ISHPEMING - A pair of Marquette residents were the fastest swimmers at the ninth annual Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes held in Negaunee and Ishpeming on Saturday morning.
Bradley Cowan finished the course first among males in 46 minutes, 42.3 seconds, while Tara Dowling had the lowest time among females in 51:10.2. Both were also swimming in their respective 18-30 year-old age groups.
The event, a major fundraiser for the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network, started on the lake's beach in Negaunee and finished at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.
Drew Deppen of Chicago competes Saturday morning in the Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes race, finishing sixth overall. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
With 120 swimmers competing on the 2 1/4-mile course, each solicited pledges of at least $75 that helps UPDON fund a diabetes camp for children ages 5 to 15, according to Dr. Michael Grossman, who first organized the event with the help of Bell Hospital in 2004.
Grossman himself took part this year and finished 10th overall among 44 males in 1:03:02.0. The race included 76 female competitors as there were five age groups for each gender ranging from 17-and-under to 60-and-over.
For the men, Karl Zueger of Marquette finished second overall in 52:15.2 while winning the men's 31-50 class by more than 13 1/2 minutes.
Jordan Olson of Manitowoc, Wis., was third overall in 53:49.6 and won the boys' 17-under division, while in the same age group Andrew Dykema of Escanaba was fourth overall in 54:51.9.
The rest of the overall top 10 men included Kelly McCommons of Marquette, 18-30 age group, 55:12.2; Drew Deppen of Chicago, 18-30, 1:00:00.2; Wayne Groleau of Beverly Hills, 51-59, 1:00.58.9; William Erickson of Saginaw, 51-59, 1:01:12.7; Ben Luke of Marquette, 17-under, 1:02.23.8; and Grossman.
Winning the men's 60-over group was Judd Johnston of Harvey, who was 19th overall in 1:11:33.2.
Among women and girls, Kinsey Vear of Marquette was second overall in 53:08.6, while in third was Olivia Rouleau of Hancock in 53:20.9. Both swam in the 17-under division.
Fourth overall was Michele Kolin of Marquette, 55:26.9, and second to Dowling in 18-30; in fifth was Marianne Manderfield of Holland, 59:21.5, who also won the 31-50 group; and sixth was Stephanie Haasis of Marquette, 59:47.1, in 18-30.
Here are the rest of the women's overall top 15 - Katy Beckstrom of Marquette, 17-under, 59:47.4; Lauren Clement of Marquette, 17-under, 1:00:01.9; Jennifer Baldwin of Marquette, 31-50, 1:00:23.1; Heidi Vogt of Marquette, 31-50, 1:00:50.9; Sarah Tresedder of Negaunee, 17-under, 1:02.15.7; Lyndsey Welch of Marquette, 17-under, 1:02:20.2; Stephanie Jones of Ishpeming, 18-30, 1:02:38.0; Claryce Porzondek of Iron Mountain, 18-30, 1:03:00.1; and Liz Peppin of Marquette, 18-30, 1:04.21.3.
In addition, Renee Olson of Manitowoc, Wis., was fastest in the 51-59 group and 31st overall in 1:14.19.3, while Shirley Sundberg of Ishpeming was first in the 60-over and 46th overall in 1:27:19.4.