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Officiating at the Pacific Coast All Star Meet!!
January 4-5, 2020

Oregon Swimming is hosting the Pacific Coast All Star meet and we are in need of officials.   This championship meet will take place in Hillsboro and will have one session each day.   If you are available for one or both days, please contact Julie Carpenter for details.  Hope to see you there!!  jmcarpenter@gmail.com

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News and Updates - Oct 2019
  • Sheila Lovell Otterstrom  has stepped up to be the a co-Area Chair for Mid-Willamette Valley.
  • Martha Pagel is the new Chair for Electronic Timing.
  • Concussion Training - As of January 1st - All officials are required to complete the concussion training course.  It continues to be an annual requirement for all Referees.
  • MAAPP – Congressional mandate from US Center for Safe Sport.  Please take time to read and understand the policy.
    • When hosting a meet – be proactive!  
      • Ensure that Athletes that are 18years & older are current in their APT.
      • Have your plan in place for Timers and Volunteers.
      • Have your bathroom / locker room situation figured out.
  • Oregon Swimming has adopted a new uniform.  We are replacing the blue bottoms and shoes with black bottoms, shoes & socks.  The white polo style shirt will remain the same.  As always, please review the meet information for any specifics on uniform.
  • Oregon Swimming will be hosting the 2020 All Star Meet January 4-5 in Hillsboro.  If you are available to officiate and for more details, please email Julie: jmcarpenter001@gmail.com 
  • USA Swimming has voted to ban tech suits for 12 & Under swimmers.  This takes effect in Sept of 2020.  Oregon Swimming adopted this ban in April of 2019. Per OSI Policy:
    • Tech suits are defined as any suit with bonded seams, Kinetic tape, or meshed seams.
    • 12 & Under athletes observed violating this rule will be disqualified.
    • The list of suits that will not be permitted will be updated on the OSI website as needed.
  • If you are interested in officiating at a National meet (and qualified), applications will be posted on the USA Swimming website 180 days before the event.  The applications will be pulled 120 days before the event, and they will select approximately 60 officials per meet. 
  • Please use current information from this website and USA Swimming for any training.
  • Dive Certification - If an athlete is not dive certified, they MUST start in the water.  If they are dive certified, they MAY start from the block, the side or in the water.
  • Block rules with relay starts - A swimmer must have at least part of one foot in contact with the starting platform in front of the adjustable back plate during a relay exchange.
  • When using backstroke ledges, at least one toe from each foot must be in contact with the wall.
  • DQ slips - make them clear and legible - fix clerical errors.
  • Deck changing & suit issues - get the coach involved.
  • No "I" in TEAM - Our purpose is to work together for the common good - every job at the meet is very important.  Accept any assignment as a Team Player!
  • Stick to the rule book and avoid rumors – use common sense and good judgment…and remember…the benefit of the doubt always goes to the swimmer!

2020 Championship Meet Information:

Feb 14-15 – HS District meets – Various locations

Feb 21-22 – HS State Meet – ??

Feb 22-23 – OSI 10 & Under Champs – Willamalane–  MR - Pete Perez

Feb 27 – Mar 01– OSI 11-14 Champs – Corvallis– MR - Jack Burnett

Mar 05- March 8 – OSI Sr Region chmps– T-Hills– MR - Judi Creech

July 11-12 – OSI 10 & Under Champs – Albany – MR - Sheila Lovell-Otterstrom

July 16-19 – LC Sectionals – Mt Hood

July 23-26 – OSI LC Champs – Mt Hood – MR - Bill Shreeve

Aug 5-08 – WZ AG Champs – at Mt Hood – co hosted by SR & IE

Thanks for all you do to support our LSC…I will look forward to seeing you on deck!  Julie

USA Swimming Safe Sport - MAAPP

USA Swimming Safe Sport has come out with a new policy.  The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy – MAAPP – is in effect.   Please review policy for details


