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Swimmers brave icy Lake Memphremagog for inaugural U.S. National Winter Swimming Competition. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph 

WEBs winter swim Builders

Pictured, from left to right, Alexandr Jakovlev of Latvia, Roman Karkachev of Russia, and John Coningham-Rolls of England recover from building the pool into the ice of Lake Memphremagog.

WEBs winter swim First

Alexandr Jakovlev of Latvia gives a thumbs up after his first-place, 25-meter breast stroke swim.

WEBs winter swim Happy

“I’m so happy,” says Seth Bornstein of New York City as he’s escorted out of the wind to a waiting car after his swim.

WEBs winter swim Iosif

79-year-old Iosif Plagof flew in from Chicago for the first U.S. National Winter Swimming Competition.

WEBs winter swim Phil

Organizer and Kingdom Games Director Phil White gives swimmers instructions in the warm up area.

WEBs winter swim Reacts

Brynna Kate Tucker reacts to her fist dip in the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog.

WEBs winter swim Seth

Seth Bornstein of New York City gives his all in the last few feet from the edge.

Pictured, from left to right, Alexandr Jakovlev of Latvia, Roman Karkachev of Russia, and John Coningham-Rolls of England recover from building the pool into the ice of Lake Memphremagog.Alexandr Jakovlev of Latvia gives a thumbs up after his first-place, 25-meter breast stroke swim.“I’m so happy,” says Seth Bornstein of New York City as he’s escorted out of the wind to a waiting car after his swim.79-year-old Iosif Plagof flew in from Chicago for the first U.S. National Winter Swimming Competition.Organizer and Kingdom Games Director Phil White gives swimmers instructions in the warm up area.Brynna Kate Tucker reacts to her fist dip in the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog.Seth Bornstein of New York City gives his all in the last few feet from the edge.

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