On July 22, 2015, Patricia Sener, Executive Director of Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers, set out to make history to help protect the ocean. After 11 hours, 8 minutes, and 35 seconds she had swum 17 miles and arrived on the beach in Long Island. The epic, historic swim began at 11:03 AM as Patricia launched from Sandy Hook across the New York/New Jersey Bight to Atlantic Beach, Long Island – all for the COZ (Clean Ocean Zone). Patricia is the first swimmer to swim through this ecologically diverse and busy shipping region. During her swim, Patricia was visited by humpback whales and had stop to let huge ships pass. The swim was to raise awareness about the amazing NY NJ Bight and the need protect it through Clean Ocean Action’s Clean Ocean Zone Initiative. Congratulations to Patricia and her remarkable team for an awe-inspiring swim!