Sunday, November 15, 2009

Aquatic Feats Lists English Channel As #1

Jennifer Nelson and Kevin Heitz compiled their Top 15 Aquatic Feats for the The Press Box.

Although they listed the events in no particular order, we could not help but notice the aquatic feat that was listed as #1:

Swimming the English Channel.

Jennifer and Kevin wrote, "Does watching sports ever make you feel like you're past your prime? Well, how's this? Lynne Cox was only 15 years old in 1972 when she set a new women's -- and men's -- record for swimming across the English Channel. Not to worry, though: Clifford Batt made it across at the age of 67 years, 240 days, and that's record enough, regardless of how long it took to get across."

The other aquatic feats include #2 Extreme Waterslide in Brazil, #3 Swim Relay where 3,941 swimmers in Pretoria, South Africa each swam one leg of a 24-hour relay to set the Guinness world record, #4 World Water Speed Record in a boat, #5 Niagara Falls Daredevils, #6 David Blaine Underwater for 17 minutes and 4 seconds, #7 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, #8 Skipping a Stone 51 times, #9 Escape from Alcatraz where Jennifer and Kevin explain, "Need a little more motivation for your aquatic adventures? How about the prospect of freedom? It's a test one can sort-of recreate each year.", #10 Catching a 70-foot Wave in Maui, #11 Distance Surfing up to 7.8 miles, #12 Crew Races in the Henley Royal Regatta, #13 Free Diving to 314 feet with no oxygen for 3 minutes and 36 seconds with a monofin, #14 Distance Rowing for 160 miles in 24 hours, and #15 Catfish Noodling in Mississippi.