Aquatics Hall of Fame

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The silver medal Reed Gershwind picked up in water polo at the recently completed World Games for the Deaf at Copenhagen is the last one he will pick up. The Copenhagen Games has become his swan song in the deaf aquatics sports world. Not out of sports, though, but out of competition, as Reed aspires to become an athletic administrator, more likely with the American Athletic Association of the Deaf.

As a swimmer, Reed, who resides in the Rochester, NY area, towered over his opposition in the high school, NCAA-II and WGD swimming ranks. In fact no one could ever keep up with him event for event, stroke for stroke in the water.

At Sofia, Bulgaria, despite his advancing age, nearing thirties which is considered ancient in competitive swimming, he performed as the relay anchor leg. And shock the audience he did, by overcoming a deficit of several lengths to catch up and win another gold for the Americans on one relay event. With that he announced his retirement from competitive swimming.

Retired from swimming, yes but not that ready to retire from the pool! A water polo player also, and flush from the surprising gold his USA team picked up at Sofia, he was hoping for a repeat at Copenhagen. Unfortunately it was not to be.

The Americans, thanks to the luck of the draw, drew water polo power Hungary in the opener, and lost 10-9. A desperate last second shot went astray. The Americans swept the remaining games, 6-4 over Netherlands, 11-5 over Germany and 9-7 over Italy to finish second. How Reed would drool over a rematch with Hungary.

How good was a much younger Reed as a swimmer? Well, as a high schooler in San Diego, he was offered scholarship offers from some big time NCAA-I swim programs. And he was also considered to be of NCAA-I level water polo caliber, good enough to have been offered scholarship in this sport only. It is akin to a high school baseball and football star, torn between a collegiate football scholarship and a minor league baseball contract.

After much thought and advice he decided on CSUN even though it was only a NCAA-II level program. He wanted an opportunity to attend the 1993 World Games for the Deaf and mingle with the deaf and felt the CSUN program was the right one for him. At CSUN, Gershwind was an all around swimmer at dual meets.

At national NCAA-II championships he focused on freestyle, medley, butterfly and relay events and became a 4-time All-American while winning three national championships.

Representing USA at four World Games for the Deaf (1981, 1985, 1989 and 1993) he won 29 medals, the most ever earned among WGD athletes in any sport. The Copenhagen silver became his 30th medal. A medal breakdown would consist of:
13 golds
9 bronzes
8 silvers

The American Athletic Association of the Deaf honored Gershwind by naming him as the 1992 Deaf Athlete of the Year.

Away from the pool he teaches business classes at NTID, having earned an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Busy with the US Aquatics Association of the Deaf, Gershwind wants to develop a strong base of young deaf aquathletes for swimming and water polo and to focus on fund raising, recruiting overlooked swimmers, developing top coaches, etc.

Greg Latta c/o 1988

 At Patrick Henry





         High School:

Two Time CIF Champion, as a Senior  in 1988 Greg won the 100 yard Freestyle and 100 yard Backstroke.

  After Patrick Henry

  Greg went on to the University of Santa Barbara where he became a four time Big West swim Champion winning the 200 IM in 1991 and the 100 Backstroke, 200 yard Breaststroke and 200 IM in 1992. 



Ericka Lorenz c/o 1998

 Attended Patrick Henry 1995-1998


High School:

All American, 1997, 1998, 1999

CIF Player of the Year, 1997, 1999

 All CIF, 1997, 1998, 1999

 All Western League, 1997, 1998, 1999 

Helped lead the water polo team to a CIF championship in 1997 and the swim team to a CIF title in 1999.

Lettered in Water Polo, Swimming, Softball, Basketball, and Volleyball.




  After Patrick Henry

Ericka went on to the University of California Berkley where she competed with the Bears for two seasons earning All-American 1st team honors. Erica then left college to focus full time as a member of the United States Senior National Team. 

 In her time with the U.S. National team Erica became well known internationally for her strong outside shot. Ericka was a member of the 2000 and 2004 United States Olympic teams which earned a silver medal in Sidney Australia and Bronze in Greece. Ericka also earned a Gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Spain and a Silver medal at the 2005 World Championships held in Canada.


Ty Lackey c/o 2001

Attended Patrick Henry 1999 2001

High School:

All-American, 2000

All-County, 2000

All-CIF, 2000

Eastern League MVP, 2000

All-League, 1998,2000

CIF 100 freestyle champion, 2001

Three year letter winner in Water Polo and Swimming

After High School

Ty played two years of community college water polo being named All-Conference and All American both season as well as Pacific Coast Conference MVP in his second year. Ty also competed on the Grossmont College swim team for one season finishing 2nd in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyles and third in the 500.

After community college Ty transferred to the University of California, San Diego where he played two seasons for the tritons. In his senior season Ty helped lead UCSD to the NCAA Final four. At the NCAA tournament Ty was named to the All-Tournament team. At the end of Ty's senior season he had led the tritons with 77 goals and had been named 1st Team All-Conference, NCAA Division II All-American, NCAA Division II Player of the year, NCAA Division I First Team All-American and was one of three Finalist for the Peter J Cutino award, Collage water polo's version of the Heisman trophy.



Boy's water polo:

Bill Ireland c/o 1977

Pomona College

Roby Partovich c/o 1980


Reed Gershwind c/o 1985

Cal State Northridge

Ty Lackey c/0 2001 UCSD

Mitch Williams c/o 2004- Johns Hopkins

Louis Hamwey c/o 2006-  Saint Francis

Hector Lam c/0 2007 University of the Pacific

Spencer Williams c/o 2007 MIT

 Girl's water polo:

Erica Lorenz c/o 1999 Cal / U.S. Olympic Team 

Ann Gerding c/o 2001- UCSD                        

Jamie Fullen c/o 2001 - Wagner

Monica DeRoiser c/o 2001- San Diego State

Lauren Burnett c/o 2009- Cal Baptist

 Tara DeRoiser c/o 2010 - San Diego State

Melanie Merritt c/o 2012- San Jose state

  Swim Team:

 Greg Maxwell c/o 1977 Tennesse

Bill Ireland c/o 1977

Pomona College

Tom Ireland c/o 1977


Reed Gershwind c/o 1985

Cal State Northridge

Diana Palma c/o 1986-     


Greg Latta c/o 1988


  Kirsten Fontana c/o 2007 Rutgers University

 Aljaz Ojstersck c/o 2006 University Of the Pacific 

Brandon Lowe c/o 2009 Alabama

William Yeung c/o 2009 Chicago

Kathryn Kerr c/o 2005 CSUN

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