Olympian Elizabeth Beisel completes swim to Block Island, raises over $130,000 for cancer research

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Three-time Olympian and North Kingstown native Elizabeth Beisel made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to swim from the mainland to Block Island.

After a few delays, Beisel finally hit the waters off Matunuck Beach to a crowd of onlookers, cheering on her early morning departure.

Her swim raised over $130,000 for Swim Across America, an organization raising funds for cancer research and treatment.

Beisel announced the idea in January to honor her father Ted, who died earlier this year from pancreatic cancer.

The Olympian finished her nearly 13-mile swim in about five hours and 30 minutes, faster than her anticipated six hour goal.

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