Swimmers Reach Point Loma From Santa Barbara – Breaking World Record

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Record-breaking swimmers arrive at Point Loma beach. (Screen capture from 10News)

Six swimmers swam ashore at a beach along Point Loma on Monday, August 26th – with quite a story to tell.  They were finishing up a relay swim from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

And in the process, broke a world record for open water relay swim.

They began up north on Friday, the 23rd, at 6 in the morning. A friend raced along the land with them – and  he ended up running a full 265 miles to the end.   And it was all for charity – for the Monarch Schools for homeless children and the Navy SEAL Foundation.

One of them, Zach Jirkovsky, told local media: “This is going to sound crazy, but it was fun.”

The runner on land, Mike Trevino, said: “The personal challenge of something like that I found interesting.”

Biggest challenge for the swimmers? Not sharks – but jellyfish. They all put on jellyfish repellant, swimmer Phil Cutti, said, “Instead of hundreds of stings, we got maybe 50 a day.”

That’s quite a sacrifice in order to raise funds; their goal is  $228,000 for the schools and foundation. Swimmer Grace Van Der Byl explained:

 “They do so much for us and with everything our country goes through right now it’s so nice to be able to give a little bit back. And then I was thinking, it’s so appropriate, if you’re going to do something for the Navy SEALs then you got to have tough conditions. It can’t be easy.”

 News source: 10News

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