Elizabeth Beisel, RI native and Olympian, swims from shore to Block Island, making history and raising funds for cancer research

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (WLNE)- Three-time Olympian and Rhode Island native Elizabeth Beisel made history on Saturday, after successfully swimming from Matunuck Beach to Block Island.

Beisel, a silver medalist and 2016 Team USA Captain, is the first woman to ever complete the 10.4 mile swim. The swim started at 8:15 a.m. at the Ocean Mist and ended around 1:30 p.m. on Block Island.

The open water swim was in effort to raise money for cancer research. Beisel lost her father, Ted, to stage 4 pancreatic cancer in July.

One of his last wishes was for Elizabeth to complete the Block Cancer charity swim. All proceeds go to nonprofit Swim Across America whose mission is to fund cancer research.

Leaders of the nonprofit told ABC6 Beisel was volunteering with them for over ten years, long before her father was diagnosed.

Beisel was folowed by two support boats, EMTs, shark experts, a navigator, her coach, her family, and Elaine Howley of the Marathon Swimmers Federation.

Two kayakers followed along to flank Beisel during the swim.

“Elizabeth chose this swim to Block Island because while growing up in Rhode Island, swimming to Block Island was always something she dreamed of doing,” the organization said in a release. 

To follow Elizabeth Beisel’s progress, learn more, support, donate or shop Block Cancer gear, visit blockcancer.org


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