Sport: Water Baby

Shortly after 11 o'clock one night last week, two women and a 16-year-old girl slipped from a Youngstown, N.Y. dock into the black waters of Lake Ontario. Their mission: to swim the 32 miles across the chill, changeable lake, a feat no man or woman had ever done.

Most interest centered on San Diego's Florence Chadwick, 35, an old pro at distance swimming. The big Canadian National Exhibition had advanced her $2,-500 for expenses and contracted to pay her $7,500 more if she reached its Toronto exposition grounds. At the last minute, two Canadians decided to join her. One was Mrs. Winnie...

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