FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 2, 2020News Media ContactCollins .comNC Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Rescheduled to Sept. 18, 2020Cary, NC: The North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame has settled on a new date forthis year's Ceremony. The Induction Ceremony will be Friday evening, September 18,2020, in Cary, NC with a reception beginning at 6:30pm followed by dinner and theInduction Ceremony at 7:30pm.If you previously bought tickets to the Ceremony, you are all set for the newlyrescheduled date of September 18th.Individual Tickets are available for 60 by visiting ncshof2020.eventbrite.comSponsored Tables of 10 are 800 and are available by contacting:Collins Lowder - [email protected] North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame was founded in 1985. Six inductionswere held from 1985 through 1991, but the Hall of Fame went dormant for a longperiod afterwards, finally returning to action with inductions in April of 2016 after a25-year hiatus."Our Class of 2020 North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame Inductees representstandouts in all levels of swimming competition, coaching, and administration. Theyrepresent accomplishments in Swimming, Open Water Swimming, and MastersSwimming, and we are delighted to recognize their achievements in, and contributionsto, the sport of swimming," said Ceil Blackwell, Co-Chair of the NC Swimming Hall

of Fame Committee. Erika Braun, fellow Co-Chair added, "I am thrilled this year tosee the amazing achievements of individuals who have led, or are continuing to lead,our sport, both in the pool and out. With all the assembled aquatics sports talent, ourInduction Ceremony in September promises to be quite an event."Hall of Fame Committee members involved in the selection process include CeilBlackwell, Erika Braun, Gerry Chapman, Kathy McKee, Trish Martin, CollinsLowder, Paul Silver, Kevin Thornton, Alan Toll, and Jonathan Watson.The 2020 North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Class includes thefollowing:Peter CarneyPeter has been a lifelong coach and leader in the sport ofswimming. He was the first Head Coach of one of North Carolina'smost-well known age group teams, the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club,from 1977 through 1981. He was active in the leadership of NorthCarolina Swimming for 20 years from 1989 through 2009, servingas Treasurer of North Carolina Swimming his final year. Carneyalso served as a national leader in the sport. From 1988 through 1990, Carney servedon the Board of Directors of USA Swimming in the capacity of Vice President ofProgram Development. He also served on the Convention & Elections, Rules , andOlympic International Committees. In 1991 he became the USA Swimming Board ofDirectors National Administrative Vice President. From 1993 to 2004, Carneycontinued to serve USA Swimming on a variety of Committees including theLegislation/Redistricting Committee and the Rules Committee, where he served asChairman for five years from 1997 to 2002. In 2005 Carney took on new leadershiproles at USA Swimming, becoming the organization's Treasurer, a position he heldfrom 2005 to 2008. In those same years, Carney led the Treasurer's Committee andalso served on the National Governing Body's Investments Committee.Sid CassidySid grew up in Kinston, NC before his family moved to Delawarewith DuPont Corporation. He attended NC State University from1974 to 1977. While at NC State from 1975-1976, Cassidy wasan All-American swimmer for the Wolfpack. Cassidy wasrecognized as an ACC Three-Time Champion in both the 500 and1650 Freestyle events from 1975-1977. After college, Cassidybecame an open water marathon swimmer. In 1979, Cassidy was ranked fourth in theworld as a professional marathon swimmer after competing in marathons around theglobe, including in Canada, France, and Egypt. Cassidy began his coaching career atthe Wilmington (Delaware) Swim School & Aquatic Club as a Head Senior SwimTeam Coach from 1979-1983, followed by Head Coach for the Greater TampaSwimming Association 1983-85. In 1985, he became Assistant Coach & RecruitingCoordinator at Florida State University, followed by the head coaching job for Men's& Women's Swimming at James Madison University in 1992. Cassidy then served asHead Coach of Swimming and Diving for the University of Miami in Miami Florida

from 1993-1998, followed by a position as Aquatic Director & Head Swim Coach forthe Atlantic City Aquatic Club through 2005. There he founded a USA SwimmingClub program, while also working for USA Swimming and FINA as an Open WaterSwimming Coach and Administrator. In these roles, he served as Director for theAround the Island Marathon Swim and created the FINA World Cup Event "10K forthe USA" in 2002. He organized and ran the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prixcircuit. Cassidy served as the Chairman for FINA at the first Olympic 10K MarathonSwim at the 2008 Beijing Games. Later at the 2012 Olympics in London, Cassidyserved as an assistant referee. In 2016, Cassidy stepped up as Head Referee for theMen's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Rio. Cassidy currently serves as the AquaticDirector and Head Coach for Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida, where hebegan in 2005.Pat EareyPat took over as UNC's head coach in 1957 from his predecessor, NCSwimming Hall of Fame Coach, Ralph Casey. His teams won 71.1percent of their dual meets, and they captured five ACC championshipsbefore he retired in 1974. Coach Earey's teams won ACC titles in1958, 1959, 1961, 1963 and 1964. Eight more of his teams finishedsecond in the ACC. Several of his teams placed highly at the NCAAChampionships. The 1964 team tied for sixth place and the 1967 teamwound up in ninth place. Five other teams finished in the Top 20. In his 17 seasons ashead coach, Coach Earey's teams compiled an overall dual meet record of 145-59. Histeams went 84-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference dual meets, an outstanding percentageof 80.8 percent. Coach Earey was responsible for mentoring a host of All-Americasduring his time in Chapel Hill. Three swimmers particularly stood out during histenure. Harrison Merrill was a three-time All-America and the winner of sevenindividual ACC titles. 1966 NCAA 100-yard butterfly titlist Phil Riker was also amember of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team. He coached arguably the finest men'sswimmer in Carolina history in three-time All-America, Thompson Mann. Mann was a1964 Olympic Games gold medallist as the leadoff swimmer on the United States'victorious 4x100-meter medley relay squad. He set a world record at the OlympicGames in the 100-meter backstroke during that race and was the first person to evereclipse one minute at that distance, clocking a time of 59.80 seconds. Under CoachEarey's guidance 24 different Tar Heel swimmers earned All-America honors from theCollege Swimming Coaches Association of America. During his tenure his swimmerswon 52 individual ACC championships and 10 relay titles. Earey passed away in 2005at 82 years of age.Beth HarrellBeth began her career as a swimmer for the NC State Wolfpack in1977, she was an Olympic Trials finalist (1976). During 1977, sheswam on the U.S. team that competed in Russia. In 1977 as afreshman, she participated in the World University Games, held in

