Gertrude Ederle was selected as the third greatest female swimmer of all time behind Dawn Fraser and Janet Evans in a ranking compiled by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
According to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Ederle owned every freestyle world record from 100 to 800 meters. After a disappointing performance at the 1924 Olympics (1 gold and 2 bronze), she became the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926.
Imagine today if the 100-meter freestyle world record holder also broke the English Channel record!
In 1925, Ederle swam across Lower New York Bay from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, taking over seven hours in preparation for swimming the English Channel.
In order to honor her exploits, the Manhattan Island Foundation annually holds the 17.5-mile Ederle Swim. This year's Ederle Swim will be held on October 25th.