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Hawaii diving instructor breaks U.S. freediving record

Shelby Eisenberg begins her record-setting descent in waters off Grand Cayman. (Courtesy: Joakim Hjelm ) Shelby Eisenberg begins her record-setting descent in waters off Grand Cayman. (Courtesy: Joakim Hjelm )
KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Kona resident set the U.S. freediving record on Saturday in Grand Cayman, according to USA Freediving, the sport's governing body. 

Shelby "Shell" Eisenberg, a freediving instructor who lives and works in Kona, broke the Women's National Record in the Constant Weight division, meaning the diver must ascend with the same weight that he or she descends with. 

Eisenberg dove to a distance of 85 meters, or 279 feet, on a single breath, breaking the national record by three feet. The entire dive took 2 minutes and 51 seconds. 

"I was very nervous going into the dive and on the way up, I was able to stay focused and stay focused to the end," said Eisenberg. "So once I got to the surface and saw my coach at the surface, it was at that point I knew I had it, and I was just overwhelmed with happiness, really." 

USA Freediving says it's the third national record for Eisenberg, who has also set a pair of pool-based freediving records. 

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