Mary Bennett to be Posthumously Inducted into Hall of Fame

By USA Diving | Aug. 31, 2018, 11:57 a.m. (ET)

The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame announced that Mary Bennett has been selected posthumously as a member of the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Bennett, who is one of nine members to be inducted, will be honored at the IMSHOF’s annual ceremony to be held on Friday, September 28, at 6 p.m. ET at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, which is in conjunction with the 2018 United States Aquatic Sports Convention.

Bennett is one of two divers amongst the prestigious IMSHOF class of 2018, as well as one of five class members representing the United States. She began her athletic career as a swimmer and participated in the 1968 Olympic trials in the freestyle swimming event, just missing out on making the Olympic roster. She eventually began diving for the Michigan Wolverines and legendary coach Dick Kimball while attending the University of Michigan.

Between 1990 and 2014, Bennett competed in the 1-meter, 3-meter, 10-meter and synchro within four age groups (50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-69) and according to the International Swimming Hall of Fame won a total of 106 gold medals, 23 silver medals and three bronze medals. She also competed in six FINA Masters World Championships, where she won 13 gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. Bennett competed in the 2002, 2005 and 2009 World Masters Games where she won five gold medals and four silver medals. Months before her death on October 11, 2014 from cancer, Bennett won the synchro platform in Montreal, Canada despite being on oxygen and needing to be carried up the ladder.

In 2012 Bennett won the McAlister and Krahn Performance Award (Sable). She was also one of the founding members of the East Coast Masters Diving (ECMD), which hosts an annual “Mary Bennett Masters Invitational Diving Meet” for divers over the age of 21 years old.