EPIC SWIM Team Successfully Completes 54-Mile Relay Across Lake Michigan

by Nicole Miller 10

August 25th, 2020 Industry, News, Open Water, Video

On August 11, a six person relay team from EPIC SWIM team successfully completed a swim across Lake Michigan, which is the second-largest of the Great Lakes.

The team, composed of Jon Ornée, Dave Ornée, Nick Hobson, Jeremy Sall, Todd Suttor, and Matt Smith finished the 54.5 mile swim in 20 hours, 50 minutes. At this pace, each swimmer was swimming about 1:18 per 100 yards, despite the current and 2-4 foot waves.

When they first began the swim in Two River, WI, all of the swimmers swam for about a half mile together before breaking off into a relay style swim, with each swimming in 30 minute intervals. The swimmers then rejoined and competed the last half mile of the swim together before arriving in Big Sable Point Lighthouse shore in Ludington, MI, where their families were cheering them on.

At the beginning of the swim, the water in Lake Michigan was only about 51 degrees, but over the course of the swim it heated up to temperatures in the low 70s.

The team completed the swim to benefit FLOW, whose mission is, “to safeguard the Great Lakes, the planet’s largest freshwater lake system and the very lifeblood of the Midwest, by advancing public trust solutions and cutting-edge policy work.”

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Motown Man
9 months ago

Um.. need to correct you. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes. But this takes nothing away from the awesome achievement of this relay team!

Old Man Swimmer
9 months ago

A great achievement, but sadly not the largest great lake, that belongs to Lake Superior. I’m surprised it was so cold. I’ve been swimming in Lake Michigan every day and it hasn’t been colder than 64 at any time. But I know it can vary a great deal. It is a tough swim and they should be commended!

Jon Ornée
9 months ago

Hi Nicole! Thanks for sharing our story. You can find more details pics and video at EpicSwim2020.com. Feel free to get in touch at [email protected]