Congratulations! Andrew Malinak swims from Tacoma to West Seattle

(MORE INFO ADDED Sunday night – scroll down)

That’s how Andrew Malinak began his almost-19-mile swim from Tacoma to West Seattle today – something only one other person was known to have done before – and late this afternoon, he confirmed via Twitter, he made it! Here’s the track of his escort boat:

We previewed his “Return of Bert Thomas” swim here earlier this week; Thomas swam the route southbound in 1956. Malinak says he hopes to emulate Thomas in one other feat later this year, swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca, something he tried two years ago.

P.S. After arriving at Lincoln Park, Malinak told us via Twitter, the first thing he did was go “down the water slide at Colman Pool”!

P.P.S. If you’re a geek about details, as we are, check out the 24-page plan for today’s swim.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Some followup info we’ve obtained from Malinak (who is 28, in case you were wondering): It took 8 hours and 42 minutes, 8:43 am to 5:25 pm. “The whole day went amazingly well: with an on-time departure (2 minutes early), an amazing crew, great weather with sun and lighter-than-forecast winds, a lack of curious orcas, and a route that matched perfectly with the predictions.” Before he tries swimming the Strait in mid-September, he plans to do something he says no one’s done yet – a solo swim around Bainbridge Island.

11 Replies to "Congratulations! Andrew Malinak swims from Tacoma to West Seattle"

  • Silly Goose June 6, 2015 (11:22 pm)

    Congrats that is a fantastic feat!!

  • Eric1 June 6, 2015 (11:27 pm)

    Wow. I couldn’t swim 100 yds in water that cold. Congrats.

  • Lura Ercolano June 7, 2015 (12:16 am)

    This is heroic and inspirational. Totally wow.

  • jayjay June 7, 2015 (12:26 am)

    That is just incredible! Congratulations and wow!

  • dsa June 7, 2015 (12:43 am)

    I think it’s fantastic he could do this, congratulations.

  • HP Waders June 7, 2015 (4:42 am)

    while swimming at Colman, we got to see Andrew finish, lots of cheering from other swimmers. Very impressive feat.

  • JS June 7, 2015 (5:15 am)

    I hope he knows Puget Sound is NOT the cleanest water. *ick*

  • kumalavula June 7, 2015 (6:51 am)

    setting these kinds of goals and then actually training for and accomplishing them is such an important thing to keep the rest of life’s trivialities in perspective! great job!!

  • pw45 June 7, 2015 (7:33 am)

    So how long did it take?

  • WSince86 June 7, 2015 (12:19 pm)

    Totally amazing! Congratulations!!!

    • WSB June 7, 2015 (12:34 pm)

      By the way, I hope to have a little more followup information to add today – Andrew replied to our tweet last night but then went off the radar, rather understandably, for a while.

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