Trinity Arsenault is a Canadian open water swimmer and competitive rower at the University of Pennsylvania.
Open Water Swimming Career
- she completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel on 13 September 2016 under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation from England to France at the age of 16 in 12 hours 30 minutes.
- she became the youngest person, at the age of 14 years 71 days, to cross Lake Ontario. She took 23 hours 19 minutes to swim from Queen’s Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto as ratified by Solo Swims Ontario.
- she works to raise money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program which raises funds for children and teens who wish to participate in athletic programs but cannot afford to. Her Lake Ontario crossing is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
- her mother, Christine Arsenault, also crossed the same 52 km (32 mile) course in 2011.
- She crossed Lake Erie in 2014.
- She gave a TEDx Eden High School speech in 2017.
Lake Ontario Relay
Arsenault joined Abby-gail Jones, Ayla Jukosky, Charlie French, Jayson Pigeon, Michaela Arsenault, and Ming Scott in an 8-person relay that swam a cumulative total of 90.154 km in Lake Ontario over 24 hours 2 minutes in August 2015. Abby-gail Jones swam a total of 11.2 km over 3 hours 24 minutes, Alyssa Mundy swam a total of 4.1 km over 1 hour 40 minutes, Ayla Jukosky swam a total of 10.0 km over 2 hours 51 minutes, Charlie French swam a total of 11.4 km over 2 hours 55 minutes, Jayson Pigeon swam a total of 12.2 km over 2 hours 54 minutes, Michaela Arsenault swam a total of 10.6 km over 3 hours 0 minutes, Ming Scott swam a total of 16.7 km over 3 hours 38 minutes, and Trinity Arsenault swam a total of 12.8 km over 3 hours 15 minutes.
2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination
"Canada seems to attract the young while creating heroines of the open water. From 16-year-old Marilyn Bell in 1954 to 14-year-old Annaleise Carr in 2012, Lake Ontario in particular is the marathon swimming Fountain of Youth. Where young Canadians can test themselves along an always dynamically turbulent 52 km (32-mile) traditional Marilyn Bell course from the mouth of the Niagara River to the Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto, Trinity Arsenault became the youngest person in history at the age of 14 years 71 days to successfully cross Lake Ontario. She took 23 hours 19 minutes in a north-to-south swim that required her to reverse directions twice in order to dodge oncoming thunderstorms. Arsenault raised money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program that caters to underprivileged children. For her youthful enthusiasm to take on a challenging marathon swim and never give up despite having to purposefully swim off-course, for her efforts to raise money and awareness for kids who cannot afford to participate in athletic programs, for her successful crossing that replicated the swim that her mother swam in 2011, Trinity Arsenault’s Lake Ontario Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."
2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
3. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
7. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
13. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)
- Optimist Youth Appreciation Award
- DSBN Award of Distinction
- Honours Academic Medal
- Director’s Recognition Award for extraordinary contribution
- Principal’s Honours Medal at Oakridge Public School.
- She was featured by Mattel in Barbie's 60th anniversary campaign called nationwide 'You Can Be Anything' campaign in Canada.
- She won a bronze medal in the U-19 women’s 4x at the 2017 Ontario Rowing Championships.
- She won a bronze medal in the U-19 women’s coxed 4x at the 2017 Head of the Charles.
- Parents Of English Channel Teenagers Discuss Their Children On WOWSA Live
- 20 Amazing Accomplishments
- Trinity Lake Swim 2014 Facebook page
- Youngest Swimmer Across Lake Ontario
- Teen Becomes The Youngest Person To Swim Across Lake Ontario
- Extreme Swimming...To Be Young Or To Be Old?
- Changing The Future Landscape In The Water
- Successful North-To-South Swim Goes West And In Reverse
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
- 2014 WOWSA Awards Nominees
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
- What A Performance In The Open Water
- Trinity Arsenault To Be Honoured In Niagara-on-the-Lake
- 8 Go 90 In 24 On Lake Ontario
- What Marilyn Bell, Vicki Keith and the ladies of the lake taught us about swimming and life
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- University of Pennsylvania Athletics bio
- Trinity Arsenault Can Be Anything