Elk Lake - Start of the 500 1
163 swimmers entered the 24th Annual Cascade Lake swim Series this year, and, as usual, the event was a major success.  Elk Lake is a spectacular setting for an open water swim event.  The water is clear and the scenery is outstanding. Friday evening began with the 3000 meter event. […]

2018 Elk Lake Swim Recap


Six Oregon swimmers made the very long journey from Oregon down to Orlando, Florida to compete at the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships held from July 28 through August 4th, with the open water competition taking place on August 5th.  The competition pool was 8 lanes and 50 meters long […]

2018 Pan American Masters Championships Recap


What motivates you to stay active, fit, and healthy? This article is a follow-up to the January, 2018, coaches’ article about goal setting.  which can be found here: http://swimoregon.org/what-are-your-goals-for-2018/ I hope that you are enjoying making progress toward any SMART goals you have set for yourself (SMART is defined in […]

Find Your Motivation – A Follow-up to SMART Goals



Off the Block
Claire Forrest went to her first swim meet at the age of eleven, on a whim.  She fell in love with the sport and never looked back.  Classified an S6 disabled swimmer for US Paralympics, Claire specialized in mid-distance freestyle and backstroke and made national and world rankings throughout her […]

Ten Female-Swimmer Problems


Ralph Mohr
Whiskeytown open water events have been canceled for this year. I’ve been in contact with the meet director and learned that he has lost a house and friends in the Carr fire. If you look on-line at CalFire you will see that the fire near Redding completely surrounded Whiskeytown Reservoir, […]

Whiskeytown Update


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