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Memphre Finishers and Times

In Search of Memphre

25 mile International Swim on Lake Memphremagog

Newport, Vermont – Magog, Quebec

To promote a more open border, to seek and find Memphre, to do some good along the way

Amateur Finishers

August 21, 1955

1) Billy Conner, 19 of Sherbrooke, QC – 18 hours and 35 minutes


September 10, 2011

1) Elizabeth Fry, 52, of Westport, CT – 13 hours and 25 minutes

Crew: Dennie Leigh Swan-Scott, Lake George, NY, Debra Masso, Fairfield, CT

2) Charlotte Brynn, 45, of Stowe, VT – 14 hours and 40 minutes

Crew: Jeff Brynn, Stowe, VT, Deborah Beier, Hyde Park, VT

3) Gregory O’Connor, 42, of Natick, MA – 17 hours and 23 minutes

Crew: Mathew Farney, Westfield, VT, Matthew Scott, Lake George, NY

4) Elaine Kornbau Howley, 33, of Waltham, MA – 17 hours and 58 minutes

Crew: Mark Howley, Waltham, MA, Jennifer Schoenberg, Harvard, MA

 July 14. 2012

 1) Ray Gandy, 50, Coventry, RI – 13 hours 11 minutes

Crew: Lou D’Alise, Al Hollenbeck, Russ Albert, Coventry, RI

September 8, 2012

1) David Dammerman, 44 of Saratoga Springs, NY, 11 hours and 27 minutes

Crew:  Deborah Roberts and Robert Singer, Queensbury, NY

2) Bill Shipp, 42, of Mitchelleville, MD, 12 hours and 38 minutes

Crew: Alison Meehan, Elkton, MD, and Michael Goodison, Crofton, MD

3) Lori Carena, 58 of Brooklyn, NY, 15 hours and 01 minutes

Crew: Linda Carena, White Plains, NY, and Marjie Campbell, Annapolis, MD

4) Jennifer Dutton, 43 of Wayland, MA, 15 hours and 06 minutes

Crew: Dave Spencer, Grotton, VT, and Andy Dutton, Wayland, MA

5) David Barra, 47 of High Falls, NY, 15 hours and 15 minutes

Crew:  Rondi Davies, New York, NY, and Chris Stevens, Annapolis, MD

6) Aurora Gore, 29 of Libertyville, IL, 15 hours and 45 minutes

Crew: Jean-Pierre Bordeleau, Chicago, IL, and Joshua Gore, McHenry, IL

September 7, 2013

1) Sarah S. Thomas, 29, of Conifer, CO – Double Cross: 30 hours and 1 minute

–          15 hours and 9 minutes, Magog to Newport; 6 minutes in Newport

–          14 hours and 46 minutes, Newport to Magog

Crew: Ryan Willis, Conifer, CO, Bill Shipp, Mitchellville, MD

2) Bethany Bosch, 29, of Wallingford, VT – 17 hours and 11 minutes

Crew: David Dammerman, Saratoga Springs, NY, Natalie Boyle (Rutland, VT

September 7, 2014

 1)  Graclyn Van Der Byl, 36, of Solana Beach, California – 11 hours and 33 minutes.

Crew:  Margrethe Horlyck-Romanovsky, New York, NY; Eri Utsonomiya, Jersey City, NJ

2)  David Uprichard, 48, of New York, NY – 15 hours and 59 minutes

Crew: Manuella Jessel, New York, NY; Haley Joseph, Newport, VT

3)  Paula Yankauskas, 60, of Hyde Park, VT – 17 hours and 59 minutes

Crew: Cynthia Needham, Hyde Park, VT and Deborah Beier, Hyde Park, VT

June 24, 2015

1)  Craig Lenning, Denver, CO – 15 hours and 5 minutes

Crew: May Spengler, Denver, CO; Phil White, Derby, VT; Don Houghton, Jr. Craftsbury, VT

September, 5, 2015

1)   Katie Benoit Blair. 36, Colorado Springs, CO  15 hours and 25 minutes

Crew: Paula Yankauskas, Hyde Park, VT, Mark Whitt, Lawrence, NY, Gary Golden, Burlington, VT

2)   Amanda Hunt, 46, Naperville, IL, 17 hours and 8 minutes

Crew: Charlotte Brynn, New Zealand, Stowe, VT; Suzie Dods, San Rafael, CA

September 10, 2016

1)  Mark “Magoo” Smitherman, 58, Clearwater, FL, 13 hours and 46 minutes

Crew: Joseph Lain, Clearwater, FL, Christopher Burke, St. Petersburg, FL, Donald Houghton, Jr., Craftsbury, VT

