A Jasper swim team jumped into Smith Lake early Thursday morning and didn’t get out until they reached the other end.
The Jasper Masters swim team spent 19 hours in the water, swimming more than 30 miles. When they reached the boat ramp at Smith Lake Dam Friday morning at 2 a.m. the six members walked out hand-in-hand, celebrating the completion of their goal to swim the lake’s entire length.
It’s a challenge they’ve been preparing for since January. The idea came from a magazine article coach Danny Arnold read about a team from Switzerland that swam a long relay together. He wanted his team to face a similar challenge. So at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, they began their journey. Each swimmer took an hour-long shift before handing it off to another.
It was a physical challenge for the team, but it also raised money for the American Cancer Society. Arnold said they chose that charity because each team member has been affected by cancer in some way.