Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming 2019Courtesy of Phil White, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont. Swimmer Scout, Shannon House Keegan of Talent, Oregon has a lot on her plate this summer. Keegan will compete on the 9 days of NEK Swim Week in August and, as if that challenge is not enough, will then attempt to cross the 25-mile length of Lake Memphremagog in the In Search of Memphre competition in September.
Hundreds of open water swimmers and their kayakers have registered and getting set to descend on the lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont during the summer of 2019. Online Registration will remain open until July 1st, but already many days are close to full.
Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association host swims in lakes Memphremagog, Willoughby, Crystal, Island Pond, Massawippi, Seymour, Echo, and Caspian on the following dates:
- June 29th: Son of a Swim – Derby Bay – 2, 4, 6, 10 miles on Lake Memphremagog
- July 27th: Kingdom Swim – Prouty Beach – 1, 3.1, 6.2, 10 and 16 miles on Lake Memphremagog
- August 10th thru 18th: NEK Swim Week – 8 Lakes – 9 Days—47 total miles including the 2019 USMS Sprint and Long Distance Open Water National Championships on Lake Willoughby
- July, August and September: In Search of Memphre – 25-mile, international swims, the length of Lake Memphremagog.
Phil White says, “This summer, the U.S. Masters Swimming, Sprint and Long Distance Open Water National Championships will be held at Lake Willoughby on August 16th and August 17th. For more information and to register online, visit NEKOWSA.
These amateur swims started with Kingdom Swim in 2009. The Willoughby Swim was added in 2010, followed by In Search of Memphre in 2011, Caspian Swim in 2012, and the full NEK Swim Week in 2013. The first years saw a handful of swimmers each day of NEK Swim Week. They have grown steadily ever since.”
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