Every year we ask our members for nominees for the five OMS Awards described below. This is your opportunity to give recognition to a worthy individual, organization, business or group that has contributed outstanding service to a team or to OMS during 2019. Awardees are announced and celebrated at the […]

Call for Nominations for Annual OMS Awards

Rowdy Gaines and Willard Lamb - 2019 MISHOF inductees 1
The Induction Ceremony was held on Friday, September 13th, in St. Louis, Missouri; in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention.  The event was held on the 18th floor of the Hyatt Regency, overlooking the St. Louis Arch on the banks of the Mississippi River. USMS delegates and MISHOF […]

Willard Lamb Inducted into the Masters International Swimming Hall Of ...

Tim Waud 1
Greetings Fellow Masters Swimmers, I hope you’re enjoying the fall weather outside.  I always enjoy the start of a new swimming season and the excitement that comes from planning a new year.  This September, six members of the OMS Board travelled to St. Louis, Missouri, for the annual United States […]

Chair’s Corner – November 2019

Off the Block 1
At age 53, in 2004, I had my first bone density scan and was diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor of osteoporosis.  For years I have been aware that my small 5’3″ build could be a risk factor for osteoporosis, and now it seemed my fears were finally being realized. My […]

Mary Splady: Standing up to the Osteoporosis Hype

Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast
As you try to reach to become more fit or a better person, one of the things you will need to confront is changing some of your habits.  Habits are actions that are so ingrained into us that we almost do them unconsciously.  Usually there is a cue or trigger, […]

The Power of Habits

Matt Miller 1
Nearly all swimmers have dealt with some sort of shoulder pain or injury at some point during their swim career.  Given that people who swim regularly will perform hundreds of thousands of arm rotations over the course of a year this likely comes as no surprise.  Utilizing any body part […]

Keep your shoulders healthy

Long Distance Swimming
Review: We had another splendid Oregon open water swimming season this summer! Let’s recognize our season achievements and highlights: We hosted 20 USMS-sanctioned swims at 7 venues this year—with an incredible variety in courses, distances, and events. We hosted one USMS National Championship event: the Portland Bridge Swim was the […]

Long Distance Swimming – November 2019

Grant Aldred 5
I started my swimming career when I was 7 years old at the Chehalem pool in Newberg.  I wasn’t a very tall guy, so basketball or football might not have worked well, so I tried swimming one day.  I really liked it and have been swimming ever since.  I have […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Grant Aldred

Ralph Mohr 2
Most of us remember that Mark Spitz won seven gold medals with seven world records at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  What most don’t know is that Spitz almost did not swim his first event, the 200 butterfly. After the Mexico City Olympics four years earlier when he finished last in […]

Swim Bits – How I Came to Appreciate Mark Spitz ...