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Seven Year Old Boy Sets Swimming Record

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(5/22/06)

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A boy named Braxton is an excellent swimmer. He is seven years old. He holds the record for being the youngest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park.

This second-grader read a magazine article. The article was about another boy who did the same swim. That boy was nine-years-old when he did it. Braxton decided that he wanted to swim it too.

Braxton’s swim was 1.4 miles long. He did it with his coach and two other swimmers. A Coast Guard boat was next to them also. When they finished, the boy became the youngest swimmer to ever make the swim.

Braxton’s mother was not always excited about the idea of her son doing the swim. Once he proved that he really wanted to do it she agreed. He trained two hours a day, four times a week.

Someone asked Braxton what the hardest part was about his record-breaking swim was. He said, “The swimming.”

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 Rewrite.)

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