Courtesy of Phil White, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont.

Pam Ladds is a 69-year-old American got her orientation to open water swimming as an escort pilot who assisted at the 40 km cross-border In Search of Memphre between Vermont (USA) and Quebec (Canada) and the 25 km Border Buster cross-border swim in Lake Memphremagog.

But the 69-year-old from Newport, Vermont qualified for the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival by spending 2 minutes and swimming 25 meters in water that was 3.3°C (38°F) with air temperature was in the high 40s (8-9°C).

Race director Phil White described, “Ladds had to break through some thin ice to get to open water for her qualifying swim.

70 swimmers and 25 volunteers are heading to Newport, Vermont in February for the 25m, 50m, 100m, and 200m Winter Swim Festival in a two-lane, 25-meter pool cut in the ice by the EastSide Restaurant. This is not a plunge; it is a swim competition and festival with experienced, trained, and qualified swimmers from around North America and Europe.

The Swim is hosted by Kingdom Games, The EastSide Restaurant, and Newport City Inn & Suites.”

For more information, visit www.kingdomgames.co.

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