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"I was probably one kilometre in and I was warmed up and I decided that I can't wait," to do it again, Hamilton said. "I don't have to pay the toll if I swim back, right?"
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But she almost wasn't one of the 32 swimmers who completed the open water swim.
Landing on the beach at Borden, she said she felt proud.
the most overwhelming and it's the most joyous emotion that you'll ever feel."
"I felt really strong," she said, on getting to the beach. "I didn't think I had that much left!"
"Then I was able to take five strokes and then I could take 10," she said. "By two kilometres, I started to get in a rhythm and it felt fantastic."
For 45 more minutes it was full steam ahead for the 37 year old Nicholls, who finished the swim in seven hours, 21 minutes.
After more than six hours and nearly 14 kilometres in the water of the Northumberland Strait, the skies clouded over.
Nicholls conquered her panic one breath and one stroke at a time.
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"It was a false alarm, must have been a big truck on the (Confederation) Bridge, but it gave me the motivation I needed."
Hants County resident Janice Beaver also completed the swim.
In the clearer waters of the Strait, "it felt like the bottom was right in my face."
"You hit a certain point, my yoga instructor says 'you get your flow.' I couldn't stop my arms if I wanted to."
Hamilton said her swim felt great, despite some shoulder irritation.
That's 7,141 strokes and 2,000 calories burned, she added.
As of late Sunday afternoon, the fundraising event had surpassed its $100,000 goal for Camp Brigadoon and Cystic Fibrosis Canada by $36,000 and set two new records.
"It's the best feeling in the world. All you want to do is try something else," she said, before taking time to enjoy the after swim joy with her parents and friends. vacation and then back to work on Tuesday, including work for the Halifax based charity Nike Jacket Winter
The two week bike ride goes from Banff, Alberta, to Boulder, Colorado. Maybe Nicholls will make it her next big thing.
Read about Hamilton and Nicholls' preparation for the swim.
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"Jeremy (support kayaker) said you need to boogie because I just heard thunder," the Kentville native said Sunday afternoon. "I thought 'I'm not going on a boat this close to the beach!'"
Next, "we start focusing on the Give to Live Big Ride in September. That's the next big thing."
When Nicholls first put her face in the water on the New Brunswick side, she froze.
"I had a total panic attack," she said. "I'm used to swimming where I can't see the bottom in the Minas Basin.
hard than physically hard," she said. "It took me exactly four hours and 57 minutes. I was happy; I expected to do 14 k in four and a half, so I did 16 K in under five."
With 32 finishers, organizers say it was the largest recorded group to complete the swim at once and among those swimmers was the youngest woman to complete the crossing. Jessica Plummer, 15, of Halifax, finished the swim in four hours, 30 minutes.
"It was a long, long swim," the Falmouth resident said, but once she finished, she felt great.
The sound of thunder got Jennifer Nicholls through the last leg of the biggest swim of her life. She was one of 32 men and women to participate in Give to Live's Big Swim Aug. 4 a charity event to raise money for Camp Brigadoon and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
For Aylesford native Beth Hamiton, the last two kilometres of her swim were also tough, mostly because she didn't expect to have to swim them. Because of currents she swam almost 16 kilometres, not 14.
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