An Ontario teenager with juvenile arthritis trying to set swimming speed records across Lake Ontario will have to try another time.

Samantha Whiteside of New Hamburg was pulled from the water at about 2:30 a.m. at about the halfway point of the 52-kilometre swim.

The 17-year-old swim­mer began the attempt Monday night in Niagara-on-the-Lake and hoped to reach Toronto by about 10 a.m..


Samantha’s mother, Pam, told Kitchener radio station CKGL her daughter will be devastated because she worked hard in preparing for the swim.

Whiteside hoped to break both the women’s record of 15 hours and 10 minutes, and the men’s record of 13 hours and 48 minutes.


  • Last summer, it took Samantha a little more than 15 hours to cross the lake — just over a minute shy of beating the women’s record.

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