16-Year-Old Swims 28.5 Miles Around Manhattan to Raise $58,000 for Charity

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It’s hard to say what the best way of getting around New York City is, but this 16-year-old decided to test out swimming.

Angel More of San Carlos, California, completed a 28.5 mile swim around Manhattan, all to raise more than $58,000 for charity.

“I’ve been swimming for about 10 years and always want to challenge myself, so it felt great to finish my longest-ever distance open water swim,” More said in a statement.

Not only did she complete the epic feat in nine hours, the swim was also extra challenging since she decided to do the 20 Bridges challenge, where she passes under the 20 bridges around Manhattan starting with the Brooklyn Bridge.

“The most challenge part [of the challenge] isn’t the distance, it’s the heat,” she explained.

The money raised from her ambitious swim went to nonprofit Children International, which benefits kids in poverty and is supported by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

But this wasn’t her first big swim. She is a California Triple Crown swimmer, which includes a 20-mile swim across the Catalina Channel.

Nor was it her first foray into making headlines. She became the youngest girl to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when she was 10.

Her next goal is to swim the English Channel, which will lead her becoming one of the few top athletes in the world to become accomplish the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, a challenge consisting of three historically significant swims including around Manhattan and the Catalina Channel.

“She’s always pushing,” her mom, Archana More, told WCBS.

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