Aquatic Capital 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremony

Join us for a fun outdoor evening next to the historic Long Beach Marine Stadium to celebrate the induction of the second class of honorees to the
Aquatic Capital Hall of Fame.
Casual attire, Hawaiian shirts and flip flops encouraged.

Thursday, September 21`st of 2017

Reception : 6:00pm   |   Dinner : 7:00pm   |   Ceremony : 8:00pm

Pete Archer Long Beach Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane, Long Beach 90803

Catered by Naples Rib Company.

Pre-paid tickets : $100   |   At the door : $125

To purchase, text to 41444, and use keyword ACOAFAME (no spaces),
or mail your check to ACOA, c/o Foster Law & Sports, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 210-A, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

From Last Year



Player - Bruce Bradley
Bruce graduated from Millikan High School. He was a two-time All-American at UCLA, leading UCLA to four undefeated seasons (one on the freshman team and three on the varsity team). He was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team, which finished 5th in Mexico City. He led the U.S. team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich to a bronze medal, the first U.S. medal since 1932, a period of 40 years. In 1972, he was the top scorer in the Olympics.

Player Coach - Bob Horn
Bob was the United States’ goalie in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. In between those games, Bob was a star for the Long Beach State 49ers, where he was selected Athlete of the Year for all sports at the school, and led the team to a State Championship (there were no NCAA championships back then). After a short coaching stint at Cerritos College, Bob took the helm at UCLA, where he coached the Bruin water polo team for 28 years, and the men’s swimming & diving team for {xxx} years. Before water polo became an NCAA sport, Bob’s UCLA squad had four consecutive undefeated seasons and his teams later won three NCAA National Championships. Bob teamed up with the late Monte Nitzkowski (inducted into the ACOA Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 2016) and Art Lambert to coach the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams.

Player - Ryan Bailey
Ryan graduated from Millikan High School. He matriculated to UC Irvine where he was a four-time All American. He scored 104 goals in his senior year and was voted the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year. Ryan was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2008, he helped lead the team to a Silver Medal, the first for the United States since 1988. At the 2012 Olympic Games, Ryan was the high scorer for the U.S. team. Ryan was considered one of the premier 2-meter players internationally.

Player - Ed Knox
Edwin Knox, a graduate of LB Poly HS, made the 1936 Olympic water polo team but an injury prevented him from traveling to Berlin. He played for the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) and also played at Long Beach City College and UCLA, graduating from there in 1936. He helped the LAAC win AAU titles in 1941 and 1947-48. Knox led UCLA to Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) titles in 1934-36. He captained Long Beach in 1932 and UCLA in 1935-36 and was named to the PCC all-conference team in 1935-36. Knox also captained the LAAC team in 1947-48. He was inducted into the US Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1983.

Player - Dixon Fiske
Dixon graduated from LB Poly HS, He became a star swimmer and water polo player at UCLA. He made two US Olympic teams in water polo, on both sides of World War II. In 1938, Fiske had been given the Gimble Award at UCLA, awarded to the top Bruin athlete in minor sports. He later became general manager of the Dynasciences Corporation. He passed away in Los Angeles in 1970, at the age of 55.


Diver - Kelly McCormick
The daughter of ACOA Hall of Famer Pat McCormick, and the late legendary diving coach Glenn McCormick. They gave her the genes to succeed, and she used her talents to become one of the best divers of her time. In 1982, Kelly won the first of her 9 national championships. In 1983, she won the Pan American gold medal. Despite a back injury in 1984, she won the U. S. Olympic Trials and went on to win the silver medal on the 3-meter springboard. At the 1987 Pan American Games, Kelly took the gold becoming the first woman to win two consecutive Pam Am springboard gold medals. She won the 1988 Olympic trials with a torn calf muscle and went on to win the Olympic bronze medal in Seoul, Korea.


Rower - John Nunn
John left {left early, or graduated from?}Cornell University as a member of the National Collegiate Varsity Eight championship squad. At the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, John won a Silver Medal in the Single Scull event. The following year, he won a Bronze Medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in the Double Sculls. At the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia, John won a Bronze Medal in the Double Sculls. John then was named the U.S. Men’s Sculling Coach for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He then had various high-level positions in the sport, including being a coaching consultant for the Long Beach State Men’s Rowing Team and a stint as the President of the Southern California Rowing Association. Over the years, John has been intimately involved with the Long Beach Rowing Association, serving as the Organization’s President from 1999-2003 and as the Executive Director of the Pete Archer Rowing Center Expansion Program from 1996-2007.


