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Seven-Year Old Girl Swims Golden Gate

Seven-Year Old Girl Swims Golden Gate

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 show and that was also successful, though it was censored in Boston because it was said she did the tango underwater. When the a group of women in 1911 first attempted the swim there were 5,000 fans on both sides of the bay to cheer them. At the time, swimming the Golden Gate was considered quite remarkable.

Earlier this year, a woman over sixty-years old attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida. She had to quit, however, due to being stung repeatedly by Portuguese man o’ war invertebrates. One day Ella might be able to do the 103-mile swim though, if she continues at her current pace of development.

Image Credit: Daniel Schwen

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7:56AM PDT on May 14, 2013

How inspiring!

1:31AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

wow

1:25PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

thanks.

1:23PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

thanks.

6:40PM PDT on May 10, 2012

She is a really brave and compassionate little girl...that water is really cold and the currents are really strong.

8:52AM PDT on May 10, 2012

amazing

7:40AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Thank you

5:35AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Good for her!

6:47AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Inspirational!

8:58AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

wow, good for her and her family

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