A 14-year-old girl became the youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario. Her record-breaking accomplishment is one for the books—twice over—making her’s a legendary swim.
Trinity Arsenault hopped in the chilly waters hoping to beat the record previously held by Annaleise Carr, who was then-older than Arsenault by a couple of months. And just shy of 24 hours after her start time, she did just that by completing the 32-mile course.
And for those wondering her first thoughts as she neared the shore after her nearly day-long journey: “Finally! I can see the ground,” she told CTV News.
She made the trek with her mother, Christine in a nearby boat, cheering her on and boosting her spirit. Her mom, after all, knows exactly what the teen was feeling as she herself completed the swim as well—making them the first mother-daughter duo ever to do such.
Mom, however, says her swim was incomparable to her daughter’s, whose included 15-foot waves, thunderstorms and testy weather.
“My swim was nothing like what this girl just did,” said the proud mom.
Mom wasn’t the only one cheering on and praising the teen for her remarkable feat. Her swim master, Shaun Chisholm says he too is impressed by the girl’s remarkable will amidst high currents and frigid water temperatures, “It look Ok, but water that’s in the 60s—most people scream when they get in [it],” he explained. He continues, “So to actually go past 20 hours, it takes unbelievable strength mentally and physically. And for a 14-year-old to be able to do that—that takes a special person,” he told the Toronto Star.
The young girl is also a philanthropist, currently working to raise funds for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, which helps young athletes with training and equipment costs.