October 8, 2002

Tacoma couple earn U.S. Masters Swimming

United States Masters Swimming (USMS) has honored Tacoma residents Hugh and Jane Moore with the organization's highest honor for service, the Ransom J. Arthur Award, named for the founder of USMS.

USMS, a national organization that provides structured workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults age 18 and over, presented the award to the Moores for their 23 years of service to the organization. Jane Moore, a family practice physician, and Hugh Moore, an electrical engineer, were founding members and officers of a Masters group in Wichita, Kan. They continued their local service when they moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1983 as charter members of the Federal Way Masters swimming club, with Hugh again serving as president and Jane as treasurer.

The Moores have hosted Local Masters Swim Committee (LMSC, a regional USMS designation) and zone championship meets, national postal meets, and three national championship meets. Together they have held seven different LMSC board positions for the Pacific Northwest area, including several terms each as president. On the national level, they have chaired four committees--Sports Medicine, Planning, Officials, and Communications--and the national office of zone chair. They have served on 12 USMS committees and completed six special assignments, including overseeing national registration and directing medical services at national championship meets.

The Moores are also active in United States Synchronized Swimming in the Pacific Northwest, where they have coached their daughter