And just three days before that, another woman, Rebekah Boscariol, 17, swam across the lake in 15 hours 33 minutes. She raised 20,000 for a hospital that saved her little sister's life.
I didn't realize it, but swimming across Lake Ontario is sort of A Thing, and often done to raise money for charitable causes...
At just over 15-and-a-half hours, the Markham teen was one of the fastest female swimmers to make the crossing since 16-year old Marilyn Bell first did it on Sept. 9, 1954. According to Solo Swims, she’s the 55th person to successfully traverse the lake since. Many more have tried and failed.
And then of course there's this dude who swam in Lake Huron for 18 hours just to stay alive after his airplane crashed into it.
GOUVERNEUR — Michael W. Trapp has gained his fair share of notoriety since crashing his Cessna 150F two-seat plane into Lake Huron on July 26 and swimming for 18 hours to stay alive.
The 42-year-old Gouverneur auto repair shop owner has been invited to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and to be featured on the Discovery Channel’s “I Shouldn’t be Alive” and on the History Channel. In addition, Mr. Trapp said he has received more than 100 interview requests. Not long after the crash, Mr. Trapp’s story went national via the “CBS Evening News.”