Fritz Bedford Breaks Masters World Record in Vermont

Photo Courtesy: Barbara Hummel

Fritz Bedford of the New England Masters Swim Club notched yet another world record last weekend, competing in the tenth Annual Leaf Peepers Masters Mini Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Club (UVAC) in Vermont.


Photo Courtesy: Barbara Hummel

During the three-hour meet, 55-year-old Fritz Bedford launched three attacks on the record book, each time taking aim at a record held by USA’s Steve Wood. In his first event, Bedford’s 28.16 in the 50 SCM backstroke was just off Wood’s world and national record of 27.62 set in 2015. In the 50 butterfly, Bedford had more success. His 26.55 took down Wood’s USMS national record, and was just a tenth of a second shy of Canadian Dan Thompson’s world record. Finally, in his third event, Bedford blasted a 1:00.78 in the 100 backstroke, clipping six-one-hundredths of a second off the previous world record, held by Wood.

Fritz’s mom, Jane, was watching from the stands, no doubt remembering the day she watched Fritz’s younger sister, B.J. Bedford, win relay gold at the Sydney Olympics.

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  1. avatar

    For the writers posting on Swimming World, please list the distance such as short course meters, long course meters and short course yards. It does make a huge difference.

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      Barbara Hummel

      This was a short-course-meters event.

  2. Mike Murray

    Proud St. Lawrence University Swimming Alum! Robert Clemmer, check this out!

  3. Terry Li

    Jack Quinn