A woman swims across Lake Erie from Canada northeast to Pennsylvania.

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — A world-class swimmer ‘dives in’ for another challenge as she works to form a regional series for open water swimmers.

Abby Fairman has been named the 2021 Marathon Swimmer of the Year.

On Sunday, she swam from Long Point in Canada to Freeport Beach in northeastern Pennsylvania.

In recent years, she has completed the “world triple crown” of open water swimming, which includes the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon.

This 24-mile swim was organized by the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association.

She shared with us what it is like to swim such a long distance.

“I would have liked it to be a little shorter (laughs). No, it was great, it was great. I had a phenomenal team. Shawn was in the kayak. Tatum was in the kayak. Dana was part of the crew. Josh was in the boat…but just great organization here. Super excited to be here and do it,” said 2021 Marathon Swimmer of the Year Abby Fairman.

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Now, Fairman is aiming to create a “Triple Crown” PA series that includes the Three Rivers Marathon 30k and the Schuylkill River 50k swim in Philadelphia.

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