Krista Ten Brinke completed this summer’s first Lake crossing on Lake Erie!
Krista is a regular young lady who had grown up around and in water her entire life. She was a lifeguard and a Waterfront Director for Camp Crossroads. She has been thinking about crossing a Great Lake for a long time. This past year was the perfect time to finally make an attempt.
She joined 2 Masters programs in Niagara and then found Christine Arsenault who walked her through a training plan and stroke correction for endurance swimmers. Christine knows a thing or two about marathon swimming. You may recall that Christine swam Lake O a few years ago… and then her daughter, Trinity, also completed the same task! Amazing mother and daughter combination!
Krista is 23 and a teacher in St. Catharines. She is incredibly thankful for the Great Lakes Crossing Organization (GLCO) for making this opportunity available for her and sanctioning the swim! GLCO is a part of LOST Swimming and Miguel Vadillo was her swim-master and he worked with Christine to put together a swim plan that kept her safe and accounted for any possible issues that may have come up. It involved a 3:30 AM wake up call on the day of my swim, but to avoid any challenging weather, this was the best time to get started.
Krista left Sturgeon Point, NY at 6:00 AM and landed in Crystal Beach, Fort Erie at 12:52 PM. The first 3 hours were a bit tough because waves were between 1 and two feet. Although they were predominantly from the south, she had to work hard to hold her stroke. The wind and the waves diminished by 10 am and she had a very pleasant swim the rest of the day. Finishing her 19.2 km swim and becoming the 21st person to cross Lake Erie!
A big congrats from all the LOSTies! Way to go Krista!