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      Three Wildcats swim across the Straits of Mackinac

      Three swimmers from Northern Michigan University cross the Straits of Mackinac

      Northern Michigan University Athletics reports that three Wildcat swimmers crossed the Straits of Mackinac on Sunday.

      Megan Crowder, Tara Dowling, and Dakota Sechena left Straits State Park in St. Ignace at 8 a.m. on Sunday and headed to the Old Mackinac Lighthouse beach in Mackinaw City. The trip was originally planned for August of last year, but bad weather caused them to postpone the event.

      NMU reported that the crossing took 1 hour and 53 minutes for Dowling, with Crowder and Sechena finishing two minutes later. The swimmers were followed by kayakers and a support boat as an escort.

      The university says that the water temperature was in the mid to lower 60's. The swimmers were reportedly challenged by currents and wakes from three passing freighters during their voyage across the straits.

      The United States Coast Guard provided assistance to the swimmers, sending out marine safety broadcasts to alert nearby vessels.