Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2013

Courtesy of the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame Chair:

The Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees. The induction ceremony is to be held on August 24th, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. Honorees include five accomplished athletes from the state of Georgia. This will be the third class of inductees.


The inductees include Courtney Shealy Hart and Kristy Kowal, who were both NCAA champions from the University of Georgia. Courtney won a gold medal and set a world record at the 2000 Olympics in the 400 meter Freestyle Relay. Courtney is currently the head swimming coach at Georgia Tech. Kristy won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in the 200 meter Breaststroke.

Also being inducted is David Larson, from Jesup Georgia, who swam for the University of Florida and was a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist in the men’s 800 meter Freestyle Relay. Inductee Curtis Lovejoy is a 5 time Paralympian that not only holds multiple Paralympic medals, but also currently holds 10 world records.

The final inductee is Billy Ray Schmidt, who is receiving a posthumous induction. Billy Ray passed away in 2006 after a brief illness. He was an SEC champion at the University of Georgia and later, while a diving coach at Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Billy Ray produced 31 high school All-Americans.

For more information on this event, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame website at

For more information on the inductees and the Georgia Aquatics Hall of fame please contact Mike Eddy at [email protected].

This is an unedited press release.

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