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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Long Night Swimming Across Lake George

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

What do American President Thomas Jefferson and U.S. Olympic marathon swimmer Alex Meyer have in common?

A love of Lake George in New York.

President Jefferson said in 1791, "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony."

Meyer is one of the four co-event directors of the 2016 Lake George Marathon Swim that is organized to highlight Lake George and the history of Lake George marathon swimming.

The 32-mile (51.5 km) swim commemorates Diane Struble's pioneering lake crossing in 1958 and the 6 other solo swimmers and one relay that replicated her inaugural swim.*

The night swim is scheduled to start at 5 pm on Diane's Rock [see above] on September 17th with a mandatory closure of the course at 5 pm on the 18th. Registration is now complete when its maximum field was quickly reached with the following solo swimmers and teams:

1 Janet Harris, New York
2 Richard McKern, New Jersey
3 Robert Fernald, New Hampshire
4 Caroline Block, Maryland
5 Michele Walters, Washington D.C.
6 Edward Riley, New York
7 Elaine Howley, Massachusetts
8 Chris Greene, Georgia
9 Karyn Scherer, Vermont
10 Greg O'Connor, Massachusetts
11 Charlotte Brynn, Vermont
12 Dave Barra, New York
13 Marcella MacDonald, Connecticut

1 Georgi: Nancy Steadman + Christie Ciraulo + Robert Breitel + John Humenik + William Ireland
2 Binghamton Alumni Colonials: Tom Curly + Adam Pack + Jeff Steindorf + Ed Smith + Brian Powell
3 Paul's Traveling Swimmers: Kerry Giumarra + Tad Norton + Sara Swenson + Michael "Mac" Cauley + Mark Raiford
4 Smoke on the Water: Cheryl Marron + Willy Grimmke + Dan Canty + Rich Starace + Karen Byer + Matthew Glogowski
5 51.8: Carrie Mauro + Jason Gardner + Greg Hewlett + Wendy Matthews + Dave Morrissey + Liz Collins + Keith Vogel
6 Glens Falls Masters: George Stark + Dennie Swan-Scott + Patrick O'Keefe + Michael O'Keefe 7 Red Tide Masters: Abigail Fairman + David Uprichard + Jennifer Snyder + Sebastian Moll + Erin Dougherty 8 Geneseo Blue Wave: Jeff Singer + Eileen Goralski + Nate Foley + Josh Kaplan + Katie Jesaitis + Hailey Modelewski
9 Jersey Girls: Kimberly Plewa + Jennifer Bauman + Susan Kirk
10 Cross Country Mermaids: Janine Serell + Devon Clifford + Lyn Goldsmith + Andrea Ballard + Ali Hall
11 Jones Family: Kelsey Jones + Colby Brown + Margaret Jones + Meghan Jones + Caitlin Joyce + Anne Sinopoli
12 Just Add Water: Janet Klemm + Sara Wonder + Kristen Lee + Phyllis Ho + Spencer Schneider
13 Shawangunk Swimmers: Laura Wong-Pan + Bridget Barclay + Ed Stoner + William Miller 14 Nancy Lange + Clarence "Duke" Dahlin + Bob Cable + John Nogue + Peter Cullinan + Peter Bartu + Jean Allen

The event also includes a 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km races on August 27th.

*Solo Lake George crossings have been completed by the following swimmers:

1958 - Diane Struble, age 25 in 35 hours 30 minutes
1962 - Bill Stevens, age 31 in 31 hours 27 minutes
1967 - George Dempsey, age 17 in 32 hours 15 minutes
1977 - Stella Taylor, age 45 in 26 hours 51 minutes
1981 - John Freihofer in 21 hours 26 minutes
1983 - Jerry Ferris, age 43 in 29 hours 15 minutes

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