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Three lawyers swim across mouth of Potomac


UPDATE: We ommitted another Richmond lawyer who completed the Potomac swim. Courtney Motes Paulk, a construction litigator, also participated in the event.

Swimming season is officially here now that we’re past Memorial Day, but 7.5 miles?

That’s what Richmond lawyers Shannon Varner and Mic McConnell did Saturday by participating the annual Potomac Swim for the Environment from Hull Neck in Virginia across the mouth of the Potomac to Point Lookout State park in Maryland.

Varner, who swam competitively in college, finished third of the 40 participants who completed the swim, while McConnell finished eleventh about an hour behind Varner.

Each swimmer had to collect at least $250 in pledges to benefit Chesapeake Bay and river organizations.

Varner, an environmental lawyer, said he began swimming seriously again last year and made the swim as “a combination of the challenge and the opportunity to raise some funds for some good causes.”
He said, “It took a little while to recover, but I’m feeling pretty good now.”

Not good enough to swim 4.5 miles across the Bay, as Paulk and McConnell, a personal injury lawyer better known for body building than swimming, plan to do Sunday.

By Alan Cooper

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