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Along the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway about 30 miles southwest of Bend, Elk Lake hosted the Cascade Lakes Swim Series and Festival for the 23rd year, directed by Bob Bruce, his wife, Barb, and the support of a slew of volunteers.  With the South Sister, also known as “Charity,” and […]

2017 Cascade Lakes Swim Series and Festival at Elk Lake


Tim Waud
Greetings Fellow Swimmers, As the Oregon Masters Swimming open water season comes to a close for 2017, it’s time to get really excited about 2018.  OMS will host three U. S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Championships during 2018 – which has been dubbed the “Oregon Swimcation.”  Swimmers can participate […]

Chair’s Corner – August 2017


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Vicki Keith was described as an unlikely athlete, not apt to succeed in any sport.  In school she was last to be picked for teams.  No matter how this made her feel, she refused to accept the negative comments made about her abilities. Today, she is one of the most […]

Vicki Keith—Marathon butterfly swimmer



Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast 1
It is the end of summer.  It is time to reset your mind and your attitude to keep working on what should be your ultimate goal: to be fit and healthy. It is not a secret that health related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and various forms of […]

The Five Secrets of Steady Exercisers


Tim Waud
This article was written by Dr. G John Mullen and cited with his permission.  Dr. Mullen was one of several guest speakers at the 2017 U. S. Masters Swimming National Coaches Clinic in San Mateo, California. Dr. G. John Mullen, Physical Therapist and Strength Coach Dryland for the Masters Swimmers.  […]

10 Tips for Eff ective Strength Training Programs for Swimming


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We have just finished the Oregon Open Water Season, perhaps the most successful one that we have ever had!  I haven’t had a chance to mull through the results or analyze the statistics, but I couldn’t miss seeing that our participation leapt upwards dramatically.  News and previews… Oregon Season Series […]

Long Distance Swimming – August 2017




Bob Voll
Robert “Bob” Voll, age 60 Retired UPS driver Oregon Reign Masters I started competitive swimming when I was 9, after a bout with rheumatic fever and Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 8.  The doctor recommended swimming as a sports activity to help with my recovery.  I joined the Parkrose Swim […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Robert “Bob” Voll


Over the years I have chased down a few records that others seem to have overlooked.  In 1994, at age 60, I became the first person to swim in the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska.  At times I have done other things that some might think odd, but it […]

An Obscure World Record