Teen becomes first to swim 20 miles through New York Bight

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Officials say a 17-year-old open water swimmer from New Jersey became the first person ever to swim a 20 miles course through the New York Bight.



Ridgewood resident Charlotte Samuels began her journey around 7 a.m. Saturday and finished before 5 p.m.



Samuels dove into the waters of Atlantic Beach on Long Island and swam to the Jersey Shore town of Sea Bright in just under 10 hours. She says her official time was far less than the projected 12 to 16 hour swim she was expecting.



Samuels says she hopes to help create a marathon swim on the East Coast to rival the English Channel crossing, which she completed as part of her 2014 Triple Crown finish.



The New York Bight extends from Montauk Point in New York to Cape May Inlet.


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