It took a while longer than she expected, but former Chautauqua County resident Ann Marie D'Agostino swam the length of Chautauqua Lake in about 11 hours.
Ms. D'Agostino, now of Boston, Mass., jumped into the water near the former train station in Mayville at 2:08 a.m. Monday. But a head wind and choppy water near the lake bridge slowed her progress.
"Well, it was good until the bridge," the 30 year-old swimmer said from the dock in Celoron. "And then it got kind of tight, and I don't know how long it's been, but it's really been hard for a while."
The rougher water meant Ms. D'Agostino, a former resident of Mayville and Chautauqua, who spends time at Chautauqua Institution in the summer, had to work harder.
"My shoulders really got tight, so it was a little bit tougher to get going, but I had a great team to get me here," she said.
In addition to friends from Boston and here locally, she credited long-time Jamestown High School swimming coach William Rollinger for his help.
Ms. D'Agostino was happy to finally reach dry land at just past 1 p.m.
"It felt very good, but slippery. It's been a long time coming," she said of reaching land.
Ms. D'Agostino was 13th person to swim the 18-mile length of the lake.
She said she had become a competitive swimmer after her mother developed osteoporosis at a relatively young age. Ms. D'Agostino has been swimming to raise awareness of the degenerative bone disease.