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With each stroke through the 64-degree waters of the English Channel, Heather Roka, a 2008 Gardner-Webb University alumna, thought about all the people in her life who inspire her. Roka started her solo swim Aug. 24 and finished Aug. 25 in 12 hours, 13 minutes and 53 seconds, making her the fifth fastest swimmer of 29 successful crossings this year. The 31-year-old first talked about crossing the channel when she was a member of the GWU swim team.
Coach Mike Simpson, English Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, GWU Swim Team, Heather Roka, Marcy MacDonald, travel physical therapists
Office of University Communications, "GWU Alumna Heather Roka Completes English Channel Swim" (2017). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 570.