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Glen S. Hummer Award

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Glen S. Hummer
Bob Duenkel is the former Executive Director & Curator of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and recipient of the Glen S. Hummer Award

noun - Glen S. Hummer Award (renamed as the Open Water Achievement Award) is given annually by USA Swimming to the individual who makes the greatest contribution to open water swimming in the United States.

Namesake[edit]

Glen S. Hummer was an outstanding pool and open water swimming coach for over 40 years. He contributed passionately, professionally and mightily to the sport of open water swimming in the United States throughout his career through his coaching expertise and administrative efforts.

Recipients[edit]

USA Swimming has awarded the Glen S. Hummer Award since 1978. Award winners represents Hummer's attitude toward life and his dedication to the sport of open water swimming.

1978: Glen S. Hummer and and Cliff Brown
1979: Don Watson and Betty Talbot
1980: La Jolla Town Counsel and Swim Swim Magazine
1981: Neal and Sue Shepard
1982: Huntington Indiana YMCA Booster Club
1983: Buck Dawson
1984: Luke (Mac) Tesky
1985: Penny Dean
1986: Dale Petranech
1987: Keith Barnes
1988: Dottie York
1989: George Haines
1990: Jimi Flowers
1991: Wilton YMCA Wahoos
1992: Rick Walker
1993: James Whelan
1994: Jennifer Parks and Gail Dummer
1995: International Swimming Hall of Fame
1996: Sid Cassidy
1997: Bob Duenkel
1998: Dianne Limerick
1999: Dave Thomas
2000: Brian Schrader
2001: George Bare and Jacque Grossman
2002: Denny Ryther
2003: Dr. Jim Miller
2004: Julie Bare
2005: Rick Walker, Steven Munatones, Denny Ryther, Mike Shrader, Catherine Vogt, Jeremy Vail and Dr. Jim Miller (2005 FINA World Championship Team Staff)
2006: Gregg Cross
2007: Steven Munatones
2008: Bill Rose
2009: Jay Thomas
2010: Shannon Gillespy
2011: Maddy Crippen
2012: Paul Asmuth and Tim Murphy
2013: Catherine Vogt
2014: Gregg Cross
2015: Dave Kelsheimer, Catherine Vogt, Dr. Josh White, Eric Posegay, Laurel Liberty, and Bryce Elser (2015 FINA World Championship Team Staff)


Glen S. Hummer Coaching Success[edit]

  • His teams participated in almost every National YMCA Championship since the first one in 1934 with the only exceptions during World War II
  • He coached 11 men's National YMCA Swimming and Diving Championship teams
  • 89 of his YMCA swimmers received college scholarships
  • He won two national championships in 1947 and 1962
  • He coached two Olympians: Gary Dilley in 1964 (silver medalist) and Matt Vogel in 1976 (gold medalist)
  • He received the first National YMCA Coach of the Year Award
  • He was a national team coach on several international trips including Japan and the West Indies
  • He conducted the first age group open water swimming mile in the United States, established in 1957 and held in Huntington, Indiana in Lake Clare
  • He updated the AAU long distance rules that helped contribute interest in open water swimming
  • He was the National AAU Long Distance Swimming Committee chairman between 1968-1969 and was re-appointed in 1987-1976
  • His teams won the National AAU Team Championship 12 times
  • 35 of his swimmers were National AAU All Americans.
  • He is the namesake for the Glen S. Hummer Award given by USA Swimming to the individual making the greatest contribution to open water swimming
  • He is the namesake for the Glen S. Hummer Huntington Mile

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