Lake Tahoe -- The Crew (from left) - Tom Linthicum (boat Captain), Sara Shepherd (kayak support), Christian Tujo (EPIC SWIMMER), Lee O'Connor (EPIC SWIMMER) & Trevor Williams (kayak support) 4
Swimming the length of Lake Tahoe takes skill, determination and a good support team.  Christian Tujo and Lee O’Connor had just that, plus some extra brownies and a persistent seagull that stuck with them for at least 8 miles!  In all seriousness, this was one EPIC swim and I was […]

Swimming the Length of Lake Tahoe


Off the Block
That tight, nervous feeling you get in your stomach as you approach the blocks When your goggles are so tight they give you a headache but they still . . When you look slow because you swam the right amount of laps and everyone else didn’t swim the last 50 […]

It’s a Swimmer Thing



Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast
Whatever your level in swimming currently is, this strange pandemic time offers you your best opportunity to improve your technique and go to the next level.  Learning the proper technique will go a long way in improving your stamina, your speed, and your level of fitness. In swimming, the resistance […]

Technique, Technique, Technique


Rick Howell--Kelso High School Awards Banquet 1977
Name:  Rick Howell Age:  61 Team: SOMA del Norte (aka SOMA Vancouver) Occupation:  Employee Value Proposition (EVP) for People and Performance, Business Consultant; and Professor at WSU Vancouver Take the Plunge with Rick! There are so many great swimmers in our area:  National Champions, World Record Holders, and Olympians!  I […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Rick Howell


Whenever you feel thankful for someone in OMS, write your Thanks to the Aqua Master Editor.  Tell who you are thanking and what they have done to make you appreciate them.  You can write a “Thank You” every month, to someone different!  This will be an ongoing feature if there […]

Thank Yous – November 2020



In 2019, not foreseeing the chaos that 2020 would bring, Bob Bruce, Long Distance Chair of Oregon Masters Swimming (OMS) working on behalf of the OMS Board, bid to host the One-Hour Swim ePostal National Championships in 2021.  OMS was awarded the bid!  Bob bid for the event specifically to […]

20201 One-Hour Swim — ePostal


Joy Ward received this award for her contributions to OMS as the Safety Committee chair for the past sixteen years.  Joy willingly took on this role and has been the ‘go to’ person for making sure that every meet director has all of the information he/she needs to run a […]

Joy Ward Receives the 2020 Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award


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Kermit has been an Oregon Masters swimmer for many years and was active in the Tualatin Hills Barracudas and more recently Central Oregon Masters. Kermit has contributed over a period of many years to Oregon Masters. He assumed the Treasurer position in 2013 and continues to fill that position. He […]

Kermit Yensen Receives the 2020 Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award