July 10, 2017

Jaimie Monahan, 37, New York, NY, 14 hours and 29 Minutes

Crew: Arik Thormahlen, New York NY, Phil White, Derby, VT

July 19, 2017

Charlotte Brynn, 51, Stowe, VT and New Zealand, 13 hours and 28 Minutes

Crew: Cynthia Needham, Hyde Park, VT and Phil White, Derby, VT

September 11, 2017

1)  Cindy Werhane, 48, Portland OR: 13 hours and 17 minutes

Crew: Sandy Sadowitz, Portland, OR; Chris Brooks, Happy Valley, OR; Sydne Didier, Amherst, MA; Vera Rivard, Springfield, NH

2)  John Batchelder, 36, Littleton, CO: 17 hours 9 minutes (butterfly)

Crew:  Mark Whitt, Lewiston, NY; Lynn Acton, Denver, CO

3)  Kate Howell, 34, San Francisco, CA: 17 hours 47 minutes

Crew:  Michel Gagne, Levis, QC; Gerry Fassett, Levis, QC

July 18, 2018

1)  Sharessa Gutierrez, 37, Omaha, NE:  15 hours 51 minutes

Crew: Rene Gutierrez, Omaha, NE; Rick Born, Cambridge, MA

2)  Vera Rivard, 14, Springfield, NH:  16 hours 24 minutes

Crew: Darcie DeBlois-Rivard, Kevin Rivard, Margaret Rivard, Springfield, NH

September 12, 2018

1)   Susan L. Knight, 48, of Kennebunk, ME:  12 hours and 59 minutes

Crew: Guy Davis, North Hampton, NH; Fran O’Loughlin, South Boston, MA

2)  Abigail Fairman, 41, of New York, NY:  13 hours and 40 minutes

Crew:  Shawn Lauriat, New York, NY; Manuella Jessel, New York, NY; Alex Arevalo, New York, NY

3)  Kate English, 30, of Seattle, Washington: 13 hours and 56 minutes

Crew:  Jerome Leslie, Seattle, WA; Jerry Zeankowski, Montpelier, VT

4)  Daniela Klaz, 26, Jamaica Plain, MA: 14 hours and 26 minutes.

Crew:  Christopher Graefe, Jamaica Plain, MA;  Jacob Labor, Jamaica Plain, MA, Theresa Gerade, Newport, VT

July 8, 2019

1) Dan Shub, 70, of Baltimore, MD: 21 hours, 21 hours, 11 Minutes (Wetsuit)

Crew: Phil White of Derby, VT, Gary Mercer of Timonium, MD, Pam Ladds of Newport, VT

July 16, 2019

2) Mark Sheridan, 45, of Sevenoaks, UK: 13 hours, 8 minutes

Crew: Phil White, of Derby, VT and Teresa Gerade of Newport, VT

3) James Loreto, 46, of Bethesda, MD: 13 hours, 41 minutes

Crew: Pam Ladds, of Newport, VT, Donald Houghton, Jr., of Craftsbury, VT and Michel Gagne of Levis, QC

4) Natalie Lang, 42, of Watertown, MA: 13 hours, 46 minutes

Crew: Gordon Lang of Watertown, MA, Robert Andersen, of Nantucket, MA, Eric Dearing, of Arlington, MA, and Charlotte Brynn of Stowe, VT

July 31 – August 1, 2019

5)  Pat Gallant-Charette, 68, Westbrook, Maine: 24 hours, 8 minutes

Crew: Phil White of Derby, VT and Jean Murdoch-Gallant of Windham, ME

August 6, 2019

6)  Lauren Byron, 43, Rumson, NJ: 14 hours, 23 minutes

Crew: Phil White of Derby, VT and Andrew Wallace of Ocean Grove, NJ

August 22 – 23, 2019

7)  Stephen T. Rouch, 39, Indianapolis, IN, Double Cross: 25 hours, 12 minutes

– 11 hours, 40 minutes – Newport to Magog

– 13 hours, 32 minutes – Magog to Newport (including 3 minutes on the beach in Magog)

Pilots, Crew, Kayakers Observers: Robert Andersen, Nantucket, MA, Christopher Graefe of Jamaica Plain, MA, Stephen F. Rouch of Indianapolis, IN, Mary Stella of Plains, PA,  Jimmy Wu of Hanover, NH, Jaimie Ann Phillips of Chattenooga, TN

September 10, 2019

8)  Shannon House Keegan, 44, Talent, OR: 14 hours, 1 minute

Pilot, Crew, and Kayaker: Robert Andersen, Nantucket, MA, Charlotte Brynn, Stowe, VT, Gary Golden, Burlington, VT

July 13, 2022

1)  Margaret Rivard, F, 15, Springfield, NH and Derby, VT:  15 hours, 51 minutes

Pilot and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Charlotte Brynn, Newport, VT, Vera, Darcie, and Kevin Rivard, Springfield, NH and Derby, VT

July 27, 2022

2)  Amy Frick, F, 54, Chester, VA: 14 hours, 30 minutes

Pilot and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Crew: Tess Andres, Richmond, VA, and Eri Utsumiya, Jersey City, NJ

3)  Ian Grimmer, M, 53, Middlebury, VT:  16 hours, 56 Minutes

Pilot and Crew: Rob Andersen, Newport, VT, Paula Yankauskas, Hyde Park, VT, Teresa Gerade, Newport, VT

4)  Laurie Craigen, F, 45, Boston, MA: 11 hours 55 minutes.

