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Looking back on Diane Struble, the first person to swim the length of Lake George

Posted: 8/28/2020

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Looking back on Diane Struble, the first person to swim the length of Lake George

We're back with the fifth installment of our #FlashbackFriday Series collaboration with the weekly newspaper, the Lake George Mirror! 📰

This week we're flashing back to the 1950s with the story of Diane Struble, the first person on record to swim the length of 32-mile Lake George. 

From the Lake George Mirror:

"It’s been more than sixty years since Diane Struble, at the time a 25 year old single mother, became the first person to swim the length of Lake George.
In this week's issue of the Lake George Mirror, we interview her daughter, Gwenne Rippon, who's written a book about her mother and the indomitable, unconventional and courageous spirit that drove her to accomplish that feat in 1958."

Look for the story "Trail Blazer: The spirit of Diane Struble, the first to swim the length of Lake George, is evoked by daughter Gwenne Rippon in new book." in the August 28, 2020 edition.

The pioneering swim took approximately 35 hours for the "sweetheart of America," as Struble was dubbed by Albany Times-Union reporter Shirley Armstrong.

The new book by Rippon is "Called by the Water: When Diane Struble Swam Lake George.

We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Lake George Mirror to bring you a weekly #FlashbackFriday series on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels. Each week through this series we highlight an article about the area’s history in the current edition of the Mirror! 📰

Click here to visit the Mirror's website.


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