HIRAM, Ohio -- Former Hiram student-athlete Jack Groselle has been named one of the Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year by Swimming World magazine.
Groselle was named the top swimmer in the 60-64 age group. This is the first time he has received this award, after finishing runner-up in 2009.
He broke seven Masters world records in six events for the 60-64 age group, in both long course and short course events.
Groselle's main event has been the long course 100 free and he broke a nine year old record by finishing in 57.79 seconds in June.
In addition, he set a loung course record in the 200 free with a time of 2:09.24. He also set short course pool records in the 100 free (55.87), 200 free (2:05.07), 400 free (4:35.15) and 200 I.M. (2:24.75).
Groselle also holds a special distinction of being the only man to hold a U.S. Masters Swimming national recognition in five age groups. In the 100 free, he owns the 40-44 record of 53.78 seconds, the 45-49 record of 53.90 seconds, the 50-54 record of 54.93 seconds and the 55-59 record of 56.08 seconds. His time in the 55-59 age group is still a world record.
Groselle is a 1976 graduate of Hiram and was a standout collegiate swimmer. He was the Division III National Champion in the 50-meter free in 1976 and was a two-time All-American in addition to being an two-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference award winner and the PAC Most Valuable Swimmer (1976). Groselle held as many as six school records during his collegiate days and currently still owns the school record in the 50-yard free (21.20 seconds) which he set in 1975.
Information used in this article from Swimming World magazine.