9.18.2011

James Jonsson Sets Another Record

James Jonsson just added another record to his marathon swimming collection by becoming the first person to swim across the length of Utah Lake!  The 20.42 mile swim took him 10 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.  Here is a brief note I got from James:

Well, I finally got some retribution after the fiasco at Lake Tahoe.  Today I became the first person to successfully cross the length of Utah Lake.  I swam 20.42 miles in 10 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.  I started at the mouth of Goshen Bay at the south and finished at the boat ramp at American Fork.  The start was a little dicey because I was standing in knee deep mud surrounded by tall weeds (I'm glad we don't have alligators!) and there was no way to get to dry land unless you bring a machete and hack your way for several hundred yards being eaten alive by swarms of mosquitoes.  I could have found dry land but it would have shortened the swim by about a mile, so I decided on the mud start instead.  The weather cooperated for the most part and even though the water is murky, it was a great swim.  As soon as I collect all the photos from our cameras I'll post them.

I can't wait to hear more about this swim and see the pictures.  Congrats on another impressive swim James!

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