Young Woman Who Recently Swam Across Seneca Lake Has Accomplished the More Difficult Feat of Crossing Cayuga Lake.
Special to the Post Standard
Ithaca, Aug. 25 – Not content with the honor of being the first woman to swim Seneca Lake, Miss Nora Stanton Blatch, granddaughter of the late Elizabeth Cady Stanton, yesterday succeeded in accomplishing the feat of swimming Cayuga lake where the stretch of water is estimated at two and one-quarter miles in width. As far as it is known here she is the first woman to succeed in this attempt. Only two weeks ago Miss Blatch swam across Seneca Lake a short distance above Geneva.
Miss Blatch was accompanied during her swim by Kenneth S. Turner C.E., ’03, who is taking work in the College of Civil Engineering previous to receiving his doctor’s degree.
The trip was begun a few hundred yards south of Glenwood Point, the popular summer resort for Ithaca businessmen. Accompanied by W.O. Stubbs, mechanician of the College of Civil Engineering, who was in his launch with a few friends, they left the cottage on the east shore. The couple took to the water without hesitation and set out with long easy strokes for the opposite shore.
The current was strong, owing to a heavy north wind, and the swimmers were carried more than a quarter mile out of their way before the east shore was reached. They were not in any way exhausted and were brought back to the Stubbs cottage in the launch. Both then walked to the city, a distance of five miles.
Miss Blatch is a senior in Civil Engineering and thus far the only woman who has elected this course. She is English by birth and one of the finest specimens of womanhood ever at Cornell.
It has frequently been reported that she is a student in mechanical engineering and that she obtained her unusual physical development by work at the forge. By a ruling of the faculty no woman has ever been allowed to enter this course.
Miss Blatch is true to her English customs and is an enthusiastic walker. She is continually out of doors, canoeing, rowing, swimming and taking part in all sorts of out of door sports. She spends much of her time however, in the cement laboratory, where she is preparing a thesis on ‘The Reduction in Head of Flowing Water through Pipes, Owing to the Presence of Sand of Varying Grades”.
She recently accompanied the entire junior class on the annual camping trip thirty miles east of the city.
Miss Blatch left this morning for New York City.The Post Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.
Tuesday, August 26, 1904