Greetings Fellow Masters Swimmers,
Congratulations to everyone who participated in our annual OMS Association Championship last month. A pool full of thanks to Jim Teisher, Julie Andrade, and a long list of Barracuda volunteers who put on an amazing event. Lots of fast times were achieved and several records were established on the Oregon, NW Zone, and National level.
At our annual meeting, we honored outstanding contributions both in and out of the pool. We recognized volunteers who tirelessly give to our organization. These individuals were nominated by your fellow Masters in OMS. Swimmers were given awards based not only on their performances but also on participation in OMS swim competitions. The “Most Splashes” award is given to those who have swum the most events during the calendar year.
Summer is now here and we begin our Open Water Swim Season. Oregon is well known for our variety in Open Water swimming races and venues. Once again, the Portland Bridge Swim is a U.S. Masters Swimming Ultra-Marathon National Championship. The Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival will play host to the NW Zone (1500m) Open Water Championship. COMA is also hosting the 9th annual Foster Lake Cable Swims featuring the 1 and 2-mile cable swims, on Saturday, June 29. We’ll be operating under a dual sanction this year, so let’s welcome the kids back for the first USA-Swimming-sanctioned open water swim in Oregon since 2011.
We will conclude our summer with our only pool event, the NW Zone/Gil Young/OMS Long Course Championship at Mt Hood Aquatic Center in late August. I hope to see all of you around a lake or pool this summer.
Tim Waud/OMS Chair