Greeted by cheering supporters Thursday morning, Dina Levacic, 21, completed a grueling, overnight swim from Catalina Island to the shores below Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Levacic is the first Croatian native to make the ocean crossing from Catalina to the mainland (fewer than 400 people altogether have accomplished it since 1927).
This was the second of three swims required for Levacic to enter the elite ranks of the Triple Crown Project, a swimming marathon that must be completed in 90 days. In addition to the 20.2 miles she successfully swam from Catalina, Levacic in June completed a 28.5-mile swim around Manhattan Island in New York. Her last challenge comes in September, when she will attempt to swim 21 miles in rough currents across the English Channel between England and France. It is considered the most physically demanding part of the marathon.
Visitors to Levacic’s Facebook page can track her progress and training.