Pacific Northwest Swimming
Hall of Fame
Pacific Northwest Swimming
Inducts 5 into Fourth Hall of Fame Class
On August 3, 2008 the Pacific Northwest Swimming Association inducted 5 new members into their Hall of Fame in Federal Way, Washington. The PNS Hall of Fame has three categories of members, swimmers, coaches and valuable contributors. This year four swimmers, and one contributor were honored.
Pictured is the class of 2006: top left to right: Dan Hannula, Steve Tallman, Susie Ordogh and Scott Lautman.
- Athlete:Dan Hannula
Dan Hannula was a swimming force to be reckoned with in the 1960s and 1970s. As one of the Tacoma Swim Club's premier swimmers, Dan was ranked 7th fastest in the world in the 200-meter freestyle and 9th fastest in the world in the 400-meter freestyle after competing in the 1971 U.S. Long Course National Championships in Houston, Texas. In addition to his tope-ten rankings, Dan ranked in the Top-20 in the world both in the 200-meter freestyle from 1969 to 1972 and in the 400-meter freestyle in 1970 and 1971. He placed 5th in the 200 -meter and 400 -meter freestyle at the AAAu (Amatuer Athletic Union) National Long Course Championship in 1971. Dan was a six -time NCAA All American. To add to his swimming accopmplishments, Dan attained an unusual feat for an American in 1970 whne he became the Canadian National Champion in the 100-meter freestyle. Coached by his PNS Hall of Fame father, Dick Hannula, Dan swam for Tacoma Swim Club and Wilson HIgh School. He swam for another Hall of Fame inductee, Earl Ellis, at the University of Washington from 1971 to 1974.
- Athlete:Scott Lautman
From 1972 to 1977 Scott was one of the Top-25 ranked swimmers in the world. In four of those years, he earned this honor in two or more events. In 1974 he had one of the world's Top-25 fastest times in the 100-meter butterfly. Scott also excelled in the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley event from 1973 to 1975. In the 400-meter individual medley event, he was world-ranked in the Top-25 in 1972, 1973, and 1975. At the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials, Scott placed 6th and 5th respectively in the 200-meter butterfly. At the 1972 National Open Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Scott, won the 400 individual medley. Scott represented the United States in several international competitions, including the 1973 Tilt International Meet in Paris, France, the 1974 Komsomolskya Invitational in Leningrad, USSR, and the 1975 Grand Prix Circuit in Czechoslovakia. Swimming for the University of Washington, Scott was a six-time NCAA All American. Hew swam for the Highline and Husky Swim Clubs form 1962 -1979. and was a state champion representing Highline High School. Swimming continues to be an important part of Scott Lautman's life. He competes in the masters swimming program and currently hold the world records in the 200-meter butterfly for the 50-54 and 55-59 year old age groups. Scott also is active in open-water competitions and he has swum the English Channel, around Manhattan Island and crossed the Straits of Gibralter.
- Athlete:Susie Ordogh
As a talented 16-year old Hungarian swimmer, Susie Ordogh, competed in the freestyle events in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Because of the concurrent Hungarian uprising and the uncertainty of conditions at home, Susie was given refugee status following the Olympic Games. Courageously, Susie prepared for a new life in the United States. A fellow Olympian swimmer (and PNS Hall of Fame inductee) from Seattle, Nancy Ramey, invited Susie to join her family. Once settled in Seattle, Susie began swimming competitively, making outstanding contributions to the Pacific Northwest swimming community. Susie's numerous swimming accomplishments include winning the 1958 Women's AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) National Outdoor Swimming and Diving Championship in the 200-yard breaststroke. Susie continued her reign by winning the 200-yard breaststroke. Susie continued her reign by winning the 200-yard breaststroke event in the 1959 Women's AAU National Indoor Championship. Susie, in 1958 broke the American Records in the 250-yard breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter breaststroke. In 1958, Susie was selected to the Women's AAU All-American swim team in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events and the medley relay. Susie Ordogh swam for the Washington Athletic Club under the direction of Ray Daughters, a PNS Hall of Fame inductee.
- Athlete: Steve Tallman
From 1973 to 1978 Steve Tallman was ranked in the Top-25 in the world in the 200-meter butterfly. His highest world ranking was fourth in 1975. Being one of the world's fastest butterflyers, he represented the United States in eight international meets. After competing in the 1973 Senior National AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) Championships, Steve was invited to participate in swimming competitions in Peru and Chile. He was a member of the 1975 United States Swimming team that competed at the Australian National Swimming Championships in Perth. He also competed in the 1975 Grand Prix Circuit in Czechoslovakia. Steve represented the United States in the 1978 Tilt International Meet in Paris, France and swam in two additional European competitions in Holland in 1977 and 1978. Steve swam for both the University of Washington (1974-1975) and the University of Arizona (1977-1978). He finished third at the 1977 NCAA Championships in the 200-yard butterfly, which was the highest finish by a University of Arizona swimmer. Steve was a four-time NCAA All-American. He was the recipient of the 1978 University of Arizona Golden Eagle Award, which is given to honor outstanding excellence in academics and athletics. Steve was coached by Bob Miller while swimming for Cascade Swim Club and Totem Lake Swim Club. Earl Ellis and Bob Davis were Steve's collegiate coaches. The most influential person in Steve's swimming career was his father, John Tallman, a renowned Pacific Northwest coach who was inducted into the PNS Hall of Fame in 2004. Everett Herald Article 7/29/08 on Tallman
- Contributor: Earl McKinney
Earl McKinney was one of the pioneers in the development of swimming in the Pacific Northwest. His love of swimming began as a backstroker at Aberdeen High School in the early 1930's. Earl was a leader in the organization of the YMCA swimming program for Western Washington in the 1950s. He helped develop a very strong competitive swimming league for the YMCA throughout the Puget Sound region. In addition, Coach McKinney, ws instrumental in the early development of this region's AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) swimming program. Earl devoted his entire life to the swimming comunity in the Pacific Northwest. Competitive swimming in our region benefited greatly from Earl McKinney's efforts and leadership and commitment.