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Chadwick, Florence May (Florence)

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Swimmer


1918 - She was born in San Diego on the 9th of November.

1950 - Chadwick's biggest contribution to swimming history occurred on the 8th of August, when she crossed the English Channel in 13 hours and 20 minutes, breaking the then-current world record held by American swimmer Gertrude Ederle.

1952 - Florence was the first woman to attempt to swim the 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline.

1954 - She attempted, but failed to become the first person to swim across Lake Ontario (her competitor in this endeavor, Canadian Marilyn Bell, succeeded the next day).

1995 - She died on the 15th of March.


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