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Two 10-Year-Olds Set Records in Alcatraz Swims

September 25, 1990

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Two strong 10-year-olds have become the youngest to make the 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the city.

Pat Reid completed the swim in 62-degree water in just under an hour Monday to break the ″youngest swimmer″ title set in 1955 by John Hunter, then 14.

Pat was greeted by 73-year-old George Farnsworth, the oldest swimmer to challenge the treacherous Alcatraz currents.

″You finished strong,″ he said. ″You broke an hour. Your legs all right?″

″Oh, yeah,″ Pat said. ″They’re in good shape.″

Eighteen minutes later, he was joined by Emma Macchiarini-Mankin, who last year became the youngest swimmer to cross the Golden Gate.

Both youngsters were accompanied by their fathers, who matched them stroke for stroke, and by escort boats.

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