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Marilyn Korzekwa completes 3-province marathon swim

An Ontario woman has completed the first three province swim of the Northumberland Strait.

Ontario woman swims from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick to P.E.I.

Ontario swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa, 58, swam from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick to P.E.I. in just under 17 hours. (submitted by Marilyn Korzekwa)

An Ontario woman has completed the first three province swim of the Northumberland Strait.

Marilyn Korzekwa swam from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and to P.E.I. Sunday in just under 17 hours. It was the first time anyone has swum between all three provinces.

Marilyn Korzekwa says she was stung 22 times by jellyfish crossing from Cape Tormentine in New Brunswick to Cape Traverse in P.E.I. (submitted by Marilyn Korzekwa)
"Well the hardest part was when I came out of the relatively warm Baie Verte into the main strait near Cape Tormentine and that cold water hit me and it was like three in the morning and it was pitch black," said Korzekwa.

"The air was down to 14 [C]. That was kind of the hardest part. But then the sun started to lighten up like before five o'clock, so that was really encouraging."

Korzekwa had considered swimming back to New Brunswick after landing in P.E.I., but she says the cold and the jellyfish were too much.

Korzekwa told reporters she was stung 22 times by jellyfish on her face and her body making the crossing from Cape Tormentine to near Cape Traverse in P.E.I.

She also faced a storm during her crossing with strong winds and water temperatures of only 17 C.

The 58-year-old has previously swum the English Channel, the Strait of Catalina in California and taken part in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

Korzekwa says her next swim will be between the north and south islands of New Zealand.

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