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Local Swimmer Finishes First Solo Swim Around Aquidneck Island

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Barrington resident Trent Theroux completed his solo swim around Aquidneck Island Saturday. The 40-mile swim took Theroux a little less than the 17...

Barrington resident Trent Theroux completed his solo swim around Aquidneck Island Saturday. The 40-mile swim took Theroux a little less than the 17 hours originally estimated. He began his swim at 7 am and finished around 11:30pm.

Theroux raised some $30,000 for charity with the swim. He raised money for several organizations dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries.

Trent Theroux swam the backstroke from Point Judith to Block Island to raise money for people with spinal cord injuries.

From the start at Fort Adams State Park,  Theroux continued in a counter-clockwise direction around the island. He planned to take breaks to eat and drink while floating on his back and kicking. Theroux estimated the swim will take at least 17 hours, if not longer.

“If it starts to get to 20, then I’m going to need a lot more food in the water,” said Theroux. “I’m going to need somebody to bring one of those carving stations out there, and get the prime rib ready because it’ll be cold, and I’ll be hungry.”

Theroux, who previously swam from Point Judith to Block Island, had support Saturday from State Police and a team of about 40 people, who brought him food and kept him company during the swim.

“I will have swimmers in the water with me swimming portions, 1-3 miles,” said Theroux. “Kayakers, and boaters that are coming to help just provide an envelope for us.”

Therous believes he is the first person ever to achieve the feat.

Editor's note: This article has been updated.

More details are available at Theroux’s website www.backtonewport.org.

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View of the Newport Bridge, and Narragansett Bay from Goat Island.
View of the Newport Bridge, and Narragansett Bay from Goat Island.
Trent Theroux swam the backstroke from Point Judith to Block Island to raise money for people with spinal cord injuries.
Trent Theroux swam the backstroke from Point Judith to Block Island to raise money for people with spinal cord injuries.