Home Page

2 out of 3 local swimmers succeed in tri-sibling English Channel attempt

       The attempt by the three children of a Westside dentist to become the first tri- sibling conquerors of the English Channel fell just short July 27.
       Devin Wahl, 24, and his sister Danielle, 21, made the 21-mile swim, but younger brother Dustin, 18 was afflicted by cramps at the 14-mile marker and had to be pulled out of the water at that point.
       “He is disappointed, but the chips fell where they fell,” said his mother, Andrea Wahl, in an e-mail afterward. Her husband, Michael Wahl, has had a dental practice on West Colorado Avenue for more than 25 years.
       The siblings had decided to try the joint effort to publicize their shared concern for Alzheimer's disease, which has taken away three elder members of their greater family.
       Devin is in his second year of a two-year paid internship at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, which includes the study of Alzheimer's.
       “Our website is still open for donations to Alzheimer's,” Andrea pointed out. She added that as of July 29, the donation total had reached nearly $18,000. "We are almost at our goal of $20,000," she said.
       The site is wahlchannelcrossing.org
       It was the second English Channel crossing in two years for Danielle, who is a long-distance swimmer at Centre College in Danville, KY. Dustin is also on the swim team at Centre.
       Devin had previously been a swimming All-American at Colorado College.
       The three had been training for the event for weeks. Efforts included daily swims in water of 60 degree temperatures or less, in preparation for how cold the channel is. No wetsuits are allowed for an official channel swim.
       Each of the siblings started at the same time (11 a.m. English time), but swam separately, each with his/her own support boat, based on the regulations for channel crossings, Andrea explained.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/28/14, updated 7/29/14; Community: Charitable)

Would you like to respond to this article? The Westside Pioneer welcomes letters at editor@westsidepioneer.com. (Click here for letter-writing criteria.)