Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Champ Of The Gulf Coast Waters - Jerry Kerschner

Jerry Kerschner was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978. His professional marathon swimming career spanned from 1946 to 1954. In 1948, he won a 12-mile swim in Lake George, New York and the famous 10-mile swim Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. He repeated victory in the Canadian National Exhibition swim in 1951 where he frequently competed.

Known as the Champ of the Gulf Coast Waters and the self-proclaimed America's Travelin’ Swim Coach, he won several long-distance races in the Gulf Coast every year.

Photo from the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame shows Jerry Kerschner congratulating Cliff Lumsdon after the 1950 Canadian National Exhibition.

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