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A Chicago athlete and Evanston business owner completed a swim across the English Channel recently in 13 hours and 35 minutes. Todd Paul overcame severe bouts of hypothermia and rough open water conditions to complete the 22-mile swim, which began at Dover, England, at about 5 a.m. and ended at Calais, France, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Todd was supported on a boat by his wife Jennifer Paul, his parents Mary and Don Paul, and his coach, Craig Strong. Mr. Paul and Mr. Strong worked together at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston for one year to build up for the swim. He also used facilities at Northwestern University and swam frequently in Lake Michigan. There have been fewer than 1,500 crossings ever, and only one in every six attempts is successful. Part of what makes it so difficult is that the seawater is cold – less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit – and swimmers are restricted to wearing only the merest essentials: a speedo and uninsulated caps, covering their bodies in Vaseline for warmth. Mr. Paul is part owner in the Meca Cafe and an asset manager for Alan Mitchell & Associates, LLC. Jennifer Paul works at the Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.