by David Hathaway
Oregon Masters competed in the Nationals held in Greensboro Aquatic Center, also known as the GAC. The meet took place from July 21 to July 25. This year’s Oregon team was small compared to prior years’ teams. Each of the four swimmers who were able to make the cross country journey found the event to be extremely worthwhile.
The GAC complex is composed of two 50 meter pools and a dive well that provided swimmers an excellent opportunity to warm up and down during the swim meet. The meet host provided a safe and secure COVID compliant atmosphere.
Our Oregon Masters Team raced to 9th place in the Overall Regional Team category and the Women’s Team placed an impressive 4th place finish with only 3 members. Along the way the team picked up eleven National Champion Titles, one Northwest Zone Record and four State Records.
The list of OMS National Champion winners & new record holders are as follows:
Alexis Higlett snapped up four Titles in the women’s 35-39 category in the 1650, 50 back, 100 back and the 400 IM.
Valerie Jenkins competed in the women’s 55-59 age group and won Titles in the 50 back, 100 back, 100 free and 50 fly. Valerie also notched out a new Zone & State record in her 50 back swim.
Christine Mcclafferty made her mark in the women’s 45-49 category taking Titles in the 200 fly, 200 IM and the 400 IM
David Hathaway competed in the men’s 60-64 age group picking up three new State records in the 500 & 1000 free & 400 IM