Zoe Thompson raises $10k in 3.1-mile swim

Zoe Thompson swims the 5 kilometer Isleboro Crossing for Lifeflight in the cold waters of Maine. Thompson raised over $10,000 for the cause. — Courtesy Jen Passafiume

Island swimmer Zoe Thompson, who is coached by YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard swimming guru Jen Passafiume, conquered the Isleboro Crossing in Maine last week, swimming the nippy Casco Bay 3.1-mile race in 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Thompson’s effort raised more than $10,000 in pledges for Maine’s Lifeflight Foundation service, a key responder service in remote and rural Maine.

This is Thompson’s second go at it. Last year she raised $5,300, and swam the course in 1 hour and 38 minutes, after years out of the water until she enlisted Passafume’s training help.