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Woman breaks record by swimming across Lake Pend Oreille

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SANDPOINT, Idaho- It took nearly twenty-hours, but one woman broke a record by swimming the distance of Lake Pend Oreille.

Elaine Howley left Button Hook Bay in Bayview Wednesday night a little before eight in the evening and swam all through the night, finishing Thursday around 4 o'clock. It is the longest solo swim ever completed and when she finished, a large crowd was there to cheer her on.

Howley was welcomed out of the water with applause, but no one was allowed to help her make it to shore. If anyone did help her, she would be disqualified for the record. It took her more than twenty-hours to swim to more than 32 miles.

Now that she is finished, she plans to rest and take a well deserved nap.

 

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