Pat Kaplan – Honor Contributor

Few volunteers ever imagine when they first say “yes” how far that answer will lead them. Exposed to swimming early, as her father ran Stoneleigh pool, Phyllis Thomas Kaplan “Pat”, time her first event in the summer of 1980 at Padonia Park. After becoming increasingly involved in summer swimming with her son, Chris, Pat became a year round swimming Mom when he started with NBAC. Moving from apparel to meet director, Pat, always assisted by husband Nelson, left her mark on every job she did. Whether designing caps, or running hospitality, organizing Bull roasts or spearheading a fundraising driving, Pat leaped with both feet where few parents dare tread. Moving into Maryland, first as Age Group Chair in 1989, organizing All Star Meets, picking Zone Teams, she still had time for inter-squad meets and team newsletters at NBAC. In 1991, Pat moved into State Records as Chris moved out of age group swimming, but her focus remained the kids, the swimmers, designing new record pins and new awards to chronicle their achievements. Serving as Vice Chair of Maryland Swimming from 1993-1997 and as Chair from 1997 to 2001, Pat oversaw an incredible period of expansion and advancement for Maryland swimming. From upgrading equipment, taking the LSC on-line, seeing two teams host two Zones and a Sectionals as well as 2 FINA World Cups, to expanding safety, compiling LSC rules and setting up a rainy day fund, Pat Kaplan has led Maryland Swimming with boundless good cheer tempered by uncompromising professionalism. For her continuing contributions (current Registration Chair) to the sport of swimming in Maryland, Pat Kaplan is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.