“It felt like a family reunion this weekend at our first Masters swim meet in Oregon in over two years. It was so great to see the smiles and faces of so many dear friends.” ~Val Jenkins
Oregon City hosted their annual Oregon City Spring Ahead swim competition March 12-13, and 115 Masters swimmers from Florida, Montana, Washington, California, and Oregon participated in Oregon Masters first swim meet in 2022.
This year, the event was held without a Dual Sanction which allowed Masters-only swimmers to compete in the afternoon sessions. The atmosphere of the meet was exciting, smiles were beaming, friends were re-united, and everyone had a wonderful time.
Nine FINA World, 12 U. S. Masters National, two American, 25 Northwest Zone, and 40 Oregon records were set over this two-day event. What an amazing weekend of fast swimming for several Oregon Masters swimmers. Congratulations to everyone who swam personal best times.
Willard Lamb broke six FINA World Records and seven U. S. Masters National Records as a 100-year-old, including first ever swims in the 50-meter Breaststroke and 200-meter Backstroke. Val Jenkins, Colette Crabbe, Arlene Delmage, and Karen Andrus-Hughes teamed up to set new World Records in both the 200- and 400-meter Medley Relays. Joy Ward, Janet Gettling, Karen Andrus-Hughes, and Colette Crabbe set a new World Record in the 200-meter Freestyle Relay.
Joy Ward set two U. S. Masters National Records and eight Northwest Zone records. Colette Crabbe set two new Northwest Zone and six Oregon records. Sara Shepherd set two Northwest Zone and four Oregon records.
Adin Williams set two new Para Swimming American records in the 50-meter Freestyle and 50-meter Butterfly. Adin swims for George Fox University and swam with the Oregon City Tankers in his first ever Masters swimming competition. Congratulations to Adin and everyone who set personal bests at this meet.