MCU Interns Support The Longest Swim

Ben Lecomte in wet suitHave you heard about The Longest Swim? It is going to be an epic one-man swim from Tokyo to San Francisco—the first citizen science expedition of its kind – and Marymount California University has 8 student interns supporting the expedition.

In 1998 Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first person to do so without a kick board. Beginning in May 2018 he will swim 8 hours a day for 6 months in attempts to create a world record… Literally the longest swim.

But Ben won’t be alone on the journey. He will have a fully equipped support sailboat and a six member crew with him every stroke of the way. During the 180 days they expect to be off land, the team will contribute to 8 different research programs. They will also be sharing what we expect to be an amazing story, live from the middle of the ocean.

The world will be watching and learning and the MCU Community will be especially engaged.

MCU’s Participation

Students and faculty had the opportunity to meet Ben Lacomte, his nephew, and members of the crew several times over the last five months, both in San Pedro at AltaSea, one of the expedition sponsors, and on the MCU Campus. They have been able to learn a great deal about the swim and the research that is planned.

As a result of this interaction, 8 students are participating in internships with The Longest Swim, under the supervision of Project Leader, Paul Lecomte.

group of students holding banner

One group of students is already at work on Community Relations & Outreach including fund raising, event organization, marketing and business development.

A second group of students is focused on visual media aspects of the expedition, providing photo and video editing services.

A third group will be helping to analyze and interpret biological data gathered by NASA scientists who are monitoring Ben’s heart and other vital signs.

“Our university is honored to partner with The Longest Swim and be a part of the conscientious endeavor to raise awareness about matters that affect our entire planet and all of its inhabitants.” said Roshni Lal, Assistant Director of Career Development and Employer Relations at MCU. “Through their involvement with this project, our student interns are not only getting valuable professional work experience, they are also actively committing to the betterment of society and humanity at large. We are so proud to have such talented and engaged students involved in this historic expedition.”

We invite you to learn more about the Longest Swim and to support the expedition yourself by watching this video and visiting the Longest Swim website.