Check out my teammate, fellow open water marathon swimmer, and “lil sis” Abby’s blog!
One of the main reasons I was attracted to Seven Sisters colleges and Smith College in particular is the deep history and legacies, both in academics and swimming, attached to these schools. Between 1984 and 2014 seven Seven Sisters women successfully swam the English Channel, a swim that traditionally has a 1 in 10 success rate. Ever since middle school, this has been a swim that has interested me and when I heard about Paige Christie‘s crossing the summer before I started at Smith, I couldn’t help but get excited. Following Paige’s little dot as she plowed across the Channel helped me feel as if I was already part of the Smith team. Seeing Paige’s success helped me decide to pursue my own channel dreams; I will be swimming the Catalina Channel in July, 2016 and the English Channel July, 2017. As I prepare for my July 25th Catalina crossing…
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One month. Get ready. Longest marathon swim in the world. I’m going the distance.
The Smith College Athletic Facilities got cosmetic updates!
One of the updates is a historical timeline of Smith women accomplishing some massive athletic feats. Some of these accomplishments include: Senda Berenson Abbott of Smith’s athletics department introducing basketball for women (and Smith students being the first college women to play the game) in 1892, Victoria Murden ’85 becoming the first woman to cross-country ski to the South Pole in 1989, and Smith Basketball winning their first ever ECAC title in 2012.
Since the English Channel swim (with a 1 in 10 success rate) has had quite a remarkable (and quite frankly, unheard of) 100% success rate under the guidance of Coach Kim Bierwert… all of my Channel mothers and I got a spot on the timeline!
To be honest, this is very surreal. To be able to continue the legacy was always my end goal. No doubt, there was a bit of self-inflicted pressure being the 6th person going into a swim knowing there is a 100% success rate before me. But we all did it. To know that we are all in the history books, and that nobody or no result can ever replace or take this away from us will always give me the chills.
Start unknown, finish historic.
Thanks to my friends at FINIS, I am the proud owner of a FINIS DUO! Unlike other swimp3s which sit in the ear socket, the DUO sits on your temples….therefore, you don’t have to worry about water getting trapped in your ear socket! The sound quality is amazing. It’s a very unique experience. Per usual, I wouldn’t recommend it if it wasn’t something I loved. Since you have to get used to being in your own head during marathon swims, I only train with this on special occasions.
This is what I’m jamming to (courtesy of FINIS DUO)! These songs always bring up memories. There is no genre off-limits. (Always get the clean version of these!!!!)
- Hypnotize– The Notorious B.I.G. (this beat is unlike any other, I always start my workouts to this song)
- Mr. Brownstone-Guns N’ Roses (a song I loved since as early as I can remember… only realizing what it meant a few years ago…)
- Long Way 2 Go – Cassie (I love the sass in the lyrics)
- Calm Down– G-Easy
- Country Boy– Aaron Lewis (the biggest things in life are your friends and family)
- Sacrifice– Theory of a Deadman
- Nobody Does it Better– Nate Dogg
- Rump Shaker– Wreckx-N-Effect
- Dirt Road Anthem– Jason Aldean (this was on repeat driving out to Smith my first year)
- Golden– Jill Scott
- Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
- Ladies and Gentlemen– Saliva
- Undercover– Lane 8 (Radio Edit)
- I Meant It– G-Easy
- Lookin’ for a Good Time– Lady Antebellum
- She Wants to Know – Half Moon Run
- Who Gon Stop Me– Jay Z, Kanye
- Bound 2– Kanye West (Always reminds me of my ‘14 bananas)
- Someone New– Hozier
- Fast Cars and Freedom– Rascal Flatts
- You’re Not My Girl– Ryan Leslie
- Ready to Run– Dixie Chicks (What’s all this talk about love?!)
- Paradise City– Guns N’ Roses
- Ride– Ciara
- Ain’t Nobody– Chaka Khan (Chaka slays)
- My Life Your Entertainment– T.I.
- I Wont Back Down – Tom Petty
- God’s Gunna Cut you Down– Johnny Cash
- The Promise Land – Bruce Springsteen (fist pump is necessary when listening to the chorus)
- Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue– Toby Keith
- Runaway Love– Purity Ring
- Drive– Halsey
- Rhiannon– Fleetwood Mack (Charlotte Samuels’ Bight Swim anthem)
- Going the Distance– CAKE (fitting)
- Talk that Talk– Rihanna (if this song doesn’t make you want to dance…)
- Summertime– Kenny Chesney
- What Was I Thinking– Dierks Bentley (appropriate question especially when you’ve been swimming for hours)
Ever wonder how marathon swimming is different from pool swimming? Check this article out!
I was recently featured in an article in Swimming World written by my teammate/great friend/lil sis/ future Catalina Channel swim finisher, Abby Bergman! I am quoted alongside the hugely inspirational marathon swimming pioneer, Lynne Cox (Swimming to Antarctica) and one of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, Dave Kelsheime!