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Swim for Independence is Friday

Lake Winnipesaukee swim will benefit Granite State Adaptive

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by Joshua Spaulding
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ERIC MIZUBA will be swimming Lake Winnipesaukee to benefit Granite State Adaptive. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
August 04, 2014
WOLFEBORO — As highlighted here a few times in the last month, Eric Mizuba, a longtime friend of Wolfeboro residents Robbie and Wendy Ftorek, will be attempting an open water swim on Lake Winnipesaukee from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro, a distance of 23 miles.

Mizuba, a certified chiropractic sports physician from Erie, Pa. has done these types of swims before, competing in open water swimming events since 1984. He's also completed numerous triathlons, including the Ironman Arizona.

The swim, called the Swim for Independence, will be to benefit Granite State Adaptive, a local organization that works with disabled individuals and assists in getting them out enjoying sports.

Mizuba worked with the Ftoreks' daughter, Anna, who suffered a brain injury as the result of a sports-related concussion. Mizuba and Robbie Ftorek met and worked together when Ftorek was coaching the Erie Otters and Mizuba was the team chiropractor.

Mizuba began swimming at a young age, learning from his father at the age of two at the local YMCA, while also learning to snorkel and surf at the ocean. He found success in competing at the high school level and moved on to swim in college as well and also has experience as a lifeguard on the Great Lakes.

In July of 2012, Mizuba became the 14th person to complete a successful swim across Lake Erie from Longpoint, Ontario to Northeast Township, Pa. There have been 68 attempts at this swim documented. He has also coordinated or participated in six crossings of Lake Erie since 2006 and continues to educate newcomers to the sport of open water swimming and the emphasis of safety and fun.

Mizuba first saw Lake Winnipesaukee on a family visit with the Ftoreks and with his background, he knew conquering the largest lake in New Hampshire was something he wanted to attempt, all the while benefiting Wolfeboro and the Lakes Region community.

"I am very much looking forward to this swim, and I feel that I have prepared very well for this challenge," Mizuba stated. "I have been blessed with being surrounded by great people there in Wolfeboro and I look forward to having the crew work together on this journey.

"We have a great combination of people for this and I am very happy to have Granite State Adaptive be the beneficiary of this swim," he continued. "They deserve all of the recognition and exposure for all of the great things they do for people throughout the Northeast and beyond."

The date of the swim is planned for Aug. 8, weather permitting. If the weather is expected to be bad on Aug. 8, the swim will take place on Aug. 7 and if both days look uncooperative from a weather standpoint, Mizuba will take to the water on Aug. 11.

Many local businesses have signed on to support the Swim for Independence, including Healthways Chiropractic, Granite State Adaptive, Dive Winnipesaukee, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Rizzo Builders, Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro Dockside Grille and Dairy Bar, Skelley's Market, Home Comfort, Goodhue and Hawkins, Positive Repercussions, Wolfeboro Jet Ski Rentals, Leone, McDonnell and Roberts PA, Gohrs on Demand, Hammer Nutrition, Roome and Guarracino LLC, Yum Yum Shop, UHaul and Bly Farm.

Anyone interested in more information on the swim is invited to contact Mizuba at kealaniswim@gmail.com.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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