2018 OMS ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRY
It’s only 8 weeks away now, and registration is finally open for the Oregon Masters Association Champs! See here:
This is THE target meet of the year for many of us and I know quite a number of you who are planning to attend. It’s going to be a great meet!
When you register, please enter 6 individual events (the maximum allowed). You will almost certainly score points in all 6 events if you swim them and SOMA is counting on you to do so! And even if you decide that you don’t want to swim one or more of them, you can simply scratch the event at the meet without consequence.
If anyone wants suggestions on what events to swim or seed times for events, feel free to email or call me and I’ll help. If you’d like to see what competition was like in your age group last year in each event, you can look at the results from OMS Champs last year here:
LODGING IN CORVALLIS
A couple of us have already booked rooms at the Econo Lodge:
935 Northwest Garfield Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
It’s easy walking distance to the pool and less expensive than the other two similarly close hotels. There is also a very long list of hotel choices on the registration page.
SOMA TEAM DINNER ON FRIDAY NIGHT
We currently have tentative plans for a social SOMA team dinner on Friday night at Sky High Brewing:
We’ll plan on a 6:30 – 7:00 pm sit down time. That should leave enough time for those of us swimming the 1650 freestyle to get over there after our swim.
Please let me know no later than Friday, April 6th if you plan on attending so that we can make reservations at 6:30 for the appropriate number of people.
OMS SOCIAL AND AWARDS PROGRAM SATURDAY NIGHT
I will be attending the OMS Social on Saturday night. It’s typically a really great event where you can talk more with your new swim friends, cheer for people who get awards and eat some tasty food with good company. If you don’t have plans on Saturday, consider attending the social! The cost is $15 and will include appetizers, light fajita bar and a no-host bar. It will be after the meet on Sat, Apr 21st at the Historic Old School (4455 NE Highway 20, Corvallis, Oregon 97330) from 5:00-8:00 pm.
CARPOOLING TO THE OMS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
I suspect that many of us will carpool to Corvallis on April 20th. I will be leaving Ashland fairly early that day but could easily take 2 or 3 more people in my car. Others will likely be leaving later.
Please reply and let me know if you’d like to carpool and I’ll get a list going and get people organized to share rides.
SOMA STATE TEAM T-SHIRTS
Everyone who is going to the meet with SOMA will receive a SOMA State Team T-shirt! Donations to cover the cost of the shirts are welcome but certainly not expected since I’m forcing these shirts on you. Any donation amount would be great. For reference, the shirts will probably cost around $10 to $12 to have printed.
Please email me as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, April 6th, with your T-shirt size if you plan on attending the meet.
OTHER UPCOMING MEETS
I wanted to briefly mention two other meets that some SOMA people plan to attend. Coming up in 2 short weeks is the Oregon City Spring Ahead Short Course Meters Meet. Registration is here:
This is the only Oregon meet before the OMS Association Champs, so it’s a chance to tune-up before the big event! Here’s a little write-up about this meet from last year:
And a few of us will be going to Federal Way, Washington for the Puget Sound Masters Championship meet the weekend before the OMS Champs. Registration for that event is here:
If you attend the meet in Federal Way, you’ll get to watch SOMA’s Willard Lamb take down a bunch of national records in the 95-99 age group. If you can’t attend, don’t worry too much because you’ll get another chance to see him demolish more records at the OMS Association Champs while cheering him on!
There is still time to do your one-hour ePostal if you haven’t done it already. Again, I will time anyone who wants to do it at Superior. Ralph Mohr will time anyone at Mingus. Oregon needs you to swim it to support our chance at top yardage as a large regional club. Please do it! Several people did it in the last couple of weeks at Superior and the sense of accomplishment after finishing the event was evident in each of them. Challenge yourself to do it! I’d bet you’ll be glad you did.
OK, I suppose that’s all for now. This week had some really great turnouts at the Superior pool, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several new people have recently joined SOMA at Superior and we’re starting to fill up the pool in the mornings. It’s great to see so many people swimming together and supporting each other during the hard sets! I hope it’s the same story for SOMA swimmers in other pools where they are training. Keep up the great work everyone!