Written with love by Brian Ritacco, Gracie Goddard, Kristin Preston, Brian Parrott & Monique Lance The Tualatin Hills Barracudas (THB) celebrated and honored fellow swimmer, 85-year-old, Dave Radcliff on Saturday, September 14th, during the annual team BBQ. Standing before family, friends, and fellow swimmers, Dave shared, “your friendship, your encouragement, […]

Rockin’ Our Rad (David Radcliff)


Lake of the Woods - Swimmers milling around before the Start of the 1500
First of all, thank you to all of those who volunteered to kayak for safety.  Without you all, we couldn’t have pulled off another successful year of this event!  Secondly, congratulations to all of you who were able to swim one or both of the events, especially those of you […]

Recap of 2019 Lake of the Woods Swims


Bob Bruce
by Tim Waud & Matt Miller (edited for space) Tim Waud’s comments: I have enjoyed working with Bob for the past 12 years with Oregon Masters Swimming and U. S. Masters Swimming on the local, zone, and national level.  I can’t think of a more deserving individual who embodies the […]

Bob Bruce—USMS Long Distance National Championship Service Award




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I, an OMS member, made the journey to Gwangju, South Korea for the FINA World Masters Championships in August, 2019.  This was my first time competing in a World Championship, and my first lesson was to arrive early.  I definitely underestimated the effect of jet lag and of acclimating to […]

FINA World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea


Burrito Bowl Prep: 15 minutes Cook: Varies depending on grains and beans used Serves:2-4 This is our latest favorite meal.  I vary the beans used several times a week,  and also the veggies and salsa, so the meal is different every time I serve it. I serve this in 8 […]

Off the Block: Burrito Bowl



Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast 2
September is officially the beginning of the new swimming season.  Whatever your level, it is the best time to reflect on the past year: what did I enjoy, what did I succeed in, what was harder, what will I do again, what will I never do again?  All of this […]

September: Time for reflection, for tune up, for changes, for ...


Sara Shepherd
As an athlete, you spend hours in the pool training.  You work out physically in order to get your body into peak form.  You also use your mind more than you may think.  Many top athletes have found mental training vital to their success.  Mental training, in some form, is […]

Six Mental Training Tips for Swimmers