Smith College Channel History

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Once one decides to embark on a Channel swim at Smith College, it customary that they memorize the names, dates and times, of the Channel swimmers before them. Luckily, we have this plaque on the Dalton Pool wall which I would ritually read and tap before every swim.

This past May, I also got the chance to meet “the legend,” Mr. Broenniman, father of one of the first channel duo swimmers Margaret Broenniman ’85. Mr. Broenniman told me stories, which he could recall in such sharp detail, from Margaret and Maura’s swim. These stories were from the unique perspective of a parent on the escort boat, and were ones that I had never heard before.  It was such a pleasure to meet him and I look forward to keeping in touch in the future! After hearing about my heroes Margaret and Maura, it was surreal to meet someone who could recall intimate details of their crossings, and give insight into their personalities and training philosophies. Thank you Mr. Broenniman!

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