Charlotte Brynn 18-mile marathon swim

Charlotte Brynn in July 2016 during an 18-mile marathon swim crossing the border from Canada to the U.S.

Charlotte Brynn of Stowe is one of the world’s 50 most adventurous female open-water swimmers, according to a recently released list from the World Open Water Swimming Association.

“I’m humbled and honored to be included among these great women of open-water swimming,” said Brynn, who is executive director of the Swimming Hole and who gives credit to both her own “great sense of adventure” and the support of her team and crew member Cynthia Needham, “who monitors me while I swim, feeds me, and keeps my spirits up throughout my long swims.”

Brynn, a native New Zealander, grew up in the water, often running the mile to the beach to swim before school. Among countless open-water swimming accomplishments, she’s attempted to swim the English Channel three times, swam around Manhattan, and completed several double-crossings of Lake Champlain, a 25-mile swim in Lake Memphremagog, and the Catalina Channel swim. She is also a two-time U.S. Masters Swimming Long Distance All-American.

“I thrive on focus and a goal. It’s about committing to being positive. I love putting myself out there, being uncomfortable, and stretching my limits. And I just love a bit of adventure, going to new environs and meeting the unexpected,” she said in a recent interview with the Stowe Guide & Magazine.

The association’s list features women from 16 countries, including “contemporary aquatic adventurers who have done unprecedented swims of note or a significant number of risk-inherent channel, lake or marathon swims, women who have proven themselves in ice swimming competitions and solo extreme swims, and women who have safely escorted or coached many swimmers of various abilities in rough waters.”

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