Cynthia Nicholas

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Cynthia Nicholas was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 as an Honour Swimmer. At age 16, Nicholas became the fastest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario with a time of 15 hours 10 minutes. Her career includes 19 crossings of the English Channel including five two-way crossings. She was the first woman to complete a two-way crossing of the English Channel.

Of her 19 crossings, she set a two-way record of 18 hours 51 minutes in 1982 and an England-France record of 8 hours 21 minutes on the first leg of her in 1981 two-way crossing.

Two-way English Channel Crossings

1977: 19 hours 55 minutes
1979: 19 hours 12 minutes
1981: 22 hours 21 minutes
1982: 18 hours 55 minutes
1982: 20 hours 9 minutes (16 days after her 18:55 2-way)

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