Long Distance Swimming – August 2017 2

We have just finished the Oregon Open Water Season, perhaps the most successful one that we have ever had!  I haven’t had a chance to mull through the results or analyze the statistics, but I couldn’t miss seeing that our participation leapt upwards dramatically.  News and previews…

  • Oregon Season Series Standings: 38 Oregon swimmers (up from 22 last year!) swam in three or more venues, qualifying them for the Oregon Open Water Swim Series.  COMA again led with 12 qualifiers.  See the season summary in this Aqua Master, and the full season scoring at http://swimoregon.org/open-water/.
  • Overall Champions: Our overall individual season champions were Lisa Gibson (NIKE, 13 swims at 6 venues, 198 points) and Kermit Yensen (COMA, 13 swims at 5 venues, 175 points).  Congratulations!
  • USMS 1-mile Sprint Open Water National Championship at Angle Lake on Saturday, September 23: The Oregon Season may be over, but there is still another big swim ahead in the Pacific Northwest Zone for all of us.  The ‘Last Gasp of Summer’ Swims will include this championship swim at Angle Lake in Seatac, WA, about one mile from the airport—it’s easy for us to get there!  Find information and entry at https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1449&smid=8976.  There is a cap on the number of entries, so don’t wait—I suspect that this swim will be popular!
  • USMS 5-km & 10-km Postal National Championships: The window of opportunity for you to swim your 5-km and/or 10-km will close on Friday, September 15.  Whether you swim these as training or racing, get them done!  Put your summer training and fitness to good use.  Find information and entry at  https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1246&smid=8484, and get your split sheets at http://www.usms.org/longdist/5k_10k_splits.pdf.
  • USMS 3000-yard & 6000-yard Postal National Championships:  Another postal challenge awaits as we start our new school and swim training year!  Mid-September through mid-November is the season for the USMS 3000-yard & 6000-yard Postal National Championships.  These swims must be completed between September 15th and November 15th.  These swims provide solid training swims, great conditioning benchmarks, fun team-building events, and are a must for aspiring distance swimmers.  Why not use these swims to jump start your training for 2018?  See http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats17/ for event & entry information,

Look for a complete review of the Oregon open water season in the October Aqua Master, coming soon to a computer near you!

Good luck and good swimming!

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