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Choppy water ends Harmon’s Tahoe swimming bid

Sun News Service report

Lake Tahoe and the elements combined to derail Ken Harmon and his bid to swim two lengths of Lake Tahoe on Sunday night.

Harmonand#8217;s quest to swim the 44.2 miles in the frigid waters of the mountain lake came to an end after five hours and 10 miles into the distance swim from Hyatt Beach in Incline Village to Camp Richardson and back.

and#8220;I ended up pulling out … in very rough conditions the entire time,and#8221; said Harmon, whose swim was delayed 24 hours by high winds.

Harmon of Danville, Calif., was attempting to become the first swimmer not in a wet suit to swim the two lengths of the lake. In 2005, Harmon completed a 22.1-mile length swim of Lake Tahoe.

While Harmon was unable to reach his goal, pacer Clark Bird completed the 22.1-mile swim from Hyatt Beach to Camp Richardson.

and#8220;Clark was able to complete a length in just over 13 hours … a truly amazing performance,and#8221; said Harmon by e-mail.

Harmonand#8217;s efforts benefit the Best Buddies International at http://www.bestbuddies.org/tahoechallenge, the Karen Gaffney Foundation at http://www.karengaffneyfoundation.com at the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada at http://www.dsnnn.org