Tandem Swim Success Across Lake Erie

Tandem Swim Success Across Lake Erie

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Josh Heynes, a clinical cardiac exercise physiologist, is a busy man today and tonight.

As the founder of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association, he is overseeing three swimmers who are attempting a 24.3-mile (39.1 km) swim across Lake Erie between Long Point, Ontario, Canada and North East Township’s Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania, USA.

Two brothers Greg and Tommy Van Volkenburg took off on their tandem swim a short time before 41-year-old Chris Fetcko set off on the same course.

Their near real-time locations can be followed here for the brothers and here for Fetcko.

Heynes confirmed the Van Volkenburg brothers completed the swim in 11 hour 15 minutes 40 seconds, setting a new course record, when they landed at 6:20 pm local time [see photo above]. Fetcko followed up with a 15 hour 12 minute crossing that same evening.

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