[PacMasterUpdate] Update October 6, 2002

pacmasterupdate-admin at PacificMasters.org Mon Oct 7 01:17:49 EDT 2002

Walnut Creek will be hosting the 2002 Pacific Masters Short Course 
Meters Championships at the Heather Farms pool October 12 and 13. You 
must have pre-entered this meet by September 30th.
In order to keep the timeline reasonable, Walnut Creek limited the 
number of entries of the 800 M free to the first 48 entries (8 heats- 
about two hours). There were 96 swimmers who wanted to swim the 800 
this year. The first 48 were accepted.

For the other 48 swimmers who wanted to swim the 800, the clerk of 
the course will take names of swimmers who have entered the 800,( but 
were not part of the lucky 48 ) on Saturday morning until 7:45 am. 
The names will be put into a hat and drawn for spaces of (lucky) 
swimmers who did not check in.

(It just seems unusual that last year there were 57 swimmers who swam 
the 800 and this  year 96 swimmers entered the event- about one third 
of the swimmers who entered the meet wanted to swim the 800).

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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 

Information about each Pacific Masters Club is posted on the Pacific 
Masters web site (the latest update was posted Sunday. Please review 
the club data. If there is any data that needs to be corrected, 
please contact Nancy Ridout the Pacific Masters registrar 
registrar at pacificmasters.org

Pacific Masters, the largest regional group of United States Masters 
Swimming, is about to cross the 10,000 member mark. As of Sunday 
evening, there were 9,952 members of Pacific Masters, with about four 
weeks of normal registration left.  (Teams be sure to send in your 
individual registration, to help Pacific cross the milestone - Be 
sure all your club members are members of Pacific Masters, so you are 
covered by USMS secondary insurance).

A tentative 2003 schedule is published on the web.
If you submitted a bid, please check the information on the page to 
be sure that the date, the contact and the telephone numbers are 

This was in last weeks Update:

"Marsha Benjamin is totalling up the open water points competition. 
For the 2003 Open Water Points competition, it has been proposed that 
instead of calculating the best seven races, that all the races be 
used to calculate the winner. (one reason is because of the 
difficulty of recalculating the top seven races after a swimmer 
competes in 20 events - If someone has a macro that will calculate 
the top seven races, that may work instead of totalling all the 

If you have thoughts about the change in the calculation of the Open 
Water Points Competition, please send them to 
chairman at pacificmasters.org"

Please note the proposed change is for NEXT YEAR. This year the Open 
Water Points  Competition will be based upon the swimmer's best seven 

The proposed change in the calculation will be discussed at the next 
(October) Pacific Masters Monthly meeting.


Beginning September 1st, the late-in-the year reduced rate 
registration fee is $15. normally refunds are not made to clubs and 
swimmers sending in $25 unless requested, because it creates extra 
work for our (volunteer) Treasurer. Registrations for 2003 will be 
taken beginning November 1st, 2002. Get your friends to join Pacific 
Masters - Also remember that all swimmers must be members of Pacific 
Masters for your practice to be covered by USMS secondary insurance.

November 23, Pacific Masters will have a meeting to look at where 
Pacific Masters is and where Pacific Masters is going. Interested 
swimmers are invited to attend. Meeting will be from 9am to 3pm with 
lunch provided. If you would like to attend, please contact Nancy 
Ridout registrar at pacificmasters.org

There will be an Official's Clinic hosted by DDC Swim Team on October 
9, 2002.  If you are a coach and receiving this Email please let your 
parents on your team know so that they may attend this clinic.  If 
you are an official and need a refresher course or need to attend a 
clinic please come.

It is being held at:

Daly City Parks and Recreation
Doelger Center, Larcombe Clubhouse
111 Lake Merced Blvd
Daly City, CA 94015
Oct. 9, 2002 Wednesday 7 to 10 PM
One of our next Stroke and Turn clinics will be at the "coolest 
nightclub in Northern California."  Yes, that is right.  According to 
the Sacramento Bee Staff Writer, R.E. Graswich, the Sierra Nevada 
Brewery is a treasure.  You will have to see it yourself, but they do 
have a GREAT restaurant and they do serve soft drinks, namely 
Mountain Dew.

