An Interview With Dale Petranech
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 2010, International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Dale Petranech gave an interview as the IMSHOF Honorary Secretary.  He  passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer. At that time, Petranech oversaw an international selection committee that included the following individuals:
  1. Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia, the dominant professional marathon swimmer from the mid-1980’s to the mid-1990’s
  2. Sid Cassidy of Florida, former chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
  3. Tim Johnson of Massachusetts, author of The History of Open Water Swimming
  4. Paul Asmuth of California, the dominant professional marathon swimmer of the 1980’s
  5. Michael Read of England, Chairman of the Channel Swimming Association
  6. Conrad Wennerberg of Illinois, author of Winds, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming
  7. Steven Munatones of California, creator of The Daily News of Open Water Swimming and the Oceans Seven
  8. Alison Streeter of the U.K., Queen of the Channel for her 43 successful swims of the English Channel
  9. Kevin Murphy of the U.K., King of the Channel for his 34 successful swims of the English Channel
  10. Pierre Otis of Canada, former Chairman of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean
  11. Dale Petranech of New Jersey, Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
  12. Carol Sing of California, the then oldest female swimmer to cross the English Channel
  13. Montserrat Tresserras of Spain, first Spaniard to swim the Straits of Gibraltar and English Channel
  14. Irene van der Laan of the Netherlands, former English Channel double-crossing record holder
  15. Lynn Blouin of Canada, race director of the Traversée internationale du Lac Memphrémagag
  16. Richard Broer of the Netherlands, creator of Netherlands Open Water
  17. David Clark of California, a swimmer of, and coach, escort and observer for swimmers of the Catalina and English Channel
  18. Bob Duenkel of Florida, the Curator and Assistant CEO of the ISHOF
  19. Silvia Dalotto of Argentina, a certified FINA Open Water official, advocate for South American open water swimmers
  20. James Doty of Massachusetts, founder of the New England Marathon Swimming Association
  21. Maurice Ferguson of the U.K., former president of the British Long Distance Swimming Association
  22. Dr. Marcella MacDonald of Connecticut, completed 6 English Channel crossing including a double-crossing
  23. Dr. Osama Ahmed Momtaz of Egypt, recipient of the National Award of Excellency in Sport from the Egyptian Government
  24. Christopher Guesdon of Australia, open water swimming administrator, coach, athlete, promoter and FINA administrator
  25. Dee Llewellyn of Great Britain, British Long Distance Swimming Association administrator
  26. Pavel Kuznetsov of Russia, English Channel swimmer, coach and open water swimming administrator
  27. Neville Smith of South Africa, South African open water swimming coach, promoter, administrator and commentator
  28. Jay Thomas of Florida, FINA and USA Swimming open water swimming official and administrator
  29. Peter Van Vooren of Belgium, Chairman of the Channel Swimming Association
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