To promote and support the achievement and development of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and clubs in competitive swimming.
P.O. Box 449
West Linn, OR 97068

10 & Under Long Course Championships July 10th - 11th Meet Referee Sheila Lovell-Otterstrom
Albany Community Center
2150 36th Ave SE, 
Albany, OR 97322

          11& Over Long Course Championships July 22nd - 25th Meet Referee Bill Shreeve
Pendleton Aquatic Center
1901 NW Carden Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801

10 & Under Long Course Championships Meet Information

11& Over Long Course Championships Meet Information


Online testing unavailable Apr. 15-30

The Rules and Regulations for Swim Coaches test will be unavailable from April 15-30. The officials’ online tests will also be unavailable on these dates. All of these tests are being updated to allow for the May 1st rule changes. There is no grace period for coaches; they cannot be on deck at practice or meets until they meet the education requirement. The Rules and Regulations for Swim Coaches test is part of the 2nd year coach membership requirement. 
Official's Assistance Relief Fund
The Officials Registration Assistance Fund has been established to assist officials who have been financially impacted by Covid-19. Using monies set aside by OSI for Covid-19 related expenses. All applicants must be Officials in good standing, with a completed background check, current Athlete Protection Training, and must meet published OSI recertification requirements. Applicants will be limited to a 1-time award of assistance ($40 per official). If the applicants last name is A-L, successful completion of the appropriate USA Swimming test/s is required. 
Interested parties will complete the following Google Form application:  Official's Assistance Relief Fund Application


New Official's Chair!

We are very excited to announce that Judi Creech has been selected as Oregon Swimming’s new Official’s Chair.  She began her term on January 1, 2021.

Training Clinics

Officiating Opportunities

COVID Update for Officials
  • Things are going to look different as we begin swim meets again until the pandemic is over.  Plan on:
    • Wearing a mask and social distancing
    • Knowing and understanding the local, state and facility restrictions for swimming events.
    • Advance planning and commitment.
    • Official’s meetings via Zoom.
    • Deck rotations being assigned in advance and communicated via email.
    • Deck training being assigned in advance with the opportunity for the Trainee and Trainer to meet prior to the meet via Zoom.
    • “Walk on” officials will not likely be accommodated
    • Being prepared for difficult conditions on deck.

***It is very important that all officials read the meet document


News and Updates  - December 2020

  • The boundaries for our areas for each Area Chair have been re-defined.  Please see the OSI website for details. 
  • A big thank you to Reed Sloss who has been serving Oregon Swimming for 17 years and will be stepping down due to the current situation.  He was the Central Oregon Area Chair, the Sanction Chair, was certified as ET/AO/S & T/ Starter/Referee and a trainer.  He was also very supportive of HS swimming.  Oregon Swimming is very appreciative of Reed’s long-time support.
  • Concussion training reminder – Referees must complete their concussion training annually; all other officials must complete it once.
  • The USA Swimming Professional documents and videos are available on the USA Swimming website under Education & Training.  Look them over when you have time to keep your officiating principals fresh in your mind.
  • The tech suit restrictions, proposed by the Age Group Development Committee, went into effect for 12-and-under swimmers on September 1, 2020. 
  • The format for the Oregon Swimming winter championship meets is still being determined.  Stay tuned…information will be on the website when it is available.
  • Plan ahead for Western Zones for next summer – 2021.  The WZ mentoring and reimbursement program will be available for both the WZ Age Group meet and the WZ SR meet for all of those officials that make a full commitment to the meet.
  • 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.
  • There is 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!

