Upper photos courtesy of @Vivi Guerrero.
Swimming on the same day as her close friends Nora Toledano Cadena and Elizabeth Fry who completed a tandem crossing of the Cook Strait, she completed the swim from the North Island to South Island in New Zealand in an unofficial time of 11 hours 45 minutes.
Hawley wrote before setting off on her latest success, “In a few hours, I will be in the sea, swimming the Cook Strait simultaneously with Nora Toledano and Elizabeth Fry.
Thank you Nora for one more [crossing] and especially for the path and everything we have shared that follows our path like this, sharing many strokes and that today the sea will strength us in love and friendship.”
Nora Toledano Cadena also achieved the Oceans Seven in an unofficial time of 9 hours 54 minutes, becoming the 14th person to complete the Oceans Seven. The two 50-something from Mexico City have long trained and traveled around the world in their quest to achieve the Oceans Seven.
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Fry is nearly there with 6 of the 7 Oceans Seven channels now completed.
Oceans Seven Swimmers to Date:
1st: Stephen Redmond (Ireland)
2nd: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden)
3rd: Michelle Macy (USA)
4th: Darren Miller (USA)
5th: Adam Walker (UK)
6th: Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand)
7th: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
8th: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland)
9th: Rohan Dattatrey More (India)
10th: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
11th: Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
12th: Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
13th: Thomas Pembroke (Australia)
14th: Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico)
15th: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)
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