2019 Special Olympics

2019 LC Senior Sectionals

2019 LC 10&U Championship


Foster Lakes Open Water Swim


Thanks to our Dedicated Officials
Gold Star Officials
these officials have served OSI for 10 or more years
  Years   Years   Years
Fran Hart 26 Ruth Fischer-Wright 15 Renee Webb 12
Norm Hart 26 Bob Heymann 15 Debbie Arizala 11
Jacki Allender 25 Cliff Lyons 15 Sandie Ashland 11
Pat Allender 25 Reed Sloss 15 Nate Goforth 11
Mark Rieniet 23 Julie Greenaway 14 Anita Goodwin 11
    Stacie Holmstrom 14 Kirsten Holbo 11
Betty Ishii 21 Julia Murphy 14 Kevin Holland 11
Tom Ishii 21 Bill Shreeve 14 H.B. Morris 11
Julie Carpenter 20 Tina Strahan 14 Jack O'Shea 11
Dan Gipe 20 Keri Hanke 13 Stephanie Schultz 11
Jeff Gudman 19 Judy Miller 13 Patricia Furrer-Hatzikos 10
Andrew Guyler 19 Katrina Myers 13 David Galbraith 10
Joe Dahl 19 Travis Nelson 13 Margaret Kincaid 10
Kathy Allen 17 Alex Arizala 12 Debbie Laderoute 10
Kym Jacobson 17 Margaret Cobb 12 Mia Mahedy-Sexton 10
Dan Rawding 17 Liam McMahon 12 Martha Pagel 10
James Hayden 16 Walter Monk 12 Michael Reed 10
Tom Smallwood 16 Tony Ranno 12 Rhonda Soule 10
Dave Twenge 16 Otilia Sapienza 12 Jared Wilson 10
Hal Beamer 15 Mike Simon 12    
Silver Star Officials
these officals have served OSI for 5-9 years
  years   years   years
Shari Breuer 9 Darrell Geymann 7 Pam Soderquist 6
Lyn Buck 9 Michelle Gould 7 Troy Tetsuka 6
Chris Engler 9 Wei Han 7 Mariecel Torres-Young 6
Gracie Goddard 9 Debby Haring 7 Jason Tucker 6
Lee Goodwin 9 Karl Hegney 7 Christian Tujo 6
John Haring 9 Shelly Hester 7 Shannon Watt 6
Tom Holt 9 Pam Hewitt 7 Jason Wittler 6
Andrea Knutsen 9 Aimee Hoefs 7 Karen Wright 6
Amit Kumar 9 Tony Kerr 7 Joe Adrian 5
BJ Larmouth 9 David Larmouth 7 Rebecca Blum 5
Richard Lindsay 9 Karen Nguyen 7 Jack Burnett 5
Sheila Lovell-Otterstrom 9 Will Noftsker 7 Lee Cannon 5
Peggy Sue Luffred 9 Pam O'Shea 7 Jana Carroll 5
Melinda Roy 9 Pete Perez 7 Kyounghee Ku Choi 5
Rob Ryan 9 Cathy Piazza 7 Tim Cook 5
Darcy Smith 9 Danita Ross 7 Judi Creech 5
Anne Stansell 9 Jeanie Schwenk 7 Liz Cruthers 5
Aaron Tam 9 Tammy Secrist 7 Christine Curtis 5
Brian Watt 9 Steve Steiner 7 Angela Dankenbring 5
Florence Woodbury 9 Jill Thompson 7 Melisse De La Mare 5
Jason Young 9 Robert Vlasak 7 Andrew Jules DeGiulio 5
Margie Zerr 9 Traci Waddington 7 Jason Fincher 5
Jeanette Armitage 8 Roy Yotsuuye 7 Angelika Furtwangler 5
Lise Brackbill 8 Jocelyn Yu 7 John Gunderson 5
Todd Caldwell 8 Agata Zawierucha 7 Rachel Gunderson 5
Glen Champlin 8 Matthew Beasley 6 Bill Hall 5
Shao-Lee Chang 8 Grover Blackburn 6 Hayden Harker 5
Jim Corbeau 8 Sean Cho 6 Juliann Harris 5
Shannon Corbeau 8 Sidney Davidson 6 Kim Hay 5
Gary Dalrymple 8 Vai Diep 6 Michael Howard 5
Aimee Dhakhwa 8 John Fairbank 6 Wei Huang 5
Don Harkins 8 Hugh Genualdi 6 George Hutchison 5
Ray Jentges 8 Don Gilbreath 6 Mark Joon Kim 5
Mike Knutsen 8 Barbara Halferty 6 Manoj Kumar 5
Vicki Krutzikowsky 8 Craig Hehn 6 Steven Lane 5
Hsin-Ying Lin  8 Kelli Kang 6 Janice Lee 5
Jeff Miller 8 Lynnette Konop 6 Kara Liechty 5
Jenifer Mittelstadt 8 Jenny Lee 6 Ed Magee 5
Tom Pierce 8 Yasutaka Maruki 6 Denis Makarenko 5
Jennifer Smith 8 Francis McKeen 6 Yong-Joon Park 5
Teresa Steinbock 8 Dirk Muessig 6 Steven Peterkort 5
Lori Stevens 8 Kristin Muessig 6 Kenneth Plum 5
Joy Suppes 8 Jon Mullikin 6 Nathaniel Price 5
Kathrin Weller 8 Jeff Nason 6 Marcus Ray 5
James White 8 Sridhar Ramachandran 6 Mike Shaw 5
Kenneth Adams 7 Alan Reitz 6 Yun Tian 5
Mike Ahten 7 Stacey Rickman 6 Elena Tsyvian 5
Jason Barnes 7 Jeralee Salaets 6 Johan Van de Groenendaal 5
Stephen Bruss 7 Jennie Scarborough 6 Judith Vial 5
Bryan Carroll 7 Sarah Segall 6 Asuka Westbrook 5
Anicia Criscione 7 Mike Settle 6 Christian Wiedholz 5
Matthew Dapkus 7 Kyle Shaver 6 Connie Wimmer-Greenslate 5
Joe DeRisio 7 Tara Sloan 6 Leslie Witt 5
Scott Drill 7 David Soderquist 6 Cindy Wornath 5


