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Career Connections

Alumni in the Field

As a longtime swimmer, Joe Zemaitis ’02 arrived at Lake Forest College with a goal that he had set for himself six years earlier — to compete in the Ironman Triathalon World Championship in Hawaii.

After setting a world record for his age, the 18-year-old went on to set records for the varsity swimming and cross country teams. He became the co-captain of both teams and won the College’s Emerging Leader Award in his sophomore year.

Now when Joe gives advice to his high school swimmers, he tells them, “Find your Lake Forest.” He adds, “Lake Forest helped me find my place in the world. It gave me the tools, resources, and opportunities to discover my passion and the confidence and leadership opportunities to develop that passion into reality.”