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Endurance Swimmer From Westport Nominated For International Award

Elizabeth Fry of Westport is one of 13 endurance swimmers nominated for the  World Open Water Swimming Association Woman of the Year award.
Elizabeth Fry of Westport is one of 13 endurance swimmers nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association Woman of the Year award. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport's Elizabeth Fry is one of 13 women in the running for the Woman of the Year award from the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Readers can vote for Fry on the WOWSA website (click here ). Voting closes Jan. 1. Fry is one of four women from the United States nominated for the award.

In 2016, Fry, 58, crossed Japan's Tsugaru Channel in 15 hours 48 minutes, Hawaii's Molokai Channel in 17 hours and 30 minutes, and California's Catalina Channel in 12 hours and 37 minutes.

In between, she organized the charity swim for the Bridgeport-based St. Vincent's Foundation in a 25-kilometer Swim Across the Sound and mentored others who wish to emulate the remarkable stamina of one of the world's most prolific marathon swimmers.

"For her boundless energy that is enhanced by a bright smile and selfless mentoring, for her achievement of the unprecedented Reverse Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, for being a genuinely humble role model with a remarkable lifestyle balance, Elizabeth Fry is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year," the WOWSA wrote on its website.

Fry works in the financial services industry in New York City. She was also nominated for the award in 2011 and 2015.

She has crossed the English Channel six times since 2003, according to Wikipedia, and her most recent English Channel crossing set the world record for the oldest person ever to do a two-way crossing. She was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014.

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