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CFISD swimmers, coaches set new single relay world record

CFISD swimmers, coaches set new single relay world record.
A total of 288 CFISD swimmers and coaches set a new Guinness World Record for most individuals to swim in a single relay in less than an hour on Oct. 4 at the CFISD Natatorium. Morgan Burcham, Cypress Lakes High School head swim coach, will submit paperwork to the Guinness World Records offices in London for the record to become official.

Oct. 7, 2021—A total of 288 CFISD swimmers and coaches set a new Guinness World Record for most individuals to swim in a single relay in less than an hour (48:41) on Oct. 4 at the CFISD Natatorium. The previous record was set in 2012 at 281 individuals.

Morgan Burcham, Cypress Lakes High School head swim coach, organized the event after attempting to break the record two times before.

“I emailed all of the coaches in Cy-Fair and explained that this is an awesome opportunity for all of us to come together and showcase what a wonderful aquatics program we have and I asked everyone to sign up,” Burcham said. “I have a super fascination with breaking Guinness World Records, and after today I will hold one myself because I swam in the relay.”

Cypress Springs High School junior Nathan Salgado was the final CFISD swimmer to participate in the relay.
Cypress Springs High School junior Nathan Salgado was the final CFISD swimmer to participate in the relay, finishing with an unofficial time of 48:41.

Swimmers from all 12 CFISD high schools participated in breaking the world record, swimming 20 meters each. Athletes were arranged alphabetically based on their school’s name. Cypress Springs High School junior Nathan Salgado was the last swimmer to finish the relay.

“I thought about it and I said, ‘I’m going to be the last one,’” Salgado said. “It was really cool to break the world record.”

In addition to breaking the world record, the event was also used as a fundraiser to support the Maeve the Brave scholarship fund, which was established in 2016 in honor of Maeve Giardina, a former CFISD water polo athlete who died in 2015. The fund helps give scholarships to senior water polo athletes who are in good academic standing and have a record of serving in the community. Each swimmer was encouraged to donate $1 and all spectators were charged $1 for entry.

Burcham will submit paperwork to the Guinness World Records offices in London for the record to become official. A Guinness World Records representative was present at the natatorium during the relay.

Visit the Guinness World Records website for more information.