Finisher at Eel Lake Swim
The new kids on the block, Southern Oregon Masters Aquatics (SOMA), will play host to two open water swimming events in beautiful Southern Oregon: Eel Lake Open Water Swims – August 11, 2018 Lake of the Woods Open Water Swims – September 8, 2018 Both of these events will be […]

SOMA to Host Eel Lake & Lake of the Woods ...

I hope your training and New Year goals are moving along at a steady pace.  After a few months without any competitions, it’s time to start racing again.  Next month, the Oregon City Tankers will be hosting their annual Spring Ahead dual-sanction swim meet March 10-11, 2018.  This is a […]

Greetings Fellow Oregon Masters Swimmers

Off the Block
by Claire Forrest Claire Forrest is a recent graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in English. She is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a freelance writer. The only competitive swimmer in her family, Claire went to her first swim meet at the age of eleven on a whim […]

Ten sensations swimmers feel

Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast
February is dubbed the fitness month.  It is the month in which you, hopefully, got into the habit of going to the pool on a regular basis.  If you are completely new to swimming or have not been in the pool for a long time, you should at least have […]

Backstroke: Rock Your Boat

Tim Waud
Do you suffer from shoulder, lower back, or neck pain?  Perhaps it’s time to start kicking without a kickboard.  Kicking with a board is used to improve leg kicking endurance.  Unfortunately, it also places you out of the essential streamline position for performance.  There are several benefits to training without […]

Kick the Kickboard Habit

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Margaret Toppel Age: 69 Occupation: CEO of Financial Fitness Association, an online financial education site which focuses on the underserved community Local Team: MAC (Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland) I can recall watching Wilma Rudolph running in the 1960 Olympics and feeling so inspired by her.  Not only did she win […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Margaret Toppel

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Southern Oregon Masters Aquatics (SOMA) is the newest workout group in Oregon Masters Swimming, officially registered in January 2018.  We have been working out as a group for well over two years now and finally made it official this year!  There are currently about 50 people on the SOMA e-mail […]

Team Life – Southern Oregon Masters Aquatics (SOMA)

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Central Oregon Masters Pentathlon Where were the wild creatures in December?  The answer is, they were in Canby and Bend, Oregon, as two fun meets brought swimmers together to vie for all-around titles and coveted Gargoyle trophies.  Both meets, the Canby Animal Meet and the COMA Short Course Meters Pentathlon, […]

Animals Swim at Bend and Canby