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Charlotte Brynn

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Charlotte Brynn at Smuggler's Cove in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
Kellie Latimer, Martha Wood, and Charlotte Brynn at the 2nd annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in 31.5ºF (-0.2ºC) water. Photo courtesy of Phil White
2nd annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in 31.5ºF (-0.2ºC) water, co-organized by Charlotte Brynn. Photo courtesy of Phil White
Wound of Charlotte Brynn by a leopard shark that left one of its teeth in her torso during an attempt of the Catalina Channel
Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame, Honor Marathon and Cold Water Swimmer and Contributor Coach

Charlotte Brynn is a 55-year-old open water swimmer from New Zealand who lives in the state of Vermont in the United States.

Swimming Highlights[edit]

WOWSA Live Interview with Charlotte Brynn[edit]


Brynn on the 6 May 2020 WOWSA Live interview with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison.

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination[edit]

Brynn was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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Shark Encounter[edit]

During her attempt in 2014 to cross the Catalina Channel, she experienced a shark encounter where a tooth of a leopard shark was found in her torso. She later abandoned the swim due to hypothermia and found the shark's tooth as she was dressing onshore.

Professional Career[edit]

Brynn specializes in working with people who are looking to regain function, either from a past injury or from inactivity. She also likes to work with people to help them gain strength both physically and mentally by achieving goals - whether they be performance based, competitive or non-competitive.

Certifications[edit]

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Physical Education, Otago University, New Zealand
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Kickboxing Instructor
  • AEA Certified Aquatic Instructor
  • ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach
  • WSI Red Cross Swim Instructor
  • NZSCA Certified Swim Instructor
  • Certified Kranking Instructor
  • Certified Spinning Instructor

Ice Miles[edit]

  • Brynn completed an Ice Mile in May 2014 in Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA in 4.96°C water and 14°C air in 25 minutes 26 seconds.
  • Brynn completed an Ice Mile (1.93 km total) on 26 April 2013 in 30 minutes 38 seconds in 4.85°C open water and 0.00°C.

Experience[edit]

  • Involved in fitness & aquatics for 20 years
  • One on One Personal Training
  • Group Exercise Instruction
  • Swim Coaching & Swim Instruction
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy Assistant with patient rehab, including strengthening, stretching & general conditioning

Go The Distance[edit]

Brynn is also one of the leading swimmers in the annual U.S. Masters Swimming Go The Distance competition. The annual GTD program is the most popular event offered by U.S. Masters Swimming. Thousands of members participate annually who have collectively logged a total of more than one billion yards for the year (over 566,000 miles). GTD is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There is no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in each calendar year. Speed does not count - just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

2014 World Open Water Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination[edit]

Brynn's nomination reads:

Charlotte Brynn has a deep passion for the open water and the individuals she coaches. She also loves to push her own envelope of physiological potential as she competed in the World 10-mile Championships and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and attempted one of the most audacious channel swims in recent history. During her swim from Catalina to California, Brynn was hit by a shark in her swim late at night. The bump left a scar and a tooth on her hip. But she keep swimming and did not get out despite the blackness of the evening and the turbulence of the ocean. Brynn stroked on for another 11 hours before being fished out for hypothermia. For her dynamic spirit, for helping others realize their swimming dreams while she pursues her own, for her willingness to swim on despite a shark encounter, Charlotte Brynn is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

2020[edit]

  • On 2 August 2020, she completed the 15-mile Circumnavigation Border Bumper Swim in Lake Memphremagog in 8 hours 49 minutes.
  • On 18-19 August 2020, she completed a 51.5 km crossing of Lake George in New York in 17 hours 58 minutes.

2014[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women[edit]

Brynn was named to the list of 2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women[edit]

Brynn was named to the list of 2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
4. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
6. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
14. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
16. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
26. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
40. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
42. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
44. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
44. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
45. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
46. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
46. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
48. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
44. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
46. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

Marathon Swim Stories[edit]

She appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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