Courtesy of WOWSA, Lake Tahoe.

Today, high up on the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 1,897 meters (6,225 feet) in Lake Tahoe, 67-year-old Pat Gallant-Charette, a retired nurse from the state of Maine, was not only successful in her solo 34.2 km swim across Lake Tahoe, but she also set another record in her prolific career as the oldest person to cross Lake Tahoe from south to north at the age of 67 in 20 hours 32 minutes.

Gallant-Charette set her 9th career record while in her 60’s:

1. Catalina Channel: oldest woman to cross at the age of 60 years 258 days (14 hours 11 minutes in 2011)
2. Tsugaru Channel: oldest woman to cross at the age of 61 years 224 days (19 hours 36 minutes in 2012)
3. North Channel: oldest woman to cross at the age of 65 years 204 days (14 hours 22 minutes in 2016)
4. Molokai Channel: oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years 107 days (23 hours 54 minutes in 2017)
5. English Channel: oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years 135 days (17 hours 55 minutes in 2017)
6. Lake Ontario: oldest woman to cross at the age of 66 years 209 days (24 hours 28 minutes in 2017)
7. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: oldest person to complete at the age of 67
8. 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim: oldest female to complete at the age of 67 years 148 days (10 hours 53 minutes in 2018)
9. Lake Tahoe: oldest person to complete a crossing at the age of 67 years 186 days (20 hours 32 minutes in 2018)

It was a very challenging swim due to the high altitude, cold night time air temperatures, and strong currents near the finish line.”

She was piloted by Tom Linthicum and David Pennington and observed by Robin Rasmussen Rose.

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