Anoka High School grad and her nephew swim the English Channel
Swimming across the English Channel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, is a feat attempted by the bold and courageous and accomplished by only the most determined and courageous of them all.
Shannon Ward-Swartz, a 1970 graduate of Anoka High School, and her nephew Todd Miller (whose mother is a 1959 graduate of Anoka High) formed a tandem team and accomplished that very feat July 22.
It was a victory for which the aunt and her nephew trained for nearly a year, swimming laps in community pools with the Minnesota Masters and becoming accustomed to cold water swims by stroking in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, Christmas Lake, Lake Harriet and even Lake Mille Lacs. See more in Sue Austreng’s exclusive story in ABC Newspapers.
PHOTO: Soaking wet and still smiling, Shannon Ward-Swartz and her nephew Todd Miller pose post-swim after successfully freestyle stroking across the English Channel. The map the swimmers are holding traces the 21-mile course they took to cross the channel. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Ward-Swartz)