Lillian Cannon

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Lillian Cannon was an open water swimmer from Baltimore who attempted to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel. She was sponsored by the Baltimore Post newspaper that tried to create a rivalry between her and Gertrude Ederle in the weeks spent training off the French coast in 1926. In addition to Ederle, two other American marathon swimmers - Clarabelle Barrett and Amelia Gade Corson - were training in England with the goal of becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel. Barrett and Cannon were ultimately unsuccessful, but three weeks after Ederle's feat, Mille Corson crossed in a time that was 50 minutes slower than Ederle.

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