blueseventy racing

Ann Louise Onton

Sheton, Connecticut

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Road Running
Bucket List RaceCatalina Channel
Post-Race Drinkwater
Off-Day Activitygrowing, tending, and harvesting garden vegetables to sell to the local health food store

I began competitive swimming when I was 9 years old at a local girls club. When I was in high school there was no such thing as a girls swim team. When I was applying to colleges there were only a few areas in the country that a women's collegiate swimming league. Purdue said that they did, but when I arrived, I was immediately sent down to the men's field house to Coach Papenguth to train with the men's team. While the men trained for collegiate meets, we trained only for AAU (the predecessor of USA Swimming) Nationals I was not even told about the women's team, which was looked down upon by the "real" women swimmers. But I had always wanted to swim on a school team, just like the boys, so when I found out about the womens swim team, I changed to it, then to synchronized swimming, then to field hockey. After I graduated, I got married and raised 3 kids. In my 40's I started open water swimming, then US Masters swimming, in which I earned over 100 national Top 10 Times. About 10 years ago I started channel swimming.I attempted the English Channel 4 times, and Catalina Channel twice (unfortunately I got only half way, about 8 hours each time.) I was scheduled to attempt Catalina a 3rd time this Sept. 28-9, on my 77th birthday, but all the swims were cancelled due to covid19. I believe I was re-scheduled to about the same time next year. I would love to swim for such a prestigious company as Blueseventy in that or any other race in 2021.