The home port of the AJ Meerwald and an established educational institute in our 30th year. Join us as we celebrate and preserve the Bay and its people!
Bayshore Center at Bivalve2800 High Street Port Norris, NJ 08349
Meghan E. Wren, Founder/Executive Director, Bayshore Center at Bivalve, age 48
Meghan started competitive swimming at age 7, swam for the Millville YMCA team, the Millville High School, in summer for MRA (Mainland Recreation Association), then the Peddie School and she swam varsity for the University of Pennsylvania.
Now she swims at the Vineland YMCA with the Masters team and in Ocean City with Bruckner Chase’s masters team.
During summers, when in her teens she would swim, often daily, across the channel of the inland waterway in Stone Harbor where she first learned about currents and tides.
As an adult she has embraced triathlons and open water swimming. Since her back surgery in 2009, she has moved from sprint tris to olympic distances to half-Ironmans, run a marathon in 2013 in anticipation of completing a full Ironman (soon) and swam many a mile in the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, Nantuxent Creek, the Chesapeake Bay, the ICW and Laurel Lake.
On her honeymoon (after years of not swimming) she did a 4 mile swim from one island in the Bahamas to another – and took home a trophy to show for it! Since then she’s competed in a number of ocean and bay swims of various lengths – though this 13 miles will be her longest open water swim so far.
What makes Meghan good for the challenge of swimming the Delaware Bay, perhaps more than her swimming experience, is her stick-to-it-ness when tackling a seemingly insurmountable goal. She has proven herself to the ‘doubters’ more than once when managing the successful restoration of the Schooner AJ MEERWALD and the Bivalve Shipping Sheds. (If you’re interested in ‘Meghan’s Story’ read it in the Notes on her facebook page…)
Meghan lives with her husband, Captain Jesse Briggs (Captain of the MEERWALD), her 8 year old son, Delbay (yes, Delbay!) and the family dog, Rex, on the Nantuxent Creek in Money Island — in view of the Delaware Bay… She sees the lights of Dover, DE from her second floor and has had much time to contemplate the Bay crossing as she watches the shipping traffic in the channel from her home.
Meghan is committed to building a large constituency of people who care about and enjoy the amazing Delaware Bay – its history, culture and environment – quirky and beautiful, valuable and vulnerable, home of the tasty oyster, the ancient horeshoe crab, the hard-working watermen, the endangered species and vast expanses of pristine wetlands.
Join her in celebrating – every stroke is a testimonial to the Bay and its people.
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