We were thinking of starting the clinic around 6:30 PM, with a NO 
HOST DINNER at 5:30 PM.  We could have the clinic from 6:30 PM to 
around 9:00 PM. We will be having the clinic in a big Vegas-style 
stage area.  Wouldn't it be nice to have that many people attend so 
this room would be filled?  The date for this clinic will be Tuesday, 
November 5, 2002.

Below is the article that appeared in the Sacramento Bee, last 
Friday, September 27th.

By R.E. Graswich -- Bee Staff Writer

Tap room: The coolest nightclub in Northern California is a nightclub 
youprobably will never see. The room -- beautifully appointed with 
lush wood paneling and a full Vegas-style stage -- is in a south 
Chico industrial neighborhood, inside the Sierra Nevada brewery. The 
joint seats 300 in luxurious comfort, but Sierra Nevada honchos Ken 
Grossman and Steve Harrison aren't eager to start booking acts and 
selling tickets. "We're not here to compete with local showrooms," 
Ken said. "That's not the idea." The idea is
to have the jewel box available for fancy fund-raisers and weddings 
and other upbeat events. "A lot of events we host for free because 
they are good for the community," Steve said. The Sierra Nevada 
management is famous for its independent ways -- no marketing 
alliances, no hookups with big brewers. These free-thinking ways 
extend to the nightclub, a treasure. ...
Barry Fasbender passes this along from the Stanford Masters 
electronic newsletter

     This past weekend the city of Santa Cruz had two swim related 
deaths. One was a 52 year old male triathlete who died of an apparent 
heart attack during the swim portion of the Sentinel Triathlon, the 
second was a 26 year old swimmer who drowned at the UCSC pool during 
a recreational swim session.
Both of these men were experienced swimmers. What went wrong?
     The heart attack victim apparently was aware of the fact that he 
was struggling a bit against the rough water at the Santa Cruz pier 
(some have said 3-5 foot waves) and even stopped to let 2 of the over 
50 lifeguards know that he was going to be a bit slower than usual. 
It was a few minutes
later, upon rounding the end of the pier, that a lifeguard reported 
seeing him with a worried look on his face and paddled to his side. 
By the time that the lifeguard came alongside the swimmer he was on 
his back and had stopped breathing.
     The second swimmer was in a normal lap swimming session at the 
UCSC pool and was challenging himself, beyond his abilities, to swim 
as far as he could underwater.  He was discovered on the bottom of 
the pool and was unable to be resuscitated.
     The simplest answer to both of these situations is to know your 
limits. Of course it would be easy to avoid situations like this by 
simply not taking part in the activity, but by knowing your abilities 
and swimming within your limits you should be able to take part AND 
avoid danger. However, if you are in the water and you sense that you 
are in trouble you should stop, hang onto the side, or lane line, or 
tread water, and immediately get the attention of either a lifeguard, 
a coach, or another swimmer.  Trying to push yourself beyond your 
abilities or to continue swimming when you sense trouble can equal 
disaster in an environment as unforgiving as the water.  As far as 
swimming for distance underwater is concerned, it is dangerous and 
should never be done alone.  It should be done with extreme caution 
and with a clear understanding of your limits. While it can be 
important to be a capable underwater swimmer there is never a need 
for any of swimmer to push to a point of blacking out or to try for a 
distance beyond your current abilities. Both FINA and USMS rules only 
allow for 15 meters to be swum underwater off of any wall. If you can 
work your way up to even a third or half of that you will be in an 
elite group
indeed.....in short....Be careful and know your limits."
have a good week and a good swim at championships

michael w. moore
michael at pacificmasters.org