Courtesy of Robbie Bailey of Bailey Photography at the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival offshore the Mighty Memphremagog, Vermont.

Marathon swimmer Kellie Joyce Latimer shifted gears from really long marathon swims to really cold winter swims this past weekend.

The 30-year-old scientist from Norwood, Massachusetts staked her claim as one of the fastest winter swimmers in the Americas.

At the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival on March 5th and 6th, she took home the jerky, claiming first place Woodals in the 25m, 50m, and 100m meter freestyle events and placing third in the 200m freestyle and second in the 25m butterfly.

All performed in 31.5ºF (-0.2ºC) water with air temps in the mid 20ºFs,” said event director Phil White. “She also swam the breaststroke, participated in the Best-in-Hat competition, and the 4-person 200m relay that closed down the weekend.

Raised in Maine and experienced at frozen potato fights, she is one tough winter swimmer. She is also emerging as a serious marathon swimmer. She swam the Nubble Light in 2012 and Boston Light in 2014. She is presently preparing to take on the longest swim of her life, the 15-mile international Border Buster at Kingdom Swim 2016
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When asked how winter swimming has enhanced her life, Latimer explained, “Winter swimming has introduced me to a whole new group of friends who come from so many backgrounds and places – but all come together to suffer through a couple minutes of agony to share one giant endorphin rush. What’s better than that?

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