[PacMasterUpdate] Pacific Masters Update, July 5, 2004

pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org Tue Jul 6 09:47:57 EDT 2004

The Pacific Masters Long Course Championships will be at UC Santa 
Cruz, this weekend. Come on down to cheer your team mates.

he USMS 2004 Long Course Championships will be held in Savannah, 
Georgia. All U.S. entries must be postmarked with official  US 
postmark (no business meters) by July 1, 2004, OR received  by July 
8, 2004. Entries received after this date will be returned  to 
sender. Online entries are encouraged and will be accepted  until 
11:59 pm EDT on July 8, 2004.

For those swimmers who attended the X FINA Masters World 
Championships, if you would take a few minutes to jot down what you 
liked about the Championships, what you did not like, what you 
thought could be done better and what you thought the Italians did 
well. As we organize the the next championships, it is important to 
get the thoughts and concerns of the swimmers so we can put together 
a plan for the next championships. Please send your concerns and 
comments to mailto:info at 2006FINAMasters.org  Thank you.

The American Swim Coaches Association is hosting its 2004 World 
Clinic in Indianapolis from October 7-11, 2004. The clinic is being 
held in conjunction with the World Short Course Championships at 
Conseco Fieldhouse.  Along with many other outstanding tracks, the 
Masters track is being held on Sunday, October 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 
12:00 noon. The clinic is a tremendous opportunity for current 
coaches to enhance their knowledge of Masters coaching and attend 
various other lectures by the world's best coaches and researchers.

To enhance participation, USMS will pay the ASCA member World Clinic 
fee, a $200 value (Weekend Package Rate), for a limited number of 
Masters coaches.  This grant includes tickets to the World 
Championships finals for three days (October 8-10). Each LMSC is 
entitled to submit the registration of one coach whose clinic fee 
will be covered in full by USMS.  However, there is a limit of 15 
complimentary registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.  For 
further information contact  Brian Stack <brianstack at sbcglobal.net>

"Long Beach Swim Club has arranged for the use of 4 lanes at Belmont 
Plaza Olympic Pool for Masters workouts throughout the Olympic Trials.

The workouts will be:
Wed-Fri, July 7-9, from 5:30-7:00 a.m
Sun, July 11, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Mon-Wed, July 12-14, from 5:30-7:00 a.m.

There will not be a pool workout on Saturday, July 10th, because 
there is a 2-mile ocean swim (sanctioned) from the Balboa Pier to the 
Newport Beach Pier. Entry information for the swimmers who may be 
interested in that can be found at 
and the entry form at 
Please note that the Pacific Ocean is not the warmest body of water. 
Ocean temperature at Newport Beach in mid-July usually ranges from 63 
degrees to last year's balmy 70 degrees.

For those interested in the workouts (and/or the ocean swim), please 
e-mail Lucy Johnson at <mailto:lucyj at uci.edu>lucyj at uci.edu so we can 
get an idea of how many to expect. Because a number of guests to the 
Olympic Trials will be staying in downtown Long Beach (which is about 
2 miles from Belmont Plaza) and will not have access to a car, please 
let Lucy know where you will be staying, and if you a) need 
transportation to the pool, or b) will have a car available and be 
able and willing to take other swimmers with you.

Long Beach Swim Club has contracted with Belmont Plaza to cover the 
cost of the pool rental for the workouts, but a donation of up to 
$5.00 per person per workout to help defray the cost would be 

If any Masters coach coming to the Olympic Trials would like to serve 
as a coach on deck for one or more of these workouts, please let Lucy 
know that also."
  The Pacific Masters July  August Newsletter  is posted on the 
Pacific Masters website. In the newsletter  is information about all 
the meets in July and August.

The 2004 USA Swimming ConocoPhillips National Championships will be 
held at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center, August 3-7th, 
2004. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, Stanford Masters and Pacific 
Swimming are proud to bring the National Championships to Northern 
California for the first time in over twenty years. Get your tickets 
to be inspired by the exciting competition and to welcome the elite 
athletes and coaches to our swimming community. Tickets can be 
purchased at 1-800-STANFORD. Tickets for Prelims are $3-Youth/Senior 
and $5-Adult. Tickets for Finals are $6-Youth/Senior and $8-Adult. 
All Sessions passes are also available for the meet. For more 
information visit

This is really a chance to see great swimming in Northern California. 
If you have a few extra dollars, buy a pass and see trials and 
finals. If you cant make it for trials, take off a few minutes early 
and see finals.

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Have a good week


It was fun to go to Italy to see the X FINA Masters World 
Championships. As I have never been to Europe before it was fun to be 
on the western side of the Eurasian continent. After being in Italy 
for two weeks, I can report to you ( and without fear of 
contradiction) that 50 meter pools in Italy are not much different 
that 50 meter pools in California - pretty much a pool meet is a pool 

I was able to sneak away for half of a day and went to see the murals 
in Ravenna. Ravenna is a small city about 40 miles aways. In the old 
part of the city, in the churches are the murals and they are 

I was surprised by the buildings being all brick. I guess when I have 
seen pictures of the building, the mortar between  the bricks just 
fades away.

For those who are traveling to Italy and just want to relax for a few 
days, Riccione is small city on the Adriatic coast that is a vacation 
town. It  would be a great place to rest and unwind. I stayed at the 
Atilius Hotel, where they could not do enough for you. The people at 
the desk would tell me about Riccione, where to go to purchase 
supplies and to get things done (I had a problem  in getting boxes 
for the FINA booth through Itaalian customs and the hotel people were 
helpful).  (They are also setting up a program with the Riccione 
Swimming complex, so that if you have a team that would like to train 
or practice in Italy, the Atilius Hotel ( 
http://www.atilius.com/sito2003/inglese/home.htm ).

The XI FINA Masters Championships Local Organizing Committee had a 
booth at the championships. There were many Pacific Masters Swimming 
members who worked at the booth helping to get names and addresses of 
swimmers. The booth was very successful and we could not have done it 
without the help of Pacific Masters Swimmers.

michael w. moore
michael at mwmoore.org