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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon May 22, 2006 12:35 pm

Second-grader swims from Alcatraz
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SAN FRANCISCO - A 7-year-old Arizona boy on Monday became one of the youngest ever to swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.

Braxton Bilbrey, a second-grader from Glendale who has completed several short-scale youth triathlons, completed the estimated 1.4-mile swim early Monday. His coach and two other adults joined him in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay.

"I think it's pretty cool," Braxton said shortly after his father grabbed him under the arms and lifted him out of the water at Aquatic Park. He was greeted on the beach by reporters, photographers and well-wishers.

His mother, Stacey Bilbrey, wasn't originally sold on the idea, but accepted it once the boy proved he was dedicated, she said.

"For a 7-year-old to be that motivated and stick with a goal that long is amazing," she said. "Any time a 7-year-old has that strong of a desire, as long as it's a good desire, you should support it. He's worked hard for it."

Alcatraz, once a notorious federal prison that housed some of the nation's infamous criminals, including Chicago mobster Al Capone, is now a tourist site that attracts about 1 million visitors a year. It also draws a fair share of swimmers who attempt the crossing as part of the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

The Arizona second-grader got the idea when he saw a magazine story about a 9-year-old boy who made the swim. Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough completed the swim in 53-degree waters last October in under two hours.

When Braxton asked his swim coach, Joe Zemaitis of Scottsdale, if he thought he could do it, Zemaitis said he thought the second-grader could, thinking he meant some time before he turned 9.

"If you were to ask me if a 7-year-old is old enough to do it, I'd say maybe one out of 10 million," Zemaitis said. "But he's that one."

Braxton trained two hours a day four times a week. He also swam in several Arizona lakes and in San Francisco Bay last month.
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Postby knapplc » Mon May 22, 2006 12:54 pm

The water in San Francisco Bay is disgusting - it's full of oil and the residue from ships. There is NO WAY I'd let my child swim in those waters. No way.
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Postby WickedSmaat » Tue May 23, 2006 12:00 am

It's only 1.4 miles. Even prisoners can do that...
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Postby mysticphysh » Tue May 23, 2006 1:07 am

WickedSmaat wrote:It's only 1.4 miles. Even prisoners can do that...


if you time it right. Apparently the rip tides and currents can sweep even the strongest of swimmers out to sea. As an escaped prisoner, they didn't have the luxery of sitting around and wait for the tides to be right. :-b
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Postby moonhead » Tue May 23, 2006 9:45 am

the worst winter i ever had was the summer i spent in san francisco. that water is frigid. but i like SF.
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Postby VaderFin » Tue May 23, 2006 11:34 am

Clint Eastwood couldn't do what a 7 year old could. :-B
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Postby mutantseabass » Tue May 23, 2006 2:39 pm

Man thats pretty amazing, when i was 7 i was having biggest booger contests. Props to that kid. ;-D
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