EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene woman drowned in the Umpqua River on Sunday afternoon.
Genevieve Moreno, 34, was swimming across the rapids when she disappeared under water.
Friends of Moreno say she was a fixture at fitness gyms all around town. She and her fiancé, Eric, owned E & G – The Winning Edge, a dietary supplement and personal training company.
Moreno’s good friend said she was well-respected in the training circuit.
“I never heard anybody talk bad about Genevieve and that's saying a lot in such a vain world that we participate in,” said close friend Joe Wyatt. “Everybody loved her and that says it all.”
Wyatt said Moreno motivated her clients and led by example.
“Even when you thought you couldn’t go further, she would push you and show you that you could go further,” he said. “She didn’t just tell you that, she showed you with her own physique.”
Moreno was with three friends on Sunday afternoon when she tried to swim through the rapids across from the Elkton City Park in Elkton. Deputies said she was not wearing a life vest.
Moreno competed in body building competitions around the area. Wyatt said she was a hard worker and always cared about others. “The way she spoke and the kindness that came out is the way she was to everybody. There was nobody that was left out.”
Wyatt said no matter how fit or in shape you are, everyone needs to be safe in the water. “Sometimes we all need to take a step back and realize we’re all human and one slip, one mistake, no matter how good or how equipped you are - sometimes mother nature is a little more than we give credit for.”