Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 24th, 2010
Swimmer Braves Murky Loch Ness for Charity
Alumna’s Relay Team Crosses 23-Mile Lake to Aid Afghan Women and Children
One summer after her solo English Channel crossing, Sophie Rutenbar has again boldly gone where few have swum before her.
The UT Dallas alumna and five other long-distance swimmers completed a relay swim Aug. 5 of Scotland’s murky Loch Ness to raise money for the Afghan Mother and Child Rescue (AMCR) charity.
The six women traversed the 23-mile length of the lake, known to most as the supposed home of the Loch Ness Monster, in 13 hours and 23 minutes.
Although there was no sign of the legendary creature, the swimmers had to contend with something monstrous in its own right: bone-numbing cold water. The lake never gets much more hospitable than 41-45 degrees, even in August.
Read the entire article on the University of Texas Dallas website.
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