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Ridgewood High School honors record-setting swimmer Charlotte Samuels


Ridgewood High School honors record-setting swimmer Charlotte Samuels

OCTOBER 2, 2014, 9:03 PM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 9:09 PM

RIDGEWOOD – Football fans weren’t the only people seated in the stands at Ridgewood High School on Thursday night.

Some of the crowd turned out to see hometown hero Charlotte Samuels be recognized by school leaders for the physical and mental feat of being the youngest person to complete the Triple Crown of open water swimming.

Charlotte, a junior at Ridgewood High School, was brought to the 50-yard line before the start of the Maroons football game against the Kennedy High School Knights. Joined by her parents, the boys and girls swim teams, her swimming coach and the principal and vice principal, the 16-year-old was lauded for her accomplishment.

“We’ve all faced hardships and challenges,” Principal Thomas Gorman said. But swimming for more than 20 hours, some of the time in the dark, feeling cold, lonely and afraid makes Charlotte “a champion and inspiration to all of us.”

Charlotte swam around Manhattan Island in June, across the Catalina Channel in California in August and through the English Channel last month.

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