Former La Jollan swims English Channel

Former La Jollan swims English Channel

Melanie Kaplan, a 28 year-old graduate of La Jolla Country Day School, swam the English Channel from Great Britain to France on Aug. 22. The Channel Swimming Association posted her time for the 25-mile crossing as 13 hours, 6 minutes.

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“I wanted to swim the English Channel since I learned about doing it in middle school,” said Kaplan, who swam as a distance freestyler at Country Day and at Wellesley College. “It was one of those things where I said, ‘next year’ every year.”

Kaplan said she knew that this year would have to be different “or it would remain a dream.” She temporarily moved to the Bay Area from Washington, DC to acclimatize...