Woman swims length of Lake Pend Oreille in 20 hours

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 6:49 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho—A Massachusetts woman made history on Lake Pend Oreille on Thursday when she completed a 34-mile swim around 4:00 p.m.

It took Elaine Howley 20 hours and 25 minutes to make the journey from end-to-end of the Lake Pend Oreille.  She reached the shore and said she wanted a beer and a nap.

Howley dived into the water Wednesday in an attempt to become the first person ever to swim the length of the lake solo.

On Tuesday, she estimated the swim would take 18 hours to swim the 34-mile swim from Bayview to Sandpoint. Howley's started in Button Hook Bay and end at City Beach in Sandpoint.

Howley is a veteran open water swimmer. She has conquered the English Channel and circled Manhattan Island. She even holds records in open water swims. However, she admitted to being nervous about Lake Pend Oreille.

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