22 Oct '11, 2pm

Seven-Year Old Girl Swims Golden Gate | Care2 Healthy Living

Seven-Year Old Girl Swims Golden Gate | Care2 Healthy Living

A seven-year old second grader swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge , which is just over one mile. The water is very cold so she wore a wetsuit, and her mother and one other adult swam with her. (She had a tune-up for the long swim at the Tiburon Mile which she completed in 30 minutes.) A support boat accompanied the swimmers and her father kayaked next to them. Both of her brothers completed similar swims when they were eight. Ella the second grader wasn’t just swimming for the accomplishment – she was doing it to raise money for her preschool teacher who has breast cancer, and experienced the loss of her fiance. The first recorded successful Golden Gate swim was in 1896 by Arthur Cavill. The first woman to do the swim was Hazel Lagenour who completed it in August of 1911. Her story was printed in newspapers around the world. After the event, she formed a vaudeville ...

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