noun - A lake swim is an open water swim in a lake.
Longest Lake Swims in the World
1. Vicki Keith (Canada) 49.8 miles (80.2 km, all butterfly) crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2005 in 63 hours 40 minutes
2. Vicki Keith (Canada) 64 miles (103 km) in a two-way crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1987 in 56 hours 10 minutes
3. Vicki Keith (Canada) 45 miles (72 km) in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1988 in 52 hours 45 minutes
4. Alex Cape (Canada): 58.5 miles (94.2 km) in Cowichan Lake in Canada in August 2015 in 50 hours 36 minutes
5. Vicki Keith (Canada) 48 miles (77.2 km) in Lake Huron (USA-to-Canada) in 1988 in 46 hours 55 minutes
6. Kevin Murphy (UK) 48 miles (77.2 km) in Lake Balaton (Hungary) in 1973 in 43 hours 15 minutes
7. Vedika Bolliger (Switzerland) approximately 46.6 miles (75 km) across Lake Geneva in 1999 in 42 hours 45 minutes
8. Jay Serdula (Canada) 28 miles (45 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2008 in 41 hours 1 minute
9. Ted Erikson (USA) 60 miles (96.5 km) in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1963 in 37 hours 31 minutes
10. Ted Erikson (USA) 36.75 miles (59 km) in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1961 in 36 hours 37 minutes
11. Zhang Jian (China) 42.8 miles (69 km) across Xingkai Lake in 2010 in 36 hours 30 minutes
12. Dr. Harry Briggs (USA) 32 miles from Canada to Ohio across Lake Erie in 35 hours 55 minutes
13. Ted Erikson (USA) 50 miles (80.4 km) in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1962 in 35 hours 45 minutes
14. John Munro (Canada) 35 miles (56 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2003 in 35 hours 15 minutes
15. Diane Struble (USA) 32 miles (51 km) in Lake George (New York, USA) in 1958 in 35 hours 0 minutes
16. Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) 60 miles (96.5 km) in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1963 in 34 hours 38 minutes
17. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) 51.5 miles (83 km) in Lake Cane (Florida, USA) in 2008 in 33 hours 24 minutes
18. Jaimie Monahan (USA) 42.8 miles (69 km) in a crossing of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 2015 in 32 hours 52 minutes
19. Carlos Costa (Canada) 28 miles (45 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 32 hours 43 minutes
20. Jenna Lambert (Canada) 20.7 miles (33 km) across the east end of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2006 in 32 hours 18 minutes
21. Alex Cape (Canada) swam 43.4 miles (70 km) across the length of Cowichan Lake in August 2014 together with Susan Simmons in 32 hours
22. Susan Simmons (Canada) swam 43.4 miles (70 km) across the length of Cowichan Lake in August 2014 together with Alex Cape in 32 hours
23. Brenda Sherratt (UK) 22.5 miles (36.2 km) in a crossing of Loch Ness (Scotland) in 1966 in 31 hours 27 minutes
24. Chris Stockdale, MBE (England) swam across Lake Garda (Italy) in 1989 in 31 hours 10 minutes
25. Ray Gandy (USA) 46 miles (74 km) in a two-way crossing of Lake Memphremagog (Vermont, USA to Quebec, Canada) in 2012 in 31 hours 5 minutes
26. Vicki Keith (Canada) 32 miles (51 km all butterfly) in a crossing of Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1989 in 31 hours
27. Greta Andersen (USA) 50 miles (80.5 km) in a pro race in Lake Michigan (Illinois, USA) in 1962 in 31 hours
28. Sarah Thomas (USA) 50 miles (80.4 km) in a two-way crossing of Lake Memphremagog (Canada-USA) in 2013 in 30 hours 1 minute
29. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) 51.5 miles (83 km) in Lake Cane (Florida, USA) in 2007 in 29 hours 55 minutes
30. Kim Middleton (Canada) 31.7 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 29 hours 0 minutes
31. Vedika Bolliger (Switzerland) 34.7 miles (56 km) across Lake Zurich both ways from Zurich to Rapperswil and back in 29 hours 0 minutes
32. Rick Goodwin (Canada) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1994 in 27 hours 6 minutes
33. Vicki Keith (Canada) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1986 in 26 hours 59 minutes
34. John Bulsza (USA) 34.5 miles (55 km) across Lake Huron (USA-to-Canada) in 1996 in 26 hours 49 minutes
35. Annaleise Carr (Canada) 31.3 miles (50.5 km) across Lake Ontario (USA-to-Canada) in 2012 in 26 hours 41 minutes
36. Kim Lumsdon (Canada) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2006 in 26 hours 27 minutes
37. Michael Read MBE (UK) 42 miles (67.5 km) in a four-way crossing of Windermere (England) in 1972 in 26 hours 16 minutes
38. Kim Middleton (Canada) 29 miles (47 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1994 in 26 hours 14 minutes
39. Mike Read MBE (UK) 42 miles (67.5 km) four-way crossing of Windermere in 26 hours 3 minutes
