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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Sometimes I wonder if I have gone completely insane. My love for open water has compelled me to look for swimming ventures that no one else would dare try (i.e The Cook Strait). Now I feel a new challenge to add to the list.

Meekrat Films produced a 55-minute documentary on Frank Chalmers's attempt of crossing the Pentland Firth, a treacherous 8-mile stretch of water between the northern Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands.

The documentary tells the story of Frank's 3 hour and 50 minute attempt across some of the strongest tides in the world in a place known as Hell’s Mouth.

Despite its reputation of being a graveyard of ships due to its location where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, Frank tried to swim across monumental tidal currents and freezing water.

You can view the trailer here.

Add your thoughts on my sanity to consider this crossing and feel free to suggest others as well. I'm always looking for new challenges.

Frank Chalmers

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