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Local masters swimmer Ralph Mohr won his age group in the 5K US Masters National Championships at Elk Lake near Bend last weekend.

Swimming at 4,900 feet altitude, Mohr finished the 3.1 miles in 1 hour, 37 minutes and 30 seconds.

Mohr was 80th after swimming three times around a bouy-marked course.

“It looks like we swim three times to the South Sister as the mountain overlooks the lake,” he said.

The first loop is a 2,000-meter diamond. The swimmers then navigate two legs of a 1,500-meter triangle, heading into a breeze for the first leg.

Mohr said the temperature in the lake was a balmy 71 degrees, which was good news since wetsuits are not allowed in masters national championships open-water swims.

Mohr earned his third national title of the 2017 season. He also won the One Mile epostal event in February and the Two Mile Cable Swim at Foster Lake in June. There is one more open-water championship, a one-mile event at Angle Lake near Tacoma, Wash., in September.

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