Three San Francisco Kids to Swim from Alcatraz

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Pretty .... cold today!

Three girls -- the oldest of which is barely a teenager -- are adding an impressive boost to their resumes this morning: They're jumping into the frigid November waters to swim roughly 1.25 miles from Alcatraz to the San Francisco shore -- a feat most adults wouldn't do.

Kenya Lam, 12, Malia Martin, 13, and Isabella Des Roches, 11, have been training with a swim coach since September to embark on the open-water swim, according to Kenya's mother Linda Lam.

The three girls were ferried out to Alcatraz and dropped off early this morning; If all goes as planned, they should be swimming back now, with their parents following along on a rented boat -- to take pictures, of course.

Lam lives in Chinatown but swims at the Martin Luther King, Jr. pool in Bayview with Martin and Des Roches, both of whom live near Visitacion Valley. The girls wanted to do the swim with an organized group, but the clubs that plan Alcatraz swims don't allow minors, Lam's mother told us.

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Success! Des Roches, Martin, and Lam pose after completing the swim Tuesday morning.

"They didn't mind the frigid waters, which totally blows my mind," Linda Lam said. But it's high time to get the swim done before the winter gets colder and before the girls move on to other goals, she said.

The girls have been training for distance in an indoor pool as well as doing open-water swimming practice in the San Francisco Bay every weekend.

And because the tides are best on Tuesday, the girls will be skipping part of the school day to do the swim.

But once the girls make it to shore, "they'll go get some breakfast, and then they're going right back to school," Lam said.

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Dmstat7
Dmstat7

Congratulations to the three young San Francisco swimmers ages 11, 12, 13.   Can you believe after that amazing  swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco, they went back to school.  What a good example for the San francisco schools and the city.........I am very proud of all of them........    

Zoë
Zoë

Great job izzy, now too bad you had to miss Dracula at riordan!

al
al

good job isabella!

Bdubs246
Bdubs246

WOW what an AMAZING SWIM !!! Hats off to you young gals, way to show the world.!!! I live in Michigan and the water and air is quite cold here but being you were in the SF Bay I know that had to be just as cold, Burrrr. Well a BIG CONGRATULATION GOES OUT TO THE THREE OF YOU, We are VERY PROUD  of you Young Ladies, you have a Great start on lifes, keep it up and there will be no stopping you at what ever You choose to do in Life!!!! Stay Strong Ladies, you made our day!!!!! 

Carmen Henesy
Carmen Henesy

Malia is a champion in so many ways and I am so proud of her!  T

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

thas my lil cousin malia skia go girls!! so proud of you guys

We3desroches
We3desroches

They made it!! And now they're going to bed. Zzzzzzzzzz.....

Stal_b_sure
Stal_b_sure

They made it across and are true SHEROES!!!

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