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Three - Troublesome Toshes

This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.
Ace Two Three Four Five ...

For the third time you removed the surface, and you saw three lines you couldn't make any sense of:

$\text{Sad Wally, ugliest Alcatraz impala, mimeo abhorrer, lava continuo, kneels.}$
$\text{Mean nerd met imperiled underservant; cuckoo kisses Ina Nagle.}$
$\text{Met nerd, men worry cello neoclassicism negate Icaria tox lava.}$

Gentle Reminder - May or May Not be Useful

All letters are useful, but some letters are more useful than others.

Hint

usefulness level 1

The number of useful letters within each word is the same.

usefulness level 2

The number in Hint 1 is 2.

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    $\begingroup$ Could we get a hint? $\endgroup$ – AHKieran Aug 9 at 14:24
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If you take the first and last letters of each word, you get the abbreviation for a US state. Then for each of the three lines, the states listed spell out a letter if you look at them on a map.

Sad Wally, ugliest Alcatraz impala, mimeo abhorrer, lava continuo, kneels.

South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Kansas

spells out "A"
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Mean nerd met imperiled underservant; cuckoo kisses Ina Nagle.

Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska

spells out "G"
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Met nerd, men worry cello neoclassicism negate Icaria tox lava.

Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana

spells out "E"
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So the answer is:

AGE

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  • $\begingroup$ Kudos for figuring out the puzzle, rot13(V fgvyy qba'g haqrefgnaq ubj gubfr fgngrf fcryy bhg gur yrggref 'N', 'T' naq 'R'). $\endgroup$ – Abbas Aug 13 at 17:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Abbas I figured out how to embed images, so I added pictures to illustrate how the letters were formed. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Aug 13 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot, I got it from your previous comment, but the images are appreciated. :-) $\endgroup$ – Abbas Aug 13 at 21:44
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Considering the nonsense wording...

I tried to pick out some letters that seem useful. The capitalised letters for each line are:
SWA
MIN
MI
Putting these together gets SWAM IN MI. Now MI is the abbreviation for Michigan.
Michigan is known for Lake Michigan.

Therefore I think the answer is:

Jim Dreyer who swam across Lake Michigan in 1998

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  • $\begingroup$ nope... not like that... there is something called a LIMIT to which I can give you a hint... $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Aug 9 at 14:58

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