Sonoma’s Connors swims from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park for senior project
Rosie Connors exits the water after recently completing her San Francisco Bay swim.
There have been many varied, interesting and creative senior projects completed at Sonoma Valley High School, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one that was so personally challenging than the project senior Rosie Connors presented, and recently finished in exhilerating fashion.
Connors, who has competed for the Lady Dragons in swimming and water polo, decided to incorporate her love for water sports into her senior project and joined the Bay Area’s Swim-Art expedition swim program to train for a San Francisco Bay swim.
On Sunday, April 3, Connors entered the Bay’s chilly waters and swam from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in 28 minutes to achieve her ambitious goal, while completing her daunting senior project.
Connors, who has her scuba-diving license and is lifeguard certificated, also loves to sail and has participated in the Baja Ha Ha sailing race from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.
In the fall, Connors hopes to live on her family’s boat on the Bay while attending San Francisco City College and, inspired by her swimming accomplishment, is considering training for the Swim-Art expedition swim under the Golden Gate.