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OSI Alumni Compete at Ivy League Men's Championships

Updated date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:36

The Ivy League Men's Swimming & Diving Championships were held at Princeton, New Jersey on February 26-28, 2015. Swimmers now representing their respective universities first developed their skills with the help of Oregon Swimming, Inc. (OSI) club coaches at Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), Portland Aquatic Club (PAC), The Dolphins (TDPS), Mount Hood Aquatics (MHA), Tualatin Hills Swim Club (THSC), and Lake Oswego Swim Club (LOSC). 


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Standing together in recognition of the contribution of Oregon club coaches (left to right): Sovijja Pou (Brown), Max Yakubovich (Harvard), Cole Hurwitz (Penn), Andrew Heymann (Yale, captain), Max Bley-Male (Brown), Jordan Hurwitz (Penn)

2015 National Age Group Open Water Invitational

Updated date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 13:08

Florida Swimming and Gulf Coast Swim Team will be hosting an open water event on April 25.  This event will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Open Water Festival. USA World Trials and National Championship, April 23-27 at Miromar Lakes, Florida. This is a huge step for the development of the Age Group Open Water Swimming and the Open Water Development Committee members appreciate your support. You can download the meet information here.

11-14 Championships High Point Winners and Team Champions

Updated date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:56

Congratulations to the following swimmers who won their respective age group's high point award.

11-14 High Point Awards

Girls

  • 11: Helen Lin THSC
  • 12: Lizzy Cook THSC
  • 13: Kate Laderoute  OCST
  • 14: Mara Newman LOSC and Lindsey Soule CAT

Boys

  • 11: Nate Rumsey LOSC
  • 12: Anton Goswitz HEAT
  • 13: Ethan Heasley HEAT
  • 14: Van Mathias MAC

Top Teams

  1. THSC:  1,361.50
  2. MAC:  837.50
  3. LHST:  707.50
  4. HEAT:  650.50
  5. TDPS:  562
  6. LOSC:  501
  7. PAC:  405.50
  8. BEND:  373

Three OSI records set at 11-14 Championships

Updated date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 08:36

Swimmers bettered three OSI records at the 11 - 14 Championships this past weekend.  Trent Martinez of Tualatin Hills bettered the 13-14 200 freestyle.  He finished the race in 1:42.72, bettering Jonathan Zoucha's 2011 record of 1:43.05.  The Multnomah Athletic Club 13-14 boys relay team of Kevin Keil, Joshua Nguyen, Van Mathias and Doug Heymann broke the 200 and 400 medley relay records.  Their times of 1:40.62 and 3:36.42 bettered the previous records of 1:41.17 and 3:39.10 set in 2012 by MAC.

LOSC Relay Team Breaks OSI Record Set 47 Years Ago

Updated date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 13:36

At the 10 and Under Championships, the Lake Oswego boys 9-10 relay team lowered an Oregon Swimming record set way back in 1968.  The foursome of James Kang, Andrew Huang, Nick Simons, and Walker Godfrey finished the 200 medley relay in 2:09.68, beating the record set 47 years ago by David Douglas Swim Club. This marks the last OSI record to remain from the 1960s while there are still seven individual and two relay records from the 1970s. You can view the 20 oldest OSI records here.

Breanna Sapienze Named Southern Oregon Female Athlete of the Year

Updated date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 08:30

The Southern Oregon Sports Commission has chosen former Superior Stingray Swimming and Cascade Christian's Breanna Sapienza as it's first Female Athlete of the Year.  Sapienza wasn’t able to attend the ceremony because she is in the midst of school and her swimming season at Vanderbilt, where the freshman has already set a school record. She sent a video expressing regret that she couldn’t attend and thanking the commission for the honor. She beat out former South Medford basketball player Ashley Bolston, distance runner Marci Klimek Gage, North Medford track and field standout and soccer player Halley Folsom and SOU pole vaulter Stephanie Techler.

"I feel truly blessed to be honored, not only for myself but for my sport of swimming," said Sapienza, who won the last two of her state titles as a senior for the Challengers, including a meet-record swim in the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 3A/2A/1A championships.  "I'd also like to thank my coaches and my family,” she said. “Without their daily support, I wouldn’t be where I am today."

The Southern Oregon Sports Commission advocates for sports tourism and the significant economic impact it brings to Medford & the Rogue Valley. SOSC connects the local sports community, advocates for facility development, markets the area regionally and nationally to sports events owners and will provide support for strategic opportunities for new and existing events.

Part of this article came from the Mail Tribune's Tim Trower.  The full article is available here.

