Pete Melvin

On Sept. 19, nonprofits in Long Beach have the chance to crowd-fund donations and earn matching dollars donated from philanthropic foundations and businesses via a new annual initiative: Long Beach Gives Day. Donors will have 24 hours to make a difference with double the impact, using a single online platform for numerous charities.

Aquatic Capital of America (ACOA) Foundation is one of those 75 plus groups in Long Beach.

Their fund-raising efforts will be directed towards their goal to have every child in Long Beach learn to swim. All money collected during Long Beach Gives Day to ACOA will be used to fund “Learn to Swim” programs in Long Beach.

To increase focus on the day, the organizers have scheduled their annual Aquatic Hall of Fame dinner the same night. Those being inducted into the class of 2019 are:

Peter Melvin — Sailing

Melvin, a member of the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, has achieved multiple world records in offshore sailing, including Transatlantic and Transpacific records. Melvin designed the Emirates Team New Zealand boats for the 2010 and 2013 America’s Cup.

Dick Miller — Lifeguarding

Miller’s deep family history is not only with Long Beach Lifeguards but is actually more with the city of Long Beach and our waterways. As Chief of Long Beach Lifeguards, he helped bring our department to the leading edge of lifeguarding and water safety.

Sherri Kiklas (Kline) — Rowing

A 1996 graduate of Long Beach State, Kiklas became a member of the Long Beach Rowing Association in 1994, where she quickly became an international level rower. In 2000 she retired from elite level racing but came out of retirement in 2010 and won the doubles at the 2010 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the Senior Division, and in 2017, won the Gold Medal in the Masters’ Quads at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Mark Martinson — Surfing

Martinson, born and raised in Long Beach, attended Wilson High School. He began surfing at age 10 and in 1964, he won the United States Invitational.

Steve Pezman — Surfing

Pezman began surfing in 1957 while attending Wilson High in Long Beach. Over the last several decades, Steve has authored many articles on surfing for surf and general audience publications, published the "Book of Waves," the "Masters of Surf Photography" and Pioneer series of surf photo books.

Guy Baker — Water Polo

Guy was the head coach for the United States Women’s water polo team in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, the team won the silver medal and in 2008, they won the bronze medal.

Tom Hermstad — Water Polo

While an accomplished water polo player at Wilson High School, Long Beach State and for the Long Beach Inland Nu-Pike club team, Hermstad was one of the finest international water polo referees in USA Water Polo history.

Kyle Kopp — Water Polo

Kopp was a three-time All-American and was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 1988 and 1989. A member of four World Championship teams, Kopp represented the United States at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Dick Jochums — Swimming

He coached 25 world record swimmers and two Olympic gold, five Olympic silver and five Olympic bronze medal winners. His most famous swimmer was Long Beach’s Tim Shaw, who held simultaneous world records in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter freestyle events.

Steve Furniss — Swimming

Steve and his brother Bruce made swimming history. Steve was world record holder for the 200 IM during 1975-1976, then just one year later, Bruce broke his own brother’s world record, a historical occurrence that has never repeated in any Olympic sport.

Bruce Furniss — Swimming

During his career, Bruce broke the 200-meter freestyle world record four different times (including twice in one day at the 1975 World Swimming Championships team trials), and kept the 200-meter world record from 1975 to 1979.

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