Swimming - Oregon

November 21, 2015

Another full day before the trip wraps up.

The day began at 6:30 a.m. - our last practice in Oregon. Another cold morning turned into a special event. It was 29 degrees outside - we had to scrape the ice off the windshield before we could leave for the pool - and we were warned by the lifeguards to be careful outside as the water splashing from the pool would freeze on the deck and we might slip. It did but we didn't slip! The swimmers worked hard and were joined by Tyler Stori, a young man who grew up swimming with Corvallis and is now in Colorado Springs training for the chance to qualify for Rio. He is very unique in that he has made the Olympic Trials qualifying standard in every freestyle event, from the 50 to the 1500. He spoke to the swimmers about the importance of hard work and technique, and then swam the practice with us. What a great opportunity.

After practice we changed in to our OSU shirts and toured the weight lifting facility at Oregon State, followed by a hosted tailgate that was set up by Coach Kenny and his friend from college. It was very nice - and generous of them. We also got to take in the festivities of college football Saturday which included the band playing, cheerleaders and majorettes in the parking lot prior to kick-off. LOTS of people, gorgeous fall weather and, of course, the game.

OSU was losing 42-0 mid-way through the 2nd half when we had to leave for our drive back to Portland with a side-trip to the outlet malls. Our final event was a trip to the famous VooDoo donut shop in downtown Portland. Famous for its donuts as well as the ambiance of the storefront, complete with street performers, homeless people and various merchants. It was a great cultural experience for the swimmers.

We depart in the morning for our return to Honolulu. It has been a great experience for the group and we are so grateful to all those who made it possible.