MINOT – Senior masters swimmer John White set a world record with his 200-meter freestyle relay team Nov. 10 at Portsmouth (N.H.) City Pool. The Maine Masters Swim Club team of Norm Seagrave, 91, Everett Hanke, 92, John Woods, 89, and White, 91, achieved the first-ever world standard for masters swimmers from Maine with a time of 6 minutes, 31.84 seconds.

White’s team achieved its record in the 360-plus classification, meaning that the average age of the four swimmers must be 90 or older. Maine is noted for having the oldest median age of its masters swimming delegation. White clinched the record with an astonishing time of 1:06.50 in the anchor leg, making him the fastest member of the team by more than 30 seconds.

It capped a tremendous year in the pool for White, who was recognized in June as the top 50 and 200 backstroke swimmer in the country in his age group.


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