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Not only did Meredith Novack become the first woman to swim thealmost 20-mile round trip route between Lanai and Maui on Sunday, but she also shattered the men’s record time by 44 minutes, and did it all with two tiger sharks trailing her.
Novack, a 37-year-old marathon swimmer based on Oahu, swam across the Auau channel from Lanai to Maui, in 11 hours and 1 minute.
Unbeknownst to the swimmer, her crew spotted two tiger shark following her for part of the swim, at least one of which was 15 feet long. The crew did not inform her until after she touched land. According to UPI, Novack was grateful for her ignorance. “I’m glad they didn’t tell me,” she said.