Swimming

Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

La Jolla teenager Otto Lana participated in a first-of-its-kind swim with his school team, The Zombies, Aug. 21-22. The team was the first to complete the 24-nautical-mile swim in relay, swimming in 17 hours from Santa Rosa Island to Goleta in Santa Barbara. So far, only solo swimmers have finished the course.

Otto has autism and is non-verbal (communicating by typing), and is active with the swim team at the Del Mar-based private school, Sea Change Preparatory. School marketing director Jen Colonna said all the students swim two-to-four miles, three days a week, and the school integrates swimming into its learning platform.

“Swimming in the morning before school releases...

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