Oregon Aqua Master
For the PDF version, follow this link: May/June 2016 OMS AquaMaster All of the articles in the AquaMaster are also available online here: Aqua Master articles online

July 2016 AquaMaster Available



Swim for love, not hate 1
The Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina — known as “tournament town” due to its history of hosting a number of well-known championship sporting events — served as the venue for the 2016 USMS Spring Nationals which was held April 28 through May 1.  This was the second time […]

Whitewater Showdown in Tournament Town



Virginia, working with other swimmers during a workout 1
Virginia Phipps Age 91; Oregon City Tankers In the spring of 2015, at the age of 90, Virginia found herself in a role reversal.  After countless years of taking her kids to swim practice, her son Tom was taking her to swim with the Oregon City Tankers.  A year later, with […]

Swimmer Spotlight: Virginia Phipps


The Emerald Mile 1
One swimming book everyone should read this summer is The Three-Year Swim Club, by Julie Checkoway.  It is about swimmers on Maui before WWII who started training in a sugar field irrigation ditch.  The coach, Soichi Sakamoto, wanted a three year commitment from the kids, thus the name of the […]

Swim Bits – In the Doing of the Thing


The finish of Jack Waldo's 12k birthday swim
What in the World is a CBAT? By Marlys Cappaert and Sandra Uesugi Whenever we check in at swim events, there is always a little stumbling and mumbling over our long team name: “Circumnavigating Beaver Aquatic Team.” We smile in response to the quizzical looks and just say, “CBATs for […]

July 2016 – Team Life



Joy of Swimming
“There’s something about the water that invites us to jump in.  And when we do, we are immersed in fun, in joy, and in love.” — Lynne Cox, from the foreword A recent Masters Swimmer on the Willamette Valley Aquatic Club Masters team (they are no longer active) in Portland, […]

The Joy of Swimming


Juniper Swim and Fitness Center
Swimmers from across the Pacific Northwest convened in beautiful Bend, Oregon, for a weekend packed with events under the banner of a “Wonderful Water Weekend.”  Saturday’s schedule included a morning open-water clinic at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, followed by a meet in the LCM outdoor pool, and continued […]

Wonderful Water Weekend


Tim Waud
Warm-up Warming up for practice and competition is vital to swimming performance.  The hardest part of swimming is just getting into the pool.  Warm-up is a physical and mental process that can vary immensely from person to person.  Mentally we need to get into the right mind set and we […]

Warm-up, Warm-down, and Recovery in Swimming