BUFFALO, NY - A Nardin Academy graduate was remembered with a special event Friday just over a year after she died in a freak ballooning accident. The Natalie Lewis Spring Invitational was hosted by her former team, the Tonawanda Titans.
Lewis was an avid swimmer who was 24 yeasr old when her hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Virginia.
She swam in this event since she was 8 years old and organizers thought naming it after her was the perfect tribute.
"She would be tremendously honored," said Tonawanda Titans Coach Scott Vanderzell. "She would be very humbled and maybe be a little embarrassed that it was named after her but she'd be very honored."
Three team alumni are swimming a relay in her honor, leaving the fourth spot open in her memory.