For as long as I can remember I have always been drawn to the water. A profound passion that afforded me many opportunities such as swimming for UC Berkeley and the US National team.
I walked away from pool swimming still loving the water and the sport (high thanks to the innovative swimming and life coaching from Teri McKeever).
About a year later I joined the Dolphin Club, I had found my post- collegiate athlete niche. Cold water, long distances, strong sense of community, and beautiful views. It didn't take long for me to meet the "greats" of the Dolphin Club and the South End Rowing Club and to be inspired by their amazing feats. Getting to know these people and her their stories encouraged me to create my own "big goals".
In September of 2017 I swam the length of Lake Tahoe in a record time of 8:57. It was a huge confidence booster and I really enjoyed it. Thank you to Tim Smith, Scott Tapley, Reptile, Suzanne Heim, John G, and Andy Wooldridge for getting me across safely. Pilot was Repitle aka Tom Linthicum.
June 25, 2018 I swam across the English Channel in a time of 9:50. It was a less than ideal situation but I can save that story for another time. Crew was Melissa Blaustein, Marek Zapletal, Taylor Ortiz, pilot- Eddie Spelling.
My next big goal is coming this June when I attempt to cross the North Channel with Infinity Swimming. It is a 21 mile swim in 52F water, sans wetsuit. It should take anywhere from 9-11 hours.
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Thank you all
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