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2014 BC Camp

Updated date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 20:54

Oregon Swimming is pleased to announce an upcoming B/C camp in LaCamas Pool, 2950 NW 38th Ave, Camas WA on Saturday November 29, 2014 from 9:15 am-12:00 pm. Check-in will be at 9:15-9:30 am. A short talk with the swimmers will follow from 9:30-9:50. From 10:00-12:00 we will be in the pool.

Please fill out both the Medical Release form and the camp application and e-mail them to camp coordinator George Sampson at The first 64 applicants will be accepted. Applications will be accepted until November 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Please send snacks and water to the camp as your athlete will be in the water for over two and half hours. No swimmers with A times are allowed.

Officials clinics in Beaverton

Updated date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:36

Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30pm:  THSC will offer a "Train-the-Trainer" Clinic at the THPRD pool, 158th & Walker Rd NW.  If you have been certified in your position for more than a year, then attendance at this clinic (plus attendance at a training clinic for your position) will enable you to become a Trainer and help expand the officiating ranks.   Portland-Westside Area
Officials Chair Joel Scroggy, a long-time Referee and a veteran of national-level decks, will present this training.  Please RSVP to Tom Holt at
Saturday, Nov. 15:   THSC will offer training for the following meet official
positions at the THPRD pool, 158th & Walker Rd NW:

8:45 am  Electronic Timing Judge:  This is an entry level position.  The ETs run the electronic timing system, determine valid race times when stuff goes wrong with the timing system (which frequently happens!).

10:45 am Stroke & Turn Judge: This also is an entry level position.  S&Ts observe competition swims and play a key role in ensuring fair competitions in conformance with USA Swimming rules.

1:30 pm Starter:  If you have been a certified Stroke and Turn Judge for more than a year, then you are eligible to begin training as a Starter with this clinic.

Please RSVP to Tom Holt,

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

Updated date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:24

Special Olympics Oregon is excited to announce the return of Fall State Games Aquatics!  It has been 6 years since a Fall State Games has been held for our athletes.  The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16th at THPRD Swim Center in Beaverton.  We are currently in need of some officials, especially a one or two meet referee, a starter, and a few S&T officials.  Contact Joann Stoller  at 503.248.0600 x 31 or

BDST's Alice Luo Wins Gold at Asian Paralympic Games

Updated date: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:26

Alice Luo, who trains with Mark Maxwell at Blue Dolphins Swim Team and represents Taiwan internationally, is competing at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.  She won the women’s 100m breaststroke SB4 race, winning Taiwan's first gold of the Games. The Games conclude October 24.

2015 All Star Application Posted

Updated date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 21:09

The 2015 All Star meet will be held in the City of Commerce, California, January 10-11, 2015.  Swimmers aged 11 to 14 on the day of this meet are invited to apply to join this fun travel meet.  Applications are due December 14.  Download the application here.

Patrick Mulcare, Linck Bergen named to USA Swimming Junior Team

Updated date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 09:50

Sixteen swimmers recognized as top 18-and-under swimmers from across the nation will represent USA Swimming this fall at FINA World Cup events in Tokyo and Singapore. 

The women’s roster includes Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C.) the runner-up finisher in the 200m back at Phillips 66 Nationals, who also competed at the Pan Pacific Championships this summer. Ella Eastin, (Irvine, Calif.) a double gold medalist and captain of the Junior Pan Pacs team also headlines the squad. 

For the men, Alexander Valente (Santa Barbara, Calif.) will look to continue his winning ways after earning gold in the 100m fly and the 400m medley relay at Junior Pan Pacs. Sean Grieshop (Cedar Park, Texas) also brings his experience from Maui with a silver-medal finish in the 1500m free. Tualatin Hills' Patrick Mulcare was also named to the team.

A complete roster is available here.

After competing in Tokyo on Oct. 28-29, the squad will race in Singapore on Nov. 1-2. Visit for complete World Cup information. 

Tim O’Brien of Nitro Swimming and Linck Bergen of Tualatin Hills Swim Club will serve as coaches for the trip. 

Stroke & Turn Clinic in Portland

Updated date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 21:56

There will be a Stroke & Turn Clinic on Saturday, Nov 1 at 10:00am at the Multnomah Athletic Club.  If you are interested, please contact Julie Carpenter for details:


USA Swimming Registration Fees for 2015

Updated date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:46

2015 USA swimming registration fees will be:
Athletes: $62
Officials: $62
Coaches: $82
Other: $57

Registrations for the 2015 season start on Sept 1, 2014. All registrations after that date must pay the 2015 fees and are valid until 12/31/15. All non-athletes (coach, official, other) must renew their athlete protection training before they can re-register:

Introducing Coaches Mentorship Program

Updated date: Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 20:49

Hi coaches,

I am very happy to report that USA Swimming has approved our Mentorship grant application that we had discussed last October at our Oregon Swim Coaches Association meeting!  I want to thank Heather Thomas for all her work in making this happen - she is the brains and effort behind this being approved.  Great work coach Heather!

Coaches, please pass this along to your staff and we hope we have lots of teams that wish to take advantage of this program.  

A few key reminders (addresses are in the attached form)

  • June 11 - deadline to get applications to Shelly R  (first page of the attached form).
  • June 18 - notification if you have received the grant or not
  • November 19 - deadline to get all needed forms to Rick G.

A reminder: this is an OSCA grant, not an Oregon Swimming grant, so be sure to NOT send things to the OSI office.  

This is a pilot program and there will be questions.  Please send all questions to Shelly Rawding at or call/text 509-637-4051.

Our goal is to assist as many coaches & teams as we can throughout the entire LSC, so if you are at all interested, please apply!

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

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