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Blind Phoenix trio makes swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college:
swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

The blind 17-year-old high school senior from Phoenix,
completed the trek
on Sunday along with two other sightless Arizona swimmers.

Ashton, who attends Brophy College Prep, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he likes
to show people that being sightless does not mean losing sight of your

He has, after all, already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, crossed the Grand Canyon
and thrown out the first pitch at a major league ball game.

Ashton was accompanied on the one-and-a-quarter mile swim by 24-year-old Tanner
Robinson, who works in state government in Arizona, and 19-year-old Katie Cuppy,
who is studying special education.

He completed the trip in about 50 minutes.

The three blind athletes were accompanied by sighted swimmers as guides.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,


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