Amy Hiland was one of the world’s greatest marathon swimmers. She learned to swim at 28 and within five years went on to conquer some of the greatest challenges known to the sport of marathon swimming.
She was the very first woman to swim from Catalina island to Long Beach, breaking two standing records at the time as the longest ocean swim by a woman and the longest time spent in the water (24 hours and 25 seconds). She was also the first woman to ever cross the San Juan de Fuca Strait, a grueling ten+ mile crossing from Wash to Canada in 50 degree water.
She was a pioneer for women athletes as the first woman to be officially recognized by the AAU for a channel swim. She pushed boundaries and broke records. Earning her the nickname “swimming housewife."