Champ of the Gulf Coast Waters
The Champ of the Gulf Coast Waters was the nickname of Jerry Kerschner, an American open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 as an Honour Swimmer.
Kerschner was a prominent professional marathon swimmer from 1946 to 1954. In 1948, he won a 12-mile swim in Lake George, New York, and the famous 10-mile Canadian National Exhibition swim in Toronto. He repeated his victory in the 1951 Canadian National Exhibition swim where he frequently competed. As the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Travelin’ Swim Coach’, he won several long-distance swims along the Gulf Coast every year.