Swimmers from Oregon and Washington recently competed in the OMS Association Northwest Zone swimming championship April 1-3, 2022, at the Molalla Aquatic Center. This two- and half-day event had 119 swimmers from Oregon and eight swimmers from the Pacific Northwest who competed in the annual short course yard event.
Twenty-six Oregon LMSC records, 12 Northwest Zone, and two U. S. Masters Swimming National records were established over the weekend. Colette Crabbe set two USMS National records, four NW Zone records, and six Oregon LMSC records. Ginger Pierson, Jane Nichols, Kurt Grote, Mike Self, and Willard Lamb recorded eight Northwest Zone records. Congratulations to all!
On Saturday evening, Oregon Masters hosted an award social at Arrowhead Golf Club. Awards were given to several Oregon Masters Swimming members who have made remarkable contributions to the Oregon LMSC, and swimmers were recognized for their efforts in and out of the pool. Congratulations to everyone who was presented an award. Your hard work is greatly appreciated and worthy of recognition.
Central Oregon Masters Aquatics won the large team division followed by the Oregon City Tankers. Stafford Hills Club won the medium team division followed by Multnomah Athletic Club, and Oregon Reign Masters. Corvallis Aquatic Team won the small team division followed by Tualatin Hills Barracudas, Columbia Gorge Masters, Salem Kroc Masters, and Emerald Aquatics. Congratulations to the Oregon City Tankers who were awarded the Team Spirit Award, followed closely by Stafford Hills Aquatics.
Many thanks to our team of volunteers. We couldn’t have a swim meet without your dedication and support for the sport of Masters swimming. Melissa Georgesen, Aquatic Director, and her team of lifeguards and staff were more than welcoming and supportive of our first Masters swimming competition at the Molalla Aquatic Center. Jacki Allender and Gary Whitman kept the meet running smoothly, and the Oregon City Swim Team helped to facilitate the event. Thank you to everyone who had a part in organizing and running the meet. Special shoutout to our announcers: Charlie Helm, Jeanna Summers, and Jeanne Teisher who kept everyone informed and helped the meet run smoothly.
Next up, Central Oregon Masters Aquatics will be hosting a long course meter competition May 14-15, 2022, in Bend, Oregon. Events include a 50-meter swimming competition on Saturday followed by the “Beautiful Lake Juniper Buoy Swim” on Sunday morning.
Good luck and safe travels to everyone who will be competing at the 2022 USMS Spring National Championship in San Antonio, Texas, April 28-May 1. Coach Bob Bruce has been selected as the head coach for the Oregon Masters National Team.