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July 20, 1988
Canadian swimming instructor Vicki Keith, 27, completed the first crossing of Lake Huron. Keith, who last year, became the first person to complete a 63-mile double crossing of Lake Ontario and earlier this year crossed Lake Erie, made the 48-mile swim across in 47 hours.
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September 24, 1989 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
An exhausted but triumphant Vicki Keith waded ashore in San Pedro Saturday after becoming the first swimmer to complete the 22-mile crossing from Santa Catalina Island using the butterfly stroke. Wearing a swim cap emblazoned with the maple leaf of her native Canada, Keith trudged onto Cabrillo Beach at 4:27 p.m., 14 hours, 53 minutes and 26 seconds after wading into the chilly Pacific near Emerald Bay on the island.
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July 29, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
The excruciating pain in her joints started only two hours after Vicki Keith plunged into the Catalina Channel, determined to be the first person to propel herself across the 21-mile waterway using the powerful but exhausting butterfly stroke. Later came the hallucinations-- images of huge supertankers glided within inches of her face. For hours Keith fought sleep, battling raging waters that kept pushing her farther from shore.
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September 24, 1989 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
An exhausted but triumphant Vicki Keith waded ashore in San Pedro Saturday after becoming the first swimmer to complete the 22-mile crossing from Santa Catalina Island using the butterfly stroke. Wearing a swim cap emblazoned with the maple leaf of her native Canada, Keith trudged onto Cabrillo Beach at 4:27 p.m., 14 hours, 53 minutes and 26 seconds after wading into the chilly Pacific near Emerald Bay on the island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
The excruciating pain in her joints started only two hours after Vicki Keith plunged into the Catalina Channel, determined to be the first person to propel herself across the 21-mile waterway using the powerful but exhausting butterfly stroke. Later came the hallucinations-- images of huge supertankers glided within inches of her face. For hours Keith fought sleep, battling raging waters that kept pushing her farther from shore.
SPORTS
July 11, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Canadian Vicki Keith became the first swimmer ever to cross the English Channel using the butterfly stroke, French officials said today. Officials at the channel rescue center at Gris-Nez said the 28-year-old completed the 17-mile swim at 4:36 a.m. on the French coast near Calais. She had left Dover the previous evening. The officials said the boat accompanying Keith radioed, "The swimmer has arrived without problems." She immediately returned to England by boat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1993
Cheers and honks greeted a legless man in San Pedro when he completed a 28 1/2-mile swim to raise money for charity. Carlos Costa, 21, of Toronto came ashore Sunday night after his 15-hour swim from Catalina Island. Nearby boats honked their horns in encouragement. "He never slowed down. He was swimming strongly the entire way," said Bill Petrasich, who accompanied Costa in a boat.
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August 10, 1989 | From Times wire services
The incoming tide helped pull marathon swimmer Vicki Keith back on course today in her attempt to cross the chilly Strait of Juan de Fuca. Earlier in the day, choppy waves and a strong current pushed her slightly off course. As of mid-morning, Keith was almost 7 1/2 miles northwest of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, where she began her swim. But because she had been carried to the west by the current, she had covered only about 5 miles of the 19-mile-wide strait.
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August 30, 1988 | Associated Press
Marathon swimmer Vicki Keith of Kingston, Ontario, completed her quest today to become the first person to swim all five Great Lakes, wading out of Lake Ontario just as dawn was breaking. "I feel good. I'm glad it's over, though," said Keith, visibly tired after her 23 hours and 22 minutes in the water. Keith made the 31.6-mile crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake 12 hours faster than she had planned, even though she was using the butterfly stroke for most of the swim.
SPORTS
July 20, 1988
Canadian swimming instructor Vicki Keith, 27, completed the first crossing of Lake Huron. Keith, who last year, became the first person to complete a 63-mile double crossing of Lake Ontario and earlier this year crossed Lake Erie, made the 48-mile swim across in 47 hours.
NEWS
July 28, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A 28-year-old Canadian woman, suffering fatigue and hallucinations, had to abandon her efforts to swim from Santa Catalina Island to the mainland for charity early today. Vicki Keith, abandoned her quest after 19 hours in the chilly ocean waters. She had covered about 21 miles of the nearly 24-mile crossing but had to give up when strong currents kept her from her goal. "My body just wasn't ready for it," she told her mother by phone after abandoning the swim.
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July 28, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A 28-year-old Canadian woman, suffering fatigue and hallucinations, had to abandon her efforts to swim from Santa Catalina Island to the mainland for charity early today. Vicki Keith, abandoned her quest after 19 hours in the chilly ocean waters. She had covered about 21 miles of the nearly 24-mile crossing but had to give up when strong currents kept her from her goal. "My body just wasn't ready for it," she told her mother by phone after abandoning the swim.
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