Hello SOMA team,
I have several really great news items to pass along…
SOMA SWIMMER WILLARD LAMB TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL MASTERS SWIMMING HALL OF FAME
I received a call yesterday letting me know that Willard “Wink” Lamb will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) this year!!! This is an immense honor.
I have been going back and forth with IMSHOF trying to get a waiver of one of the requirements for induction which states that all nominees shall have participated in the sport for a minimum of 15 years and covering at least four different age groups. Willard has only been swimming 13 years, but they agreed to grant the exception given his stellar resume and advanced age!
The induction ceremony will be at the USAS Convention in St. Louis in September. I called Wink yesterday to give him the news and then booked him a flight and room. He and Doug, his son, are rightfully very excited about the news and upcoming trip!
CONGRATULATIONS TO JON NELSON
The same weekend that several of us were at Foster Lake for the cable swims, Superior SOMA swimmer Jon Nelson took 2nd overall in the Olympic Distance triathlon event at Pacific Crest Sports Festival, posting the fastest bike split of the day. At 53 years of age, Jon tangled with the younger bucks and nearly came out on top overall! Full results are here:
A couple of photos of Jon’s finish and on the podium are attached. Amazing work Jon!
RECORDS FALL TO SOMA SWIMMERS AT PNA LCM MEET
On Saturday, July 6th, our friends to the north hosted a meet offering the rare chance to swim LCM in the amazing Federal Way pool. Four SOMA swimmers (Wes Edwards, Rick Howell, Dan Kirkland, and Matt Miller) were in attendance with 25 total Oregon swimmers and 127 total swimmers at the meet. We all swam quite well, with 3 records falling to SOMA swimmers. Wes Edwards set the Oregon and NW Zone record in the 100 LCM back (1:17.05) for men 65-69, and Dan Kirkland set the Oregon record in the 200 back (2:49.31) for men 70-74. Congratulations and great job you two!
Full results are here:
GOOD LUCK TO SOMA SWIMMERS AT APPLEGATE LAKE THIS WEEKEND
There will be 10 SOMA swimmers representing our workout group at the OMS Open Water Association champs this weekend. I am so very sorry to miss the event, but I am obliged to attend the USMS Board of Directors meeting in Denver this weekend.
I know you all will swim great and give your best shot at earning SOMA’s first open water team banner! Those swimming for SOMA this weekend include:
Good luck! Have some fun out there enjoying the great water, weather, and camaraderie!!! Please take some photos for me too 🙂
Elk Lake Swims, July 26-28:
Lake Swims (we host so be there!), August 17:
OMS LCM Champs (another one to definitely attend!), August 23-25:
Lake of the Woods swim (we host so be there!), September 7 — registration to open soon:
That’s all for now!