Marshall Scholars swim English Channel

22 July 2009

Marshall Scholars swim the English Channel

2007 Marshall Scholar Sophie Rutenbar2007 Marshall Scholar Sophie Rutenbar

On 14 July 2009 Sophie Rutenbar, who is a 2007 Marshall Scholar, swam the English Channel. She completed this swim in 14 hours 33 minutes, and became one of only 1,000 people to complete this very difficult swim. Sophie has documented her swim on Youtube and her page can be found at:

Sophie swam to raise money for the charity International Rescue Committee UK. This charity is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development and resettlement services for refugees and internally displaced persons. Working in over 25 countries, IRC delivers lifesaving emergency aid, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatised children, rehabilitates health, water and sanitation systems, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens local organisations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives.

Sophie is just finishing her second year on a Marshall Scholarship. In her first year she completed an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London and her second year was spent at LSE undertaking an MSc in Human Rights.

2008 Marshall Scholar Eric Gardiner2008 Marshall Scholar Eric Gardiner

Another Marshall Scholar, Eric Gardiner, who is from the 2008 class also undertook a relay Channel swim on 5th June 2009 with four other graduate students. The swim coincided with the 65th Anniversary of D-Day and they were swimming raise money for the charity "The Mission Continues" which awards fellowships to empower wounded and disabled veterans to serve in their communities. Further information about the swim can be found at

Eric is about to start the second year of his Marshall Scholarship, in his first year he has undertaken an MA in Terrorism, Violence and Security at Queen's University Belfast.