2017 Open Water Swim

The 12th annual Presque Isle Open Water swim was held on Saturday August 12th.

Our 12th annual open water swim was held the second Saturday in August at Crystal Point in Presque Isle Harbor. Presque Isle Harbor Association hosted the event.  The fun event  was made possible with the help of so many great helpers.  A very supportive Plaza Pool lifeguard contingent, great kayak preparation team and kayakers, and the timing team made it all work smoothly.

The overall winner of the half mile race was Rachel Suszek in 16:07 with Alan Dziesinski the first male finisher in 27:14.  The quarter mile race was won by Kaitlyn Lysen in 8:12 with Patrick Kearly as the first male finisher in 9:41.  The one mile race was won by Christian Vanderkaay in 24:28 with the first female finisher, Heather Mayer crossing the line in 32:42. 

The day stayed dry, while the wind slowly picked up, making the one mile and the quarter mile swims even more of a challenge.  We heard several people saying how much they enjoyed the challenge of swimming farther than they thought they could and at a better pace as well.

The results are below.


12th Annual FOPP Open Water Swim Announced


The 12th Annual Friends of Plaza Pool Open Water Swim is once again in Presque Isle Harbor. Including a One Mile, Half Mile, and Youth Fun Swims, this fundraising event provides support for Alpena Plaza Pool, and hosted by Friends of Plaza Pool, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting the only public pool in four counties in northeast Michigan. For recent posts, follow us on Facebook


Saturday, August 12th, 2017. Registration opens at 8:00 AM. Half mile swim starts at 9:00, Youth Fun Swim (100 yards) at 9:45. One mile swim at 10:00 AM. Quarter mile fun swim 11:00 AM.


Crystal Point of Presque Isle Harbor, Presque Isle Township, Michigan. Presque Isle Harbor has some of the cleanest water on Lake Huron, and is an absolutely beautiful site which allows spectators to view the race while the swimmers swim by.


Registration will be available in May at: https:signmeup.com/120275, or download a hard copy of the registration form FOPP_OWS_Flyer2017. Registration forms will be available at Alpena County Plaza Pool, and other select sites throughout the State of Michigan. On line registration is available at signmeup.com.  

Registration and Cost

  1. HARD COPY PRE-REGISTRATION: Closes Wednesday August 9th at 11:59 PM. Pre-registration is $35 for adults and $25 for students (with ID on race day). The Youth Fun Swim is free. Fill out the Event Registration form, make check payable to Friends of Plaza Pool and mail to Mark Kinney PO Box 87 Presque Isle MI 49777. Must be postmarked by July 31st. You may pick up your registration form at the Alpena County Plaza Pool or down load from our website: www.plazapoolfriends.org
  2. RACE DAY REGISTRATION: 8:00 – 9:30 AM. $40 for adults, $30 for students with ID and free for kids 11 and under for the Youth7Fun Swim. Cash or checks only on race day please.


Certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. Every swimmer receives a complimentary swim cap (mandatory to wear during the event), and an event T- shirt. Refreshments are provided.

Event Info

Water temperature averages 68 degrees. Event begins and ends at Presque Isle Harbor, Crystal Point beach. Course will be monitored by canoes, and kayaks.

A Special Swim Team Opportunity

We invite swim teams to come and participate with us. We can offer a space for teams to bed down at the Presque Isle Harbor Association and to make their meals in the PIHA kitchen on a first come first served basis. Chaperons will need to be available on site during the stay. If your team is interested please contact Mark Kinney at mark.kinney@utoledo.edu for further details and for making arrangements.

Event Contact

Contact Race Director Mark Kinney at 989-595-3667, or email him at mark.kinney@utoledo.edu. Event sponsored by the Friends of Plaza Pool and hosted by the Presque Isle Harbor Association.


All net proceeds go to supporting the only public pool in four counties: The Alpena County Plaza Pool.

All registrants receive an event T Shirt. Please select your size on the registration form. 

Supporting the Alpena County Plaza Pool


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