[PacMasterUpdate] July 15, 2001
pacmasterupdate-admin at PacificMasters.org
Sun Jul 15 23:08:19 EDT 2001
The results of the 2001 Pacific Masters Swimming Long Course
Championships are now posted on the Pacific Masters web site.
Laura Val BROKE EIGHT WORLD RECORDS
50 M Fr
200 M FR
400 M FR
800 M FR
1500 M FR
50 M Back
100 M BACK
50 M Fly
Audry Etienne (San Mateo Marlins) broke the 85-89 200 Fr National record.
Robert Strand (TOC) broke the 50M Br, 100M Br and 200 M Breaststroke
Ginger Pierson of Oregon broke the oldest record in the US Masters
Record book (Gail Ropers 1985 200 M Fly).
The Walnut Creek Masters broke the 280-319 200M Free Record.
Thanks to the West Coast Aquatic Masters, Sue Mac Allister and San
Mateo Marlins with Dale Finch for putting together the meet under
2001 COACH OF THE YEAR
It was announced at the 2001 Long Course Championships that Sharlene
van Boer of the Rolling Hills Mud Sharks was named as the 2001
Pacific Masters Coach of the Year. The Mud Sharks, known for their
rousing cheers at swim meets, nominated their coach for the honor.
(More information will appear in the newsletter).
Pacific is blessed with an array of great coaches. Other nominated
coaches included Thomas Huggins of San Mateo Master Marlins, Ken
Fittro of Seaside-Monterey Masters Swim Club, and Alan Liu of
Mountain View Masters Swim and Social Club.
The Trans Tahoe deadline has passed to enter the event, but if you
are interested in attending the dinner party afterwards ($30) contact
Scott Williams swilliams at olyclub.com . (There is rumor that the
Olympic Club members know how to party. So it should be a lot of fun).
PACIFIC MASTERS OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2001 Pacific Masters Open Water Championships will be held in
Santa Cruz the first weekend in August. Medals will be given to the
top five finishers in each age division.
On each short meet sheet there is a link to the full meet sheet. The
Rough Water preentry deadline is Monday July 23. The Pier to Pier
Swim deadline is July 26th - no race day entries and the Cruz Cruise
preentry deadline July 25th.
LAKE DEL VALLE 2X1 OPEN WATER RELAY
The Manatees 2x1 Lake Del Valle Open Water Relay will be August 19th
at Lake Del Valle near Livermore.
Pinecrest Lake Open water swim is August 25th at Pinecrest Lake
(east of Sonora)
Joan Berven, the newsletter editor, is looking for pictures of the
the Championships or the TransTahoe race (coming up) or a recent open
water race. If you have pictures, please contact Joanne at
nevreb at home.net.
LETS GET THOSE MUSCLES WORKING AT THEIR BEST
Probably we all have had some practices where our muscles have not
been feeling up to snuff and/or had muscle cramps that caused us to
have to 'back off' or even curtail practice.
Is their anything we can do to prevent this from happening?? Well,
there are no "100% cures" -- but some simple habits can greatly
decrease the occurance of this particular kind of muscle
First and foremost is WATER. Yes, I know you are surrounded by the
stuff -- but I am referring to the drinking of enough on a daily
basis to help decrease that feeling of (muscle) fatigue and/or
cramping. A good rule of thumb is to drink 6 to 8 ounces of water
for every 30 to 40 minutes of 'practice time'. And it makes a lot of
sense to drink some of that quota before practice starts.
As your body has a 'lag time' in giving you that "I need to get a
drink of water" feeling -- you need to up your consumption well
before practice -- even if you dont feel thirsty. This 'lag time'
can be up to 2 hours behind the curve (and this feedback loop only
gets worse the older you get) -- so by the time you feel thirsty, its
already too late to remedy the situation if practice starts in 15
If you dont think you lose water during swim practice -- try weighing
yourself right before and then right after practice. That weight loss
you will see is all pretty much 'water loss' in one form or another.
And for every 1% loss in 'bodywater' there is a 2 to 3% loss in
The second thing you can do to increase muscle efficiency (and
recovery rate) is to replace those electrolytes and minerals that are
consumed by all those muscle contractions. The major ones in proper
muscle and nerve function are: Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, and
You dont need to go overboard with trying to find the most expensive
"Mineral and Electrolyte Supplement" out there -- most any good brand
will do. Or better yet, start taking a
Multi-Vitamin/Mineral/Electrolyte Supplement on a daily basis to be
sure your muscles are adequately supplied. Just be sure to take any
supplement(s) with a meal, as otherwise all you will do is produce
some very expensive (but also very 'colorful') urine!
Have a good week