Other stories by Gary Thill

  • The Power 25: John Leonard

    Before John Leonard agreed to take the helm of the American Swimming Coaches Association he wanted to know one thing: What were the limitations of his authority and responsibility? The board told him none — as long as he was successful.

  • The Power 25: Farhad Madani

    Lifeguarding teaches a number of useful skills to an impressionable teenager, but for Farhad Madani,it taught him an even bigger skill: English. And with 25 years of experience under his belt, Madani has learned a lot more than just English from his aquat

  • The Power 25: Jane Katz

    Dr. Jane Katz has taken what some might consider a tragedy and made a career out of it.

  • The Power 25: Bill Kent

    Bill Kent may be a practical, and successful, businessman (his company, Team Horner is now a $140 million concern), but get him talking about aquatics and he starts to sound more like a preacher, using words like “spiritual” and “passion

  • The Power 25: Adolph Kiefer

    Oympic gold medalist, world record breaker, inventor and pool supply giant. That’s Adolph Kiefer, America’s athletic glory, still powering along at 85 years of age.

  • The Power 25: Tom Griffiths

    Talk about your humble beginnings. Tom Griffiths, now head of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Aquatic Branch, actually started his aquatics career picking up ice cream wrappers at a small waterpark in Laura Lake, N.J.

  • The Power 25: Jeff Henry:TWO

    For as long as he can remember, Jeff Henry has been called Jefe.

  • The Power 25: Jeff Ellis

    There’s a certain irony that the man many believe revolutionized risk management did so by taking a big risk himself.

  • The Power 25: Janet Evans

    If there’s a world record, it’s likely that Janet Evans broke it or set it. With her famous unconventional giant windmill stroke, the tiny 5-foot-1-inch, 102-pound swimmer broke the world record in both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter in 1987 at

  • The Power 25: B. Chris Brewster

    B Chris Brewster (the “B” stands for Bartlett, an old family name, and “Chris” is short for Christmas, his mother’s maiden name), arguably the most powerful lifeguard on the planet, actually started his career on the ski slop