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Teenager Caitlin O'Reilly swims the length of Lake Taupo

A girl who swam the length of Lake Taupō in 13 hours says swimming pools' lane ropes bother her.

"I feel more free in the open water than I do in the pool," Caitlin​ O'Reilly​ said.

"In Lake Taupō, there are no limits."

The 14-year-old Aucklander is the youngest female to swim the lake's 40.2 km length - a distance longer than the English Channel [33.8 km].

Caitlin left the lake's southern end at Waihi at 4am on Thursday.

"Leaving the shore was the hardest part.  But I figured out why I was doing it in my head.


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