie Watson

2003 – John Ford

2002 – Dick Sidner

2001 – Barbara Larsen

2000 – Susan Meyers

1999 – Dave Oplinger

1998 – Sharon Wise and George Quigley

1997 – Doc Counsilman and Sandy Etnyre

1996 – Cindy Miller and Doug Strong

1995 – Carol Hall and Buddy Collins

1994 – Kate Brazil and John Maxwell

1993 – Mel Goldstein

1992 – Chuck & Etha Sommer and David Woods

1991 – Margie Heineman

1990 – Dave Tanner

1989 – Doug Church

1988 – Mary Ann Stevens

1987 – John & Joan Diercks

1986 – Beets Calabrese




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