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Tag Archives: Liz Fry
They don’t call them the Great Lakes for nothing. They’re big.
But Liz Fry is a great long distance swimmer. Earlier this month, the longtime Westporter became one of the few people in history — and the 2nd-oldest — to swim solo across Lake Ontario.
She wore just a swimsuit and goggles. She started at midnight, and finished 15 hours and 46 minutes later.
But the 32.1-mile swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto was just one more walk in the park for Fry. She has already completed the “Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming”: the English Channel, California’s Catalina Channel and circumnavigating Manhattan Island.
On her Lake Ontario conquest, her coaches — riding in a boat in front of her — fueled her with water bottles and cookies.
She told the Canadian Press, “My only sense of feeling comes in the form of cookies. At some point I need something crunchy because you’re basically on fluids the whole time. I really just zone out and enjoy my environment.”
Fry — who in her other life is a financial services consultant — trained for the event in a pool and Long Island Sound. She said the swim was one of her hardest. She also called it “fun and challenging and cold and bumpy and all those things.”
I call it “great.”
(Hat tip: Debbie Masso)
The easiest way to cross Long Island Sound is on the Bridgeport-Port Jeff ferry.
You can also sail, motorboat or yacht across on your own.
It’s a lot tougher to actually swim those 15 1/2 or so miles yourself.
It’s especially difficult to do it faster than anyone else.
But that’s what a team of 6 Westport YMCA Water Rat swimmers did last Sunday. And they finished in just 6 hours and 20 minutes — beating 150 competitors by a wide margin.
It was hardly a day at the beach. Before taking the Swim Across the Sound plunge, they secured $9,000 in pledges for St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Congratulations to the intrepid, strong and very fast group of 16-year-olds: Scott Adler, John McNab, Richard Nolan, Josiah Tarrant, Austin Twiss and Charlie West. All except Richard swim for Staples High School.
Fun fact: Swim Across the Sound director Liz Fry is a former Staples High School swimmer.
(Fast forward to the 10:00 mark below, for an interview with the Water Rat swimmers.)