Monique Wildschut

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Monique Wildschut from the Netherlands was inducted in 1993 as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Wildschut dominated the women’s marathon swimming professional circuit from the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s when she was the six-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion from 1983-1988. She crossed the English Channel twice, in 8 hours 44 minutes in 1982 and had the fastest swim of the year in 1984 in 8 hours 19 minutes. She was the fastest woman at the 32 km (20-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada in 7 hours 46 minutes in 1983 and was second overall at the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean double-crossing in 17 hours 28 minutes in 1989. She won the 1983 Atlantic City Marathon Swim and set the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog record with a new women’s record of 9 hours 41 minutes 11 seconds.

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