Barrington man swims the English Channel

September 8, 2011 2:54:58 PM PDT
A suburban Barrington man says swimming the English Channel was ''tremendous'' and it never occurred to him that he would not make it.

Douglas McConnell is an investment banker and competitive swimmer. Last month he swam the English Channel.

For a portion of the 14-hour swim, McConnell had to deal with 5 foot waves, though he had been told to expect something calmer.

McConnell described the toughest part of the swim.

"Not knowing when those were going to kind of calm down a little bit," said McConnell. "It never -- despite Lance's assurances -- it never went to glass. But just having three 3 waves after several hours of 5 foot waves was a welcome relief."

McConnell raised $150,000 for Lou Gehrig's disease research. His father died of ALS in 2006.