Danville , Pennsylvania
|Main Focus||Open Water Swimming|
|Bucket List Race||Farallon Islands swim|
I have been swimming since before I could walk; I was trained over the course of a decade to perfect my stroke. Little did I know, that training would prepare me for long distance swimming. In 2018, I had my first open water swim experience and instantly fell in love with the sense of adventure. I began competing in local open water races, including long distance swims. I took first in my age group at my first open water race, which was a 5km lake swim. I then embarked on the adventurous two mile “escape” swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco in September 2018, and again in April 2019. I absolutely love the open water, but short distance swims never felt like enough. I began searching for longer, more challenging swims and found the world of marathon swimming. Even though I have only been swimming in open water for a little over a year, I felt ready for bigger endeavors and decided to take on the Bonifacio Channel in the Mediterranean. On July 26, 2019, after 4 hours and 45 minutes of swimming, I became the first American woman to cross the Bonifacio Channel solo. Along with swimming the Alcatraz escape route twice, I have also competed in The Maryland Freedom Swim across the Choptank River (second in her age group), The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, The Steelman Open Water 5km Swim (third in her age group), the Swim the South River in Maryland, and the Charles Bender 8 mile Memorial swim (second overall female). In the 2020 season, I have plans to compete in ice swimming in Vermont, I am also planning to complete the San Francisco Bridge to Bridge swim, the width and length of Lake Tahoe, and also compete in local events.