Official of the Month

Oct 2019- Official of the month for October is Johanna Blackford, Administrative Official, from The Dolphins Swim Club (TDPS). Johanna is also an Electronic Timer Trainer and an Administrative Official Trainer. Johanna is an excellent team player and brilliant when figuring out how to best set up events in the computer to run a smooth meet. She is readily available to help at meets that her team doesn’t host or participate in and is willing to work any session from preliminaries to time trials to finals. She stays until the session is complete and helps to make sure that the sessions that follow are prepared. She is also readily willing to share her knowledge. If a meet has run smoothly whether it’s a local meet or a futures meet, Johanna has probably been a part of it. She exemplifies the type of official that makes our LSC top notch. Thank you for all you do, Johanna!

Martha Pagel – Oregon Electronic Timing Chair

Aug 2019 Doug Hermanson of the BEND Swim Club is August’s official of the month. Having worked on deck as a Stroke & Turn official for four years now, Doug is training as a starter. Not only is Doug one of the friendliest guys you’ll meet on deck and at official’s meetings, he’s quite knowledgeable about stroke rules, jurisdiction, deck rotations and protocol.   Doug has worked several OSI championship meets, yet he is not afraid to ask questions when unsure about a specific interpretation. Father of younger and older swimmers, Doug often works both sessions at swim meets, even when his kids are competing at different pools across town. Doug has a fabulous sense of humor and listening to stories about his deck as well as life experiences is a hoot. I hope all OSI officials have a chance to rub shoulders with this wonderful official.  Congratulations Doug!

Reed Sloss – Central Oregon Area Chair

July 2019- It is an absolute honor to announce the July OSI official of the month, Evangeline Swift with the Tornadoes Swim Team. You can regularly find Evangeline on deck officiating with or without a swimmer in the water; she is one of those officials you know you can count on and will do whatever is needed to support the meet! She is always looking for opportunities to learn, adding them to her officiating tool box. Evangeline is a tremendous resource, scheduling and presenting clinics, mentoring officials on deck, and supporting the athlete. Along with more than 60 sessions worked this last year, she recently spent an impressive amount of time becoming YMCA certified so her team would have more opportunities. Next time you see Evangeline Swift on deck please join me in taking a moment to thank her for her dedication and commitment to OSI.

Judi Creech ~ Portland East-side Officials Chair

June 2019 -There are lots of great people who volunteer as swimming officials in Oregon, and one of them is Jennifer Milburn from the Albany Aquatics Association.  Jen wears many hats with the team in Albany, as a Swim Parent, Meet Director, and Official, and she excels at them all.  As an official Jennifer can be seen on deck, working hard, mentoring others, and learning all the time.  She actively works within the officiating team, is a positive presence on the deck, and as a S&T judge is a someone to count on.  What really stands out about Jennifer is her willingness to help in any way, and her desire to do a great job.  We are fortunate to have her as a part of our organization!

