CALM Swimmer Achieves Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, Catalina Channel, California.

Lauren Au Brinkmeyer recommends channel swimmers to “train in all type of conditions. [My training] swims that were extremely choppy or windy ended up being my best workouts.”

A member of the Dolphin Club in San Francisco Bay and the Cal Aquatic Masters (CALM), the 34-year-old has been preparing diligently in her pursuit of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

On August 26th with a 10 hour 48 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland, she achieved her goal.

In addition to leveraging a variety of swims from coast to coast (including the 12.8 km Boston Light Swim in Massachusetts, the 16.8 Viking Swim in Lake Tahoe, and the 10-mile Bay to Breakers Swim in San Francisco Bay) as preparations for the Triple Crown, she completed a 33.2 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 0 minute 54 seconds in July 2018 and finished the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York in 7 hours 30 minutes 16 seconds in July 2019.

She learned a lot about the sport and herself along the way (read here and here).


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