By Kim Lux
Brothers Tommy and Greg Van Volkenburg spent Monday, July 15, swimming across Lake Erie for a second time.
The pair were able to complete the 23.8-mile swim in 10 hours and 33 minutes – a new record.
Josh Heynes, co-director of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association said that in recent years, more swimmers attempted the challenge of swimming across the lake.
“The popularity has grown exponentially,” Heynes said. “Before 2011 you had maybe one person a year try and do it, but now more and more are taking it on.”
The Van Volkenburg brothers swam across Lake Erie for the first time two years ago. Heynes said this time, the weather conditions were better.
“After their first swim they knew they could do better if the conditions had been more favorable, so they were excited to go out and beat their previous time,” he said.
The Van Volkenburgs are also not the only swimmers to take on the challenge this year. Heynes said Katie Blair will be the next one up.
“She’ll be looking to make the swim either the last weekend of July or the first weekend in August,” he said.