Nancy Haynsworth, a Citadel Graduate College alumna, U.S. Air Force veteran and instructor at the college, recently became the oldest woman to swim across the Straits of Gibraltar this year.
In late November, the Asociacion Cruce a Nado Estrechio de Gibraltar (ACNEG) honored the 59-year-old Haynsworth as the Oldest Female Swimmer with Neoprene for 2016.
“I started competitive swimming at the age of 40, so I could swim with my two children,” said Haynsworth. “We competed in swim meets throughout Europe when I was stationed there. My son swam for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and my daughter swims for the academy now. She was part of my support crew, monitoring my hydration, stroke rate, and body temperature during the swim in the strait.”
Of the 141 people who have successfully crossed the Straits, 22 are women.
“I trained very hard for three years for this particular event, swimming a minimum of 30,000 meters per week along with strength and functional fitness land training and extra land cardio, while adhering to a sound nutrition program,” Haynsworth said. “It is a thrill to be the oldest person to accomplish the swim this year, just in time for my 60th.”
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