Local man sets new record for swimming length of Lake George

PHOTO: Caroline Vermer, Mantra Company

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Saratoga Springs swimmer put on a record breaking performance over the weekend.

David Dammerman, 47, swam the length of Lake George from 5 p.m. Saturday to nearly noon on Sunday. His time of 18 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds shattered the previous record set by John Freihofer in 1981 by nearly 2.5 hours.

Lake George is 32.2 miles long.

Dammerman’s swim was a tune up in advance of a big event in mid-September known as the Lake George Marathon Swim. During the marathon, nearly 90 swimmers in both solo and relay teams will take part.

The event is expected to raise $14,000 for charities.


Past crossings of Lake George courtesy of Gwenne Rippon:

Date Swimmer Age Time
1958 Diane Struble 25 35:30:00
1962 Bill Stevens 31 31:27:00
1967 George Dempsey 17 32:15:00
1977 Stella Taylor 45 26:51:00
1981 John Freihofer Unknown 21:26:00
1983 Jerry Ferris 43 29:15:00
2016 David Dammerman 47 18:54.22

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