Eric Nilsson Breaks 1990 Record Of Bob Placak

Courtesy of Chris Ottati, Pacific Masters Swimming, northern California. Video courtesy of Michael Poliskey at the 2017 Peaks to Portland Swim, Maine.


Eric Nilsson has competed in many open water swim across the United States, from the Trans Tahoe Relay in California and the Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim in Hawaii to the 10 km Kingdom Swim on Lake Memphremagog in Vermont and the Boston Light Swim in Massachusetts.

Nilsson trains in the pool and recently broke Bob Placak‘s US Masters Swimming national record for the 1-hour pool swim that was set in 1990. Placak was 31 years old when he set the previous record of 5750 yards, but the 33-year-old Nilsson swam 15 yards further at 5765 yards (5271 meters).

This one-hour pool swim record is one of the oldest national records in the USMS record books.

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