Courtesy of Phil White, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont.

The Seventh Annual In Search of Memphre, a 25-mile international swim on Lake Memphremagog, between Newport, Vermont (USA) and Magog, Quebec (Canada) was a tough cross-border swim.

2017 In Search of Memphre Results:
1. Cindy Werhane (48) 13 hours 17 minutes
2. John Batchelder (36) 17 hours 9 minutes [butterfly]
3. Kate Howell (34) 17 hours 47 minutes
DNF at 21 miles, Annette Wooddell (52)
DNF at 15 miles, Cindy Walsh (54)
DNF at 9 miles, Emily Evans (40)
DNF at 8.5 miles, Shannon House Keegan (42)

Phil White announced, “In Search of Memphre will expand in 2018 to include two expeditionary (i.e., group) events: one in mid-July and one in September. They are offered by Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association which also offers support for individual solo swims throughout the summers.”

Swimmer Scout List for July 18, 18, or 19, 2018 (Maximum Limit is 7):
1. Katrina Price
2. Charlotte Brynn
3. Vera Rivard
4. Eric Schall
5. Mary Stabinski
6. Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist

September 10, 11, or 12, 2018 (Maximum Limit is 7):
1. Dan Shub
2. Abigail Fairman

The swim was founded by Elaine Kornbau Howley and Phil White [shown above] in 2011 with the purpose of re-opening the border to international swimming on Lake Memphremagog. “The mission of the swim is to seek the lake’s swimmer friendly lake creature, Memphre, and to promote a more open border with our Canadian friends. Since then, 24 amateur swimmers have completed the full 25 miles and many more have made it across the border.

Online registration for all NEKOWSA swims in 2018, including In Search of Memphre, Kingdom Swim, and NEK Swim Week, is open at www.kingdomgames.co.

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