Krista Ten Brinke completed this summer’s first Lake crossing on Lake Erie!

The Start... in the US!
The Start… in the US!

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.

... putting in the time...
… putting in the time…

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!

... coming into the finish!
… coming into the finish!

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.

... what a beautiful finish!
… what a beautiful finish!

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!

Now that's how you finish!  Upright, charging for the beach... with a big ol' grin on your face!  Well done, Krista!
Now that’s how you finish! Upright, charging for the beach… with a big ol’ grin on your face! Well done, Krista!

A big congrats from all the LOSTies!  Way to go Krista!

Hugs from Pacer Trinity too!
Hugs from Pacer Trinity too!
Krista and a happy Coach Christine!
Krista and a happy Coach Christine!











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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!


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