Monique Wildschut from the Netherlands was inducted in 1993 as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

The tall, powerful Wildschut dominated the women’s professional marathon swimming circuit from 1983 to 1988 with six consecutive World Professional Marathon Swimming Association titles. As a solo swimmer, she crossed the English Channel twice: in 8 hours 44 minutes in 1982 and in 8 hours 19 minutes which was the fastest time of 1984.

She was the fastest woman at the 32 km (20-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada in 7 hours 46 minutes in 1983 and was second overall at the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean double-crossing in 17 hours 28 minutes in 1989. She won the 1983 Atlantic City Marathon Swim and set the Traversée internationale du Lac Memphrémagog record with a new women’s record of 9 hours 41 minutes 11 seconds.

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