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Mercer Island swimmer raises $6,000 to help Kenyan school
As the fog still hung over Lake Washington, gripping the water with wispy clouds, Gabe Tse and swimming partner Madelein Chandless began their trek.
The pair was swimming around Mercer Island — she for her senior culminating project, he for charity.
His swim managed to raise over $6,000 for the St. Elizabeth School in Kenya. He has raised money for the group before, but this time, in coordination with Margo Day and other donors, they helped the school toward being able to build more space for more girls.
Tse said they started to swim at 7:50 a.m. at the Mercer Island Beach Club and finished around 2:40 in the afternoon, just short of the seven-hour mark he had expected.
“It started off as a cloudy day, but around two and half hours into the swim, the clouds burned off and it was blue skies from there,” Tse said. He said there were some waves toward the end of the swim, but as they were going in the same direction as the swimmers, it worked out and help the duo