Long Distance Swimming – April 2022


Oregon Participation summary for the 2022 USMS 1-Hour Virtual National Championship:

  • 63 Oregon swimmers (37 women & 24 men) swam and entered.
  • 8 Oregon clubs/local teams were represented.
  • The Oregon Club placed third overall in the national club standings.

 

Congratulations to…

  • Our FIVE individual National Champions (USMS Long Distance All-American): Alexis Higlett, Dan Kirkland, Ralph Mohr, Barry Fasbender, & Willard Lamb;
  • Our FOURTEEN other individual swimmers who made the national top ten;
  • Our ONE National Record setter—Willard Lamb, Men’s 100-104 (2495 yds—brilliant!);
  • Our SIX relay team National Champions (USMS Long Distance Relay All-Americans):
  • Women’s 25+ team of Alyson Wilson, Natascha Tulloch, & Alexis Higlett (14,300 yds).
  • Men’s 55+ team of Pat Allender, Scot Sullivan, & Hardy Lussier (14,890 yds).
  • Men’s 65+ team of Bob Bruce, Jeff Piette, & Dan Kirkland (13,330 yards).
  • Mixed 25+ team of Alyson Wilson, Natascha Tullocah, Grant Aldred, & Pat Allender (18,540 yds).
  • Mixed 55+ team of Arlene Delmage, Valerie Jenkins, Scot Sullivan, & Hardy Lussier (19,010 yds).
  • Mixed 65+ team of Laura Worden, Colette Crabbe, Jeff Piette, & Dan Kirkland (17,370 yds).
  • Our FOUR other relay teams who made the top three;
  • Our THREE swimmers—Colette Crabbe, Hardy Lussier, and Willard Lamb—who broke Oregon individual records;
  • Our FIVE relay teams that broke Oregon relay records:
  • Women’s 65+ team of Sue Harrington, Laura Worden, & Colette Crabbe (11,955 yds).
  • Men’s 55+ team of Pat Allender, Scot Sullivan, & Hardy Lussier (14,890 yds).
  • Men’s 65+ team of Bob Bruce, Jeff Piette, & Dan Kirkland (13,330 yds).
  • Mixed 55+ team of Arlene Delmage, Valerie Jenkins, Scot Sullivan, & Hardy Lussier (19,010 yds).
  • Mixed 65+ team of Laura Worden, Colette Crabbe, Jeff Piette, & Dan Kirkland (17,370 yds).
  • Our TWO swimmers, Alexis Higlett (4905 yards) & Hardy Lussier (5230 yards), who topped the Oregon women’s and men’s categories respectively;
  • Our FOURTEEN swimmers whose performances qualified or moved them up on the Oregon All-Time Top Twelve list for the 1-Hour Swim (https://swimoregon.org/toptwelve/longdistance/OROneHrTop12.pdf);
  • Our THREE Oregon local teams whose participation was commendable:
  • High Honors—20+: Central Oregon Masters (COMA) (27 swimmers)
  • Honors—10+: Columbia Gorge Masters (CGM) (11 swimmers)
  • Merit—5+: Corvallis Aquatic Team (7 swimmers)
  • Everyone who participated! Well done!

 

A coach who doesn’t level with swimmers isn’t worth much, so here’s my take: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES!

  • Despite the successes listed above, overall Oregon individual participation was our worst since 2005!!! (discounting last year when so few of us had pool access). This event is the best thing going to motivate you into the water after the holidays, get you into decent aerobic shape, and test yourself early in the year.  Most of you completely MISSED THIS OPPORTUNITY.
  • In the time of pandemic, with most of us staying close to home, this might have been the best or only way that you could participate…and in your home pool! Most of you MISSED THIS OPPORTUNITY.
  • Oregon local team participation was pathetic. Beside the training & motivational benefits, this event can also be a great team builder by making this a group challenge and social event.  Seriously, only eight teams?  Most of our local teams MISSED THIS OPPORTUNITY.  If your team is struggling, look in the mirror.
  • We’re better than this.

 

Look for the full 2022 Oregon LMSC results for the 1-Hour Virtual Swim in this Aqua Master.

 

Good luck and good swimming!

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