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Media alert/request for coverage: Two New Jersey women will attempt 17.5 mile swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook

Posted online: Thursday, 19 October 2006

The Inaugural Ederle Swim on Saturday, October 21, 2006

For more information, contact:
Faith Armonaitis,
O: (201) 288-6312/C: (201) 410-3172, day of event


The Inaugural Ederle Swim on Saturday, October 21, 2006
Two New Jersey women will attempt 17.5 mile swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook

WHAT: The Inaugural Ederle Swim, sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation

BACKGROUND: The swim is named after Manhattan native Gertrude Ederle, who in 1925, swam from the Battery in lower Manhattan to Sandy Hook, NJ, in seven hours and eleven minutes, setting a record that stood until the summer of 2006.

In 1926, she was the first woman and American to swim the English Channel in a time of 14 hours and 39 minutes at age 19. New York City rewarded her with a tickertape parade down Broadway. From 1921 to 1925, Ederle set 29 United States and world records for swimming. She won a gold medal as a member of the US 400m freestyle relay team in the 1924 Olympic Games.

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2006

START: 10:00 a.m., Battery Park, Gangway One

FINISH: Sandy Hook, New Jersey

DISTANCE: 17.5 miles

WHO: Two female swimmers from New Jersey will attempt the inaugural Ederle Swim.

Michelle Davidson, 36, a teacher from Neptune City, NJ. She has completed several MIF swims including the Little Red Lighthouse and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2000 & 2003.)

Nancy Steadman-Martin, 52, an attorney from Oceanport, NJ. A veteran open-water swimmer, Nancy has competed in numerous MIF swims including the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2000 & 2003.) She also successfully crossed the English Channel in 2004 with a time of 11:20:00.

DETAILS: Swimmers will start by the most southern gangway in Battery Park, and cross over to the Buttermilk Channel, between Governors Island and Brooklyn. Swimmers will head into the Upper Bay past Red Hook, Brooklyn; Gowanus Bay; and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to the Verrazano Bridge/the Narrows. They will continue mid-Bay past Coney Island and then towards, across and parallel with Ambrose Channel. Swimmers will head towards Sandy Hook, crossing both the Swash and Sandy Hook Channels until they reach the beaches of Sandy Hook, NJ. Escort boats and kayakers will accompany the swimmers. Water temperatures will range from 64 to 68. Swimmers are expected to finish in approximately six hours.

INFO: More info about the Manhattan Island Foundation and the Ederle Swim can be found at For last minute info, call the MIF hotline at 888 NYC-SWIM (888-692-7946).

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