Nyad a cheat? Local endurance swimmer defends long-distance feat
Jim Dreyer in action
Patrick Center September 10, 2013 | WGVU “I’m not really surprised by the criticism, quite honestly.”
That’s West Michigan’s strength swimmer, Jim Dreyer who recently towed a ton of weights while swimming 22 miles across Lake St. Clair. A distance is one mile farther than swimming across the English Channel.
“Once you get a certain number of miles off Cuba you’re going to get in that Gulf stream and you’re going to fly.”
Dreyer explains Nyad chose the location for a reason. But did the 64-year old, on her 5th try, cheat surrounded by her team documenting the feat?
“If you’re going to cheat you don’t do it in front of 35 to 40 witnesses. And if she did somebody’s going to talk to somebody and eventually it’s going to get out.
We asked what constitutes cheating?
“I think a lot of people would be surprised by that. If there is no governing body in place for a swim, which is true from Cuba to Key West, then you can complete the swim anyway you want as long as every detail is documented for the record. So, most swimmers would agree holding on to the boat for support to feed, or getting on the boat, you know probably isn’t a real legitimate thing to do, but if you did? She would still be the first. If she got on the boat she’s still the first one to swim to from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage. And as long as she is forthcoming about getting onto the boat or holding onto the boat she didn’t cheat. She cheated if she held onto the boat or got onto the boat and said she didn’t. It’s rally that simple.”
Nyad will meet with swimmers and official observers Tuesday.
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