Eleanor Studley Hurd
Eleanor Studley Hurd was an American swimmer and graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts who, in 1929, become the first woman to swim the Hellespont between Europe and Asia in Turkey. Studley swam the Hellespont in 80 minutes, beating two other female competitors and becoming the first woman to complete it. Known also as the Dardanelles, this strait is famous for its currents and strong winds. Except for a bit of sidestroke, Eleanor swam freestyle most all of the distance. She was coached by Karl Michael, later Dartmouth College coach, and was recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2011.