Museum
Jean Durston
Jean Durston (USA)
2007 Honor Swimmer

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:World Points – 889, Pre-1986 Points – 42, Total Points – 931; Since 1974, she has competed in 6 age groups (60-64 thru 85-89); 26 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS;

Her affair with the water began in 1973 when her physician prescribed an aquatic exercise program as therapy. Soon, she was swimming laps and, within a year, competing. Her first competitive meet traumatized her as she gulped far too much pool water. Perhaps it was the taste of chlorine or the promise of victory, but Jean Durston became a lifelong swimmer.

In 1974, Jean Durston began swimming mainly freestyle events. In her 80's Durston was known to log nearly 2700 yards a day, four days a week as a member of the Walnut Creek Masters Program. Even though she never competed in a Masters World Championship, she set 26 FINA Masters World Records- 13 long course meters and 13 short course meters- all in freestyle, butterfly and I.M. events.

A pioneer of Masters swimming, Jean Durston competed in six different age groups and was an inspiration to many fellow swimmers. At 85 she swam the fly -- arms fully out of the water. In 2001, Jean Durston died. Her legacy reminds us each to swim for life, focus on technique and enjoy each lap.

Greg Louganis
Eraldo

One Hall of Fame Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 | 954.462.6536 | All Rights Reserved |  Contact Us