While millions of people call Los Angeles home, only a hardy few swim marathon distances in Santa Monica Bay. Having completed the Triple Crown of marathon swims (Catalina Channel 2016, English Channel 2017 and Manhattan Island 2018), Bergman had been casting about for a new challenge. This swim across Santa Monica Bay from it’s northern-most point to southern-most tip, has been on Bergman’s bucket list for a few years.
Only three people have publicly completed this particular open-water swim. Bergman decided to tackle the swim this summer as something to work towards during the Covid-19 pandemic. “It seems like 2020 is all about staying local, so I’m inspired to honor my home town by doing this swim.”
The swim will begin at around 11 p.m. on September 2nd and Bergman estimates it will take approximately 14 to 15 hours to complete. She will have boat and kayak crews with her for safety, to provide feeds, and to certify the swim.
When Bergman is not in the ocean or pool, she manages Behavioral Science research. A proud Smith College alum, she intends to pursue a PhD.