Denis also completed the swim and in a terrific time of 3:04. It was an impressive show from two very impressive swimmers.
It took a while for all the boats to find their swimmers and we were kept from Jen by another swimmer that was just behind her and that swimmer's support boat. When Jen pulled far enough away from the swimmer, we slipped in next to her and I could see her look and then recognize us as her boat. She was moving fast and pulling hard and I started counting her strokes. After almost 2km I could see her relax and drop into the swim. That strong, smooth stroke I admire so much surfaced and I thought to myself "OK, here we go".
In the shipping lane she hit the current and it was tough going - it looked like a slog and I felt for her - but she kept swimming, only switching to backstroke a couple of times but not stopping.
We counted down from 2km, and left her about 1km from shore. As she swam toward shore I stood up to watch her stand up and walk out of the ocean. Colene called and said that Denis was coming up behind us so we turned and pulled up on the other side of him to cheer him in. After a long tough swim, Denis still had it in him to wave to us when he heard us cheering.
Matt dropped me off before he went to return the boat and as I walking toward the finish he texted me: "Jen won!". I could hardly believe it.
When I saw Jen I ran to her and hugged her so hard and she whispered it to me: "I won"! I was overjoyed - what a gorgeous thing to hear!