Ian Grimmer Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
Charlotte Brynn, chairperson of the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame, explains the honor, “Ian completed many open water swims, including epic swims both in Vermont and abroad. In 2009, he completed the 1-mile Kingdom Swim in a wetsuit. Since then he has completed some of the most grueling and challenging marathon swims including the English Channel in 2019 and the Catalina Channel in 2018. Ian was scheduled to swim 20 Bridges in New York City this year, to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming; however, the swim was postponed due to the pandemic.
Ian has also completed the Kingdom Swim 25 km, Border Buster Swim in 2016, and a 5-mile crossing of Lake Willoughby in 2016 along with attending Cork Distance Week in Ireland and participating in the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Vermont.
“Ian is amazing, and purposeful with his swimming and is a tried and true great Vermont Swimmer,” said fellow Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Famer and Triple Crown swimmer Paula Yankauskas.
Brynn announced Grimmer along with the other Class of 2020 inductees in the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall Of Fame. “The Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame was established in 2016 and recognizes those Vermonters and those with substantial connections to Vermont who have achieved greatness in the open water and those who make significant , awe-inspiring contributions to their success.
The New England State of Vermont is situated in the northeast corner of USA and is one of the most tranquil and scenic states, boasting many pristine lakes that range in both size and elevation. Much of the appeal is the crystal clear waters, breathtaking mountains, wide open spaces, playful lakes and wonderful open water swimming community which consists of homegrown Vermonters and those with significant ties to Vermont. It is an honor to congratulate and welcome our new 2020 inductees.
- Ian Grimmer, marathon swimmer
- Paul Asmuth, marathon swimmer
- Vera Rivard, marathon swimmer and winter swimmer
- Pam Ladds, contributor and winter swimmer
- Mark Whitt, contributor
- Team Rivard, contributors including Darcie, Kevin, Margaret, and Vera Rivard
We will be hosting an induction ceremony on July 23rd at Jaspers in Newport, Vermont. On July 24th, the Kingdom Games will host the 2021 Kingdom Swim with 1-, 3-, 6-, and 10-mile events and a 25 km course held in the magical waters of Lake Memphremagog.”
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