Stowe master swimmer Phil Schoepke swam his way to a national championship at the U.S. Masters Swimming Long Distance Open Water National Championships at Lake Willoughby in Westmore on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Schoepke, 57, swam across the 5 miles of Lake Willoughby, from South Beach to North Beach, in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds and claimed the national championship title in the 55-59 age group.
Altogether 91 swimmers and 91 kayakers participated in the event, hosted by Kingdom Games and the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association.
In the women’s division, Jessica Moore, 38 of Morristown, placed second in the 35-39 age group in a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 06 seconds, and Cynthia Needham placed second in the 70-74 age group a time of 3 hours, 53 minutes and 59 seconds.
Margaret Haskins, 61 of Morrisville, placed third in the 60-64 year age group in a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes and 7 seconds, while Charlotte Brynn 53, of Stowe, placed fifth in the 50-54 year age group crossing the lake in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds.
Stowe masters swimmers train at The Swimming Hole in Stowe.
Brynn swims 25k, takes third overall
Charlotte Brynn completed the 25 km International Marathon Border Buster Swim Race, placing second overall for women and third overall.
Brynn competed in the 25km (15.5 mile) race at Lake Memphremagog in Newport on July 27. The event was part of Kingdom Swim hosted by Kingdom Games and drew over 100 swimmers from around the country.
Brynn was the second female to finish the event in a time of 8 hours, 5 minutes, 7 seconds and was guided by kayaker/trainer Cynthia Needham, who also supplied her with nutrition every 30 minutes.
Swimmers entered the water at 5:30 a.m. with a light southerly wind. Swimmers swam down the west side of Lake Memphremagog crossing the border into Canada and returning back to the States on the east side of the lake. Water temperatures ranged from 72-75F under sunny skies.
Brynn is head coach of Stowe Masters Swimmers.