Stratford Teen’s Lake Erie Swim Historic

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Stratford’s Julia Notebomer made history on her 14th birthday.

On Sunday, during her Waves for Wishes fundraiser, the teen swam from Sturgeon Point, N.Y. to Fort Erie’s Crystal Beach in 6:26:48. She is now the youngest person to make the 20-km Lake Erie crossing.

And while making history, she raised more than $15,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

No one can legally swim across any of the Great Lakes until they are 14 years old. Notebomer’s feat, accomplished amongst challenging waves for most of the trek, beats the old record held by a swimmer aged 14 years and 21 days. It also tops her personal best swim of 12.8 km in 2019.

Waves for Wishes continues to raise funds for Make-A-Wish at

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