Diane Struble To Be Inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Diane Struble To Be Inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Ned Denison announced that Diane Struble from Aberfeldy, Scotland will be inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on May 6th 2023 in New York City.

Struble was the first person to swim 51.5 km across Lake George in New York in 1958. It took her over 35 hours. The next year in 1959, she swam 45.9 km around Manhattan Island in 11 hours 59 minutes and 20 miles from Nantasket Beach to Revere Beach in Boston Harbor in 13 hours and 24 minutes. What made her an unusual swimmer in the 1950’s (and even in contemporary times), she was 26 years old and raising 3 young children at the same time.

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Her pioneering swim across Lake George is commemorated by Diane’s Rock, a small island in Ticonderoga on Lake George named after her.

A 1959 Philadelphia Inquirer article reported that Struble completed a circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island, but “was dissuaded from trying a second round trip and a crowd of 1,000 cheered Struble as she stepped ashore.” She later said, “I feel I could go around again, but they won’t let me” as she swam breaststroke most of the way.

Watch highlights of her Manhattan Island swim here.

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