Central Oregon Masters Aquatics

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Announcements

Tis the holiday season! Keep the calories at bay and join us at practice. We have several events coming up for the rest of 2019:

11th Annual All-Around Meet on Saturday December 14th. This meet is run in a pentatholon format. You can swim 50's plus 100 IM (short), 100's plus 200 IM (Medium), or 200's plus a 400 IM (Long). Or, you can do the Brute Squad challenge (200 Fly, 400 IM and 1500 Free). You will get a silipint award for finishing any of those strings of events. Or, you can just swim any individual event you want! Stroke specialty swimmers take note: pay attention to the order of the events, if you sign up for all the butterfly events, you will swim them right after each other (no special award for that - sorry). Enter the meet here.
The annual COMA Holiday party is Sunday, December 15th at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park. Everyone welcome and we are also holding our annual Silent Auction again! COMA provides turkey and ham. Everyone brings a side dish or dessert to share! It's a great time to socialize with your fellow swimmers!
On January 1st, we have our annual Metric Birthday Practice and Party. Competitive swimmers all age up (except for 25 yard courses) on January 1st. So come to a special practice starting at 9:00 am and then stay for cake and a raffle!
Annual Dues Renewal time!  COMA dues are $20 per calendar year.  Most of you pay by credit card, in which case Barb will be processing those renewals towards the end of December and you will be notified when those get processed. Those of you not using a credit card, will also be notified by individual email with instructions on how to pay by US Mail, at our Holiday Party on Dec 15th or at the Metric Birthday Practice on New Year's Day.



Do you need some new swim gear (google, paddles, fins, suits) or maybe some COMA logowear (shirts, sweats, bags, swim parkas)?  Check our our COMAGear Store today! A portion of the proceeds comes back to COMA.

If you have any questions about COMA activites, please contact us here!

Who We Are

We are adult fitness swimmers (18 and over) who live all over Central Oregon. We come in all shapes, sizes, ages, goals, skills, and walks of life. Some of us have lifetime swimming backgrounds, some are triathletes, some recently started swimming with only long-ago childhood lessons, and some are even completely self-taught. All of us share a love of swimming and a dedication to fitness through swimming. We welcome fitness swimmers, competitors and mult-sport athletes. Many of our members swim at coached practices, and some swim with other training buddies or on their own.

For those wishing to challenge themselves through competition, COMA hosts several swim meets and open water swims during the year.  We are best known for our Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival run each summer which includes 5 swims over 3 days! If you choose to compete, there are plenty of masters swimming opportunities and triathlete events in Oregon and surrounding states.

Where We Swim

 COMA swimmers practice at several different public and private facilities throughout the area. The flagship pool is Juniper Swim & Fitness Center in Bend which includes a 50 meter seasonally covered pool. Other sites include the Athletic Club of Bend, the Cascade Swim Center in Redmond, the  Madras Aquatic Center, Sisters Athletic Club and Sunriver. Look under Practices in the menu above to see where and when you can swim with us!
 

Each facility provides their own swim coaches and coached practice times. COMA does not pay coaches salaries (which is why we can keep our membership fee so low). The fee you pay at the facility you attend covers the cost of pool time and a coach on deck.  The coaching staffs and sponsoring pools welcome all interested swimmers to experience practice and the camaraderie of like-minded athletes. 

A COMA Membership

 COMA actively supports a large variety of activities for the local adult swimming community, including meets, clinics, fitness challenges, social events and service opportunities. COMA members pay nominal annual dues (currently $20) to help support these events as well as camaraderie and communication between our members. With your membership you will receive a team email newsletter "The ComaGram" to keep you informed of events and our team activites. Please consider joining COMA by clicking on JOIN in the menu above.
 

COMA operates within the framework of United States Masters Swimming, the national organization that promotes fitness and competitive swimming for adults, and Oregon Masters Swimming, the state branch of the national body. While you do not need to be a member of these organizations to participate in practices at COMA training sites, your local membership in masters swimming can open the door for you to the state, national and international swimming community. Membership in these organizations gives everyone a voice in the direction that masters swimming takes locally and beyond. USMS member receive a monthly swimming magazine and OMS members receive a monthly newsetter of interest to Oregon swimmers.

