3:09 PM: After about four and a half hours of swimming – starting at about 10:30 this morning off Bremerton – 25-year-old West Seattleite Rose Filer is getting close to Alki Point. She’s on what the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association calls the Amy Hiland Swim, named for the first person to complete it. It’s only been completed by a handful in the half-century-plus since, and Rose is the latest (backstory here). You can see live tracking here; we’re off to Alki Point to see if we can catch up with her at the finish.
3:45 PM: She did it! 5 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds.
5:24 PM: Added a few photos above, and here’s the congratulatory champagne:
It’s been two years since Erika Norris became the first person to complete the swim since Hiland herself. With today’s swim, Rose Filer was the fourth person to do it since then – see the list here.