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Local teen swims English Channel

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by Tena Starr

Sixteen-year-old Vera Rivard, whose family divides its time between Derby and New Hampshire, has joined a relatively small group of people who have successfully swum the English Channel.

The teen started her swim at 9:38 in the morning on September 1 and finished about 14 hours later at 11:48 p.m.  According to the Channel Swimming Association, that puts her square in the middle of successful channel swimmers.  The association’s website says the fastest swim of the 21-mile channel was seven hours, the slowest 27 hours.

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