Greetings Fellow Masters Swimmers,
I hope your new year’s goals are on pace for 2018. This is the time of year to start training hard for Championship season. There are several opportunities for you to increase your base training. The One Hour ePostal National Championship has been extended through February 28th. Also, the Tualatin Hills Barracudas are hosting their Annual February Fitness Challenge. Set a goal to swim as many yards as you can during the month of February with the ultimate challenge of swimming 100,000+ yards. You can track your daily distance and compare your progress with other swimmers. Both of these events are excellent motivators to ramp up the yardage before our Association Championship in April.
The 2018 OMS Association Championship meet will be held in Corvallis, Oregon, April 20-22, at Osborn Aquatic Center. Don’t forget to sign-up for the annual OMS Awards Social on Saturday night. A light dinner will be available for purchase when you register. OMS will be hosting our annual general membership meeting before the awards presentation. Come join us and meet your fellow board members. We welcome any questions or concerns you might want to ask us. Following the short meeting, we will be presenting the Annual OMS Awards. Every year we ask our members for nominees for the five OMS Awards listed 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.
- CONNIE WILSON MEMORIAL AWARD
- OL’ BARN AWARD
- HAZEL BRESSIE SPIRIT – FEMALE AWARD
- GIL YOUNG SPIRIT – MALE AWARD
- SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD
Awards will also be given to the Most Outstanding Swimmer: male and female aged 49 and under/50 and over. The Art Welch Most Splashes awards will be given for both male and female swimmers who entered the most events in 2017.
The Northwest Zone Championship schedule has been released for the year 2018. The Zone hosts four Championships each year in yards, meters, and open water.
SCY – Big Sky Montana Swim Club, April 6-8, at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT
OW – Sawtooth Masters, 1-mile OW, June 2, at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, ID
LCM – Oregon Reign, August 24-26, at Mt Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham, OR
SCM – Puget Sound Masters, November 17-18, at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA
I hope to see you at the upcoming Oregon City Spring Ahead dual sanction swim meet March 10-11.
A big shout out to Willard “Wink” Lamb who set 32 USMS National and FINA World records in 2017.