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August 21, 2013

On Golden Pond: Harry Briggs to swim across Little Squam

92-year-old to raise money for PSU Women’s Tennis 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A 92-year-old Campton man plans to swim across Little Squam Lake from Ashland to Holderness as part of a fund-raising drive to benefit the Plymouth State University women’s tennis team.

            Harry Briggs plans to make the long-distance swim on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013.  He is scheduled to leave the Riveredge Marina in Ashland at 1:00 p.m., and hopes to swim the two miles across Little Squam Lake, arriving at Walter’s Basin Restaurant in Holderness some two to three hours later.

            Briggs has been distance swimming for more than 50 years.  He swam across Lake Winnipesaukee in 1963, and made the swim across Squam Lake in 1995. His 2013 attempt across Little Squam Lake comes almost 50 years to the day of his cruise across New Hampshire’s largest lake; September 7, 1963 was officially declared “Harry Briggs Day” in Laconia, commemorating his historic swim across Lake Winnipesaukee.

            Briggs is hoping his effort will draw donations and sponsorships that will support the PSU women’s tennis program.  Briggs has been associated with PSU Women’s Tennis since he and his late wife Lydia used to play tennis on the PSU courts.  All donations can be made out to Plymouth State Women’s Tennis and sent to Kim Bownes, Associate Athletic Director, Plymouth State University, 17 High Street, MSC 32, Plymouth, NH  03264.

            “I want to do this swim for a worthy cause,” said Briggs, who has also accomplished similar fundraisers at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.  “You don’t want to do something like this for just yourself, you do it for the good of others.”

            To see a feature story on Mr. Briggs, courtesy of the Weirs Times, click here

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