Youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario
August 19, 2012 6:17 PM   Subscribe

been waiting all day, hoping to hear the good news that she finished the swim. Woo!!

I just think it's awesome. She's awesome.
posted by beau jackson at 6:51 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh cool, she finished. I saw she was going to make the trek yesterday. Good stuff. One day I will learn how to swim, and then I'll go swimming.
posted by chunking express at 7:20 PM on August 19, 2012

"What kind of a man would turn his daughter into an outboard motor?"
posted by scruss at 7:28 PM on August 19, 2012

Great news, saw the coverage of her starting off, but we've been out all day.
posted by arcticseal at 7:44 PM on August 19, 2012

I can't even begin to understand how this is humanly possible - that is truly an amazing feat.

However a depressingly predictable God Fanboy showed up in the comments section :

"When one door closes, God always has another door that opens! Annaleise opened this door and what a victory has been won!! We giveGod the glory for His guiding hand upon her life!"

Typical Jehovah, takes credit for everything and blame for nothing
posted by JustAsItSounds at 8:28 PM on August 19, 2012

The youngest, though certainly not by much. Oh and there's the CP I guess. I swam more than is probably good for a soul, and make a living shouting at kids from a pool deck but I just don't understand these sort of open water ultra marathons. Jenna (from my first link) has a coach who, lovely person though she is, is certifiably crazy. She has, though, earned a bit of a reputation, fundraising for programs serving disabled kids.

On a similar topic (that of kids swimming open water swims) Ontario recently (as in this weekend) played host to the first World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.

Personally I think I shall continue to admire from afar, and stick to the 50s.
posted by mce at 9:30 PM on August 19, 2012

mce - if you really want to be perplexed by a long-distance swimmer, check out Big River Man.
posted by beau jackson at 8:01 AM on August 20, 2012

When you do these longish swims, do you stop to eat or hydrate at any time during the swim? The article didn't really go into the logistics.

I've been reading about the Diana Nyad swim (clearly much longer), and she takes short breaks to eat, rest, and hydrate.
posted by bluefly at 8:20 AM on August 20, 2012

looks really, really cold. Good for her!
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 8:24 AM on August 20, 2012

bluefly, this article from the Toronto Star explains her eating and drinking during the swim:

"The teen, from Walsh, Ont., a hamlet in Norfolk County, was given food and water every hour. The water was delivered by tethered bottles and the food passed using a lacrosse stick. Based on the rules set by Solo Swim Ontario, she was not allowed to touch any boats throughout the swim."
posted by beau jackson at 11:12 AM on August 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

Holy inspiration!
posted by 3T at 12:05 PM on August 20, 2012

these darn kids with their rock and roll music and their swimming
posted by stormpooper at 1:10 PM on August 20, 2012

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