Officials News Archive - July, 2010
July 23, 2010
Long time OSI official Al Smith recently represented Oregon Swimming at an open water swimming clinic sponsored by USA Swimming. As space was limited we were quite fortunate to have Al selected for attendance. Al's report is enlightening; hopefully this will spark some of our officials to look into attending open water events.
See you on deck!
In June, OSI sponsored my attendance at the Open Water Nationals in Long Beach with the hopes that an interest can be generated in Oregon in open water racing.
A clinic was conducted in conjunction with the event and I had the opportunity to train with open water officials from throughout the country and met swimmers and coaches from the national team.
It was exciting to watch swimmers, after swimming 10-kilometers, lined up six abreast, shoulder to shoulder with 50 meters left to swim, in an all out sprint.
Open water racing can be held in any venue - ocean, harbor, river, lake, pond, and reservoir or even in a 50 meter pool with buoys placed out from the corners so swimmers would not contact the walls. There are no lane lines, pool walls or controlled water and air temperature. Swimming conditions can change quickly and be beyond the control of the sponsors. These challenges have led to the Open Water Swimming motto, “Expect the unexpected”.
In Oregon we have many bodies of water that would be acceptable venues for an open water event. Oregon masters do hold open water events to which an OSI sanction could be added. There are also triathlons where the course is already set up to which an open water race could be held in conjunction.
Safety is of primary concern and extraordinary measures need to be taken to insure that the same number of swimmers exit the water as enter it. All swimmers must be observed at all times and all must be accounted for.
On every swim team, there are swimmers who would enjoy and excel in this Olympic event and we owe it to them to have the opportunity.
I through my contacts in the Open Water Racing community can be a resource for conducting an open water event.
July 6, 2010
As I've mentioned, the Long Course Senior Sectional meet will be held at Mt. Hood Community College July 20-24. In addition to assigned positions like referees and starters, many stroke and turn officials are needed to run a meet of this caliber successfully. Please consider working part of the meet, a day at the meet, or even a session.
This is always a fabulous meet with outstanding swims! The athletes travel from across the Western States and come ready to compete; every heat will be fabulous to watch.
In addition to watching some really good competition, your assistance will benefit the swimmers and will show support of our LSC, the host for this meet.
If you can make a session or more, please contact Jacki Allender, the meet referee, and let her know when you can attend. Jacki’s email address is email@example.com. Remember this is an officials qualifying meet and if you work the requisite number of sessions you may be able to achieve your N2 certification, renew your N2 certification, or achieve your N3 certification as a stroke and turn judge.
Again, if you can give some time please consider working one or more sessions at the upcoming sectional meet.
See you on deck!