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13-year-old boy becomes youngest person to complete 'Godfather' swim across Lake Tahoe

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13-year-old boy becomes youngest person to complete 'Godfather' swim across Lake Tahoe (KCRA/ CNN Newsource)

A 13-year-old boy from Los Banos, California has become the youngest person to complete what's known as the "Godfather" swim across Lake Tahoe.

James Savage completed the 12-mile swim in less than seven hours.

"We still say that every day, 'He did what?' That seems like a daily occurrence with him," mother Jillian Savage said. "He did what?"

The teen swam the true-width of Lake Tahoe last week from Cave Rock to the Grand Avenue Dock near Florida Lock on the West Shore.

"One day my boat pilot took me across Lake Tahoe and I have liked swimming there so I thought of doing lengths and stuff across it and I have done two out of three now," James Savage said.

Lake Tahoe isn't his only feat.

"He does Golden Gate Bridge every year, he does Alcatraz every year, there is a little one-miler in Lake Tahoe that he does every year," Jillian Savage said.

"I have also done the length of San Luis Reservoir, which was 7.3 miles," James Savage said.

"That was his first marathon, legal marathon swim, first person to swim across San Luis Reservoir," Jillian Savage said. "I don't know what made him fall in love with it. When he was younger and he said mom I want to swim from Alcatraz, we kind of laughed in his face. I mean who entertains that idea and then 3 days later, he did it and he did it well."

The long-distance swims don't happen without a lot of practice and determination.

"Usually we start up slower, like on Mondays, we'll start with two to three miles, just if he has had the weekend off, we will give him a couple of miles," Jillian Savage said. "And then as the week progresses, it gets more and more, and then Fridays are his big day, where he has a 10-mile perimeter loop of the lake. We just follow the shoreline and do the entire perimeter."

His swim partner always right by his side.

"I follow him in a kayak every day, yes, we don't like to send him out alone," Jillian Savage said.

James Savage already has his eyes set on a new goal.

"Right now, my next goal is the perimeter of Coronado, which is 10 miles, or 12 miles," he said.

"What else do you have planned? A round trip Angel Island? Yeah," Jillian Savage said. "He gets these bright ideas, we kind of call them his stupid ideas, and we roll with it. If that's what he wants to do, then we will do what we can to make it happen. He could be doing a lot worse at 13."



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