Oregon Masters has about 2% of the swimmers in USMS, and we hold about 5.5% of the National relay records.
In trying to find some patterns in the data, I decided to slice the data in a number of different ways, to see where Oregon relays are strongest.
When you add together all relay events for SCY, SCM, and LCM courses, for Men, Women, and Mixed relays, there are a grand total of 366 relay events. Oregon swimmers hold the National record in 20 of those events, or 5.5%.
Here are a number of slices of that data (format: Oregon records / total records in that category):
SCY course: 6 / 109 = 5.5%
SCM course: 5 / 127 = 3.9%
LCM course: 9 / 130 = 6.9%
Men (all 3 courses): 5 / 126 = 4.0%
Women (all 3 courses): 6 / 115 = 5.2%
Mixed (all 3 courses): 9 / 125 = 7.2%
Men (freestyle relays): 4 / 76 = 5.3%
Women (freestyle relays): 0 / 69 = 0.0%
Mixed (freestyle relays): 4 / 75 = 5.3%
Men (medley relays): 1 / 50 = 2.0%
Women (medley relays): 6 / 46 = 13.0%
Mixed (medley relays): 5 / 50 = 10.0%
1) Oregon is strongest in the LCM course. Not all US swimmers have access to 50-meter pools, while we have the excellent Mount Hood CC outdoor 50-meter pool with a major swim meet scheduled every August.
2) Oregon Men’s relays have been strongest in freestyle, while Women’s relays and Mixed relays have been strongest in Medley relays. Not sure how to explain this difference.
3) We are hoping that Aqua Master readers will offer some additional insights ! Send your thoughts to our editor, Alice Zabudsky, to publish in a future issue. Thanks !