Oregon Masters swimmers have been a relative powerhouse in National relay records for more than a decade.  In total, Oregon has less than 2% of registered USMS swimmers, but we currently hold 4.6% of the National relay records!  Congratulate your fast teammates! For this article, I am reviewing the numbers […]

Oregon Masters Swimmers & USMS National Relay Records


Abbey and Jeff Erwin
by Daniel Paulling (adapted) On June 24 at Foster Lake in Sweet Home, OR, a 90 minute drive south of Portland, the 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship was held.  And Abbey Erwin was trying to hang on as the last push came at the end.  […]

Erwins Win National Titles in Cable Championship



Tim Waud
I hope your summer training is going well and you are enjoying this beautiful weather.  Last month, we had a committee work together to come up with a detailed report on how our membership works within the Oregon LMSC.  I would like to share with you some of those details. […]

Greetings Fellow Swimmers


Rick Colella
Adapted from an interview by P2LIFE Rick swam with his Masters team in the recent USMS Spring National Championships in Riverside, California.  He is an Olympic bronze medalist, known for his signature 200-meter breaststroke.  Rick competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and now swims with a team in Washington […]

Rick Colella: Olympian and Washington Masters Swimmer


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Summer time can be the best but also the worst time to try to maintain a somewhat even consistency in your exercise routine.  Kids are out of school, vacation plans and road trips are booked, visitors are dropping in.  It seems that a two months sabbatical is required but it […]

On a road trip, how to have a meaningful workout ...



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Most swimmers know that swimming fast requires excellent technique.  Having good technique requires using your body in the correct manner to minimize drag and maximize propulsion, and to maintain speed off the blocks and walls.  But in addition to controlling your body and being technically sound in the water, it […]

Mindful Swimming


April 3, 1931 – June 10, 2017 Gresham resident Fred Wilmot Sprenger, 86, died on June 10, 2017, at his home in Gresham, OR.  Fred was born in Grandview, WA, to Howard and Elizabeth Sprenger.  The family moved to Zillah, WA, before his first birthday.  He graduated from Zillah High […]

Fred Wilmot Sprenger


Ralph Mohr 2
We who swim open-water a lot forget what a first experience swimming in a lake might be for someone who has never tried it before.  A friend of mine mentioned his unease to me after he tried to swim in Eel Lake in Coos County for the first time. “There […]

Swim Bits: Open Water