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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ralph Mohr Survives, Doing It All In Cascade Lakes

71-year-old Ralph Mohr has done it all.

As did 40 other swimmers.

At one of America's greatest celebration of open water swimming, the Cascade Lakes Swim Series in Elk Lake in Oregon, there are special competitions for the most fit and most enthusiastic athletes. In addition to offering 5 races (0.5 km, 1 km, 1.5 km, 3 km, 5 km) over a 3-day weekend, the Cascade Lakes Swim Series, participants may enter any or all of the five swims in the clear mountain lake at 4,900 feet (1,500 m) above sea level.

The Series tests the navigational IQ and competitive tactics of the swimmers in a variety of ways: the 0.5 km races are individual time trial on an out-and-back course; the 1 km swim is along an irregular course following the shoreline; 1.5 km and 3 km swims are on a triangular course; the 5 km swim includes three loops of a diamond and triangular course.

The Series also tests the competitive mettle and endurance of the participants in a unique way. It includes a Short Series (500m, 1000m, and 1500m races), a Long Series (1500m, 3000m, and 5000m races), and a Survivor Series (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m races). Each swimmer may enter one distance series only and must complete all the races in order to be eligible for the Series awards. For awards, points will be based on finish order in each race with a wetsuit deduction when applicable.

The wetsuit deduction is dependent on the water temperature If the water temperature is below 68ºF, there is no adjustment or penalty in the Oregon Open Water Series for wearing Category II swimwear (includes wetsuits or non-confirming swimsuits). There is also no penalty for Category II swimwear in any swim in the 5-swim Survivor Series. However, there is a time adjustment of 10% to account for the Category II speed advantage in the Short Series and Long Series scoring.

The Survivor Series is where Ralph Mohr not only survived, but thrived. As did the 40 other swimmers who completed the Survivor Series.

The official Survivor Series results from the August event in central Oregon:

Female Age Group 30-34 - Lindsay Ergenekan
Female 35-39 - Anicia Criscione
Female 40-44 - Shannon R Singer
Female 45-49 - Kim Young
Female 50-54 - Ann R Goodman
Female 55-59 - Paula J Moores
Female 60-64 - Jill M Wright
Male 30-34 - Aaron M Rodriguez
Male 35-39 - James E Dahl
Male 40-44 - Christian F Tujo
Male 45-49 - Shaun Orchard
Male 50-54 - Eric D Steinhauff
Male 55-59 - Walter R Carter
Male 60-64 - Robert B Richardson
Male 70-74 - Ralph Mohr

The Long Series Winners by Age Group

Female 25-29 - Emily Schmitt
Female 30-34 - Amy E Johnson
Female 35-39 - Shannon Keegan
Female 40-44 - Kathy Farrell Guizar
Female 45-49 - Wendy K VanDeSompele
Female 50-54 - Ann R Goodman
Female 55-59 - Paula J Moores
Female 60-64 - Jill M Wright
Male 30-34 - Aaron M Rodriguez
Male 35-39 - Todd Lantry
Male 40-44 - Can (Jon) Ergenekan
Male 45-49 - Rob Higley
Male 50-54 - Mike W Carr
Male 55-59 - Keith C Dow
Male 60-64 - William J Penn
Male 65-69 - Daniel R Gray
Male 70-74 - Ralph Mohr

For complete results, visit here.

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