Sheila Lovell Otterstrom - Mid-Willamette Valley

May 2019- Oregon Swimming Official for the Month of May 2019 is Glen Sharp from the Oregon City Swim Club.  Glen is one of those officials who is really willing to do whatever it takes.  He is never hesitant to try something new and is willing to take whatever role on deck is needed to ensure a quality meet.  Glen first became an official in January of 2018 where he picked things up quickly.  His desire to learn as much as he can has led him to become a great trainer for Stroke & Turn Officials.  In February of this year Glen added Starter to his officiating toolbox.  Glen was a valuable contributor on the CJ team at the 11-14 Championships, despite the fact he was under the weather. In the past year Glen has dedicated himself to helping our athletes, having logged 42 individual sessions in the past year.  Please take a moment next time you are on deck with Glen Sharp to congratulate him on becoming our newest official of the month.  

Darrell Geymann  - Portland Westside Official’s Chair 


March 2019- I would like to recognize Sunny Burden from the Lake Oswego Swim Club as Official of the Month for March. Sunny is that official with the big smile that radiates across the deck. She is also the official that never says no when there is a job to be done. She has been the official coordinator for LOSC for the past two years. She makes sure the club is well represented at all the meets including meets for Lewis and Clark College. She is also responsible for setting up training clinics for the club. Sunny is a tireless worker with over 60 sessions worked this past 12 months. Thank you, Sunny for all you do for our swimmers.  

Joe Dahl - North Willamette Valley Officials Chair


February 2019 - I would like to recognize Margie Zerr as the Official of the Month.  Margie transcends officiating with developing new ways of doing things to improve the overall experience for our swimmers.  Training many officials over the years, she has helped build our team.  Margie creates a positive environment for our swimmers with her smile and positive outlook.  Her enthusiasm and dedication to the swimmers always puts the swimmer first.   She's a team player with her can do attitude and willingness to help wherever needed.  She ensures the most accurate results for our swimmers with clear, complete, accurate, and well summarized stroke briefings.  She does all of this without having her own swimmers in the water.  I would like to give a call out to Margie for all that she has done.  Please thank her the next time that you see her on deck.  

Bill Shreeve – Eugene/Springfield Officials Chair


January 2019 – I would like to nominate Cindy Eiynck from Superior Stingrays Swimming as our 2019 January OSI Official of the month! She is a delight to work with on deck—always smiling, willing to do whatever she can to make the meet’s officiating team stronger. She recently took it upon herself to attend our annual October meeting of officials so that she could take the class to become a stroke and turn trainer. What you may not know is that she drove up from the Medford area, so she had to give up the better part of her Saturday to make this happen. That is indicative of Cindy—always willing to learn more to help others. The lucky trainees that have worked with her have said on more than one occasion that they have learned SO MUCH from their session working with Cindy! Oregon Swimming is so lucky to have such a dedicated, positive person in our ranks of blue/black and white. May you soon get the chance to work with Cindy on deck to see this awesome official in action!

Julia Murphy – Southern Oregon Official’s Chair

Get to know Reed Sloss
Here is an article that was in the Bend Bulletin. Thanks for all that you do Reed!
Remembering John Haring

The Oregon Swimming Community is experiencing a great loss with the passing of John Haring. John has been an official with Oregon Swimming for the past 10 years, a referee since 2013. He was the Area Officials Chair for the Portland Eastside region of OSI.  John served as the club president for the Canby Swim Club and was active as the official’s coordinator for many years.  John and his wife Debby have continued to support our community even after their children no longer participated.  

John was passionate about finding and training new officials for his club and OSI.  He was an exceptional mentor for our officials. Many of the officials that you see on the pool deck received training and mentoring from John over the years. His work has created a solid foundation from which we operate today.  

As a Referee John was well known for serving our athletes. He was always compassionate and supportive. He would do whatever he could to give every athlete a chance to complete and do their best.  John always ensured that all athletes were treated with respect and fairness.  His laughter and passion for our sport will be greatly missed and we are blessed to have had John serve Oregon Swimming for so many years. 

In lieu of flowers to honor John's commitment to youth swimming, anyone wishing to do something in his name, donate to: Canby Swim Club-The Gators P.O. Box 21 Canby, Oregon 97013. Please note that the donation is in memory of John Haring to be used for scholarships, and is tax deductable.

Remembering JoAnne Wisniewski

Oregon Swimming is saddened by the loss of long-time official JoAnne Wisniewski.  JoAnne passed away peacefully on Dec 29, 2018.  JoAnne served our community as certified official for 22 years. She was a great mentor and friend and a joy to be around.  She played a key – and patient – role in training hundreds of officials over the years. She had a great attitude, big heart and warm smile.  She will be greatly missed!