Teen swimmer youngest to conquer Lake Ontario

Trinity Arsenault, 14, is the youngest swimmer to conquer Lake Ontario. (DAVE THOMAS, QMI Agency)

Trinity Arsenault, 14, is the youngest swimmer to conquer Lake Ontario. (DAVE THOMAS, QMI Agency)

Angela Hennessey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

TORONTO - From the first Lady of the Lake to the latest.

Soon after 14-year-old Trinity Arsenault completed her remarkable and history-making swim across

Lake Ontario Monday night, she received a call from one of Canada's most famous and beloved swimmers.

Marilyn Bell -- who in 1954 became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario -- called the young swimmer tell her she was an inspiration.

"She said I remind her of a young her with a dream and that she hopes we become good friends," Trinity said after the call, which lasted several minutes.

"I can't believe Marilyn Bell just said that to me."

Bell, who said she had been following the young's girl's swim all morning, also warned her that she would probably wake up tomorrow with a "warm fuzzy feeling in her stomach" as well as some muscle cramps.

Trinity, from St. Catharines, Ont., took off from Queen's Royal Park in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday to begin her 52-kilometre trek.

She finished at Marilyn Bell Park along Toronto's shoreline shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

Her swim had started in great conditions but as she got closer to Toronto, she faced tumultuous weather and had to change her route several times to avoid thunderstorms.

At one point, her team even had her swimming back towards St. Catharines.


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