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Director of Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Recognized for Her Collegiate Swimming Accomplishments

Beata Kaszuba

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 8, 2006) – Beata Kaszuba, director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region (EMEA), was recently recognized by Swimming World Magazine for being the first female swimmer to break the one-minute barrier in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Competing for Arizona State University at the 1995 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Miss Kaszuba skimmed through the four-lap race in a record time of 59.71, prompting a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd. The accomplishment ranked No. 7 on the Swimming World Magazine list of Top 11 Most Amazing Performances in Women’s Collegiate Swimming.

The record time bettered her own NCAA record of 1:00.46, set one year earlier. The mark stood until 1998. Also in 1995, Miss Kaszuba, a native of Poland, set the 200-yard breaststroke record with a time of 2:09.71, marking the first time a female eclipsed the 2:10 barrier.

“(Little League) is thrilled that Beata’s prowess as a world-class athlete has been commemorated and honored,” Patrick Wilson, vice president of operations for Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Since Joining the Little League family in 2000 she has displayed similar outstanding abilities in the execution of her duties at the EMEA Region. During her tenure, she has nurtured the growth of Little League throughout Europe and countries in the Middle East and Africa.”

As EMEA Region director, Miss Kaszuba oversees nearly 750 teams and more than 11,000 players in more than 30 countries. The Little League European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland, hosts the annual Little League International Tournament’s EMEA Region championship at Stan Musial and Ed Piszek Stadiums, with the winners advancing to Williamsport and other World Series sites in the United States.

In 1995, Miss Kaszuba graduated from Arizona State, while earning All-America swimming honors, along with being named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year and ASU Student Athlete of the Year. From 1987-91, Miss Kaszuba was the Polish National Champion (breaststroke).