Club Leadership and Business Management School Coming in April

Updated date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:40

Oregon Swimming will be hosting a Club Leadership and Business Management class on Saturday April 11 at the Holiday Inn Express in Albany.

USA Swimming offers this exciting and unique workshop for coaches and board members to learn how to be effective in leading and governing their team. Swim Club leaders work together in learning about new strategies to improve their club. This course is required for all new clubs. However, it is also highly recommended for all existing programs and is open to everyone. If you are a Board Governed program it is recommended that both the Board Chair and the Head Coach attend.

Participants must register by March 28, 2015. To register, contact: .

2016 Championship Meet Bids

Updated date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:07

The 2016 Championship Meet Bid form is available. Any team that wants to bid on a meet must complete the form for each meet by April 1.  Access the form here. At the end of the biddiing period, and more than one eligible team bids for a meet, a representative from every team will receive a message containing the username and password to log on and vote for the host.

2015 Senior Training Camp

Updated date: Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 06:53

Oregon swimming is excited to bring back the Senior Training trip in 2015.  This year OSI will be taking 12 boys and 12 girls and 3 coaches to Carlsbad, CA for a spring training camp April 23-26.  Anyone that is interested in going needs to fill out an application, medical form, and code of conduct and return all forms to the office by Monday, March 16 at 10 am.  Cost $250.00 per athlete.  This trip is intended to be a working fun, team bonding trip, and all swimmers are expected to be in shape and ready to work hard while getting to know more swimmers and coaches from Oregon while enjoying southern California.

Swimmers and coaches will depart from PDX on April 23 at 6:45 am and arrive at 9 am.  On Sunday the team will depart at 6:20 pm and arrive at PDX at 8:50 pm.  The team will stay at the Town Place Suites Marriott in Vista, CA which is a 4 mile drive to the pool.  The team will train at Alga Norte Aquatic Center and will explore some of the amazing sites in Carlsbad.

Important Officiating Change

Updated date: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:59

At the recent boarding meeting, the board of directors made the following highlighted rule changes regarding the minimum number of officials at a meet. This change was made to conform to USA Swimming's LEAP standards. 

Article IX- Conducting a Meet - Section V- Conduct of Events - c. Officiating –

  1. The Meet Referee assumes control of the meet from the beginning of the warm-up period and assures that officials are properly briefed and in position.
  2. The number of officials shall be in accordance with USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.
  3. Teams shall notify meet director or meet referee of the availability of officials from their team (the meet director shall forward official information to the referee) to work the meet.
  4. At least one week prior to the meet, the meet director shall confirm with the referee the number of officials available for the meet. If this number is below the minimum set by USA Swimming, the meet director or their designee shall contact additional officials (via the OSI web site officials list, contacting the teams attending the meet, etc.).
  5. In the event that there are not enough officials
    1. ​The meet referee will notify the coaches at the coaches meeting.
    2. The session will be conducted, results will be produced only for the purpose of awards for the session.
    3. At the end of the session, the referee shall insure that any results for the session are purged from the meet.
    4. At the conclusion of the meet, the meet referee shall notify the OSI office and records chair that the meet contained a session that did not meet the requirements for the minimum number of officials and the results of the session were purged.

Concussion Training for Coaches and Referees

Updated date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:22

Oregon Swim Coaches & Referees,

There is a new certification that we all need to complete in order to be a swim coach in the state of Oregon.  Please see the attached Senate Bill 721 for the details of the Concussion Training Law.

If you coach high school and have already completed this training, then you do not need to repeat it.  However the OSI Office does need a copy of your certification sent to them either via email or snail mail.  The sooner the better, but not later than MAY 1st.

If you haven't taken concussion training, then you can follow this link to do the FREE, online training.  It took me a half an hour to complete, and it was easy to listen to and to finish.  I will say if it gets 'stuck' on a page loading, you will need to use a different browser. (I had to go between chrome and internet explorer in order to finish - I contacted their help staff and this was their suggestion that worked for me.  The pages automatically save your location no matter what browser you use)  And I found I needed to click on the page if it showed up blank, then it got going.  At the end you can save a jpeg file of the certificate and then email it to the office, or you can print one off and mail it in. Your choice.

This is a new yearly requirement.  And for clarification, this is not a USA Swimming requirement, but a State of Oregon requirement.

The OSI Board is in the process of developing the materials needed for the parents and children to inform and educate so they know the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  As this information becomes available it will be sent to coaches and clubs.

The law is already in effect, so the sooner you complete this the better in order to be immune from civil and criminal liability related to head injury.  The OSI Board has given coaches a MAY 1st deadline to complete this training.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
 

USA Swimming

LEAP Level 1