2019 OMS Summer Nationals Team photo 1
by Caitlin Daday 16 May 2020, 08:00am Racing. The feeling of racing–of getting up and giving everything–never gets old. Challenging yourself. You never know what you can do until you try, and athletes love being able to test themselves to see how far they can go.  Even when they fail, […]

21 Things To Love About Swimming


The journey that led Doctor Luis Allen on a race across the globe by Ingrid Hernández (edited) Editors note: Yes, I know, this is a swimming newsletter, but I know that swimmers will appreciate the effort and discipline needed for this challenge.  I thought this man’s story was interesting.  Maybe […]

Running for Mental Health



Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast 1
Gyms and pools are closed.  Open swims and races are cancelled.  It is easy to understand why you may lose your motivation to work out.  In this unprecedented time with more questions than answers, with no specific timeline, with no specific goals, with new protocols and requirements on pool openings […]

How and Why to Stay Motivated


Matt Miller
As pools begin reopening in Oregon, many of you will be getting back into the water for the first time in several months.  After having not swum for an extended period of time, it is important to ease your body back into swimming regularly again.  In order to avoid possible […]

Ease Back Into It


Bob Bruce 1
I hope that you all continue to be well during this challenging time!  This is a report on the current status of Long Distance swimming in Oregon and in the nation in 2020. USMS Open Water Championship Swims: Five of the six USMS Open Water National Championships have been canceled. […]

Long Distance Swimming – July 2020



Nancy Milner 2
Nancy passed away, from cancer, at 3:00 am Friday, June 5, 2020.  She was the first OMS recipient of the Hazel Bressie award, and was spotlighted in the January, 2020, issue of the Aqua Master.  It was a very interesting Spotlight, submitted by Arlene Delmage, which you can find here: […]

A Tribute to Nancy Milner


John Foges
Name:                    John Foges Age:                        76 Occupation:          Retired English Teacher, R.A. Long High School, Longview, WA Local Team:           COMA (remotely via Kalama, WA) I’m John Foges, I just turned 76.  I’m a “remote” COMA swimmer.  I live in Kalama, WA, with my wife Denise, and recent high-school-graduate […]

Swimmer Spotlight – John Foges


Ralph Mohr
With pools opening up and lakes warming up in Oregon, swimmers are emerging from a required break.  Hopefully everyone will remember to use sunblock, not sunscreen, when swimming outdoors. The rules for sunblock while swimming are simple: use nothing that is only chemicals, especially oxybenzone.  The only real sunblocks are […]

Swim bits – July 2020