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Gertrude Ederle, Trailblazing Swimmer, Dies at 98

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Gertrude Ederle, Trailblazing Swimmer, Dies at 98

Gertrude Ederle, Trailblazing Swimmer, Dies at 98

Gertrude Ederle, Trailblazing Swimmer, Dies at 98

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Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim across the English Channel, has died at the age of 98. Ederle swam the channel in 1926, crossing in a recorded time of 14 hours and 31 minutes. The New York-born Ederle died Sunday in New Jersey. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Bob Dunkel, executive director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.