Woman completes 16-mile swim around Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - She swam the English Channel and crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco. Now 47-year-old endurance swimmer Kathleen Wilson of James Island has completed a 16.2-mile swim around Charleston.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Wilson made the swim Saturday in six hours, 58 minutes. She went in just before daybreak at the James B. Edwards Bridge over the Wando River, swam through Charleston Harbor and up the Ashley River to the Gen. William B. Westmoreland Bridge.

Three friends in kayaks guided her around the Charleston peninsula as she defied wind, choppy waters and an uncooperative tide. Yet Wilson finished an hour earlier than she expected on her trek, which she hopes can bring attention to the city as a location for distance swimming competitions.

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