Teen set to finish Lake Erie swim

Annaleise Carr keeps ahead of pacer Josh Reid. SARAH DOKTOR/ Simcoe Reformer

Annaleise Carr keeps ahead of pacer Josh Reid. SARAH DOKTOR/ Simcoe Reformer

Monte Sonnenberg, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

SIMCOE, Ont. -- A date has been set for teen swimmer Annaleise Carr to complete her swim across Lake Erie.

Plans are to enter the water at the tip of Long Point, Ont., around 5 a.m. on Aug. 31 and emerge triumphant on the beach in Port Dover about 12 hours later.

Aaron Gautreau, a spokesperson for the Carr swim team, shared word of the swim Tuesday.

"That's not set in stone," Gautreau said of Carr's schedule. "But she is looking to go in sometime in the morning."

Bad weather is a major consideration for marathon swimmers. If the weather doesn't co-operate Aug. 31, Carr, 16, will try 24 hours later.

Carr, of Walsh, Ont., made international headlines two years ago when, at the age of 14, she became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario. Carr broke the record that Marilyn Bell set in 1954 when she was 16.

On the weekend of July 25-26, Carr set her sights on a new record for Lake Erie by attempting to swim the 75-kilometre distance from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Port Dover. Nearly 24 hours later and experiencing fatigue, Carr pulled up at the tip of Long Point. In marathon swimming circles, the 42 kilometres Carr covered counts as an official Lake Erie crossing.

At a news conference July 27, Carr said she would complete the swim at a later date as a lesson to others to "Never give up!"

As a marathon swimmer, Carr has raised a large sum of money for Camp Trillium in Waterford, Ont. Last month's attempt on Lake Erie alone has raised $170,000 to date.

monte.sonnenberg@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @montereformer


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