Mumbai:A five-year-old girl created a national record after she swam 35 km non stop for over 11 hours in the Arabian Sea. Sainika Todankar was cheered by onlookers and family as she negotiated the waves of the Arabian Sea from Dharamtar Creek to Gateway of India. Sainika has now become the youngest person to accomplish this feat, beating the previous record by a swimmer who is more than twice her age. Long distance swimming Introduced to swimming by her parents, it was Sainika's coach who noticed that she had the endurance to swim over long distances. "When we enrolled her for swimming coaching, we would joke with her to break this record. But when her coach discussed this with us, we started taking steps to encourage her," said Samruddhi Todankar, Sainika's mother. It wasn't as easy as water off a duck's back though for the five- year-old who had to undergo gruelling practice sessions that would begin each day at 5.00 am. Earlier this year, Sainika also swam from the Elephanta Caves to the Gateway of India, covering a distance of 12 km in four hours 32 minutes. Sainika now hopes she'll conquer many more records on the way!