June 13, 2014
The 2014 Hall of Fame Class includes three familiar names to the Minnesota Swimming and Diving Program: Bernie Zeruhn, Jim Hill and Tanya Schuh.
Bernie Zeruhn (Men's Swimming, 1993-96) - Zeruhn earned 17 All-America honors in his career, the second-most for any swimmer in Minnesota history. During his career, he set school records in the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle, as well as the 200 fly. He captured three Big Ten individual titles in 1996, winning the 200 and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. While conquering competition in the pool that year, Zeruhn also earned Academic All-American status.
Jim Hill (Men's Swimming, 1925-27) - After finishing the 1925 season as the NCAA runner-up in the 150 backstroke, Hill rebounded and captured the NCAA Championship in the event in 1926. In addition to his individual accomplishments, Hill also played a key role on the 300 medley relay team that won the NCAA Championship for Minnesota in 1927, meaning that Hill placed in the top-two in at least one event at every NCAA meet in which he competed during his college career.
Tanya Schuh (Women's Swimming, 1994-97) - Schuh was a six-time Big Ten champion, capturing titles in multiple events, including the 100 and 200 butterfly. In 1996, Schuh was not only named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, she was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. The nine-time All-American set school records in both the 100 and 200 butterfly, as well as a Big Ten record in the 100. In addition to her accomplishments at the U, Schuh also competed on the Brazilian National Team for five years.
The University of Minnesota "M" Club, one of the nation's oldest varsity letterwinner organizations, announced yesterday the latest class of inductees into the club's Hall of Fame. This year's class will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium on October 9 starting at 6 p.m.
With the addition of 13 new inductees in this year's class, the "M" Club Hall of Fame now has 319 members representing student-athletes from 27 different varsity sports, as well as coaches and administrators.
Congratulations to Bernie, Jim, and Tanya from your Gopher swimming and diving family!
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