[PacMasterUpdate] July 22, 2001
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Sun Jul 22 23:03:37 EDT 2001
PACIFIC MASTERS OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS - DEADLINES THIS WEEK
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 OPEN WATER SWIM
Pinecrest Lake Open water swim is August 25th at Pinecrest Lake (east
IN THE NEWS(PAPERS)
SF Chronicle wrote a story about children who are afraid of the water.
George Haines Article in the Chronicle
Eric the Eel of the Sydney Games
Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg maintains high profile in Israel
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USMS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BIDS
Bids for the 2003 Long Course, short Course and Long Distance
National Championships are due August 13th. For questions on the bids
for Long Course/Short Course contact Sandi Rousseau at
Championship at usms.org . Direct questions on Long Distance Bids to
Sally Dillon at LongDistance at usms.org .
(Editors note: This year the Long Course and Short Course Nationals
were held on the West Coast, next year Short Course is in Hawaii and
Long Course is in Cleveland. The only way the west coast will get the
short course meet is if no one bids from the East IMHO. I doubt that
the House of Delegates would vote for Long Course on the West Coast
for 2003. Open Water Championships is far more open and clubs should
consider hosting a long distance championship. If your club is
interested in hosting a long distance championship, please contact
Jim Wheeler jwheeler at sanselmo.org )
2002 RULE BOOK COVER
The design 2002 Rule Book Cover is selected by the Rule Book
Committee. It is an open competition to anyone. No cash award, but
the winner knows that his/her design will be on 5000 copies of the
USMS Rule Book.
If you are interested in submitting a design contact Meg Smath, Rule
Book Committee Chairman at RuleBook at usms.org .
MAY I HAVE ANOTHER SERVING OF BASIC FUNDAMENTALS, PLEASE
Even the most proficient of swimmers will occasionally review the
fundamentals of swimming to assure he/she is swimming in the most
So what are some basic, yet very important, details that all swimmers
need to attend to? First off, to move though water most effectively
one needs to be 'relaxed' -- not like laying back in your recliner
with a cold beer (though that certainly is a good definition) --
rather, are you 'flowing' through the water; or are you fighting for
If you think about it, water supports you from the effects of
gravity, so to move forward all you have to do is 'anchor' your hands
and apply enough force to get you going -- then relax, build up
'hand speed', and let your momentum carry you forward into your next
stroke cycle. There is no need, and it is actually
counter-productive, to have all your muscles contracting for all
their worth throughout the full length of each stroke.
Now that you have got your self moving down the pool -- the trick is
to have the 'drop-off' after each stroke minimized by decreasing
'frontal resistance' as much as possible. Course, we cant do
anything about decreasing the resistance the column of water you are
moving through will encounter as it hits that "midsection" you meant
to take care of with that new diet everyone has been talking about --
but that's another story. However, you can do a few things to
Most important, is moving through the water without excessive
'side-side' action, AND by being as level as possible. If your head
is elevated --- your legs will sink, or if not you will have to
exert a lot of energy (ie, wasted energy) trying to counterbalance.
So remember to keep the head low to bring the feet up and your body
'in-line'. Likewise, if you tend to 'cross over' your mid-line under
your body during your pull you will either have a 'zig-zag' motion
going down the pool, or you have to compensate by kicking harder on
the 'off side'. Both of which cause increased energy expenditure --
with no increase in your forward speed.
Now, read that last sentence over again if the full implication has
not sunk in -- the really gifted athletes pay attention to the
details and 'move' in such a way as to travel the "greatest distance
with the the least amount of energy expenditure" -- and so can you if
you just pay attention to "The Basics".
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