OMS History Project
Earl Walter (known by many as "Ol' Barn") is the Historian of Oregon Masters Swimming. Several chapters of this history have appeared in the Aqua Master, and others will appear in the future.
1973 opened with a meet at MAC on March 24,1973. Among the paticipants was Don Schollander (26) swimming the 200Fr in 1:57.4, Mike Burton (25) swam the 1650 at 19:31.8. Steve Engel and Karl Von Tagen went at it in the 500, with Steve touching first in 5:57.2 vs. Karl at 5:57.5, both were 29 then. Skip Roggenbihl (39) and Jim Bigler (37) tied in the 100 Fr at 1:03.7. Fred Sprenger (41) definitely a pioneer,won the 1650 at 25:02.2 Tom Foley (38), a real pioneer for PNA, swam the backstroke and 100 IM. Joyce Bahler (42) from MAC, another pioneer, swam the 200 Brst in 4:07.8. Maxine Carlson (53) from PNA, a pioneer, swam the breast with a 200 at 4:16.2. Hazel Bressie (64) the MAC, an OMS pioneer, made her first appearance in the 50 Free, Back and Breast at 1:37.1, 1:40.5, and 2:16.8.
Some journeyed to Auburn, WA for a SCY Meet on March 31 and April 1. Jim Bigler, Alice Zabudsky, and Skip Roggenbihl. Alice at 28, gave us a 33.6 for the 50 fly, while Skip at 39, won the 100IM in 1:15.0. Jim at 37 was not to be outdone with a 1:03.6 for the 100 Free.
This meet was followed by a get together at Tualatin Hills on May 6th. Steve Johnson (25), Eugene, makes his debut in Masters with a 200 Free in 1:57.4. Rod Harmon (46) swam the 100 Breast in 1:24.0. Max Strauss (63) from Junction City, turned 100 Breast in 1:44.0 Jon Stoutt (26) swims the 100 Back in 1:05.6. Emanual Sang (42) swims the 50 Breast in 46.2. Mike Merrill (25) from Eugene, swims the 1650 in 19:09.8. Jerry Little (37) of Milwaukie, swam the 200 Breast in 2:48.9. Rudy Schaffter (63) of Vancouver, WA gave us a 100 Free in 1:32.3. Glenna MacKensie (47) of Hillsboro swam the 200 Free in3:54.6. Gloria Hicks (49) from Tualatin Hills gave us a 52.1 for the 50 Brst. Carol Lomax (39) from Lake Oswego with a 100 Fr in 1:24.2. Roz Davis (26) Clatskanie negotiated the 50 Back in 38.3, also Joyce Wymetalek (32) at 1:03.0 and Roxie Patterson (41) from Tualatin Hills a 50 Back in 43.5.
Tualatin Hills hosted the last meet of 1973 on Sept 23rd. Teddy Gill (42) a 200 Free in 3:33.0. Alan Jones, Marine Corps (26) swam the 1650 in 29:46.3. Ron Bohlman (30) swam the 100 IM in 1:02.2. Ken Zell gave us a 200 Fr in 2:28.2 and a 200 Back in 2:44.0. Paula Boer (25-34) won the 50 Breast at 46.9. George Burgess (42) swam the 50 Breast in 38.7. Carolyn Krugel (25-29) turned in a 1:46.9 for the 100 IM. Relays : 25 & Up Men -Replogle, Boer, Zell, and Duffy a 2:31.0 for the 200 Fr. Ladies Medley 200 - 25 and Up: Zabudsky, Hoopes, Krugel, and Andrus in at 2:43.3
1973 also saw the appearance of our first roster, this included people from all over the Northwest. People still swimming for OMS are listed below :
- Virginia Arvidson
- Joyce Bahler
- Jim Bigler
- Steve Johnson
- Donlan Jones
- Sheridan Jones
- Ralph Mohr
- Ron Nakata
- Dick Slawson
- Fred Sprenger
- Jon Stout
- Don Van Rossen
- Karl Von Tagen
- Earl Walter
We sprinted past the history of U.S. Masters, leaving it in 1972. Before going further your historian would like to give credit where credit is due. All of my references to U.S. Masters are taken from "Master Swim History," compiled by Ham Anderson and his wife, Mildred Anderson. Comments of 1972 are in order. Short Course Nationals in 1972 hosted 325 swimmers and were held in San Mateo. Buster Crabbe entered the program at the encouragement of John Spannuth. You were allowed to enter as many events as you desired, but only actually swim 7. Charles Teas from Corpus Christi held the first Diving Meet, December 1972.
1973 SC Nationals were held in Santa Monica, California. You were allowed to enter seven events and swim seven. LC Nationals were held in Chicago, each meet attracted some 500 swimmers. Relays were changed to 25+,35+ and 45+. Later 55+ and 65+ were added. Both Nationals were held inside. Electric Timing was improved with back up hand held timers. The Masters Convention was held in West Yellowstone, with only 6 Masters representatives. Early officers, still with us are: June Krauser, Ted Haartz, Paul Huttinger and Ray Taft.