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Long Beach swimmer sets records as he makes seventh swim between Catalina and Long Beach

As he approached the shore early Monday morning, Hank Wise knew he had a chance to set the record.

The 50-year-old Long Beach native had set off from the Catalina shore seven hours before, making his record-breaking seventh swim between the island and Long Beach. But perfect conditions put him in position to break the record for the fastest swim from Catalina to the mainland by a male athlete.

“I really wanted to kick it in and find that other gear,” Wise said. “There really wasn’t anything left.”

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