Prieto Family To Attempt The Mexican English Channel

Prieto Family To Attempt The Mexican English Channel

Prieto Family To Attempt The Mexican English Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A body of water in Mexico that is similar in distance and conditions (albeit not water temperature) to the English Channel is the 20 km stretch of cobalt sea between Cozumel and the Maya Riviera on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Patricia Guerra, Mexican open water swimmer
Crossings between Isla Cozumel and the Mexican mainland are organized and coordinated by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Nora Toledano and the Mexican Open Water Association (Asociación Mexicana de Aguas Abiertas). Toledano has crossed the actual 33.5 km English Channel six times as a solo swimmer and five times as part of a relay. She also guided Patricia Guerra (shown above) across the Mexican English Channel in 201​8 and Ricardo Grossman across the channel in 2019.

The Prieto family (dad Mauricio, mom Susan, and daughter Carolina) will attempt the next crossing, a 3-person relay scheduled for December 27th. 16-year-old Carolina envisioned this charity swim. Carolina explains, “I recently moved from California to New Orleans. Upon my arrival in New Orleans, I learned that Hispanics played a critical role in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina’s destruction. Hispanic construction workers came to New Orleans’ rescue when the city most needed help. My parents and I will start at 4 am in a relay to benefit the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, an organization which provides scholarships to talented high school and university students that would otherwise not be able to continue their education. As a Hispanic privileged to attend Isidore Newman School, I am very motivated to help both the NOHHF and my school, with all proceeds of the swim going towards a scholarship to Isidore Newman School. It is a small way to give back to a community that has given so much to this city.

To learn more about the Prieto family crossing, visit here.

To learn more about the Mexican Open Water Association, visit here​.

Photo above shows 11-year-old Carolina with father Mauricio and mother Susan before embarking on a swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco 5 years ago. Carolina’s swim, part of her Take Action Project at Del Mar Middle School, raised more than US$7,000 for breast-cancer research and was inspired by Susan, who is a breast cancer survivor.

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