submitted by Marisa Frieder The 2018 Portland Bridge Swim took place on a bright, sunny day, with 83 solo swimmers competing in the National Championship, as well as 17  3-person relay teams.  River conditions were tougher than most years, with a north wind blowing chop into swimmers’ faces even while […]

2018 USMS Ultramarathon Nationals


Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast 1
One of the ways to get stronger and healthier is to challenge yourself.  There are a myriad of ways to challenge yourself physically and mentally.  You can train longer and/or harder, but nothing will compare to learning a new skill.  It will challenge your brain, your coordination, different muscles and […]

Challenge Yourself with Butterfly


Sara Shepherd 1
When I think about something that is so very important to me, that shaped who I am today, and that continues to have a profound influence on my life, one word comes to mind: swimming. Let me introduce myself.  My name is Sara Shepherd and I have recently taken on […]

Introduction to Sara Shepherd — New Coaches Co-Chair of OMS



COMA is large team open water champs
My husband and I got up early one Thursday morning and headed toward Foster Lake.  What a great morning!  The sky had no clouds, the air smelled fresh and damp, the temperature was perfect and the sun was just beginning to shine on the tops of the surrounding trees.  The […]

2018 Foster Lake Cable Swim


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Kurt Grote Age: 45 Local Team:           MAC – Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland Occupation:          McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm.  Senior Partner in the health care division serving clients across North and South America on strategy, operations, and organization topics. I was born in San Diego and […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Kurt Grote


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One of the nice things about being an Oregon open water swimmer is that you can extend the summer swimming season into September, and see part of Oregon and California that many of us may have never been to before. The Rogue Valley Race Group runs the Tri Sport Weekend […]

Swim Bits – July 2018



Tim’s now-empty chair on the 14th floor of the hospital, looking out the window at the Willamette River. 4
by Tim Cespedes I entered the 2018 Bridge Swim because of a promise.  I didn’t go into it with any expectations of winning or racing or “getting on the podium”.  That was the farthest thing from my mind.  I know that those things are not part of my world any […]

Why I Entered the Portland Bridge Swim


Ready for the start of the 10 K at Applegate Lake
The Applegate Lake Open Water Weekend has been running for over 30 years, and is the oldest and longest running open water event in Oregon.  This year the Applegate Lake 10K swim on Saturday, July 14th, served as the 2018 USMS Long-Distance Open Water National Championships.  This was the final […]

2018 Applegate Lake Open Water Weekend


Example of an electron gun used in the CRTs which Connie helped design.
Tektronix Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day By Recognizing Former Engineer Connie Wilson  Fueled by Curiosity and Determination, Self-taught Woman Engineer Led CRT Engineering Group – Tektronix Establishes Award Program in Her Honor Tektronix is recognizing the accomplishments of former Tektronix engineer, Connie Wilson, who led the development of the […]

Tektronix Honors Connie Wilson