The 10-mile Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay is a unique open water swimming competition across Lake Tahoe from the state of Nevada to California. In 1976, Olympic Club members decided to challenge each other to a team race across the width of the northern part of Lake Tahoe, up at high altitude in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Soon after, other clubs were invited and the history of the event was shaped.
195 teams entered this year’s race that was held under greater-than-expected, boarding on the nearly-perfect conditions.
Grace van der Byl was ecstatic, “Tahoe was awesome. I felt great. It is so fun to just race for your friends. For fun. For your team. Love it. With the air was in the high 80’s (31ºC) and the water was 64-65 (18ºC) without wind, it was perfect and hard to get the conditions better. The race was run extremely well and they were fast and efficient when it came to getting results out. Trans Tahoe is a quintessential California swimming event and already planning the team for next year.”
3-time Olympic champion and veteran Trans Tahoe Relay veteran Brooke Bennett couldn’t agree more. “The weather and water were beautiful. It was an amazing day to be on the water.”
The team names were as colorful and creative as one could expect from a northern California sporting event.
From the Lady and Her Tramps (captained by Laurie Dodd) and Pirate Wenches Gone Wild (captained by Heidi Hengel) to Hooters Pride (Mark Henderson) and Not So Skinny Dippers (Don Low), the team camaraderie and competitiveness were evident onshore and in their escort boats. Team names included Skip & Go Naked, Blue Moons, Were, Party Lane Swimmers, Team PAC West, Rocky Point Racers, Vacaville Swim Team Deep Six, Capital Punishment, Too Badass To Fail, Mavericks, LOL Ladero Oaks Lakers, Oakwood, Team Floaters, The Mudshark Girls, Tahoe Eleven Milers, TVM -Fellow Ship Of Rachaels Ring, Pontoon Palooza, 2Legit2Quit, Manly Mudsharks, Not From Concentrate, Sink or Swim, Pink Pirates, Club Hot Tub, Cruzin Sextet, Survive Five, Renegade Ange de Mer, and The Panthers.
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