Vanderkaay shines

NEGAUNEE – Swimmers braved chilly temperatures and no doubt cold water Saturday morning to participate in the 10th Annual Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes in Negaunee-Ishpeming.

A total of 98 swimmers took part in the 2.5-mile event, held to support the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network and a local diabetes family camp.

Tara Dowling of Marquette took top overall individual honors among the women who competed. She finished the course – from the east end of Teal Lake in Negaunee to the west shore at Al Quaal Park in Ishpeming – in 52 minutes and 42.5 seconds.

Britney Hilgendorf of Madison, Wis., placed second in 58:24.0, while Michele Kolin of Marquette came in third at 58:26.3.

In the men’s race, NCAA and Olympic champion Peter Vanderkaay of downstate Rochester – the featured celebrity speaker at the event – came in first overall in 46:00.1.

Brad Cowan of Marquette placed second in 51:13.9, while Cody Kayser of Manistique finished third in 52:00.3.

The winner in each age group, posted by Superior Timing, were as follows:


17 and under: Janelle Carroll, Marquette, 59:07.5.

18-29: Tara Dowling, Marquette, 52:42.5.

30-39: Shelly Ruspakka Remien, Laramie, Wyo., 1:08:00.8.

40-49: Cheryl Schroeder, Wausau, Wis., 1:04:40.2

50-59: Beth Humphrey, Marquette, 1:32:47.7.

60 and over: Shirley Sundberg, Ishpeming, 1:35:52.5.


17 and under: Sam Williams, Marquette, 52:40.9.

18-29: Peter Vanderkaay, Rochester, 46:00.1.

30-39: Michael Cox, Arvada, Colo., 54:46.1.

40-49: Mike Meyer, Hancock, 58:57.6

50-60: William Erickson, Saginaw, 1:08:11.3.

60 and over: Mike Grossman, Negaunee, 1:07:32.8.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at