Still Making a Splash

Jane Katz was a member of the American synchronized swimming performance team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and has taught and coached for decades at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Yet at 72, Katz (Ed.D. '78, M.E. '72) is just finding her stroke.

Katz recently founded Water Exercise Techniques (W.E.T.S.) for Vets to help veterans return to ci­vilian life. She works with youth in the juvenile justice system through another program she created, Kids Aquatics Re-Entry. And oh, yes, she won 13 Masters-level medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

“People are living longer, and they don’t just want to sit around,” says Katz, who has developed a senior water exercise program for naturally-occurring retirement commu­nities. “Work is only good when you can also play.”

Katz’s late father and mentor, Leon, who nearly drowned as a young man, encouraged her to see water as “a beautiful, democratic place.” As a girl, Katz had to create her own competitive swimming programs en route to winning All-American and World Masters championships. At Teachers College she earned a master’s in therapeutic recreation for the aging and a doctorate in gerontology, creating a modified progressive swimming program for adults as her thesis (which is still in print, as Swimming for Total Fitness). Her many books, articles and DVDs are available through her website, GlobalAquatics.com.

Katz has been honored with Coach of the Year and Distinguished Teaching awards from City University of New York and John Jay. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she received a Certificate of Merit from the International Olympic Committee organization FINA, and this past summer the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition gave her its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It’s just so meaningful to see this field of work being appreciated,” Katz says. She’s more committed than ever to passing on her father’s legacy. “It feels great to be doing something from the heart and ben­efiting so many others in the process.” —Kelsey Rogalewicz

 


(Published 6/10/2015)

Published Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2015

Still Making a Splash

Jane Katz was a member of the American synchronized swimming performance team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and has taught and coached for decades at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Yet at 72, Katz (Ed.D. '78, M.E. '72) is just finding her stroke.

Katz recently founded Water Exercise Techniques (W.E.T.S.) for Vets to help veterans return to ci­vilian life. She works with youth in the juvenile justice system through another program she created, Kids Aquatics Re-Entry. And oh, yes, she won 13 Masters-level medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

“People are living longer, and they don’t just want to sit around,” says Katz, who has developed a senior water exercise program for naturally-occurring retirement commu­nities. “Work is only good when you can also play.”

Katz’s late father and mentor, Leon, who nearly drowned as a young man, encouraged her to see water as “a beautiful, democratic place.” As a girl, Katz had to create her own competitive swimming programs en route to winning All-American and World Masters championships. At Teachers College she earned a master’s in therapeutic recreation for the aging and a doctorate in gerontology, creating a modified progressive swimming program for adults as her thesis (which is still in print, as Swimming for Total Fitness). Her many books, articles and DVDs are available through her website, GlobalAquatics.com.

Katz has been honored with Coach of the Year and Distinguished Teaching awards from City University of New York and John Jay. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she received a Certificate of Merit from the International Olympic Committee organization FINA, and this past summer the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition gave her its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It’s just so meaningful to see this field of work being appreciated,” Katz says. She’s more committed than ever to passing on her father’s legacy. “It feels great to be doing something from the heart and ben­efiting so many others in the process.” —Kelsey Rogalewicz

 


(Published 6/10/2015)

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