The Oregon Club had a jump in participation and a good performance in the 2016 USMS One-Hour Postal National Championships, held in January (and early February this year) in your local pool. Our overall participation was up a bit from last year, but there were many strong swims. Alas, the ever-anticipated Club results were not available at press deadline for this article.
Oregon Participation summary:
125 Oregon swimmers entered the event, up from 104 last year
64 women & 60 men swam and entered, relatively equal numbers which really helps for mixed relays.
15 Oregon clubs/local teams were represented, same as last year. Well done, teams, but we’re still missing participation from a few of you, and we’re still missing fully representative participation from many of you.
- Our FOUR individual National Champions (USMS Long Distance All-Americans)—Sara Nelson, Matt Miller, Dave Radcliff & Willard Lamb;
- Our FOURTEEN other individual swimmers who made the top ten (and thus received medals).
- Our THREE relay team National Champions (USMS Long Distance Relay All-Americans);
- Our ELEVEN other relay teams who made the top six (and thus received medals);
- Our ONE relay team that broke the Oregon One-Hour Relay Record—Women’s 55+ team of Barb Harris, Marlys Cappaert, & Colette Crabbe;
- Our TWO swimmers, Sara Nelson (4915 yards) and Hardy Lussier (5350 yards), who both broke Oregon individual records and who topped the Oregon women’s and men’s categories respectively: Sara for the first time in a while and Hardy for the fifth consecutive year;
- Our 20 swimmers whose performances qualified or moved them up on the Oregon All-Time Top Twelve list for the One-Hour Swim, a list becoming more challenging to make each year;
- Everyone who participated!
There’s a bonus—125 Oregon-registered swimmers have now completed the first of the three legs of the Oregon Postal Participation Award. These swimmers just have to swim & enter the 5 or 10-km postal and the 3000 or 6000-yard postal later this year to snag this award. You’ve seen the patches—now you can earn your own. Put these swims on your calendar! Of course, the truly compulsive swimmers—like me—plan to complete all four remaining postal swims this year to earn the National Participation Award.
Where do we go from here? Keep on swimming—the essence of the postal events is to do them. Next up are the 5 & 10-km postal National Championships, to be done between May 15 and September 15 in a long course pool.
Look for the full 2016 Oregon LMSC results in this April, 2016, Aqua Master. (see page 7)
Good luck and good swimming!