Jim Dreyer to Test Shoulder in Unprecedented Feat of Strength

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fighting back from a rotator cuff injury, Jim Dreyer will attempt arguably his most strenuous aquatic feat of strength to date on August 15th. The event, postponed from July 4th, will have Dreyer attempting to pull a new Lincoln MKC on a barge while swimming 3.58 miles to Mackinac Island. The total weight of his unusual cargo is approximately 16.5 tons. The swim is scheduled to start at 6:00 a.m., and will take place between just outside the swimming area of the American Legion Memorial Beach in St. Ignace and the docks at British Landing on Mackinac Island. The direction of the swim could change, depending on conditions. Pulling a vehicle to an island where cars are not allowed, may be an ironic twist, but Dreyer will be leaving with the car filled with Mackinac Island’s most famous export … fudge. The swim, called the Pfeiffer Lincoln Murdick’s Fudge Run, has the support of sponsors and swimmers of Labor Day’s Mighty Mac Swim, who collectively are responsible for raising $270,000 to date, for the revitalization of Michigan neighborhoods through Habitat for Humanity. Pfeiffer Lincoln has donated a 2-year lease on the Lincoln MKC Dreyer will be pulling on the barge. The vehicle will be raffled off at the finish line of the Mighty Mac Swim on Labor Day, a first-annual event for which Dreyer serves as Event Director. Mighty Mac swimmers have been selling raffle tickets for the car, The Original Murdick’s Fudge Company has teamed with Pfeiffer Lincoln to give away a half-pound box of fudge for every raffle ticket sold in special promotions, and Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry is conducting two “Jim The Shark Dreyer Cruises” where passengers get a free raffle ticket as part of their cruise berth, while getting up close and personal with Dreyer’s world record attempt. “I’ve been working real hard, and the shoulder is doing pretty good,” Dreyer said. “I don’t expect it to be 100%, but the most powerful muscle in your body figuratively, is your heart. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is close to my heart and larger than I, and therefore also larger than this obstacle. Pain won’t stop me. As long as the shoulder is functional, I will swim.” “Our fundraising success has […]

Rams swim to victory

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BAILEY BACH On Thursday, September 27 the Rockford Rams beat the Grandville Bulldogs 194 to 115. Rockford started out the meet by placing first and second in the 200 yard medley relay. The team that finished first is Kara Vandawater, Kennedy Cutler, Maddi Trimble, and Erin Hudson, got a state qualifying time. Vandawater also won the 200 yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:14.65. Cutler took another first place in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.77, beating the rest of the competition by almost a second. Rockford’s divers also performed well, taking first, second and third. Anelene Mellin and Ali Cook both got personal bests, Mellin’s by approximately 30 points. “There are improvements all around,” said Evan Betts, the diving coach. Finishing firstt place in the 100 yard butterfly was junior Maddi Trimble, who swam a time of 1:02.54. Morgan Koop, Adrianna Craft, Maddi Trimble, and Kristin Schnelle took first place in the 200 yard freestyle relay, with the team of Stephanie Mull, Julianna Todd, Courtney Uselton, and Kayla Kidder following for 2nd. One of the meet’s highlights was when Cutler broke the school record for the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.27. The former record, 1:07.87, made by Amber Staudacher, had been untouched for ten years. Junior Kayla Kidder finished the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:42.13 and added another first place to Rockford’s score. The 400 freestyle relay team of Emily Smith, Marissa Marion, Erin Hudson, and Megan Schremp won with a time of 3:48.62. “Our team performed well, considering we knew how mismatched the meet would be,” said head coach Tom Parks. The team’s next meet is October 4 at East Kentwood. • • •