Hubie Kerns
Courtesy of: Precision Driving
WINDSOR, Ontario, May 27. THE Canadian short course Masters national championships recently featured a horde of American swimmers grabbing multiple wins across many age groups. Three of those Americans took down seven Masters world records over the four-day meet from May 16-19.


Jack Groselle and Hubie Kerns were each responsible for three world records. Groselle started with a 2:24.75 in the 200 IM to erase Tim Shead's 2:25.98 from 2012 off the record book in the 60-64 age group. The 60-year-old representing the Sarasota YMCA broke Rich Abrahams' longstanding record of 56.63 in the 100 free with an amazing 55.87. That gives Groselle the short course world record in the event across two consecutive age groups. He swam a 54.50 in 2009 to take the 55-59 age group's mark. Groselle's final record came in the 200 free, where he swam a 2:05.07 to lower his own record of 2:06.13 that he swam in March.

Groselle swam many other events at the site of the 2016 FINA short course world championships, and came closest to another world record in the 100 fly. He posted a 1:04.05 to nearly take down Takeo Hiramoto's mark of 1:03.67.

Kerns was dominant in the individual medley events, lowering all three IM marks in the 65-69 division. First up was the 200 IM, and the 65-year-old from Ventura County Masters swam a 2:34.15 to lower his own world record of 2:35.67 that he swam in March. In the 100 IM, Kerns' 1:09.90 was fast enough to beat Bob Strand's 1:10.26 from 2012, while his 5:34.78 in the 400 IM beat the 5:37.22 set in 2011 by Jean Claude Lestideau.

Glenn Gruber, also 65 years old from Ventura County Masters, left Canada with a world record. In the 400 free, Gruber was able to post a 4:54.45 to lower his own mark of 4:55.10 from this past March.


FINA Masters world records are unofficial pending approval.