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BREAKING 7-9-08 "Paddlin' Professor" Swims Two Miles in Cross Lake for NSU Tennis Endowment
Wednesday, Jul 09, 2008 12:15pm

SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: SPORTS NEWS 2:30pm 7-9-08  87 year-old Dr. Harry Briggs, will show his love and devotion to the memory of his late wife, Lydia by swimming two miles in Cross Lake Thursday morning. 

Briggs two-mile swim is to help promote and raise awareness for the Lydia Briggs Tennis Scholarship Endowment at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Click here to listen on an exclusive "One-on-One" interview with Briggs by Tom Pace. 

Briggs, an adjunct NSU professor, & world-class, long-distance champion swimmer will make the two-mile swim in Cross Lake starting at 10am Thursday morning, July 10th.  He will utilizie the span of the Cross Lake Bridge (that's approximately 2 miles long) as a guide.  

Dr. Briggs will be taken out to the starting point at the bridge by boat and will swim 2 miles ending at Melvin's Landing (by land--Cross Lake Blvd.), and then by boat back to the Lowe-McFarland merican Legion Post.

Dr. Briggs, a Marine who served in the Pacific Theatre in World War II and later climbed the Matterhorn, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and swam Lake Erie among dozens of long-distance swims in the 1950s, is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame for his marathon swims.

For the past seven summers, he has made at least one swim of 2+ miles to bring attention to the endowment he started at NSU to honor his late wife’s memory. 

Lydia Briggs was an avid tennis player. Dr. Harry Briggs is currently an adjunct political science professor at the NSU-Leesville campus.

This is the third straight year Briggs has done a long-distance swim in Shreveport, going 2 miles last year on Cross Lake and 2 miles in Red River the year before.


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