DNOWS Header

Image Map

SponsorMySwim.com | How This Works...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sarah Thomas, The Double-Crosser

After becoming the first person to complete a two-way bioprene crossing of Lake Tahoe earlier this summer, Sarah Thomas has accepted another double-crossing challenge: a 50-mile two-way crossing attempt of Lake Memphremagog between the U.S. state of Vermont and the Canadian province of Quebec.

That is a tough, tough double in a high alpine lake and a notoriously whip-whipped narrow lake. Even Thomas admits that she thinks differently. "Why [I am doing this]? Because I'm crazy? Also, I think Memphre put Phil up to it as a way to torture swimmers who don't have the good sense to say no to a challenge sent her way."

The Triple Crowner from Colorado should be able to pull it off given the amount of training that she has done and the success she enjoyed in Lake Tahoe. "I think the experience in Lake Tahoe helped prepare for Lake Memphremagog...so long as my shoulders are recovered from Tahoe, we should be all set."

But unlike the Tahoe swim that straddles between California and Nevada, Thomas is doing an international, cross-border swim. "Phil has [crossing the border] under control. There's a chance that over the course of the weekend, we could cross up to 8 times by car, boat, and my own arms." Phil White, the In Search of Memphre event organizer, explains, "Canadian border officials have graciously agreed to come to the Newport Gateway Center and pre-clear the 4 swimmers and 22 support persons as they head out so that we don’t have to check in at the border [on the water] when we cross [from Canada to the U.S. on Lake Memphremagog. We give a list of all participants with their dates of birth and citizenship so they can check them in advance. Both sides of the border have been extremely helpful in facilitating passage and in supporting this swim and we have an incredible group who have assembled to support this swim."

Thomas' two-way swims are always interesting to see, as she seems to really pick up the pace coming home. Lake Memphremagog's double may be no different, although Thomas is always the first to make guarantees. "I have no plan [to negative-split the two-way swim], but if the wind gives me a push on the way back, it's possible. I'm feeling pretty lucky to have Phil's support, and that of all the people he has rallied together. The swimming community is pretty amazing."

For more information on Thomas's attempt and the In Search of Memphre event, visit here.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

Open Water Swimming Magazine


Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
LEARN MORE

The Other Shore


The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
LEARN MORE...

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac



An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/preview-open-water-swimming-almanac


The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.

SponsorMySwim.com

Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program