FOLLOWUP: Amanda Winans completes Tacoma-to-West Seattle swim

Seated on the rocky shore at Point Williams in Lincoln Park, surrounded by supporters, that’s Amanda Winans, who successfully completed what’s known as the Bert Thomas Swim today – leaving the Old Town Tacoma dock early this morning and swimming up Colvos Passage along the west side of Vashon Island, before crossing Puget Sound to West Seattle. She finished earlier than expected, around 2:30 pm, and is the third known person to complete the swim, including its namesake (in 1959). Her unofficial time: 9:30:23. Three years ago, she did the Amy Hiland Swim, Bremerton to Alki Point. As noted here, the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association has two more members attempting marathon swims tomorrow, both set to finish at Alki Point.

5 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Amanda Winans completes Tacoma-to-West Seattle swim"

  • Carl Furfaro August 27, 2022 (7:27 pm)

    Went to Lincoln Park today, spur of the moment decision and if I’d read that she was doing this today I had forgotten. Got there maybe forty minutes before she completed her amazing feat. Was interesting that a harbor seal was hanging out near the crowd that was waiting for her, and then a few minutes before she reached the beach a mature sea lion was approaching from the south and seemed pretty intrigued by all the activity. The sea lion was at most a hundred feet from the support team’s boat as she swam the last seventy feet or so.

  • Lucy August 27, 2022 (7:50 pm)

    Wow!   Congratulations!

  • Dierdre August 27, 2022 (7:57 pm)

    Wow! So Inspirational. Congratulations!!

  • Melinda J-S August 28, 2022 (9:07 am)

    Brava, Amanda!

  • Tim August 28, 2022 (10:56 am)

    That is amazing. How does anybody do that? That water is so cold.  Aside from the distance. I put my foot in and go into shock. 

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