Testing the Waters

Marcia Cleveland has always been a swimmer. Growing up, throughout high school and all four years of college, you could find her in the water.

In her early twenties, she took to open water swimming, plunging into oceans, lakes, and rivers, seeking their challenges. After moving to New York and joining a Masters Swimming program there, she did her first solo swim in 1991, around the island of Manhattan at a distance of over 28 miles.

It was that inaugural swim that gave her the confidence to tackle the English Channel, the pinnacle for marathon swimmers. With that goal in mind, Cleveland trained hard for three years, deciding to go for it in 1994.


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