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June Krauser: Senior Mermaid

It’s probably pretty rare to have someone launch a sports competition and then also excel in it. But that’s the story of June Krauser.

June KrauserKrauser, who died on Aug. 9 at age 88 in Pompano Beach, Fla., was one of the founders of U.S. Masters Swimming, a competition established in 1970 that provides swimmers an opportunity to compete against swimmers in their own age group, right up to the centenarian level. But Krauser did more than just write the program’s rules and policies. She showed that she still had the ability that made her a  top competitive swimmer in high school and college, by entering competitions and setting 154 age-group world records in various events from 1972 to 2002.

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Here are some facts about Krauser and her achievements as an athlete and organizer.








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