Swimmer - Ann Simmons
Ann is a graduate of Millikan High School and Long Beach City College. She was a four-time AAU champion, and a Pan-Am Champion. She set the American record in the 400-meter freestyle and was the first woman in the world to break 9 minutes in the 800-meter freestyle. An earned All-American honors at LBCC before moving on to UCLA where she was named All-American three times. She finished 4th in the 800-meter freestyle at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, missing the bronze medal by a fraction of a second. She was the head women’s coach at UC Irvine and a coach at the USA National Team in 1986.

Swimmer - Gunnar Larsson
Gunnar swam for Long Beach State and ACOA Hall of Famer, Don Gambril. He was already a gold medal winner when he enrolled at the University, having won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. While a 49er, Larsson set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle. At the 1972 Olympics he won gold medals in the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medleys. In 1988, Larsson was a coach for the Swedish Olympic Team. He is considered to be Sweden’s greatest swimmer of all time. In 1979, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Swimmer - Lynne Cox
Lynne became the best cold water, long distance swimmer in the world. In the late 1960’s she swam for Don Gambril with the Phillips 66 Swim Club in Long Beach. Gambril urged her to enter a series of rough water swims near Long Beach. At the age of 14, she swam the Catalina Channel. Later, she would set the record for crossing that channel. For the next two decades, Lynne competed against the elements in swims which took her to all of the major bodies of water in the world. She never wore a wetsuit in some of the most frigid waters. For example, she swam in Alaska’s Glacier Bay in 38-degree water, with a lead boat breaking a path in the quarter inch ice. She set thee women’s and men’s records crossing the English Channel. Her remarkable career included swimming the Straits of Magellan, three bodies of water in the Aleutian Islands, around the Cape of Good Hope, Lake Biakal in the Soviet Union and Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains, the world’s highest lake.


Sailor - John Shadden
John is another graduate of Wilson High School. He was a team member of the U.S. junior national sailing team, winning 5 U.S. Youth National Championships and the World Youth title in 1981. John was the Youth National Champion twice and a 470 Class National Champion. John went on to train for the 1984 Olympics and was named to the team as an alternate. After the 1984 games, John and his teammate continued training for the 1988 Olympics while competing with the University of Southern California Sailing team. John was named Collegiate All-American three times and qualified for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, winning a bronze medal.

Sailor - Charles Kober
Charles was a member of the U.S. Olympic yachting teams in 1960, 1964, and 1972. He managed and coached the U.S. Olympic team in the 1968 and 1976 Olympics. Charles introduced and coached many young people in sailing. He was the founder, president and director of the Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation, which administers the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach. Charles helped organize the sailing competition for the 1984 Olympic Games. He was the commodore of the Alamitos Bay Yacht club and was President of the U.S. Yacht Racing Union (now U.S. Sailing) from 1983-85.


Surfer - Jericho Poppler (Bartlow)
Jericho was born and raised in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School and Long Beach City College. She was a fixture in the Women’s Division of the United States Surfing Championships in the 60’s and 70’s, finishing 5th in 1966, 6th in 1967, 5th in 1969, 1st in 1970, 3rd in 1972 and 4th in 1973. She won the Western Surfing Association’s elite AAAA Division in 1971. Jericho then became one of the original full-time female professional surfers, where she won several events. In 1975, Jericho founded the Women’s International Surfing Association, and was the inaugural world champion in 1976. After retiring from competitive surfing, she turned her attention to environmental causes and helped establish the Surfrider Foundation.


Lifeguard - Roy “Dutch” Miller
Dutch began his lifeguarding career in 1918 as a young guard hired by the Long Beach Bathhouse known as “the Plunge”. Little did he know that he would become one of the most influential lifeguards in history. He introduced many innovations to lifesaving, including the concepts of lifeguard towers, rescue boats, and two-way radio systems. He improved lifeguard equipment with innovations to the “torpedo can buoy”, made at Willy’s Tin Shop in Long Beach. His friend Duke Kahanomoku introduced the rescue board to him, which Dutch turned into a staple of West Coast lifeguarding. Dutch retired in 1966 after 48 years of service to the City of Long Beach. Dutch always told his lifeguards, “ These families at the beach, at the end of the day, they expect to go home all together. Your job as a lifeguard is to see that they do! ” He was a true pioneer and icon of lifesaving.