Awards and recognition:

  • The 2020 Dick Parker award for excellence in Officiating went to Pat Allender! 
    • He has served as ET / AO and S & T.  He is one of the experts in Oregon with the Hy-Tech and computer operations.  His behind the scenes support for HS Swimming is instrumental in preparing and running the championship meets.  We appreciate the MANY years that Pat has served Oregon swimming…this is very well deserved!
  • Newbee Award -  2020  ET – Karen Arpag - HRST
  • Newbee Award  - 2020 S & T -Christie Semualo - LHST
  • Official of the Month - 2020
    • January – Pat Allender
    • February – Mike Ahten
    • March – Patrick & Sonya Huskey
    • April – Bob Heymann
    • May – Bob Sommers
    • June – Amit Kumar
    • August – Ricci Huling


USA Swimming Safe Sport - MAAPP

MAAPP – The Minor Athlete Prevention Policy is a Congressional mandate from US Center for Safe Sport.  Please take time to read and understand the policy.  USA Swimming Safe Sport has come out with a new policy.     Please review policy for details

  • 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



Official of the Month


Thanks to our Ded icated Officials
Gold Star Officials
These Oficials have served Oregon Swimming for 10 or more years!
  Years   Years    Years
Fran Hart 27 Bill Shreeve 16 Sheila Lovell-Otterstrom 11
Norm Hart 27 Keri Hanke 15 Peggy Sue Luffred 11
Jacki Allender 25 Alex Arizala 14 Darcy Smith 11
Pat Allender 25 Liam McMahon 14 Anne Stansell 11
Mark Rieniets 24 Tony Ranno 14 Aaron Tam 11
Betty Ishii 22 Otilia Sapienza 14 Bryan Watt 11
Tom Ishii 22 Walter Monk 13 Margie Zerr 11
Julie Carpenter 21 Sandie Ashland 13 Glen Champlin 10
Dan Gipe 21 Kristen Holbo 13 Jerry Chang 10
Andrew Guyler 21 Stephanie Schultz 13 Jim Corbeau 10
Jeff Gudman 20 Patricia Furrer-Hatzikos 12 Shannon Corbeau 10
Joe Dahl 20 David Galbraith 12 Gary Dalrymple 10
Dan Rawding 19 Margaret Kincaid 12 Aimee Dhakhwa 10
James Hayden 18 Debbie Laderoute 12 Ray Jentges 10
Tom Smallwood 18 Martha Pagel 12 Vicki Krutzikowsky 10
Dave Twenge 18 Michael Reed 12 Jeff Miller 10
Hal Beamer 17 Rhonda Soule 12 Jenifer Mittelstadt 10
Bob Heymann 17 Kimberly Cheren 11 Tom Pierce 10
Cliff Lyons 17 Chris Engler 11 Jennifer Smith 10
Reed Sloss 17 Gracie Goddard 11 Teresa Steinbock 10
Julie Greenaway 16 Tom Holt 11 Lori Stevens 10
Stacie Holmstrom 16 Amit Kumar 11 Joy Suppes 10
Julia Murphy 16        
Silver Star Officials
These Officals have served Oregon Swimming  for 5-9 years!
  Years   Years   Years
Ken Adams 9 Jack Burnett 7 Monique Kellerman 5
Mike Ahten 9 Lee Cannon 7 Desi Kurtz 5
Stephen Bruss 9 Kyounghee Choi 7 Aaron Leatherwood 5
Bryan Carroll 9 Tim Cook  7 Adebimpe Ajayi 5
Joe DeRisio 9 Judi Creech 7 Patricia Alexandre-Schoenheit 5
Darrell Geymann 9 Liz Cruthers 7 Amber Beck 5
Michelle Gould 9 Christy Curtis 7 Rick Brindos 5
Pamela Hewitt 9 Jason Fincher 7 Kim Brown 5
Aimee Hoefs 9 Kim Hay 7 Chris Brun 5
Toni Kerr 9 Wei Huang 7 Sunny Burden 5
David Larmouth 9 Mark Kim 7 Angelina Buswell 5
Karen Nguyen 9 Manoj Kumar 7 Joe Caron 5
Will Noftsker 9 Steve Lane 7 Jennifer Chang 5
Pam O'Shea 9 Ed Magee 7 Ken Chard 5
Pete Perez 9 Denis Makarenko 7 Bernadine Doan 5
Steve Steiner 9 YJ Park 7 Daniel Duran Garza 5
Roy Yotsuuye 9 Nathaniel Price 7 Cindy Eiynck 5
Jason Barnes 8 Mike Shaw 7 Cindy Gingalewski 5
Anicia Criscione  8 Elena Tsyvian 7 Hathanh Goswitz 5
Matthew Beasley 8 Johan Van de Groenendaal 7 Bill Hayhurst 5
Grover Blackburn 8 Christian Wiedholz 7 Shelly Hochstetler 5
Sean Cho 8 Leslie Witt 7 Vali Ignatescu 5
Sid Davidson 8 Cindy Wornath 7 Andrew Jones 5
John Fairbank 8 Hutch Hutchison 7 Kim Kayfes 5
Hugh Genualdi 8 Liz Bruss 6 Stacey Kiefer 5
Barbara Halferty 8 Claudia Dicey 6 Lucinda Kolo-Kistler 5
Kelli Kang 8 Becky Dobler 6 Shylow Landis 5
Lynnette Konop 8 Dale Empey 6 April Larsen 5
Jenny Lee 8 Jonathan Flecker 6 Soozie McDonald 5
Yasutaka Maruki 8 Owen Hammack 6 Missy McPherson 5
 Frank McKeen 8 Gabrielle Johnston 6 Ben Miriovsky 5
Jeff Nason 8 Robert Jokinen 6 Deborah O'Brien 5
Alan Reitz 8 Mary Ann Kahler 6 Hiren Patel 5
Stacey Rickman 8 Paul Lucas 6 Laura Pulley 5
Jennie Scarborough 8 Audrey Lungershausen 6 Bill Reinhart 5
Alex Settle 8 Jacque Reeves 6 Shari Scholz 5
Kyle Shaver 8 Lisa Sandoval 6 Peter Sprengelmeyer 5
Troy Tetsuka 8 Arun Somasundaram 6 Hai Hoang Ta 5
Mariecel Torres-Young 8 Evangeline Swift 6 Mari Uchishiba 5
Jason Tucker 8 John Thompson 6 Rick Vail 5
Shannon Watt 8 Ronghua Wang 6 Mike Wagar 5
Karen Wright 8 Shauna Winder 6 Jeff Warburton 5
    Fei Xie 6 Corie Young 5

