Annaleise Carr, Lake Ontario conqueror, starts Lake Erie swim

A teenage girl believed to be the youngest to swim across Lake Ontario two years ago is now taking on an even bigger challenge: a marathon swim across Lake Erie.

16-year-old's 30-hour swim moved up to avoid possible thunderstorms

Annaleise Carr's 75-kilometre swim across Lake Erie at 5:20 a.m. on Friday. Now 16, Carr made a successful swim across Lake Ontario two years ago. (@hoskin/Twitter)

A teenage girl believed to be the youngest to swim across Lake Ontario two years ago is now taking on an even bigger challenge: a marathon swim across Lake Erie.

Annaleise Carr began her 75-kilometre trek — one and a half times her last feat — at Presque Ile State Park in Erie, Pa., on Friday morning.

  • Follow her progress on Twitter using the #AnnaSwims hashtag

The record-breaking swim, a fundraiser to send kids with cancer to camp, will end in Port Dover, Ont., and is estimated to take about 30 hours.

Camp Trillium and Annaleise's supporters tweeted early today that the 16-year-old swimmer began her voyage at 5:21 a.m. in calm conditions.

Members of Carr's support team said they were hoping for good weather since poor conditions could seriously hinder her efforts.

The start time has been moved up in an attempt to avoid possible thunderstorms Saturday afternoon.

Her team says the 16-year-old native of Walsh, Ont., has been swimming six to eight hours a day to prepare, was feeling confident and couldn't wait to get started.

"She's such a calm girl. Before her last swim, she was just as calm before she went into Lake Ontario," said Mark Ghesquiere, a physician who will follow her during the swim.

"Now she's two years older, more mature, she's better trained than she was then because she's got that much more strength to her, so I think even though it's a longer swim, if anything, she's going to do very well."

Carr's 2012 swim raised $115,000 for Camp Trillium.

Here's a YouTube video of Anna swimming her way through some rough water on Friday morning:

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