My love for open water swimming is a means for me to combine swimming with other areas of my life that are really important to me. I'm continuing to raise funds for Trust in Education which provides education and health services to women and children in Afghanistan.  

As an ultra-marathon swimmer, when I swim through harsh conditions like cold water or jelly fish, I remind myself that what I am experiencing is nothing compared to the violence, anguish and poverty that kids in Afghanistan live with every day.  When I am in pain or fatigued, I keep swimming knowing that together,we are helping to educate kids, especially girls, and that is powerful.

“If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a community."   ~ African Proverb

Past SwimS

Lake Tahoe, California

  • 33.7km/21 miles on August 28, 2009 in 10 hours and 39 minutes

Farallon Islands Relays, California

  • 48.2 km/30 miles on June 4, 2011 and June 25, 2015

Catalina Channel, Calfornia

  • 32km/20 miles on October 17, 2011 in 11 hours 7 minutes

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, New York

  • 45.8km/28.5miles on June 23, 2012 in 8 hours and 9 minutes

San Francisco to Santa Barbara Relay

  • 546km/339 miles 6-person relay swim on September 23, 2012.

  • Swam 150 miles but ended the swim after 5 days and nights of continuous swimming due to jellyfish

Lake Zurich, Switzerland

  • 26.4km/16 miles on August 4, 2013 in 7 hours 53 minutes

Monterey Bay, California

  • 40km/25 miles on August 26, 2014  in 13 hours [succeeded after 3 previous attempts which were ended due to jellyfish and bad conditions]

English Channel, England

  • 34km/21 miles on September 25, 2015 in 10 hours 45 minutes

Cook Strait, New Zealand

  • 29km/18 miles on February 3, 2016 in 8 hours 13 minutes  

Loch Ness, Scotland

  • 35km/22 miles on August 12, 2017 in 12 hours 26 minutes

Maui Channel, Hawaii

  • 17.7km/11 miles on October 3, 2018 in 5 hours 20 minutes


  • Hawaii, Fall 2019 - - route to be determined

  • Loch Lomond, Scottland - - 2020


Night Train Swimmers women's relay swim 2011

Night Train relay swim to the Farallon Islands 2014

Photography by Joe Lindsay       Videos by Bruno De Petricon and Vito Billia