Sophia, Bulgaria. From 1976-1979 she was ranked top 8 in theswimming World Rankings. While at NC State, she earned AllAmerica honors in 26 events from 1977-1981. In 1979, she swam arecord breaking 100 Butterfly event in 54.83 seconds. Aftercollegiate swimming, Harrell began her post-grad swimming careerwith the U.S. Masters Swimming organization. In 1990, swimmingfor the club WSMA in the North Carolina LMSC, she was an AllAmerican swimmer in the 30-34 age group. From 1991-1993, as part of the LMSC ofFlorida, she was All-American in the pool course for the 30-34 age group. Shortly aftergraduating from NC State, she founded the Piedmont Aquatic Club in Winston-Salem,where she served as head coach from 1992-1994. From there, she transitioned to themen's and women's swim programs' interim head coach and assistant coach positionsat NC State from 1994-1995. In 1995, she began her career as the head coach for theUniversity of South Carolina, where she led her team to national top 25 and top 50finishes. The Gamecocks placed 7th in the SEC for the 1996-1997 season underHarrell, and from 1994-1996 and 1997-1999, the Gamecocks finished 8th in the SEC,each year. In 2000, Harrell founded the swimming and diving program at theUniversity of Northern Florida. Harrell remained the Head Coach at UNF until 2014.Fritz LehmanFritz is maybe best known these days as a world-class Mastersathlete, but he got his start quite young as a top competitor,having ranked in the Top 10 nationally in every age group hecompeted in from age 12 through 47. Leman swam in college forthe University of Oklahoma, where he was a Big 8 ConferenceChampion and record holder in both the 100 yard and 200 yard backstrokes in 1977.Lehman was also the last male conference swimming champion in Oklahoma schoolhistory. Lehman moved to North Carolina and subsequently took up MastersSwimming. In Masters Lehman achieved U.S. Masters Swimming All-American statusfor 7 years. During that time he had 27 national Number 1 rankings and 93 U.S.Masters National Top 10 rankings. He set 10 United States Masters National Recordsin the 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke in short course meters; in the100 and 200 backstrokes in long course meters; and the 50, 100, and 200 backstrokesin short course yards. Lehman also achieved 6 FINA Masters World Records inbackstroke. Lehman has also been a leader in the sport out of the pool. In the Trianglehe served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Area Masters SwimTeam including as President of the club. Similarly on a statewide basis, Lehmanserved on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Masters Swimming and eventuallyas President of North Carolina Masters.ABOUT The North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame:The North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 to recognizeoutstanding achievements in, and contributions to, the sport of Swimming in NorthCarolina. 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-establishthe NC Swimming Hall of Fame. The 2016 Induction Ceremony was the first in 25years. Under the new Committee, the Hall aims to recognize outstandingaccomplishments and contributions across a broader spectrum of aquatic sportsincluding Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo, MastersSwimming, and Open Water Swimming. In particular, the Committee seeks to honorthose individuals or groups that have achieved at a high level and/or made a significantpositive difference in aquatic sports in North Carolina. For more information on theNorth Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame visit The 2020 NCSHOF Induction:The 2020 N.C. Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at theEmbassy Suites Hotel in Cary, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina27513, on Friday, September 18, 2020. The evening's festivities will start with aCocktail Reception at 6:30pm, followed by Dinner & Ceremony beginning at 7:30pm.The Induction Ceremony is being held in conjunction with the North Carolina MastersSwimming State Championships in Cary.Individual Tickets are available for 60 by visiting ncshof2020.eventbrite.comSponsored Tables of 10 are 800 and are available by contacting:Collins Lowder - [email protected]

Lehman was also the last male conference swimming champion in Oklahoma school history. Lehman moved to North Carolina and subsequently took up Masters Swimming. In Masters Lehman achieved U.S. Masters Swimming All-American status for 7 years. During that time he had 27 national Number 1 rankings and 93 U.S. Masters National Top 10 rankings.