Pilots and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Teresa Gerade, Newport, VT, Polly Madding, Stephany Kors, Somerville, MA, and Gray Louis, Somerville, MA

September 1, 2022

5)  John “Batches” Batchelder, M, 41, Littleton, CO:  16 hours, 24 minutes (Butterfly)

Pilots and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Rob Andersen, Newport, VT, Karl Fleischer, Denver CO, Mark Mielke, Littleton, CO

September 7, 2022

6)  Michael Pollanen, M, 53, Toronto, ON:  16 hours, 8 minutes

Pilot and Crew:  Rob Andersen, Newport, VT, Brian Eastcott, Toronto, ON, Teresa Gerade, Newport, VT

7)  Leslie Hamilton,  F, 29, New York, NY:  14 hours, 13 minutes

Pilot and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Charlotte Brynn, Newport, VT, Yan Fu, New York, NY

September 12, 2022

8)  Kellie Latimer, F, 36, Franklin, MA: 15 hours, 26 minutes.

Pilot and Crew: Phil White, Derby, VT, Elaine Kornbau Howley, Waltham, MA, Mina Elnaccash, Newton, MA

9)  Steve Stievenart, M, 45, Wimereux, FR: 18 hours, 22 minutes

Pilot and Crew:  Rob Andersen, Newport, VT, Frederique Vandrepote, Wimereux, FR

July 6, 2023

1)  Kathy Batts, F, 63, Strood, Rochester, Kent, UK:  18 hours, 4 minutes.

Pilots and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Margaret Rivard, Derby, VT, Kevin Murphy, Dover, UK, Dana Prys-Jones, Rhostryfan, UK, Sarah Dunstan, Lynchburg, VA

August 16, 2023

2)  Jennifer Wolf, F, 39, Concord, MA: 14 hours, 58 minutes

Pilots and Crew:  Phil White, Derby, VT, Margaret Rivard, Derby, VT, Julia Wolf, Winchester, MA

August 23, 2023

3)  Charlotte Brynn, F, 57, Newport, VT: 13 hours, 3 minutes

Pilots and Crew: Phil White, Derby, VT, Vera Rivard, Derby, VT, Paula Yankauskas, Hyde Park, VT, ,Janine Serell, Charleston, SC

August 27-28, 2023

4)  Paula Yankauskas, F, 69, Hyde Park, VT: 21 hours, 50 minutes

Pilots and Crew: Phil White, Derby, VT, Charlotte Brynn, Newport, VT, Sue-Ellen Booher, Corea, ME, Charlie Booher, Corea, ME

September 5, 2023

5)  Nadine Bennett, F, 50, Upper Cape, NB: 15 hours, 17 minutes

Pilots and Crew: Phil White, Derby, VT, Kathleene Marcil, Derby, VT, Susan McKay, Ottawa, ON, Katharine Borczak,Mississauga, ON


August 1, 2016

Swim for Hope – Newport to Magog – 12 hrs. 50 min

1, Mark McCauley, New York, NY

2. James Teague, Denver, CO,

3, Lindsay Messina, Rumson, NJ, and

4, Kacey Koeppel, New York, NY

Crew/Yackers: Lauren Vensand, New York, NY: Travis Kroeker, New York, NY.  Mr. Roy Geronemus, NYSCF Board Chairman and US Masters Competitive swimmer, served as honorary team coach.

Stage Swims

Bill Peck, Derby, VT.  1991 – 1998 –  Newport to Magog –  9 stages – Cumulative time: 18.5 hours

Bob Primeau, Derby, VT, 1993 -1998 – Newport to Magog – 9 stages -Cumulative time: NR – DGAD

Professional Swims

We are pleased to have obtained the records of Traversee Internationale du Lac Memphremagog covering the years the pros swam the 25-mile length of the lake.  An epic and storied part of the history of open water swimming on Lake Memphremagog

Times: 1979 through 2002



Peter Stoychev, Bulgaria, July 21, 2001, 8:11:02

Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia, July 24, 1994, 8:37:46


David Dammerman, New York, September 9, 2012, 11:27

Graclyn Van Der Byl, California, September 7, 2014, 11:33