Swimming

Del Mar man helps with swim across Pacific Ocean, collecting debris

Del Mar man helps with swim across Pacific Ocean, collecting debris

A Torrey Pines High School graduate has taken his passion for the ocean toward helping a man collect debris from the ocean and swim about 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

Brian McNiece, a Del Mar resident who has a degree in marine systems engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, has for months been out at sea on a vessel called “The Seeker” with Ben LeComte, a French-born long-distance swimmer who is attempting to swim between Tokyo and San Francisco while collecting debris samples to study the ocean. Previously, LeComte swam across the Atlantic Ocean.

As part of the 10-person crew for what has become known as “The Swim,” McNiece has swum alongside LeComte,...

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