From Juneau, Alaska, Kristin Jones traveled across the North American continent and won the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Association 10 Mile World Championship at the Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont.

After reeling in the leaders including Emma Otto-Moudry over the second half of the 16.2 km course, we asked Jones about the Kingdom Swim.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel before the 10-mile Kingdom Swim? Kristin Jones: I have been looking forward to swimming here for the past couple months. I competed last month in the Swim Around Key West, but I was horribly seasick the entire swim. I was just glad I finished it. I was looking for a great swim to take my mind off of that one.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How did you feel in the first half of the race? Kristin Jones: The first half of the race I felt fantastic. But so does everyone else. I have learned that with marathon swimming, the more controlled and smooth you can swim the better, especially for the first half of the swim. I focused on controlling my breathing and conserving my energy. I was in 5th or 6th place for the majority of the first half of the swim.

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