Team Sponsors

Central Oregon Masters Aquatics could not operate without the generosity of our local community. We would like our viewers to know who these wonderful folks are and encourage you to patronize their establishments. Thank you, Sponsors!

Cascade Lakes Overall Event Sponsors - 2019

Central Oregon Masters Aquatics
Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District

Cascade Lakes Race Sponsors - 2019

3000 Meter Race - Doug Graeber, D.A. Davidson
500 Meter Race - Steve Mann
1500 Meter Race - Mike Tennant, Tennant Developments
5000 Meter Race - Stephanie Martin & Don Uhlir
1000 Meter Race - Amy Holcomb and Paul & Cathy Imwalle, i&j Carpets

Cascade Lakes Series Sponsors (Award Sponsors) - 2019

Short Series - Kelsey and Jason Adams, Bend Car Wash
Long Series - Laura and Andy Schob & Anonymous Lane-mates
Survivor Series - Mark and Jeanette Fairlee, Abracadabra Printing and Design
Porta-Potty Sponsor: A terrific Anonymous Donor!

Cascade Lakes Contributing Sponsors/Donors - 2019

Farmer Brown's Produce, Rebecca and Christen Brown, 20950 Knott Rd, Bend

Strictly Organic Coffee, Richard Steffenson and Rhonda Early, 6 SW Bond St

Laughing Planet, 913 NE 3rd St, Bend

Longboard Louie's - East Side, 62080 Dean Swift Road, Bend

Crouton's, 335 SW Century Dr, Bend

Country Catering, 900 SE Wilson, Bend

If you would like to become a sponsor for the Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival, please contact us

2018 Silent Auction Donors

Each December at our annual holiday party, we hold a silent auction to raise funds to both support our team and learn-to-swim programs through out Central Oregon. The following businesses and individuals donated at our event last year. If you have the opportunity, please visit these business and thank them for their support!

Businesses:    

Aspen Mt. Dermatology: Dr. Pivik

Bangers and Brews

Baja Fresh

Bend Healing Arts Center: Randy Weinreb

Bendistillery and Crater Lake Spirits

Bend Pet Express

Chicken Bonz

Dutch Bros Coffee

Farmer Brown Produce Stand: Rebecca and Chris Brown

Fishermans Quay, LLC: Kris Calvin

FootZone

Gear Fix

Good Life Brewing Co.

Good Drop Wine Shoppe

Hardys Hamburgers and Ice Cream: Hardy Lussier

Hola-Mexican/Peruvian Restaurant

Jackalope Grill

Lay It Out Events

Longboard Louies, Eastside

Midtown Beauty Salon

Mod Pizza

Newport Market

Noi Thai Restaurant

Nutrition Solutions: Lori Breezie

Original Pancake House

Oxford Inn Boutique hotel

Pastini in the Old Mill

Recharge Massage Therapy: Cinda Strauch

REI

Shops at Old Mill

Spork

Touchmark Retirement 

Wheel Fun Bikes Old Mill: Joanie Krehbiel

Wild Birds Unlimited

Zealios: Stacey Keifer

Z Pizza: Peppertree Hospitality Group

          

Individuals:

Linda Andrus

Bob Bruce and Barb Harris

Dennis Gallagher

Janet Gettling

Pam Himstreet

Madeline Holmberg

Grace Ogawa

George Thayer

Gillian Salton

Laura Schob

Connie Shuman

John and Carla Spence

Sue White

Peggy Whiter


 

Common Masters Swimming Myths

MYTH: I am too slow!
No! Lanes are set up by abilities, from beginners to champions.

MYTH: I have to know all the strokes!
No! We will teach you. We offer instruction in practice and clinics so that you can learn to be a well-rounded swimmer.

MYTH: There are so many great athletes here - I will be intimitated!
No! Every swimmer can find an appropriate fitness challenge at every practice.

MYTH: It is only about competition!
No! Most of our members do NOT compete. Some of us compete often, some occasionally, and some never. It is entirely up to you.

MYTH: I am not ready.
No! If you can swim 500 yards continuously, you are ready. So come join us!