WALNUT CREEK Masters swimmer, Jean Durston, 86, passed away peacefully at home 4 pm Saturday January 6th, 2001. Jean had been in ill health for the past few months.
At the time of her passing, Jean held three Masters national short course yards records, nine world long course records, five world short course meters records, plus a host of national long course and short
course meters records and many Pacific Masters records. She was the 2001 recipient of the David Yorzyk Memorial Award for the most outstanding 400 yard individual medley at the Short Course National
Championships (She broke the national record by 2 min 12 sec).
She made Masters All American 18 times, and made top ten 279 times over the last seven years.
Jean was an inspiration to all. She swam the 200 meter fly at the age of 85 in a world record time of 5:49.75.
A story about Jean Durston is on the Swim Gold web site:
and many of her all American swims are at: