An all-female rowing team has broken a world record: rowing directly from California to Hawaii in 35 days. The group of athletes – whose backgrounds range from relatively new rowers to career rowers – finished their impressive journey, which took them from San Francisco to Waikiki in Hawaii.
Two members of Team LAT 35 were interviewed on Fox News and described their challenging task; Sophia Denison-Johnson gushed with pride, stating that, “It was a really, really amazing experience… It’s hard to describe… It feels both crazy and weird and hilarious, but also lovely.”
The rowing competition is known as the Great Pacific Race and comprises 2,400 nautical miles. Joining Denison-Johnson were Adrienne Smith, Libby Costello, and Brooke Downes. Their end time would be 34 days, 14 hours, and 11 minutes, which reportedly broke the previous record set by female contenders by 24 hours.
By their description, the women experienced a grueling race. Downes stated that the last few days of the race saw “terrible conditions,” with their ETA constantly delayed, but it rounded out by the finish line. Downes explains that “…the last day, we knew that we were going to break a world record. It just came down to a matter of how much.”
They ended in celebration on Monday, July 25th. Team LAT 35 pledged the race to raise money and awareness for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, bringing in a total of $12,083.