- By Jason Howland
Mayo Clinic patient sets new world record in swimming
Trip Hedrick, a Mayo Clinic heart patient and competitive swimmer, set a new world record in the 65–69 age group for the 50-meter butterfly at the Minnesota Masters Long Course Championship at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center at the University of Minnesota in early August.
Hedrick, 67, swam a time of 28.38 seconds, breaking the world record of 28.54 seconds, which was set in 2009.
The time also broke Hedrick's own national record of 28.66 seconds.
Journalists: Video b-roll of Hedrick's world-record swim is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "L'Louise Hedrick."
Hedrick, a former collegiate swim coach at Iowa State University, suffered his first heart attack at 46. He underwent three stent procedures over the next 15 years due to his heart disease. He eventually would have coronary double-bypass surgery at Mayo Clinic in 2018.
Hedrick was featured on the Mayo Clinic News Network in February 2020.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (4:05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script.
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