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ALM
August 30th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Skip Storch sets record for swimming laps around Manhattan island
August 30, 2007
By Rick Freeman

NEW YORK (AP) - Exhausted and shrivelled from nearly a day and a half in the water, Skip Storch completed a record swim by circling the island of Manhattan three times in 32 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds on Thursday.

He beat the previous record by 37 minutes, 30 seconds, and set a record for two trips around Manhattan, which he did in 20 hours, 56 minutes and 17 seconds.

As he crossed the finish in the East River, off E. 96th Street, his support boats honked their horns and he raised his fist in the air.

Storch struggled after his first lap and needed to have his wrist taped by a nurse on one of his support boats. The treatment was complicated because the nurse couldn't touch him, lest he invalidate the record attempt. Choppy conditions on the Hudson River also caused him to swallow salt water, making him sick.

Storch was swimming to raise money for the sarcoidosis treatment program at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Many New Yorkers - Storch among them - contracted the disease since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 sent clouds of contaminated dust into the air around the city.

Sarcoidosis is an inflammation that produces tiny clumps of cells in various organs that can eventually affect their functioning.

Storch planned his swim to take advantage of stronger tidal currents than usual. He rode the tide out down the Hudson and up the East River three times, pausing to tread water and take nutrition when the currents, some of which move at up to 4 knots, would be against him.

The previous record for the 85-mile trip was 33 hours, 30 minutes, set by Stacy Chanin in 1984, when she was 23.
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FindingMyInnerFish
September 2nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
One trip around Manhattan is impressive--and the guy did THREE? And this with a debilitating condition? I'm in AWE!

geochuck
September 2nd, 2007, 06:04 PM
Here is the video of his swim http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9f0_1188522516&c=1