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Julia Gorman and Jill Johnson Chasson, former North Baltimore Aquatic Club members who earned international recognition over the past 10 years, are the newest members of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.

Inducted during the group's sixth annual awards program last week, they are the 24th and 25th selections since Arthur "Red" Hucht became the first in 1985.

At the same time, members Patrick Kennedy and John Considine were formally recognized. Both had been inducted in a less-formal setting a decade ago.

Kennedy was an All-American at Loyola High School and the University of Florida, and an Olympian, (eighth in the 200 breaststroke in 1984 at Los Angeles), and Considine has been a Maryland meet official for more than 30 years.

It was fitting the newest members be inducted together, as the major parts of their careers coincided, 1982-1992.

Gorman was a dominating age-group swimmer, particularly in the butterfly, and still holds eight Maryland records. She earned collegiate All-America honors 13 times while competing for the University of Miami and the University of Florida. In the process, she won three individual NCAA championships and was a member of four title-winning relays.

Chasson won two national age-group breaststroke titles, saw her career level off, then rose to prominence as a collegian at Stanford, winning an NCAA title in 1990. That year, she placed second in the nationals, and fifth in the world championships in Perth, Australia.

After making the 1992 Olympic team, she missed the championship final by .02 seconds at Barcelona. At the end of that year, she was ranked fifth in the world.

Both are involved in the administrative side of the sport as members of US Swimming's board of directors.

Pub Date: 12/13/98

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