Brendan Kerns, 10, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team set his 17th and 18th team records at the November Age Group Invite at the Curtis High School pool last weekend.
Kerns broke Chuck Talcott’s 41-year record in the 50-yard breastroke in 39.10 seconds and the 50 butterfly record in 32.78, which had been held by Kenny Smith from 1977 in 32.90.
According to Greg Mackem, the assistant aquatics director for YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, “there have been no other swimmers on the team since it was reformed almost four years ago that have broken records which stood as long as those, nor have any swimmers set as many team records as Brendan.”
YMCA teammate Valencia Tang nearly broke the team record in the 50 fly. Her time of 30.71 was just off the record of 30.59, set in 1984 by Julie Richardson, who was a standout at Olympic High and Puget sound Swim club.
Also, I’ll note that Kerns is listed among the top 25 for his age group in the Pacific Northwest in the 50 breaststroke, the 100 breast, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 fly.