Two Déjà Vu In Catalina

Two Déjà Vu In Catalina

Courtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, Catalina Channel, California.

Earlier this week, Mia Thomas and Heloise LeBlanc of San Diego, California drove up to the Catalina Channel for the second time.

Two years ago, the young brilliant scholars completed a fast 7 hour 51 minute relay crossing with their Ocean Seven teammates.

This year, the pair completed a tandem swim across the Catalina Channel in 12 hours 37 minutes.

The teenagers have good swimming DNA. Thomas’ mother, Michella, completed a 14 hour 20 minute solo swim in 2013 and a 10 hour Mom’s on a Mission relay team in 2016.

LeBlanc’s father was a marathon swimmer, her uncle won over 30 French titles and went to the 1988 Olympic Games.

The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation observer Dan Simonelli reported that both girls remained strong and determined throughout the swim while confronted by adverse currents almost the entire way. The strong currents pushed the swimmers off the expected course that led them to climb onshore at Inspiration Point, located south of the traditional landing point at Terranea Beach.

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Steven Munatones