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Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge

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Bridgette Hobart and Claire deBoer after swimming across the Cayuga Lake in the New York Finger Lakes as part of the Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge
Bridgette Hobart is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year for her Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge in the New York Finger Lakes between 11 July and 26 September

Nazareth College Finger Lakes Challenge (or The 5 Majors & The 4 Minors Swimming for a Cause) is an 9-stage 167.01-mile solo swim by Bridgette Hobart, starting on 11 July 2015, where she will attempt to swim 9 of the 11 New York Finger Lakes.

Objective[edit]

The goal is to promote Nazareth with a focus on the new Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute which benefits the Rochester/Finger Lake communities.

Course[edit]

The course included the New York Finger Lakes with two challenges, the Majors and the Minors. The Majors included the lakes over 11 miles, ranging from 15.5 to 38 miles each with Canandaigua, Keuka, and Skaneateles in July and 38-mile Cayuga Lake and 38-mile Seneca Lake in August. The 4 Minors included the lakes under 11 miles that she crossed over the weekends in September 2015.

Bridgette Hobart started the 9-stage 156-mile solo swim on 11 July and finished on 26 September 2015. Her course included two challenges within the New York Finger Lakes: the Majors and the Minors. The Majors includes the lakes over 11 miles, ranging from 15.5 to 38 miles each with Canandaigua, Keuka, and Skaneateles in July and 38-mile Cayuga Lake and 38-mile Seneca Lake in August.

Stage 1 - Canandaigua 15.5 miles in 7 hours 38 minutes on 11 July
Stage 2 - Keuka 19.88 miles in 9 hours 7 minutes on 19 July
Stage 3 - Skaneateles 16.03 miles in 7 hours 27 minutes on 26 July
Stage 4 - Cayuga 37.9 miles in 20 hours 33 minutes on 8-9 August
Stage 5 - Seneca 37.9 miles in 24 hours 31 minutes on 28-29 August
Stage 6 - Honeoye 4.5 miles in 2 hours 2 minutes on 18 September
Stage 7 - Conesus at 8.08 miles in 3 hours 47 minutes on 19 September
Stage 8 - Otisco at 6.21 miles in 2 hours 2 minutes on 25 September
Stage 9 - Owasco at 11.1 miles in 5 hours 57 minutes on 26 September

New York Finger Lakes[edit]

The New York Finger Lakes are a group of eleven long, narrow, basically north-south lakes in the west-central section of upstate New York in the United States. This region is defined as a bioregion. They are a popular tourist destination. The lakes' shapes reminded early map-makers of human fingers, and the name stuck. Cayuga (435 feet, 133 m) and Seneca (618 feet, 188 m), are among the deepest in the United States, with their bottoms well below sea level. Both are close to 40 miles long (64 km) from end to end, and never more than 3.5 miles (5.6 km) wide. Cayuga (38.1 miles ) is the longest, and Seneca 66.9 square miles (173 km2) the largest in total area. Oneida Lake is generally not considered one of the Finger Lakes, but it is sometimes called the "thumb", while Seneca is the middle finger.

Bridgette Hobart[edit]

The 52-year-old swimmer from Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey has completed the 8 Bridges on the Hudson swim or 120 miles over 7 stages in 7 days and became the 102nd person in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. She is also a member of the Catalina Channel Half Century Club for her 2012 crossing of the Catalina Channel in 11 hours 27 minutes at the age of 50 under the auspices of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

Crew[edit]

New York Finger Lakes[edit]

There are 11 Finger Lakes, referred to as the Minors and Majors including the following:

Minors[edit]

Majors[edit]

  • Skaneateles 16.03 miles in 7 hours 27 minutes
  • Canandaigua 15.5 miles in 7 hours 38 minutes
  • Keuka 19.88 miles in 9 hours 7 minutes
  • Cayuga 37.9 miles in 20 hours 33 minutes
  • Seneca 37.9 miles in 24 hours 31 minutes

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