David Hathaway in Lane 3 and the sunshine spotlight as he is about to launch
Winter in Oregon can be long, gray, cold, and wet with very little sunshine throughout most of the state.  Some Oregon Masters swimmers have discovered that there is an amazing event in southern California that not only provides a chance to escape the dreary winter weather in Oregon and get […]

Stiff Competition and Sunny Warm Days in SoCal


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Rebecca Kay Age: 70; Workout Group: Rogue Valley Masters; Ashland, OR I got a late start in competitive swimming – I was 32 when I participated in my first USMS Nationals in 1978, and actually back then it was known as USA/AAU Masters Swimming.  I learned how to swim from […]

Swimmer Spotlight: Rebecca Kay


Karen Andrus-Hughes, Colette Crabbe, Arlene Delmage, Valerie Jenkins
The “Northwest Witches” got together and shared a lane during a recent workout.  The above picture of that workout was posted on Facebook, so Karen shared the history behind the title. About 6-7 years ago, Karen, Colette, Arlene and Valerie swam on several relays together – and broke several National […]

Witches of the Northwest



Several rules were changed by the House of Delegates during the USMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta in September. A summary of the major changes that will take effect on January 1, 2017, can be found at: http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?39868-Major-Changes-for-2017&utm_source=SL+Nov+2016&utm_campaign=SL+Nov+2016&utm_medium=email) Below are selected rules. Event Limits: A swimmer may compete in not more […]

Major USMS Rule Changes for 2017


Mission Accomplished!
Columbia Gorge Master Swimmers headed toward the end of the Open Water Swimming season with the 3rd Annual “Escape to Washington” swim.  Now retitled “Oregexit” (*in solidarity with our European Channel-Crossing friends), ten souls and five support craft set off in the morning on October 23rd. The 8 am Sunday […]

Columbia Gorge Masters Oregexit






Jackie Allender
Members of U.S. Masters Swimming don’t confine their participation to the pool.  There are many volunteer opportunities for their talent, expertise, and generosity.  USMS recognizes the commitment of those who give back with the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award, named to honor one of USMS’s outstanding volunteers.  The award recognizes those […]

U.S. Masters Swimming Recognition and Awards