Joe Zemaitis, John Zemaitis Complete A Three-peat in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut

Joe Zemaitis, John Zemaitis Complete A Three-peat in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut

As the Swim Brothers Joe Zemaitis and John Zemaitis finished half of their 50-state marathon swimming tour, they completed their first three-peat during the Ultimate Swim-a-Thon.

Joe explains, “We finished our first triple marathon swim of the trip on August 2nd which is Day 14. We successfully swam in three states states: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut for a total of 18.6 miles, at least 10 hours in the water. We started at dawn and ended at night.”

They followed up their three-peat with a jellyfish swim #27 on Day 15 in the state of New Jersey in Silver Bay. Joe says, “We were cruising. The most adventurous part of this swim was…we could feel the jellyfish.”

Swim #30 on Day 16 was held in Summersville Lake in the state of West Virginia. Joe describes the marathon, “This was a fun swim. It was more scenic than we thought it would be. There were a lot of boaters and the water was warm. Sunblock stayed on. The conditions were good and the threatened storms in the forecast yesterday didn’t materialize today. Callin’ it a win.”

The Swim Brothers continue their campaign on behalf of USA Swimming Foundation: visit here. To follow updates on Joe and John’s progress and exploits along their journey, visit Instagram @SwimBrothersUSA and their Ultimate Swim-A-Thon website: www.swimbrothers.com.

The brothers explain the why of their adventure here.

Ultimate Swim-A-Thon Revised Schedule:

