Gannon Alumnus Becomes Third-Fastest to Swim Lake Erie

Elliot_Spaeder_editedPosted: July 23, 2014

Gannon University alumnus Elliot Spaeder '06, is now the third-fastest swimmer to complete the 24.3-mile swim across Lake Erie.

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 '04.

"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!