40. Shelagh Freedman (Canada) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1993 in 26 hours 3 minutes
41. Pat Budney (USA) 26 miles (42 km) across Lake Erie from Canada to USA in 1975 in 25 hours 52 minutes
42. Paula Stephanson (Canada) 31.9 miles (51 km) across Lake Michigan (USA) in 2009 in 25 hours 38 minutes
43. Attila Manyoki (Hungary) 49.7 miles (80 km) in Lake Balaton (Hungary) in 2008 in 25 hours 32 minutes
44. Bob Weir (Canada) 35 miles (56 km) across Lakes Couchiching/Simcoe (Canada) in 1991 in 25 hours 8 minutes
45. Bill Sadlo (America) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 1957 in 25 hours 1 minute
46. Craig Lenning (USA) 42 miles (67.5 km) in a two-way crossing of Lake Tahoe in 2013 in 24 hours 35 minutes
47. Bridgette Hobart (USA) 37.9 miles (60.9 km) in a crossing of Seneca, one of the New York Finger Lakes in 2015 in 24 hours 31 minutes
48. Jon Erikson (USA) 36.75 miles (59 km) in Lake Michigan (Michigan City - Chicago, Illinois, USA) in 1971 in 24 hours 30 minutes
49. Madhu Nagaraja (India) 25.6 miles (41.3 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2012 in 24 hours 29 minutes
50. Susanne Robinson (Canada) 32 miles (51 km) across Lake Ontario (Canada) in 2010 in 24 hours 28 minutes
51. Bruno Baumgartner (Swiss) 68.06 km across Lake Constance (German: Bodensee) (Germany) in 2013 in 24 hours 20 minutes
52. John Muenzer (USA) 36 miles (57.9 km) across Lake Erie (Canada to USA) in 24 hours 12 minutes
Note: Deaf swimmer Brenda Lussier-Neumueller's 2015 Lake Ontario 52 km crossing attempt was notable because she was stopped after 26 hours 16 minutes and a total swimming distance of 44.3 km, 5 km from her goal.
Lake Titicaca Swims
Lake Titicaca or Lago Titicaca in Spanish is a lake located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, and is part of the Still Water Eight. It sits 3,811 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level, making it the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. By volume of water, it is also the largest lake in South America at 110 miles long and 45 miles wide. The Incas named it Titicaca--"the mountain cat and the rock" in their Quechua language.
- Lynne Cox was the first person to swim across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet). She swam 10 miles from near the resort village of Copacabana in Bolivia to the native village of Chimbo in Peru, in 3 hours 48 minutes in the 56° to 58°F water
- Cristian Vergara organized a 7 km lake swim from the Isla de la Luna to the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca in 2015 and 2016 in 14°C (58°F) between Copacabana - Bolivia called the Nadando Cerca del Cielo organized by the Torneo Internacional del Natacion Crossing (or Torneo Internacional de Natación en Aguas Abiertas) to swim between the islands of sun and moon (Copacabana - Bolivia), an international challenge end. For more information and contacts contact the Club de Tenis La Paz Crossing to swim between the Isla de la Luna to the Isla del Sol between Copacabana and Bolivia.
- the Still Water Eight is a group of 8 marathon swims in lakes that is a goal of seriously-minded marathon swimmers who are focused on still-water marathon swims. Successful completion of these 8 marathon swims has never been recorded by a single individual. It was first publicly announced by Michelle Macy in October 2011.
- XI Torneo Internacional de Natación en Aguas Abiertas is a 7 km lake swim on 6 May 2018.
8 Lakes of the Still Water 8
1. Loch Ness (Scotland): 23 miles/37K, water temperature averages 50°F/10°C in season. Known for its deep black and chilling waters.
2. Windemere (England): 10.5 miles/16.9K, water temperature can be as low as 55°F/13°C in season. The largest natural lake in England.
3. Lake Zürich (Switzerland): 16.4 miles/26.4K, water temperature 66.2–75.2°F/19-24°C. This lake has an annual international competition.
4. Lake Tahoe (USA): 21 miles/35.4K, water temperature is 50–58°F/10–14.4°F. Difficult due to cool water and air temperatures and high altitude.
5. Lake Baikal (Russia): 7-10 miles/11-16K or blaze a course of equal or greater distance,water temperature can be as low as 50°F/10°C. The world’s oldest and deepest lake is also a UNISECO World Heritage Site.
6. Lake Taupo (New Zealand): 21 miles/34K, water temperature 51–73°F/11–23°C. The largest lake in New Zealand is located on the North Island.
7. Lake Ontario (Canada): 31.5 miles/51K, water temperatures are variable in a matter of hours due to wind (50–72°F/10-22°C. Difficult swim due to unpredictable wind and currents.
8. Lake Titicaca (Bolivia–Peru): Temperature is 56-58°F/13-14.5°F and is highest lake in the Americas.
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