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Updated Sep 30, 2013 - 10:22 am

Blind Phoenix trio makes swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco

Max Ashton and Katie Cuppy. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

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 dreams.

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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