CONGRATULATIONS! Alison Peterson arrives at Alki Point, completing 10.4-mile Amy Hiland Swim

(WSB photos)

Less than an hour ago, Alison Peterson completed her first marathon swim in style – arriving at Alki Point about six and a half hours after leaving Bremerton. Her husband Erik and daughters Marcella and Eloise were on the beach to welcome her.

The 10.4-mile swim between Bremerton and Alki Point is known as the Amy Hiland Swim, after the woman who was the first known swimmer to accomplish it, on August 1, 1959. The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association – many of whom swim regularly off Alki – revived it in recent years, after no one tried it in more than half a century; we reported on Erika Norris‘s success in 2016, and others followed. One year ago, in one weekend, Melissa Kegler became the first to swim it round trip, and the Silver Seals – six swimmers over 60 – did it as a relay.

(Alison Peterson in foreground, formally signaling she’s ended the swim)

NOWSA’s Amanda Winansherself an Amy Hiland Swim veteran – told us before Peterson’s swim today that “Alison has enthusiastically supported other Alki swimmers over the years by crewing marathon swims and making delicious baked goods, and the community is excited that it’s her turn.”

14 Replies to "CONGRATULATIONS! Alison Peterson arrives at Alki Point, completing 10.4-mile Amy Hiland Swim"

  • Stephanie Zimmerman July 30, 2022 (4:35 pm)

    These are really beautiful pictures! Congratulations to Alison on the amazing accomplishment and thank you for your support West Seattle Blog!

  • Christine Leahy July 30, 2022 (4:40 pm)

    Doing butterfly no less!! Well done.

  • Melissa Kegler July 30, 2022 (4:54 pm)

    Thank you for all the support and capturing such a special moment for her. These photos with friends and family welcoming her ashore, you can feel the love through and through! Congrats, Alison, today is your day! We love you!

  • Amanda Winans July 30, 2022 (5:06 pm)

    Alison, always finishing with style! Amazing job!! Thank you for taking these beautiful photos, WSB!!

  • tim July 30, 2022 (5:16 pm)

    Stunning. Here’s to good health and ambition!Oops, did I forget determination?

  • Sam-c July 30, 2022 (6:28 pm)

    So amazing!! Congrats on your work and effort!!

  • Heidi Skrzypek July 30, 2022 (6:44 pm)

    Proud of you, Alison!

  • Sam Day July 30, 2022 (6:59 pm)

    In the 1960s, the press dubbed Amy Hiland “The Swimming Housewife.”  Alison is the first person since then to swim this route who also happens to be a mother; therefor, in the true Amy Hiland tradition, one tough mama. 

  • Shannon Hogan July 30, 2022 (8:54 pm)

    Alison’s accomplishment enjoys a special distinction in the context of the last two-plus years: Alison is a full-time medical professional and has been in the trenches during this unrelentingly difficult public health crisis. Hats off to all our medical workers for their service! And an extra big cheer for Alison for representing their fortitude and caring goodness so poignantly in this incredible achievement. Huzzah to the Peterson family!

    • CJ July 31, 2022 (1:40 am)

      Thanks for the additional context, Shannon.  That makes it even more special, just knowing what she has gone through with COVID. Congratulations, Alison!  Very impressive and thanks for all you do for others! 

  • LaVonne July 31, 2022 (7:47 am)

    Congratulations Alison Peterson for a swim of a lifetime. To join you in that swim would have been  most rewarding. I swam next to you in spirit, but only for about a mile.🤗Best Regard,LaVonne

  • J July 31, 2022 (8:37 am)

    I don’t know Alison, but YAY for her!!! So inspiring!! Way to go Alison!!!!

  • West Seattle Mama July 31, 2022 (2:52 pm)

    Congratulations Alison! You are an inspiration! 

  • Highland Park neighbor August 6, 2022 (1:14 pm)

    Alison, you probably will never see this, but… wow, you are one impressive person! I admire you and your strength, perseverance, and moxie! A Puget Sound Legend indeed. How did you manage not to sunburn?

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