MAYVILLE, N.Y. — A Great Lakes researcher accomplished an impressive feat — swimming the length of a 17-mile lake in upstate New York.

Sherri Mason, who is the chair of SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, swam the length of the Chautauqua Lake in just over 10 hours Monday morning. WGRZ-TV reports ( ) Mason undertook the aquatic marathon to raise awareness about protecting fresh water sources.

Mason says Monday’s swim is practice for a planned 12.5 mile (20.11 kilometer) swim across Lake Erie in August. She is fundraising for the swim through a personal GoFundMe page.

Information from: WGRZ-TV,