On September 12th, 48-year-old Susan Knight, 41-year-old Abigail Fairman, 30-year-old Kate English, and 27-year-old Daniela Klaz completed the 40.2 km cross-border swim across Lake Memphremagog between Newport, Vermont in the USA and Magog, Quebec in Canada.
In Search of Memphre started at midnight, continued through the night, and ended at Parc du la Baie-du-Magog in the early afternoon in water that ranged from 68 to 70°F. The swimmers and crew were treated with 2 hours of a brilliant star-filled moonless night.
1. Susan Knight 12 hours 59 minutes
2. Abigail Fairman 13 hours 40 minutes
3. Kate English 13 hours 56 minutes
4. Daniela Klaz 14 hours 26 minutes
Race director Phil White describes the Border Busters, “Susan was a fiercely competitive pool swimmer growing up in Virginia and at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as a 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials swimmer. In her 40’s, she has emerged as an accomplished ultra-marathon open water swimmer and in doing so has laid down some impressive times, starting with Boston Light and Swim the Suck in 2014, the 15-mile Border Buster
in 2015, the English Channel in 2016 in 9 hours 26 minutes, 20 Bridges Manhattan Island in 2017 in 7 hours 18 minutes, and the Freedom Day Swim in South Africa in 2018.
Abigail swims and coaches for Ride Tide of New York City. Abby has completed the 2011 6-mile Kingdom Swim, 2012 – 2014 10-mile Kingdom Swims, 2015 5-mile Willoughby Swim, 2016 – 2017 25 km Kingdom Swims, 2014 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and Catalina Channel crossing in 2016. She was awarded the Barra Award in 2017 by Marathon Swimmers Federation when she completed all four stages of the Arizona SCAR Challenge, all seven stages of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, Kingdom Swim Border Buster and the Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Marathon Swim.
Kate has been competitively swimming since she was 8 and through college at UC Santa Cruz. She says, ‘I find a body of water, grab a friend and
go.’ She competed in the 2017 Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival and the 2017 25 km Border Buster in 7 hours 21 minutes.
Daniela did her first 6-mile Memphremagog swim in 2015 and did 3 25 km Border Busters in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She crewed In Search of
Memphre in 2016 and completed the four-day SCAR Challenge in Arizona and the 34-mile END-WET in North Dakota.
In Search of Memphre was inaugurated in 2011 to promote a more open border with our Canadian friends and to seek our elusive lake creature, Memphre. Each Swimmer Scout was given a book that included details of the many sightings of Memphre, written by Barbara Malloy, Vermont’s first Dracontologist.
The swimmers dedicated their swim to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, encouraging donations. In addition, Swimmer Scout, Kate raised over US$170 for Memphremagog Watershed Association.”
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