Florence Chadwick

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Florence May Chadwick (November 9, 1918 – March 15, 1995[1]) was an American swimmer. She was known for long-distance swimming. At age 10 she was the first child to swim the Catalina Channel.[2] Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.[2] She set a time record each time. She was the first woman to swim the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles (round trip).

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  1. Susan Ware, Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2004), p. 110
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paula Edelson, A to Z of American Women in Sports (New York: Facts on File, 2002), p. 38