As approved by the House of Delegates (HOD) during the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting, USMS will launch its unified national fee structure for the 2021 registration year, which began Thursday, Oct. 1, with club and workout group registration.  The unified fee also applies to swimmer registration, which opens on Nov. […]

USMS Launches Unified Membership Fee


Vicki Roe at Squaw Lake
by Erika Schumacher On Saturday, August 29, five SOMA swimmers met at Lake of the Woods for an open water swim.  The group met in the morning and swam about 1.5 miles with Mt. McLoughlin in the backdrop.  Some SOMA swimmers began swimming open water in May while the pools […]

Open Water Swimming in southern Oregon


Esther at 127 pounds 1
My decision to start “The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss” began July 13, 2016.  I weighed 257 and was having considerable knee pain which hindered my ability to travel. After looking at my X-rays, my doctor informed me that my knees were almost bone on bone but he could […]

Esther: My New Life



Colette Crabbe - 1976 Olympian in the 400IM and 200 breast
As September is here, the kids are back in school (at least virtually) and the pools in the tri-counties of the Portland area might finally reopen with some restrictions, it is time to reset the start button.  If you have children at home and a full-time job, your schedule and […]

Quality over Quantity


Jayette Pettit (yellow cap) and Suzy Jajewski 4
Name:                   Jayette Pettit Age:                       53 Occupation:        Retail Store Manager for The Real Mother Goose Gallery at PDX(started in 1991 – soon to be unemployed) Local Team:         Southern Oregon Masters Aquatics (SOMA)- Jayette lives in Vancouver, WA, but swims with SOMA because of their participation in open water events. I was […]

Swimmer Spotlight – Jayette Pettit


Ralph Mohr
A Book Review by Ralph Mohr In Iceland everyone swims.  It is a government requirement.  Bonnie Tsui in her book, Why We Swim, starts with the story of Guthlaugur Frithorsson, an Icelandic fisherman, who, when his fishing boat capsized and sank, swam three and a half miles to shore in […]

“Why We Swim” written by Bonnie Tsui



Joe Oakes
“86” is a journalism term for a columnist’s final column.  For me and Dave Radcliff, 86 has a more personal meaning this year. Dave is one of the greats in USMS swimming, and in swimming in general.  He represented the USA as a 1,500-meter swimmer in the 1956 Olympic Games […]

Eighty Six



Ralph Mohr
A list of coaches from the 1961 North Bend Invitational Swim Meet.  Why is it here?  Check the names.  You might recognize some of them. Grants Pass Swim Club                   Alan Takashima McMinnville Swim Club                   Bob Gregson Medford YMCA                                  Ken Lyons North Bend Aquatic Club               Mike Popovich Reedsport Swim Club                      Don […]

A Historical Note