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New OSI Records Set at Thunderbolt Round Robin Invitational

Updated date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:56

Fay Lustria of Tualatin Hills and Anton Goswitz of Hillsboro Heat each set an OSI record at the Thunderbolt Round Robin Invitational. Fay set a new 9-10 girls 100 fly record of 1:03.60. The old record was set by Helen Lin last year with a 1:03.76. Anton bettered the 11-12 boys 200 fly record of 2:05.52 when he finished the race in 2:04.93. The old record was set by Luke Thornbrue in 2013. Great job swimmers.

An Open Letter to OSI Coaches from Zone Coaches

Updated date: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 21:39

Dear Coach:  

We need your help to make this the best Zones campaign EVER for Oregon Swimming.  To do that we request that you put your time and support into distributing this year’s 2015 Oregon Swimming Age Group Western Zone packet to all of your 11-14 year old athletes with qualifying times, or those you feel have a good chance to qualify this season.  Our success depends heavily on the emphasis that you place upon this meet and your ability to communicate with athletes and parents the importance that you place on representing their LSC, accepting the challenge to gel as a team with swimmers across our LSC, and to exercise what they have learned as an individual as they prepare for this level of competition without their home coach.

Please follow up with parents and encourage them to send their paperwork to the Oregon Swimming Office by April 30, in order to receive the benefit of $50 off the cost of the trip, if chosen for the team.  Swimmers who apply by April 30 need to include a deposit of $200.  The amount is non-refundable, unless the swimmer is not chosen for the team (in which case, the full amount will be refunded to the family).  The latest date to apply is Sunday, July 26, at the close of the OSI 13 & Over Long Course Championships in Gresham.

Updated times can be sent in through Monday, July 20, to the Oregon Swimming Office; otherwise, please bring an updated application to the OSI 13 & Over Long Course Championships to turn in on Sunday by the conclusion of finals, along with a check for the full amount of $950.

We have enclosed a list of FAQs to help answer some common questions regarding the Zone trip.  If there are additional questions please contact Kara Nelson or Heather Thomas .

Thank you in advance for helping to Keep Oregon Fast!

Sincerely,
Kara Nelson – Head Zones Coach
Heather Thomas – Zone Team Manager

 

Robin Pinger Sets OSI Record

Updated date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:39

Oregon City's Robin Pinger lowered the 17-18 girls 100 yard breaststroke record at this past weekend's Washington Open.  She bettered Mackenzie Luick's 2008 record of 1:02.20 with a 1:02.00.  Congratulations Robin.

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.

2015 Swim Guides

Updated date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 19:48

The 2015 OSI Swim Guide is available for $10.00 in the Oregon Swimming Office.

USA Swimming Diversity Swim Camp

Updated date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 20:28

Each spring, USA Swimming invites athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events. 

ELIGIBILITY

Any USA Swimming registered athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in international competition (a U.S. citizen), meets the qualification time standards, between the ages of 14-16 as of the first day of camp, has not previously attended a USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp and represents an ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current USA Swimming membership. 

These populations include: African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Native American. As an added component, six athletes of each sex will be chosen from Outreach membership applicants. A swimmer cannot attend a Zone Select Camp and the Diversity Select Camp in the same year.  

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

Athletes must have achieved at least one Diversity Select Camp time standard as shown here (SCY and/or LCM) to apply for selection. These times are AAAA National Motivational Times for 13-14 year olds. Times must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned or approved meet (able to be proven in the SWIMS database).

Expenses including travel are covered by USA-Swimming. For complete information on this camp please go to: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1824&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

If you have any questions please contact, Joe Dahl, , 503-697-5585.

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.

New OSI Records Set in November

Updated date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:52

Congratulations to the new OSI record setters. THSC swimmers set new short course meter records at the Island Pacific Cup meet in Victoria. Fay Lustria lowered the 9-10 girls 200 free record to 2:24.81. Keaton Blovad bettered the 15-16 girls 200 IM record with a 2:16.45 and Sofia Nosack set a new 13-14 girls 1500 free record with an 18:08.40. The THSC 15-16 400 Medley boys relay of Benjamin Settle, Anthony Nosack, Uriel Tejeda and Colin Aslett tied the existing record with a matching 4:04.73.

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Updated date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 13:33

In an effort for USA Swimming to maintain a high level of benefits and service to member clubs, USA Swimming is extending its negotiated rental car, SUV and Van pricing with National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to all Member Clubs for USA Swimming sanctioned events, meets, practices, or approved social events. Please see below for more information and attached pricing information.

  • Program discount code for Enterprise and National: XZ12940
  • This negotiated pricing includes full insurance (CDW with $0/deductible and Liability of $100,000/300,000/50,000)
  • Additional driver fee is WAIVED for all business type rentals.
  • Pricing is negotiated for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National locations on AND off Airport.
  • Program extends nationwide and in Canada (pricing in Canada does not include insurance)

Before your first rental with National or Enterprise, please take the time to enroll in the Frequent Renter program below – Emerald Club. This will ensure you receive the appropriate rates, services and benefits every time you rent. This is not mandatory to receive negotiated pricing.

As an Emerald Club member, you will receive the following benefits, among others with NATIONAL:

  • Bypass the counter and choose your own car - Bypass the rental counter and go directly to the Emerald Club Aisle® at 64 major airports in the U.S. and Canada. If you are renting a larger vehicle (minivan, SUV) you will choose from our “reserve” selection area.
  • Choose your rewards - Earn rental credits towards a Free Rental Day with every seven rental credits earned. Or choose to automatically receive frequent flyer miles for each day rented.
  • Enterprise – Emerald Club member numbers are accepted at all Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations nationwide. You can earn free rental credits when you rent with Enterprise – unfortunately at this point frequent flyer miles are not able to be earned at Enterprise locations

Full instructions can be found here.

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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