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    2005 Dream Facilities

    Set within a dramatic, 40-story glass dome, this facility is designed to be both beautiful and cost effective.

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    Leisure Pool : Two

    In today’s world, the municipal swimming pool is no longer just for teens and tots.

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    Therapy Pool

    This dream therapy pool offers unlimited rehabilitation options in a limited space.

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    Outdoor Waterpark

    At this dream facility, the adventure begins before guests even arrive.

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    Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark Resort

    The adventure begins the moment guests step through the door of this dude ranch-style hotel waterpark resort.

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    Multipurpose Facility

    This multipurpose dream facility is located at the crossroads of three closely-knit cities. Its location, a 15- to 20- minute drive or bus ride from each city, easily attracts large numbers of visitors. The complex is also accessible by bike.

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    Indoor Waterpark Resort

    In the simplest of terms, our dream facility combines the interaction of an aquarium with the education of a conservatory, along with the excitement of a waterpark.

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    Indoor Waterpark : One

    Our dream facility combines creative thinking in design and viability.

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    Leisure Pool : One

    Some of the sweetest dreams are small ones.

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    Indoor Waterpark : Two

    Step inside this dream facility and arrive in a land of make believe. That was our goal when designing the centerpiece attraction of this 43,000-square-foot indoor resort waterpark.

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    The Power 25: Jill White

    You might say that Jill White is an emerging star in the aquatics industry. Her dedication to training lifeguards and teaching aquatic safety led her to start Starfish Aquatics.

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    The Power 25: Esther Williams

    She stood out among the other female swimmers with her long legs and stunning looks. Even after World War II cancelled the 1940 Olympic Games as well as her chances to win gold, Esther Williams continued to shine in the swimming — and cinematic &mda

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    The Power 25: Ruth Sova

    She founded two of the most prominent and influential groups for aquatic exercise and therapy. But to hear Ruth Sova tell it, that was all just dumb luck.

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    The Power 25: Jenny Thompson

    Jenny Thompson is well-decorated. With 12 Olympic medals, including a record eight gold, the 31-year-old from Dover, N.H., is the most decorated female Olympian of all time.

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    The Power 25: Ian Thorpe

    His nickname is the “Thorpedo” and there’s no question about its validity — Ian Thorpe bulleted his way to the top of competitive swimming’s elite, winning more Olympic gold than any other Australian, and has broken world rec

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    The Power 25: Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps seems like any ordinary teenager. He’s tall, slightly awkward, listens to rap music and quotes lines from his favorite movie, “Austin Powers.”

  • The Power 25

    Our exclusive lineup of today's most influencial aquatics professionals — leaders, executives, icons, athletes, and people on the move. Find out who they are, what they had to say and why they earned a spot on our Power 25.

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    The Power 25: Tom Saldarelli

    If Tom Saldarelli’s business life over the past decade or so were a waterslide, it would make even the most extreme rides look tame. After joining Paragon Aquatics in 1991 as its president, the company was sold to General Aquatics in 1995.

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    The Power 25: Charles Neuman

    Admiring his accomplishments is not what drives Charles Neuman to succeed again and again. “I don’t have a lot of time to reflect,” says the CEO of Water Technology in Beaver Dam, Wis. “I’m always looking forward — I do

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    The Power 25: Bob Ogoreuc

    Bob Ogoreuc (pronounced oh-GER-ic) wants you to know that he feels your pain. He knows that most of you out there are underpaid and undervalued. And it’s time for a change.

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    The Power 25: Alison Osinski

    Having seen the worst in the industry, Alison Osinski is in a unique position to bring out its best.

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    The Power 25: George Millay

    With an eyepatch covering his right eye, which was lost to cancer, these days George Millay looks like a pirate and a professional all in one, ruling the water world with his innovations and theme parks.

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    The Power 25: Fu Mingxia

    She was 11 when she tumbled off a platform into first place at the 1990 Goodwill Games; 12 years old when she became the youngest diver to win gold at the World Swimming Championships.

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    The Power 25: Tom Lachocki

    Ask Tom Lachocki how the world works, and he’s likely to explain it in terms of chemical equations and bonds and ions that can leave you scratching your head.

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    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.

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    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

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    The Power 25: Jane Katz

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Power 25: Jeff Henry:TWO

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

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    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.

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    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

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    Freas Steps Down as ISHOF Head

    After 15 years of service and several months of controversy, Sam Freas has retired as president and CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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    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

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    The Power 25: Buck Dawson

    The first non-competing swimming legend, Buck Dawson is known as the “Walking Encyclopedia”of the sport.

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    The Power 25: Shawn DeRosa

    Shawn DeRosa is always saving lives.

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    2005 Best of Aquatics