Scott Connelly - Lake James

Catawba River to Linville River

24.2 km (15.0 miles)

9 hours, 9 minutes on 20 July 2020

Observed and documented by Julie Connelly

First documented Lake James length swim.

Contents

Swimmer

  • Name: Scott Connelly
  • Gender: male
  • Age on swim date: 21
  • Nationality: United States
  • Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Support Personnel

  • Chris Connelly - pilot
  • Julie Connelly - observer
  • Robert Connelly - lifeguard, feeder
  • Richard Faulkner - first mate
  • David Ricketts - captain (secondary boat)
  • John Faulkner - photographer (secondary boat)
  • Mark Groeninger - photographer (secondary boat)

Escort Vessel: pontoon boat (Marion Lake Club)

Observer Qualifications

  • Former USA Swimming administrative official.
  • Competitive swim coach for 15 years.
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid certified.

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Swimsuit, swim cap, Desitin (sunblock).

Route Definition

  • Body of Water: Lake James
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Lake James Landing boat ramp, near Catawba River mouth (35.729685, -81.981623)
  • Finish Location: Boat ramp at NC Hwy 126, near Linville River mouth (35.792884, -81.869078)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 24.2 km (15.0 miles)

History

No known previous swims of this route.


Swim Data

  • Start: 20 July 2020, 06:25:45 (Eastern Daylight (America/New_York, UTC-4)).
  • Finish: 20 July 2020, 15:35:20
  • Elapsed: 9 hours, 9 minutes, 35 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 75 89
Air Temp (F) 70 101
Wind (m/s) 0 4

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

Speed Plot

Nutrition: Every 30 minutes - water, Gatorade, occasional Clif bars, Kind bars, Twix.


Observer Log

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Narrative

See Morganton News-Herald article below, under Media section.


Photos

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Video


Media

Morganton News-Herald, August 3, 2020.

Original article