  • Done: Day 1 (July 20th), Swim 1: 10.2 km from Makaha Beach to Keawaula Beach on Oahu, State of Hawaii
  • Done: Day 2 (July 21st), Swim 2: 10.33 km in Big Lake, City of Anchorage, State of Alaska
  • Done: Day 3 (July 22nd), Swim 3: 10.41 km in Lake Tahoe, City of Reno, State of Nevada
  • Done: Day 3 (July 22nd), Swim 4: 10.06 km in Lake Tahoe, State of California
  • Done: Day 4 (July 23rd), Swim 5: 17.16 km in the Willamette River, Portland, State of Oregon
  • Done: Day 4 (July 23rd), Swim 6: 10.32 km in Yale Lake, City of Yale, State of Washington
  • Done: Day 5 (July 24th), Swim 7: 10.00 km in Coeur d’Alene, City of Coeur d’Alene, State of Idaho
  • Done: Day 5 (July 24th), Swim 8: 10.43 km in Flathead Lake, City of Elmo, State of Montana
  • Done: Day 6 (July 25th), Swim 9: 10.38 km in Lake de Smet, City of Sheridan, State of Wyoming
  • Done: Day 6 (July 25th), Swim 10: 10.30 km in Belle Fourche Dam, State of South Dakota
  • Done: Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 11: 10.35 km in Lake Ashtabula, Valley City, State of North Dakota
  • Halted due to Lightning/Postponed: Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 12: 10.08 km in Lake Minnewaska, Glenwood, State of Minnesota
  • Postponed: Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 13: 10.05 km in Spirit Lake, City of Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Done: Day 8 (July 27th), Swim 12: 10.08 km in Lake Minnewaska, Glenwood, State of Minnesota
  • Done: Day 8 (July 27th), Swim 13: 10.05 km in Spirit Lake, City of Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Done: Day 9 (July 28th), Swim 14: 10.22 km in Lake Michigan, City of Kenosha, State of Wisconsin
  • Done: Day 9 (July 28th), Swim 15: 11.97 km in Lake Michigan, City of Waukegan, State of Illinois
  • Done: Day 10 (July 29th), Swim 16: 10.08 km in Lake Michigan, Michigan City, State of Indiana
  • Done: Day 10 (July 29th), Swim 17: 10.21 km in Lake Michigan, New Buffalo, State of Michigan
  • Done: Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 18: 10.12 km in Lake Erie, City of Conneaut, State of Ohio
  • Done: Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 19: 10.24 km in Lake Erie, City of Erie, State of Pennsylvania
  • Postponed: Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 20: 10.24 km in Lake Erie, City of Westfield, State of New York
  • Done: Day 12 (July 31st), Swim 20: 10.24 km in Lake Champlain, State of New York
  • Done: Days 12/13 (July 31st/August 1st), Swim 21: 10.20 km in Lake Champlain, State of Vermont
  • Done: Day 13 (August 1st), Swim 22: 10.13 km in Lake Winnipesaukee, State of New Hampshire
  • Done: Day 13 (August 1st), Swim 23: 10.08 km in Lake Sebago, City of South Casco, State of Maine
  • Done: Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 24: 10.16 km in Narragansett Bay, State of Rhode Island
  • Done: Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 25: 10.04 km in Buzzards Bay, Pocasset, State of Massachusetts
  • Done: Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 26: 10.08 km in Long Island Sound, Norwalk, State of Connecticut
  • Done: Day 15 (August 3rd), Swim 27: 10.06 km in Silver Bay, City of Toms River, State of New Jersey
  • Done: Day 15 (August 3rd), Swim 28: 10.18 km in Rehoboth Bay, Rehoboth Bay, State of Delaware
  • Done: Day 16 (August 4th), Swim 29: 11.12 km in Eastern Bay, City of Stevensville, State of Maryland
  • Done: Day 16 (August 4th), Swim 30: 10.46 km in Summersville Lake, State of West Virginia
  • Done: Day 17 (August 5th), Swim 31: 10.62 km in Lake Wylie, Charlotte, State of South Carolina
  • Done: Day 17 (August 5th), Swim 32: 10.43 km in Lake Norman, Denver, State of North Carolina
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 31: 10.44 km in Cave Run Lake, City of Morehead, State of Kentucky
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 32: 10.22 km in South Holston Lake, City of Bristol, State of Virginia
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 33: 10.64 km in South Holston Lake, City of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Day 19 (August 7th), Swim 34: 10.43 km in Lake Norman, City of Charlotte, State of North Carolina
  • Day 19 (August 7th), Swim 35: 10.62 km in Lake Wylie, City of Charlotte, South Carolina
  • Day 20 (August 8th), Swim 36: 10.62 km in Lake Burton, City of Clayton, State of Georgia
  • Day 20 (August 8th), Swim 37: 10.22 km in Lake Guntersville, City of Guntersville, State of Alabama
  • Day 21 (August 9th), Swim 38: 10.14 km in Choctawhatchee Bay, City of Destin, State of Florida
  • Day 21 (August 9th), Swim 39: 10.14 km in Bay St. Louis, City of Bay St. Louis, State of Mississippi
  • Day 22 (August 10th), Swim 40: 10.48 km in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Florein, State of Louisiana
  • Day 22 (August 10th), Swim 41: 10.16 km in Toledo Bend Reservoir, City of Fairmont, State of Texas
  • Day 22 (August 10th), Swim 42: 10.14 km in Broken Bow Lake, Broken Law, State of Oklahoma
  • Day 23 (August 11th), Swim 43: 10.26 km in Beaver Lake, City of Bentonville, State of Arkansas
  • Day 23 (August 11th), Swim 44: 10.58 km in Table Rock Lake, City of Branson, State of Missouri
  • Day 24 (August 12th), Swim 45: 10.09 km in Wilson Lake, City of Russell, State of Kansas
  • Day 24 (August 13th), Swim 46: 10.62 km in Harlan County Lake, City of Alma, State of Nebraska
  • Day 25 (August 13th), Swim 47: 10.00 km in Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, State of Colorado
  • Day 25 (August 13th), Swim 48: 10.30 km in Heron Lake, City of Rutheron, State of New Mexico
  • Day 26 (August 14th), Swim 49: 10.13 km in Lake Powell, City of Wahweap, State of Utah
  • Day 26 (August 14th), Swim 50: 10.38 km Lake Pleasant, City of Phoenix, State of Arizona

The Swim Brothers’ crew members include Steve Minaglia, MDBrandon Johnson, PhDWendy KolbergJeff MoessingerTom LinthicumAlex WebsterBraxton BilbreyRoric FinkSteve BilbreyJerry GeorgeJacqui Lockwood, and Henry Palmer. John Zemaitis, Roric Fink, Joe Zemaitis, Braxton Bilbrey, and Steve Bilbrey (left to right) are shown below:

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