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Seven Year Old Boy Sets Swimming Record

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Arizona Boy Makes Swim from Alcatraz

Asked what the hardest part was about his record-breaking trek from Alcatraz to San Francisco's Aquatic Park, a 7-year-old boy from Arizona said, "The swimming."

Braxton Bilbrey made the 1.4-mile swim along with his coach, two other swimmers and a Coast Guard boat. He walked out of the water and onto the beach at 8:28 a.m. and became the youngest person ever to make the swim.

The second-grader from Glendale said he got the idea for the swim from a magazine article he read about a 9-year-old boy who was the youngest to make the swim.

Stacey Bilbrey originally wasn't sold on the idea of her son swimming from Alcatraz, but she accepted it once he proved he was dedicated to his goal.

"For a 7-year-old to be that motivated and stick with a goal that long is amazing," she said.

The boy trained for two hours a day, four times a week. He made training swims in Arizona and traveled to San Francisco Bay to practice. He has previously finished two short youth triathlons.

(This story was provided by News10 Rewrite.)

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