BAYVIEW, Idaho-- A Massachusetts woman is trying to make history Wednesday on Lake Pend Oreille by swimming 34-miles.
Elaine Howley dives into the water Wednesday morning in an attempt to become the first person ever to swim the length of the lake solo.
"Whereas this is to be the first one, nobody can take that away,” said Howley as she prepared Tuesday. “So i'm really looking forward to it. It will be cool."
She estimated the swim will take 18 hours to swim the 34-mile swim from Bayview to Sandpoint. Howley’s plans call to start 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.
"Oh, it's stunning,” added Howley. “I don't think I’ve ever swum next to mountains before."
Howley will take short breaks to refuel, but will never touch her guide boat at any point.
"This will be different and it could be a challenge,” said Howley, but I’m ready for it. I think it's going to be great."