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April 16, 2018
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Cary, NC: On Saturday April 14 the North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame installed its ninth class of honorees by inducting five North Carolina high achievers in aquatics to its Class of 2018. Inductees were Jilen Siroky Bouwer, Hill Carrow, Frank Comfort, Eugene Godsoe, and Chip Peterson.
NC Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inductees (left to right): Eugene Godsoe, Jilen Siroky Bouwer, Chip Peterson, Frank Comfort, and Hill Carrow.
Jilen Siroky Bouwer, who now resides in Chicago, grew up in Charlotte, attended Providence High School, and competed as a member of SwimMAC Carolina. By the age of 14 Bouwer won the national championship in the 100 meter breaststroke, was nationally ranked in the 200 and 400 meter individual medleys, was ranked 3rd in the world in the 200 meter breaststroke, and became the youngest of the 650 members of the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Morrisville, NC, resident Hill Carrow grew up in Kinston, NC, participated in age group swimming for the Kinston Swim Team, competed in college at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and went on to excel in the organization and administration of Masters (adult swimming). Carrow founded the Raleigh Area Masters Swim Team; helped launch NC Masters Swimming, one of the US' largest Masters teams; and has been recognized for his service nationally with U.S. Masters Swimming's highest award.
Now a resident of Eagles Mere, PA, Frank Comfort spent 30 years at UNC-Chapel Hill as UNC's first full-time Head Coach of the Tar Heel Men's and Women's Swimming teams. During this span UNC's teams captured 25 ACC Championships (10 Men's and 15 Women's) and finished in the NCAA Top 10 five times. Comfort's overall record of 565 dual meet victories as head coach of UNC, and previously at Johns Hopkins University, make him the NCAA's all-time winningest dual meet coach.
Greensboro native and current New York City resident Eugene Godsoe attended Southeast Guilford High where he won eight individual state championships, was All-American all four years, and ranked number one in the U.S. in the 100-yard backstroke. Godsoe became Team Captain at Stanford where he was PAC 10 champion in backstroke and a 15-time All American. Internationally he won silver and bronze medals in the Pan Am Games and won silver in the 50 meter butterfly in the World Aquatics Championships.
Durham resident, Chip Peterson, grew up in Morehead City, NC where he trained in Bogue Sound and became an Open Water specialist. He won gold at the world championships in the 10 kilometer swim at the age of 17! He also won the 1500 meter swim at the U.S. National Championships. Peterson became an ACC Champion in the 1650 freestyle during his college career at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a Pan Am Games gold medalist and a three-time national champion at the U.S. Open Water Championships.
During the Induction Ceremony, Ceil Blackwell and Erika Braun, Co-Chairs of the NC Swimming Hall of Fame Committee, also announced the capital campaign for the new permanent North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame display at the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC), slated to open in conjunction with the completion of the planned expansion of the GAC in 2019.
ABOUT The North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame:
The North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 to recognize outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, the sport of Swimming in North Carolina. From 1985 to 1991 the NC Swimming Hall of Fame conducted six induction ceremonies honoring 27 inductees, but subsequently went on a long hiatus. In 2015 a new NC Swimming Hall of Fame Committee came together to re-establish the NC Swimming Hall of Fame. The 2016 Induction Ceremony was the first in 25 years. Under the new Committee, the Hall now recognizes achievements across all major aquatic sports including Diving, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, and Water Polo. The Hall also has a capital campaign underway to raise funds for a permanent NC Swimming Hall of Fame display at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. For more information on the North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame visit www.ncswimhalloffame.com