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Breaking News – Puget Sound Open Water Swim Record Set

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Erika Norris with safety boat in trail sets the Puget Sound open water swim record from Bremerton to Alki Point. Photo Source: West Seattle Blog.

A Puget Sound open water swim record was set Sunday when swimmer Erika Norris set a new record for the 10.4 mile Amy Hiland Swim from Bremerton to Alki Point, Wash.  According to the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association, the swim took Norris 4:09:20.  The previous record was set in 1959 by Amy Hiland, Hiland completed the swim in 5:59.  The attempt by Norris is only the second record swim of the Bremerton to Alki Point route.

While setting the Puget Sound open water swim record, Norris endured chilly Puget Sound water temperatures.  The temperature during the weekend hovered around 62 degrees and was considered too cold for water sports without a wetsuit.  Norris is a six-time NCAA All-American, three-time Honorable All-American, and a member of the New York University Department of Athletics Hall of Fame.

Grizzly Bear Kills Man in Glacier National Park

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Grizzly bear kills man in Glacier National Park. Photo Source:

Grizzly bear kills man in Glacier National Park.  Brad Treat, 38, of Montana was killed Wednesday in a grizzly bear attack in Glacier National Park.  According to the Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, Treat, was attacked at 2 p.m. while riding his mountain bike with another adult male rider.  The attack occurred on U.S. Forest land in the Halfmoon Lakes area near West Glacier National Park.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the men likely surprised the bear.  During the attack, the bear charged and took Treat off his bike.  The second rider escaped the scene unhurt and rode for help. Treat was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bear attack in Glacier is under investigation by the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, the U.S Forest Service, and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.  According to wildlife officials, this grizzly bear attack in Glacier is unusual because the victim was riding a bike and was with another adult.  The attack is also unusual because of the proximity to a popular camping area in the park.

This is the second year in a row that there has been a fatal grizzly bear attack of a park employee.  Last year a park employee was killed in Yellowstone National Park.  The employee had been exercising in an area near the Lake Village area of the park when he was fatally attacked by a mother bear.  Wildlife biologists are concerned that both attacks occurred so close to popular and inhabited areas of the parks.

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