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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