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Janesville teen swims English Channel

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Stan Stricker
August 19, 2009

Fewer than 1400 have done it, but Paul Simon of Janesville says his 19-year-old daughter Samantha has swum the English Channel.


He says she was on a record pace for her age about midway through the more than 20-mile swim. The weather turned dangerous though, and she finished amidst 15 to 25 foot swells. After a few brief moments on the shores of France, she got in a boat and returned to England. Her time was 13:10:45.


Paul says he plans to take her to the Dover Pub where only officially verified swimmers of the channel may sign a wall, in a tradition dating back a century.



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