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Fredonia 'microbeads' prof charts swim across Lake Erie

Sherri "Sam" Mason knows accomplishment.

So it would be unwise to bet against the 40-something SUNY Fredonia professor when she aims in August to conquer the same waters where she made her breakthrough micro-plastics discovery in the Great Lakes earlier this decade.

As if all of her research hasn't raised enough attention, Mason said she aims to complete a 12.5 mile swim across Lake Erie – scheduled for 7 a.m. on Aug. 19 – to raise public awareness of plastics pollution in fresh waters.

"Through media coverage of my swim, we will educate the public about plastic pollution, all the while proving that a 44-year-old woman (and a college professor at that) can do most anything she sets her mind to," Mason states on her TeamDrSam gofundme page.

Mason finished a 15.5-mile trial swim that spanned the length of Chautauqua Lake from Mayville to Celoron on Monday.

The swim took about 10 hours and qualified Mason for August's swim across Lake Erie.

Her Lake Erie swim is part of the "Embrace the Challenge: Lake Erie Crossing" event.

Swimmers will cross Lake Erie from Sturgeon Point to Crystal Beach, Ont.

Mason expects to finish that swim in a little more than eight hours.

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