BLOCK ISLAND, RI (CBS) -Three-time Olympian and Rhode Island native Elizabeth Beisel made history this weekend.
On Saturday, Beisel became the first woman to swim from mainland Rhode Island to the coast of Block Island.
She swam that for non-profit Swim all over America, which benefits cancer research and patient programs. Beisel took up the challenge in honor of his late father, Charles “Ted” Lyons Beisel, who died of pancreatic cancer in July.
Beisel’s charity swimming has already raised over $ 135,000, according to Swim Across America.
She started her journey on Matunuck Beach at Ocean Mist, which was her father’s favorite restaurant.
She completed the 10.4-kilometer swim in five hours and 19 minutes, despite two weather delays and a finish line.
She was greeted by her mother, Joannie, and her brother, Danny, as she completed the swim.
“I am humbled and honored to have completed this Block Cancer swim,” Beisel said. “As a kid growing up on Rhode Island and swimming in the ocean along our beautiful coastline, I always dreamed of swimming to Block Island. I imagined my dad on the island waiting for me to finish with an ear-to-ear grin on my face — how proud he would be that I made it. Unfortunately, he passed by before I could swim, but he knew I would do it, and it helped sustain him in his final months. I will never get to hug him again, but his fight was not for nothing. ”
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