ZAGREB, September 18, 2017 (Hina/Hoo) - Dina Levačić (21), member of the Open Water Swimming Club Split, became the first Croatian to cross La Manche on Sunday.
Dina crossed a total of 45 km in 11 hours and 42 minutes. The sea temperature was 16.5 degrees, the air temperature at the start was 7 degrees, at noon around 15 degrees and at the end of swimming around 10 degrees Celsius. She made great efforts, fought to the last stroke and reached the French coast in the evening. The width of the channel in its narrowest part (Folkeston - Cap Griz Nez) is 34 km, however, because of the extremely strong currents, there is always much more to swim. A low sea temperature represented another challenge and the rule of swimming over is that nothing can be used except a plain swimsuit.
In addition to becoming the first woman from Croatia to achieve this venture, she has become the sixth person in the world and the second woman to enter the elite ranks of the Triple Crown Project, a swimming marathon that must be completed in 90 days.
The Triple Crown is swimming around the Manhattan island (46 km), the Catalina channel (34 km) and La Manche channel. Dina swam around Manhattan on June 25th, Catalina channel on August 3rd and La Manche on September 17th this year. Dina Levačić is 21, a student of the 4th year at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb.