|Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame|
|2017 Banquet Date is Friday, May 5, 2017 |
THE FIRST DECADE
1981 - The Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame's first dinner was held at Brown University in the Sharp Refectory. The first class inducted included three of Rhode Island's swimming Olympians: John Higgins, Clara Lamore Walker, and Doris Brennan Weir.
1982 - The Class of 1982 include Olympian Basil Francis, Captain Roger Wheeler, and one of the Red Cross' lifeguard legends, Commodore Wilbert Longfellow. Dinner was held at the Pawtucket Country Club.
1983 - Red Cross standouts Edmond Mongeon and Frank Moody were inducted to this class.
1984 - This year's inductees included two of the "greats" in high school coaching: Jim Lynch and Ellis Mayers. The dinner was held at the Alpine Country Club.
1985 - One of Rhode Island's outstanding high school coaches, Ed Golden, along with Leonard Gath, an outstanding diver, and standout swimmer Diann Uustal were inducted into the Class of 1985. Held at the Alpine Country Club, the first RIAHOF President, Harold Anderson, was also inducted that memorable evening.
1986 - Longtime Brown University Head Coach, Edward Reed, along with Carl Slader, with over fifty years of Red Cross involvement, were inducted.
1987 - The Class of 1987 includes standout swimmer Richard Burrows and outstanding swim coach Harold Miroff.
1988 - East Providence native Peter Solomon, one of Rhode Island's premier swimmers, along with Alice Sullivan, longtime Red Cross volunteer and key proponent in the development of Rhode Island girl's swimming were inducted.
1989 - The Class of 1989 includes Constance Drew, longtime swimming instructor, and Gerald Jennings, All American Diver and outstanding swimming and diving coach.
1990 - David Thurber, All American Swimmer, and Michael Weskott, Head Coach of the University of Rhode Island, were inducted along with the class of 1990. The tenth anniversary dinner was attended by many of the Hall's previous inductees. Each person in attendance was given a commemorative paperweight. Also,a 10th Anniversary video was produced. To view the video click on "photogallery".
THE SECOND DECADE
1991 - This Class included Cumberland High School All-American and Yale standout swimmer, Kurt Langborg, longtime coach and RIAHOF Board member Ken Reall, and official and long time RIAHOF volunteer, Dick Vincent.
1992 - The Class of 1992 included Bishop Hendricken Coach David Hanson and Newell Roberts, All-American Swimmer and Diver.
1993 - Champion swimmers Tom Gleason and Paul Mangili, as well as swimmer, Clark University Coach, and longtime Red Cross Instructor Kevin Slasibury were indicted into the Class of 1993.
1994 - All-American Swimmers Beth Donovan and Steve McCafferty, and High School Coach Sandy Gorham headlined the Class of '94.
1995 - Champion swimmers Wayne Bowden and Glenn Ginnish, and Red Cross Instructor Tom Gregory headed the Class of 1995.
1996 - All-American Masters swimmer Bob Bourassa, All-American Diver Mike Evans, and high school and college champion swimmer Joe Perroni were inducted this year.
1997 - Longtime RI Interscholastic Official Joe Menard, and champion swimmers Leslie Majeau and Ray Palmer were inducted into the Class of 1997. The dinner site was moved to the Quidnessett Country Club for the first time.
1998 - Champion swimmers Joe Carroll, Susan Perroni, and Matt Chrostowski, Jr. are inducted into the Class of 1998. Matt joined his father Matt, Class of 1982 as a member of the RIAHOF.
1999 - Gene Latham,outstanding Boys Club competitive swimmer gave a memorable speach and joined champion swimmers Louise Gouin and Jimmy Pheland as members of this Class.
2000 - The RIAHOF celebrates it's 20th Anniversary Dnner. Tony Andrade, outstanding NE AAU diver, coaches Tony Hayter and Jim Quinn joined championship high and USS swimmers Rebecca Adams, Mike Barrowman, Tom Dwyer and Dave Mowry as inductees. The Hall also sponsored a reunion of the RI All Star Team that traveled to England in 1970.
The Third Decade
The third decade will be completed soon. Thank you for your patience.