NEKOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year

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Paula Yankauskas, the 2013 NEKOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year after finishing the 10-mile (16.2 km) World 10-mile Swimming Championships in Lake Memphremagog as part of the annual Kingdom Swim in Vermont

noun - The Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimmer of the Year (or NEKOWSA Swimmer of the Year) is an annual award given by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association to its most outstanding swimmer for each calendar year.

Recipients

Paula Yankauskas

Paula Yankauskas is a 60-year-old American open water swimmer from Hyde Park, Vermont who participated in the World 10-mile Swimming Championships held in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont on 6 July 2013. Yankauskas swam all seven days of the Swim The Kingdom Week, logging 31 miles for the week and 47 miles total in all of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association (NEKOWSA) races in the summer of 2013 when the WOWSA World 10-mile Swimming Championships and the 6-mile Son of a Swim are included. Her achievement earned her NEKOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

Vera Rivard

10-year-old Vera Rivard of Springfield, New Hampshire shared the NEKOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award with 10-year-old Andrew Hyde of New York, New York. Rivard completed the one-mile course at the Kingdom Swim in Jully and the 3-mile event at Caspian Lake in August.

Andrew Hyde

10-year-old Andrew Hyde of New York, New York shared the NEKOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award with 10-year-old Vera Rivard of Springfield, New Hampshire. Hyde completed a 3-mile swim at Echo Lake Road Race & Swim (a stage triathlon with a run on Saturday morning, a bike on Saturday afternoon, and a swim on Sunday morning).

William Shipp

55-year-old William Shipp achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming as a cancer survivor and completed the Boston Light Swim, Swim Across the Sound, In Search of Memphre, Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, Kingdom Swim, Potomac River Swim, a double crossing, World 10-mile Swimming Championships, a double crossing at the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, Border Buster, English Channel, Catalina Channel, and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim as well as served as a mentor, escort pilot, volunteer, and crew member on various swims.

Craig Dietz

42-year-old Craig Dietz, the Limbless Waterman, completed his longest open water swim and first marathon swim at the 10 km Kingdom Swim in 2016.

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