Sarasota Sharks Masters Break World Records

Sharks Webmaster
May 27, 2019
May 27th, 2019

A whopping 9 Masters’ swimming World Records were broken this weekend at the Canadian Masters’ National Swimming Championships in Montreal, pending ratification by FINA. Among those 9 records, 8 were set by visiting American swimmers. Ironically, most of the new World Record holders did not compete at the American version of Masters’ Nationals, where the yards-based course was not World Record eligible.

Included among the group is 65-year old Jack Groselle, who narrowly-missed the Men’s 65-69 World Record in the 100 free, by .07 seconds (58.26), in the individual event, but then swam a 57.78 on a relay leadoff. That broke the old record of 58.19 that was set by fellow American Rick Colella in 2016. Colella was a 1976 Olympic bronze medalist.

Groselle later combined with teammates Bob CouchJulianna Holbrook, and June Carson to break Masters’ World Records in both the mixed 200 free relay (2:08.18) and the mixed 400 free relay (4:44.05) for the 280-319 combined age group. That group of athletes all hail from the Sarasota Sharks Masters Team in Florida.