Jake Pokonosky finished 72nd among more than 500
swimmers on during the 10th annual Alcatraz
Invitational, a 1.2-mile swim from the island to San
What is unusual about Jake Pokonosky?
(A) He once tried to escape from Alcatraz by swimming.
(B) He’s 93 years old.
(C) He was bitten by a shark halfway through the race.
(D) He’s the United States Secretary of State for
Far Eastern Affairs.
(E) He’s a Golden Retriever.
“Jake was the only non-human in Sunday's 1.2-mile swim
from the infamous prison island to the San Francisco
shore. The 65-pound Golden Retriever swam across the
cold, choppy water in a time of 41 minutes and 45
Organizers from the South End Rowing Club which puts
on the annual event say it was the first known
crossing of the water by a dog. The crowd cheered as
Jake made his way onto solid ground, shook off water
and dodged a woman who tried to put a medal around his