[PacMasterUpdate] Update April 21, 2002
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OPEN WATER CLINIC
The San Mateo Master Marlins are sponsoring an open water clinic. The
focus will be on the fundamentals of open water freestyle. Time will
be spent in the classroom and in the pool at Joinville Aquatic Center
and at the open water course at Parkside Aquatic Park. The number of
participants is very limited:
The Parkside Aquatic Mile is the finale event to the Open Water
Clinics and is held in the Parkside Lagoon in San Mateo. It is on
May 11. Info about how to register can be found at the above url.
The first meet of the open water season is the one mile Spring Lake
Swim near Santa Rosa California on May 18.
LAKE BERRYESSA OPEN WATER SWIM
The very popular Lake Berryessa Open Water swim will be SATURDAY June
1st at Lake Berryessa. If you plan on swimming the Lake Berryessa,
please put together a car pool with your team makes. There will be
more information on car pooling soon.
TRANS TAHOE RELAY OPEN WATER SWIM
The Olympic Club sponsors the Trans Tahoe Relay every year. This is
the Nevada to California relay swim. Get five of your swimming
buddies together to make up a relay team. For more information
contact Scott Williams (415) 775-3088 x 1241. (When you talk to Scott
ask him The Olympic Club did at the recent FINA Masters World
The Pacific Masters Swimming bi-monthly newsletter is available on-line
Thanks to Joanne Bervan, newsletter editor, who puts together the newsletter.
ERROR ON THE LCM CHAMPIONSHIP MEET SHEET
In the Long Course Meters Championship events 17-18 is the 200m
Freestyle (not the 800m Freestyle). Please note.
Pacific Masters AFFILIATE - LANDS END
Lands End is a maker of fine sports apparel for the active person.
Click on the link to Lands' End from the Pacific Masters web site
Lands' End will rebate some of the money of your purchase to Pacific
MASTERS COACHES AT ASCA CLINIC
The American Swim Coaches Association is hosting its annual World
Clinic in Las Vegas from September 2-8, 2002. Twelve of the top
Masters coaches in the country are scheduled to give presentations on
Masters coaching and team building on Saturday, September 7, and
Sunday, September 8.
The clinic is an outstanding opportunity for current coaches to
enhance their knowledge of Masters coaching, while potential Masters
coaches can learn more about the trade.
For more information on the clinic, go to ASCA's site at
HTTP://www.swimmingcoach.org, or contact
Brian Stack 510-235-6842 or email mailto:stackb at aol.com
To enhance participation, USMS is asking each LMSC to submit the name
of one coach, whose registration fee ($165 value) will be paid by
There are just so many coaches in Pacific Masters who should be
nominated to go. If you would like to be nominated, write in 50 words
or less "How will going to ASCA convention make me a better coach."
Send you submission to the Pacific Masters Coaches chair, Brian Stack
at stackb at aol.com by May 4th (that is this Friday).
(For coaches if you go to expedia.com you can get a flight to Las
Vegas for as low as $38 r/t and hotels are inexpensive if you book
COACH MASTER SWIMMERS AT THE US OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER
USMS coaching staff is assembled for each camp, with selected coaches
attending two consecutive camps. All USMS coaches are welcome to
apply for a spot on the camp staff. For coaches who are interested,
more information and an application can be found:
Pacific Masters is able to select 20 delegates to attend the USMS
Convention in Dallas, TX, September 12-14. If you would like to be a
delegate, please contact either Doug Huestis, Pacific Master's
Chairman mailto:klencke at itsa.ucsf.edu or Joan Alexander, Pacific
Masters Secretary mailto:swmrjoan at mindspring.com .
For coaches this is an excellent way to meet coaches from other parts
of the United States.
The History and Archives Committee is trying to track down all the
swimmers who made top ten. If you recognize any of the swimmers on
Please contact Carl .
This History and Archives have also written about many of the All
American and Top Ten swimmers from Pac Masters. You may want to visit
the web page to find out about some of Pacific's great swimmers;
The committee is also looking for stories and oral histories about
some of the swimmers. Please take a look at the page and read about
our swimmers. If you can contribute stories and oral histories,
please contact the committee.
LONG DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
At the National Convention, the Long Distance Committee will be
choosing the sites for the 2004 long distance Championships. This
year the west can bid on the 1-3 mile open water championship. If you
club is eligible and would like to hold the 2004 1-3 national
championship, please contact Jim Wheeler, Pacific's Long Distance
chair and member of the USMS Long Distance Committee.
mailto:jwheeler at sanselmo.org
USMS SHORT COURSE NATIONALS
The Psych sheets for the USMS Short Course Nationals have been posted
on the USMS web site. You can now see who will be racing against you:
USMS SPRING NATIONAL NEWSLETTER - STREAMLINES
The USMS on line newsletter is now available:
The newsletter contains information about the running of the national
organization and has the reports of the national officers and
This year's USMS convention will focus on the Rules part of the Rule
Book (articles 1 and 3). If you have any suggestions about changes
for the Rule book, please contact Alan Levinson, the Legislation and
Rules chair of Pac Masters mailto:swimdogz at pacbell.net
This year the Championship Committee will be considering the order of
events for the National Championships. If you would like to see
changes to the order of events please contact Barry Fasbender, the
USMS Championship Chairman, mailto:fasbenderb at aol.com
24 MILE OPEN WATER SWIM
Tom Fristoe of Tri-Valley and Laura Colette of Club Sport Fremont
were both finishers of the Tampa Bay 24 mile marathon. Tom finished
second at 8 hours 13 seconds. Laura finished it in 13 hours 20
FOUND AT THE SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Found at PMS Championships: XL, dark green, hooded sweatshirt with
Chico Masters 2000 Polar Bear Swim logo. I will gladly ship it to the
owner; call Leslie Westergaard at 530-753-2405 or email
lwestergaard at davisenterprise.net.
Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Hudson's Family Dive Center, new to Rancho
Cordova 11335 G Folson Blvd. Rancho Cordova 95742 (916) 858-2344.
Contact person - Annemarie Harrington,
<mailto:fourbears at directcon.net>fourbears at directcon.net.
A tentative clinic is being set up for May 25th at Armijo High School
in Fairfield, CA. Contact person is Ernest Coudright (707) 429-3458,
<mailto:EKCIII at aol.com>EKCIII at aol.com.
Building Momentum -- Or losing Momentum?
Want to make your races (and 'training') a little bit more effective?
Then think about how you do your turns at every wall - in this
case your freestyle turns, as most swimmers will be doing most of
their training freestyle.
A lot of swimmers do the following routine: stroke up to wall, come
almost to a stop while taking a breath (and in some cases -- lifting
the head to 'sight' the wall) just before ducking the head to
initiate the turn. So all forward speed is lost -- and has to be
regained by working extra hard during the pushoff.
This is extreemly energy in-efficient; and makes you have to work so
much harder --just to maintain your speed, much less being able to go
Want to have turns that get you into-out of the walls faster with no
It's easy -- just take your last breath before each turn -- not 'one
stroke out' -- But 'TWO STROKES OUT' instead. That way your head is
down; you are building momentum into the wall (and thus will come out
of the wall "with speed" -- instead of from a standstill). Just be
sure not to lift your head to 'sight' the wall and you will be
Now, if you say: "But I will run out of air if I 'stop breathing' one
stroke further from the wall" --- Then, that means you are going at
too fast a pace if a one breath difference causes things to fall
apart. But, in actuality, if you practice this at EVERY PRACTICE,
your body will soon adjust and accomodate -- and you will be all the
better (and faster) swimmer for it.
Try it for a week and see!
have a good week
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