AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Attia was not allowed to have physical contact with anyone during the swim, according to marathon swimming rules. He also did not wear a wet suit, the release said. Attia, who grew up in Toronto, Canada, is a 2001 graduate of Stanford University and a relative newcomer to marathon swimming. He swam to raise about $10,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Maryland man completed a 26-mile swim between Santa Catalina Island and the California mainland on Tuesday to raise money for cancer research. Peter Attia, 32, of Canton, Md., finished his journey in less than 11 hours, according to a statement released by John Hopkins Hospital, where Attia works as a surgical resident. “Peter looks great and is in good spirits. I am so proud of him,” said his wife, Jill Attia. Since 1927, more than 100 people have completed the swim between Catalina and Point Vicente in Los Angeles. Attia started at midnight Monday and was followed by a charter boat and one of his swim coaches in a kayak.