"Walter Poenisch- first person to swim from Cuba to Florida"

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Walter Poenisch was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, swimming 128.8 miles in 34 hrs. 15 minutes on July 13, 1978. He set three world records: In 1972, he set the record for longest ocean swim of 90 3/4 miles in the Atlantic; in 1976, he set a record of 122 ½ miles for his bicentennial swim from the Florida Keys to the tip of the Florida peninsula; and the 1978 “Swim for Peace” from Cuba to the United States,. 


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