UPDATE: Rose Filer swims from Bremerton to Alki Point

(Photo courtesy Andrew Malinak)

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.

(WSB photos/video from here down)

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.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Rose Filer swims from Bremerton to Alki Point"

  • norskgirl August 31, 2018 (4:11 pm)

    Wow!  Congratulations!  I imagine that endeavor and success takes so much skill on so many levels.  

  • ACG August 31, 2018 (4:46 pm)

    That’s amazing. What strength and endurance. Such an accomplishment!  I’m exhausted just thinking about this- I need a nap!!

  • Junction Lady August 31, 2018 (5:51 pm)


  • Al August 31, 2018 (5:54 pm)

    Very well done! Keep up the great work

  • MJ August 31, 2018 (6:08 pm)


  • kumalavula August 31, 2018 (6:13 pm)

    congratulations! always such a thrill to watch this happen in real time and see people come ashore in west seattle after such an accomplishment.i’d say you earned a long weekend with some good food and maybe a little r&r?!

  • JayDee August 31, 2018 (7:08 pm)

    Way to go! You deserve credits for this.

  • HS September 1, 2018 (6:06 pm)


  • Susan September 16, 2018 (3:33 am)

    great job. what a powerful example for all women.

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