The promise of spring heralded two days of sunny swims at the Oregon City Tankers Spring Forward Age Group, Open and Masters meet over the weekend of March 10-11, 2018. Beautiful weather drew swimmers to the outside deck and as the sun poured in through the glass wall and open doors of the south side of the pool, inspiration for a series of fast swims and new Oregon and Zone records seemed to follow.
The afternoon sessions combined older USA swimmers with Masters events, giving us oldsters time to catch our breath between events, so fourteen new short course meters Oregon Masters marks were set—nine of these were zone records as well.
Northwest Zone standards were set by: Sonja Skinner, Womens 40-44 200 M IM, 2:39.83 and 100 M Butterfly,1:09.96; Colette Crabbe, Womens 60-64 400 M Freestyle, 5:20.54. Janet Gettling, Womens 70-74 100 M Butterfly, 1:40.68, 50 M Breast, :44.35 and 100 M IM, 1:34.27 and Joy Ward, Womens 75-79 50 M Butterfly, 50.72, 200 M IM, 3:54.63 and 400 M IM, 8:29.64.
Sonja also swam to a new Oregon record in her 100 M IM with a 1:13.69. Other new Oregon records were set by: Nick Hadinger in the Mens 25-29 100 M Back 1:00.24; Erin Cavender in the Womens 18-24 200 M Freestyle, 2:24.29; Tom Phipps, Mens 65-69 200 M Butterfly, 3:16.37 and Wes Edwards, Mens 65-69 200 M Backstroke, 2:42.38.
The sometimes-painful spring time-change didn’t dampen enthusiasm for cheering on young and old, and all ages swam into the light of a new season. It’s time now to look forward to more fun opportunities next month at the Association Championships April 20-22, in Corvallis. Hope to see everyone there!