MD Native Breaks Record for Swimming the Backstroke on the English Channel


A former standout high school swimmer from the Miles River Yacht Club has just achieved a world record. Nik Haynes, a 1996 graduate of St. Michaels High School, swam the backstroke across the English channel faster than anyone has before.

The English channel is 21 miles at its narrowest point from England to France. Haynes completed the swim in 12 hours, 52 minutes, and 41 seconds last Friday, August 7. And in doing so, he raised well over $5,000 for WaterAid, an organization that provides clean water and sanitation in countries worldwide.

See Chesapeake Bay Magazine

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