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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Charlotte Brynn On Road To Completion
One of the most intriguing figures in the sport of open water swimming is the relatively unheralded Charlotte Brynn. The personable, ever-optimistic New Zealand coach and swimmer is currently living and coaching in Vermont has tremendously picked up her pace of aquatic adventures since 2011.
But she has also hit some major stumbling blocks along the way. She gave it her all, but was not able to enjoy taking the last stroke before walking triumphantly on to the shoreline.
English Channel, attempted for a solid 9 hours 30 minutes...but incompleted.
Catalina Channel, attempted for a solid 12 hours...but incompleted.
Manhattan Island, officially incompleted.
Despite her incompleted swims, Brynn remain joyful and optimistic. She always forged on, enjoying the preparation and entering the water smiling. Over the past few years, she has completed a number of other swims including an ice mile and swims across Lake Willoughby, Lake Memphremagog, and Lake Champlain, as well as the Kingdom Swim, In Search of Memphre, and the Boston Light Swim.
But with attempts of the English Channel, Catalina Channel, and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim unfulfilled, the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming has presented only frustrations for Brynn. Fortunately, she finally got one Triple Crown leg completed with her June 14th successful circumnavigation of the Manhattan Island.
The 48-year-old will continue to itch for adventure, taking one swim, one stroke at a time.
The results of the June 14th Manhattan Island Marathon Swim:
1 Grace van der Byl (36) 7:14:03
2. Samir Barel (30) 7:17:59
3. Karen Zemlin (46) 7:23:44
4. Richard McKern (41) 7:41:07
5. Rowan Webb (42) 7:41:08
6. Christopher Burke (52) 7:43:20
7. Suzanne Heim-Bowen (55) 7:47:45
8. Ken Classen (53) 8:04:10
9. Malena Hankins (40) 8:05:49
10. Ernie Hoftyzer (44) 8:09:18
11. Anna DeLozier (51) 8:09:53
12. Mark Smitherman (56) 8:10:50
13. Gordon Gridley (42) 8:10:56
14. Sergio Salomone (46) 8:12:28
15. Javier Merida (41) 8:13:11
16. Charlotte Brynn (48) 8:14:31
17. David Uprichard (48) 8:17:20
Charlotte Brynn's website, Never Give Up is here.
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