Real Old School Open Water Swimming

Real Old School Open Water Swimming

The all-breaststroke Catalina Channel swim that Jason Lassen did yesterday was a real throw-back swim, all the way back to 1927 when Henry Sullivan first swam the Catalina Channel in breaststroke in 22 hours and 45 minutes.

Jason’s 15:59 crossing was done under similar conditions as Henry faced in 1927. “I wanted to break his record fair and square so I swam without GPS navigation. Captain Pittman had to navigate with a compass and line of sight. He did a great job of it too. It was not straight, but it was pretty near.”

The shoulders may not hurt like in freestyle, but the day after Jason said he was walking like an old man.

Old School. Old-fangled. Old fashion. Cool. Totally cool.

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Steven Munatones