This year, our Association championships were held a month after Spring Nationals, but no one seemed to mind the shift in the schedule; swimmers kept on truckin’ like it was other years. Two hundred forty-two swimmers registered for the OMS Association SCY Championship Meet held May 17-19, 2019, at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Oregon. There were 21 workout groups, and each swimmer wanted to get as many points as possible so their team would have a good chance to win a place in the Large, Medium or Small team categories. This is the only SCY meet of the year in which the teams compete against each other.
When all was over, there were 28 Oregon, 14 Zone and 5 National records newly established. All National-record swims by Oregon swimmers are also a NW Zone and an Oregon record; likewise, all NW Zone record swims by Oregon swimmers are also Oregon records.
Dave Radcliff, swimming in the men’s 85-89 age-group put his post-championship training to work as he set four new national records in the short-course freestyle events. He posted a 2:42.78 in the 200, 7:37.32 in the 500, 15:25.19 for the 1000 and a 25:31.87 in the 1650. His four records were set in two swims as he broke the 500 and 1000 marks on his way to the record in the 1650! Dan Kirkland, at age 70, went under 20:00 in the 1650 Freestyle in Men’s 70-74 age-group to set a National record time of 19:46.98. That’s a lot of freestyle!
Zone records fell by busy swimmers as well. Holly Vaughn Edmonds, 56, swam the 500 Free in 5:43.14; Ron Nakata, 80, swam to a new mark in the men’s 100 IM, 1:25.05; Mike Self went 54.09 in the men’s 45-49 100 Back and Janet Gettling was up to her usual tricks when she went 1:31.01 in the 100 Breaststroke and a 1:30.92 in the 100 Fly in the Women’s 70-74 age-group. Sue Calnek Morris, 76, swam the 100 Free in 1:26.39; Dan Kirkland, 70, swam the 100 Back and the 200 Back in 1:07.73 and 2:24.11 respectively, and Dave Radcliff, 85, swam100 Free in 1:12.81.
The pool at Tualatin was fun to swim in—sometimes a change in venue and time livens up a routine!