Record Setting Volunteer Committment 2020

  Total Sessions     Total Sessions     Total Sessions
Creech, Judi Jessica 59   Pagel, Martha A 31   Alexandre-Schoenheit, Patricia  23
Lovell-Otterstrom, Sheila Marie 52   Burnett, Jack Walter 30   Gipe, Dan 23
Jentges, Ray 46   Hart, Fran 30   Spencer, Ken 23
Chard, Ken 38   Hart, Norm 29   Carpenter, Julie M 22
Huling, Ricci C 36   Shreeve, Bill 29   DeRisio, Joe 22
Stahlmann, Marco  36   Smallwood, Tom 29   Lungershausen, Audrey Susan 22
Stansell, Anne M 36   Allender, Jacki 27   Monk, Walter C 22
Cobb, Hattie Christine 35   Conrad, Chris 27   Sommers, Bob 22
Ahten, Mike 34   Huang, Wei  27   Genualdi, Hugh Joseph 21
Magee, Ed 34   McMahon, Liam 27   Lajoie, Darrin Michael 21
Swift, Evangeline Barber 34   Hayhurst, Bill 26   O'Brien, Deborah Ann 21
Bakke, Ronette Marie 33   Lucas, Paul Francis 26   Price, Nathaniel Todd 21
Van De Groenendaal, Johan 33   Smith, Darcy Koontz 26   Tetsuka, Troy Taiyo 21
Vassallo, Chad Gregory 33   Ahten, Dina Kae 25   Beamer, Hal 20
Waddell, Heather Marie 33   Champlin, Glen Duane 25   Choi, Kyounghee Ku 20
Geymann, Darrell Floyd 32   Hoefs, Aimee E 25   Ignatescu, Vali 20
Cannon, Lee 31   Miehl, Nick 25   Sharp, Glen Thomas 20

2019 Special Olympics

2019 LC Senior Sectionals

2019 LC 10&U Championship


Foster Lakes Open Water Swim


Remembering John Haring

The Oregon Swimming Community is experiencing a great loss with the passing of John Haring on Feb 19, 2019.  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!