Michigan woman fails to swim across Lake Michigan

Posted: 08/19/2011 in all marine news

Sarah Kloepping –

After graduating from Wayne State University in Michigan, Ashley St. Andrew felt like a fish out of water.

With graduation, also came the end of her swimming career as a collegiate athlete. But now the 23-year-old Michigan resident is attempting a task that will keep her feet wet — swimming across Lake Michigan from near Two Rivers to Ludington, Mich.

“I miss swimming a bunch and figured this is a good way to take what I love to do and be able to give back,” said St. Andrew, who has been raising money for a Grand Rapids, Mich., cancer center during her training.

St. Andrew began her journey Wednesday morning, and expected the approximately 50-mile trip to take between 30 and 40 hours with breaks every 30 minutes for eating and drinking. She said the biggest challenge would be not sleeping during that length of time.

“I’ve pretty much trained through everything,” she said. “We’ve done the big waves, bad currents and I trained for not sleeping, but there is no real way you can prepare for that at all.”

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