[PacMasterUpdate] Update October 27, 2002
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Mon Oct 28 00:49:46 EST 2002
ZADA TAFT MEMORIAL - from Diddo Clark
One time South End Rowing Club swim star Zada Taft, who died at
the end of August, will be memorialized at a potluck picnic from 1:30
to 4:00 pm Sunday Oct. 27 at the Half Moon Bay Senior Center, 535
Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. Everyone is invited.
According to the September 25, 1939 San Francisco Chronicle,
"Gear Wins Swim, Uninvited Girl Star is Sixth - Sneaks By Judges to
Enter South End Gate Event for 2nd Year. Jack Gear, husky young
machinist, paddled his way to an easy win in the annual South End
Golden Gate swim in 27 minutes flat
yesterday, but it remained for an unofficial entry to steal the show.
Zada Weed, blonde Crystal Plunge swimmer, barred by rules which
prevent feminine stars from competing, sneaked into the water while
the judges were looking the other way and proceeded to come home a
nifty seventh, finishing in front
of eighteen men contenders. Zada also completed the course last
year. Twenty-four South Enders and Miss Weed started on the Marin
side of the bridge and all finished. Usually the Coast Guard has to
fish out a few exhausted swimmers."
Zada Weed Taft competed in 16 Golden Gate Bridge Swim races over
50 years. In the 1930s, she was the youngest swimmer in the South
End's Gate races. In the 1980s, she was the oldest. In 1987,
seventy six swimmers started the South End's 57th annual Golden Gate
race. Strong currents swept
the competitors out to sea and most of them failed to touch the
finish line at Lime Rock on the Marin side. The oldest finisher was
68 year old Zada Taft. She was the only swimmer who competed in
South End Gate races in the 1930s and in the 1980s. South End life
member Dan O'Neil finished 17th in the 1939 South End Gate Swim; in
the 1980s, he rowed a row boat to pilot for South End swims.
In 1953, Zada swam from San Francisco's Pier 7 across the Bay
toTreasure Island. In the 1970s, Zada and her husband Ray founded
the first Masters Swim Team - the San Mateo Master Marlins.
In 1987, Zada said: "Everything they've had since the beginning
of time that had a woman in it, I've been in it. ... I'm not the
fastest or the most graceful (swimmer) but I love it."
JANUARY COACHES CLINIC
NorCal Swim will be sponsoring its annual January 3,4,5 in Napa,
California. Dave Salo is the featured speaker. Olympian Jim
Montgomery, the USMS 2002 Coach of the Year, will also be a featured
speaker. Pacific Masters will give Masters coaches a "scholarship" of
50% of the registration fee if you early enter (Contact Brian Stack -
stackb at aol.com) You can get information about the clinic from NorCal
Swim at 800-725 SWIM.
All coaches are encourage to attend the clinic. It is a great way to
meet other coaches, to find out the newest trends in coaching and
have a good time. Brian would like to have a coaches round table
As information becomes available it will be included in the Update.
SHORT COURSE METERS - SOUTHERN PACIFIC MASTERS
SPMA had to move their annual short course meters championship from
Long Beach to Las Vegas. Their championships will be December 13-15
at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas natatorium. It will be a good
chance to swim those good times before everyone ages up on January 1.
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
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
ANNUAL PACIFIC OFFICIALS CLINIC
Pacific Swimming will be having their "Pacific Officials Clinic" on
January 4, 2003 in Alameda.The format will be: morning will be
running a mock meet. They will be going over the Colorado System,
Time adjustments, swim meet programs and general information on Meet
The afternoon will start with a Stroke and Turn session for
re-certification and answer & question
sessions. They will then do the Referee/Starter re-certification as
we have done in the past.Please let Gerry Ng (fish_ng at hotmail.com)
know if you are interested in working the Clinic.
CHANGES IN THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMANSHIPS
Bill Grohe was elected to fill the At-Large member position that
Michael Moore vacated when he became Chairman. Bill swims for USF and
had been the Fitness Chair. Bill also took Michael's position as
chairman of the marketing committee.
Rick Meier-Windes resigned as Vice-chairman Operations as he has been
in ill health. Previously Rick had been Pacific's chairman. Michael
Moore said he accepted Rick's resignation with deep regret. He had
look forward to Rick's experience and talent, but understands that
Rick's health comes first. "Rick has a breath of knowledge about
Pacific Masters that few have. Rick has been an outstanding swimming,
having made the Olympic Trials, he has worked as a deck official,
becoming a National certified official and he has served with
distinction on USMS and Pacific Masters Committees. I will miss his
Richard Smith, of Walnut Creek Masters, was elected to serve out
Rick's term. Richard has previously served as Treasurer and Zone Rep.
He had hoped to retire from the committee work, but graciously agreed
to serve out Rick's term.
Barbara Thomas, of TriValley Masters, was appointed to chair the
Fitness Committee. Barbara will also be responsible for the internal
audit of Pacific Masters books. Barbara will work closely with the
Coaches Committee and the Marketing Committee in setting up fitness
and stroke clinics.
OPEN WATER POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pacific Masters Swim Committee decided on a different way to
calculate the Open Water Points Champion. Starting with the 2003
Long Course season, the number of swims to be calculated will be
about half of the total number of open water swims (if there are an
even number of swims, then 1/2 of the total number will be the
number; if an odd number of total number of swims, then the number
is 1/2 of the total number of swims rounded up to the next highest
number). The method was a comprise between the current method of
using seven and the people in favor or using all the swims.
CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE
There has been a few changes to the schedule (the schedule should be
viewed as tentative). Fog City added the Quadrathon on February 2nd;
SCAM moved their spring invitationsl from March 29th to March 22nd
and Mountain View Masters is adding a short course meters meet on
It is the end of the year and it will soon be time to register for
2003. Nancy Ridout, registrar, sent out club registration information
to all the clubs. Clubs are asked register soon, as the club has to
be registered before Nancy can a register a swimmer with that club.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH TREASURE ISLAND TRIATHLON - NOV 2&3
Triathletes from throughout California and the world will compete in
the 2nd annual Treasure Island Triathlon in the San Francisco Bay on
November 2nd and 3rd. The 2001 Inaugural Treasure Island Triathlon
was a huge success with over 1900 athletes and the Olympic course
record was set by a relay team of USA Olympians.
The Golden Gate Triathlon Club (GGTC) is seeking individuals and
groups (run your own aid station!) to help volunteer for all areas of
the race. Everything from timing, transition and aid stations to
course montors, body marking and finish line food. Volunteers are
needed both Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd. It will be a great
time, and of course...you're guaranteed a cool t-shirt!!
register online at:
For questions please email:
Stephnee Greenwood [<mailto:stephneeg at hotmail.com>stephneeg at hotmail.com] or
Fernando Chilvarguer [<mailto:fernando at impex.com>fernando at impex.com] or
Mark Unter [<mailto:herrunter at yahoo.com>herrunter at yahoo.com]
Please forward to anyone you know who also loves supporting athletes!
have a good week ! ! !
michael w. moore
michael at pacificmasters.org