Est. 1970

Hall of Fame

thomas cureton

Thomas K. Cureton Jr. – BIO


  • An active masters swimmer from 1973-1985
  • Professor at the University of Illinois where he established the Physical Fitness Laboratory in 1944 – one of the first of it’s kind
  • Publisher of 1000 papers, books and research monographs over a 40 year period on physical conditioning and champions
  • Mentor of Charles Silvia, Bill Heusner, Jim Counsilman, Don Van Rossen, Earl Zeigler and others that have gone on to head university human energy resource and testing facilities
  • Chairman of the YMCA committee to develop a national aquatics program for 25 years
  • Inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributor in 1980

USMS Achievements

  • Pool Records – 32 individual held previously
  • All American Honors – 9 years pool individual
  • Top Ten – 131 individual and 11 relay

  • All-Star Honors – 1987