ClareBelle (or Clarabelle) Barrett was a New York-based open water swimmer prominent in the early 20th century who attempted to become the first woman to cross the English Channel in 1926. She was ultimately unsuccessful.
Prior to her English Channel attempt, in (1)March 1926 she swam her first mile when the temperature was thirty-seven degrees, a feat of endurance so impressive it made the sports pages of her local paper, New Rochelle's Standard-Star.
Under the IISA rules, this would quite possibly be one of the first documented Ice Mile swims.
- Open Water Swimming
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Marathon Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
1. The Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer p.57