English Channel Swimmer Realizes Another Dream
Orchard Lake Middle School teacher Jenny Birmelin will throw out the first pitch at the May 6 Detroit Tigers home game.
Orchard Lake Middle School teacher Jenny Birmelin, the first and only Michigan woman to successfully swim the English Channel, will fulfill a lifelong dream of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers home game May 6 against the Chicago White Sox.
“This is truly an honor. I can’t wait," said Birmelin, 34. "My dad and I would go to Tigers games when I was a kid. I always took my glove and scored the game in my program. I still have a ball signed by the 1987 team.”
Birmelin set the record as the fastest American to swim English Channel in 2011. She swam the equivalent of 28 land miles in a time of 11 hours, 21 minutes. During her swim, she battled 58-degree salt water wearing only a swimsuit, goggles and regular swim cap and shared the waterway with jellyfish and large cargo ships.
Birmelin, a Farmington Hills resident, has set her sights on a new goal.
“I live by the motto to ‘always be in pursuit’ of your goals," Birmelin said.
After receiving a few requests, I’ve launched an ‘In Pursuit’ seminar to share my story and, more importantly, motivate and inspire student, athletic, community and corporate groups to always be in pursuit of your dreams, no matter your age."
To learn more, visit JennyBirmelin.com.