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Two Van Island swimmers come up short on record attempt

A pair of Vancouver Island long-distance swimmers say they came up short on a record attempt over the weekend.

Susan Simmons and Alex Cape attempted to swim 105 kilometers, unassisted, in Cowichan Lake.

Simmons, who has multiple sclerosis, says she is pleased with the effort and with all of the people that cheered them on.

“We had over 100 volunteers, which is probably my favourite part of it, the number of people coming from the community to help us. Unfortunately for myself, I had to pull out at about 44 kilometres because of extreme motion sickness.”

Simmons says Cape swam 94 kilometres. Last year, the women became the second and third Canadians to manage to pass the 70 kilometer mark.

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