[PacMasterUpdate] Update October 6, 2002
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Mon Oct 7 01:17:49 EDT 2002
SHORT COURSE METERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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).
Pacific Masters AFFILIATE - LANDS END
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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 APPROACHES A MILESTONE.
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).
2003 LOCAL MEETS
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
OPEN WATER POINTS COMPETITION - Proposal for NEXT year
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.
END OF YEAR FEE REDUCTION
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.
PACIFIC MASTERS ONE DAY MEETING
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
OFFICIALS CLINIC IN CHICO
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
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. ...
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Barry Fasbender passes this along from the Stanford Masters
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
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