Gannon Alumnus Becomes Third-Fastest to Swim Lake Erie
Posted: July 23, 2014
Gannon University alumnus Elliot Spaeder '06, is now the
third-fastest swimmer to complete the 24.3-mile swim across Lake
Beginning his challenge shortly after 7 a.m. at Long Point,
Canada, Spaeder arrived at Freeport Beach in North East, Pa. at
6:42 p.m. - an astonishing 11 hours and 28 minutes later, making
him the third-fastest swimmer to achieve this accomplishment.
Friends, family and supporters welcomed Spaeder back to shore
with chants of his name and wild applause as he reached land once
again. The former Gannon athlete followed the requirements and
regulations of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association
(LEOWSA) for training and the day of the swim. Spaeder now joins
the LEOWSA's ratified list of those to complete this swim,
accompanying an additional Gannon alumna, Sonya (Pyle) Whittman
"It was a great accomplishment. It inspired me to do some things
that I've been thinking about," said Gannon University Water Polo
Coach Don Sherman. "To see someone with that kind of determination
and fortitude- it inspired me. Everyone that was sitting on that
beach yesterday was inspired by him, and I am very proud."
Gannon University congratulates Elliot Spaeder on his hard work,
perseverance and great accomplishment!