Friday, September 28, 2007

Go girl!

Karen Gaffney has swum across Lake Tahoe, the nation's second-deepest lake. Gaffney, who is 29, and from Portland, has become the first person with Down syndrome to swim the nine-mile distance from the Nevada shore to the California shore.

Her time: six hours, 15 minutes.

As noted in Monday's post, Gaffney is an avid swimmer whose accomplishments include swimming the English Channel on a relay team in 2001, and the swim portion of the rigorous Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in the San Francisco Bay.

Gaffney, who is a graduate of Portland State University, and now works for the Karen Gaffney Foundation, which she helped start at Portland State, made the swim to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about Down syndrome.

"I really hit a home run on the swim," Karen said, after completing her swim on Tuesday. "I really made a lot of people proud."

Way to go, Karen!

For more coverage of Gaffney's swim, see here, here and here.