Harry Briggs gives valiant effort in swim across Little Squam
92-year-old falls short of goal for PSU Women’s Tennis
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A 92-year-old marathon swimmer, Harry Briggs of Campton, came up a bit short of completing his planned Squam Lake Swim from Ashland to Holderness on Monday, but he still turned in an impressive performance. The World War II Marine swam into a strong headwind for over two hours before he was pulled from the water, due to concerns about hypothermia.
“Harry didn’t want us to stop him with less than a mile to go,” said Mike Moffett, a retired Marine and professor at NHTI-Concord. “But he was having a hard time battling the big waves and had trouble seeing our guide boat. He still put on an inspiring show.”
The swim was sponsored by Plymouth State University Athletics Department to demonstrate that fitness can be maintained by people of all ages. The event also raised funds for the PSU women’s tennis team, the members of which enthusiastically cheered Harry on from a barge donated by Riveredge Marina.
“I really wish I could have gone all the way,” said Briggs afterwards. “But we gave it a good shot. I really appreciate all the interest and support that so many people showed me.”
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