[PacMasterUpdate] Pacific Masters Update 29 March 2007
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Fri Mar 30 02:54:57 EDT 2007
TRIATHLETES JOINING MASTERS
Linda Shoenberger who swims for Tamalpias and lives in Reno, wrote
"Triathletes Joining Masters" which is on the USMS website.
PACIFIC MASTERS SHORT COURSE YARDS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2007 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships will be
held 20--22 April 2007 at the Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center in
Pleasanton, California. You may enter on line at
Or you can enter on line. the postmark deadline is 2 April 2007.
The Dolores Bengstron pool is very fast pool. Ribbons will be
presented to first through eighth place.
New England Masters has 829 swimmers register for the New England
Championships. It would be fun to have at least 830 swimmers compete
at the Pac Masters Championships.
USMS SHORT COURSE YARDS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2007 USMS Short Course Yards Championships will be held at the
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
17-20 May 2007. Information is now on line at
You can also register on line now. The on-lineregistration deadline
is 12 April 2007.
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS GROUP
Many of you know Judy Strauss, who swims for Menlo Masters. Last year
she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a Mastectomy in May and
later reconstructive surgery. Shie is doing very well with no
detectable cancer. She was able to swim at Worlds this summer and is
now trying to get back into shape to swim at Nationals. She would
like to get a group of people together that are swimmers that have
had chest surgery or injuries so that we can share some insights of
what helps. If you would like to get together a group or just talk
about your experiences contact Judy at judystrauss at sbcglobal dot
BY THE NUMBERS
Pacific Masters is now just over 6,100 swimmers for the year. If you
have not re-registered, now is the time. Be sure that you continue to
get your copy of USMS Swimmer Magazine.
POLAR BEAR CHALLENGE
Polar Bear challenge of the Dolphin Club that ended March 21, the
first day of spring. Participants must swim 40 miles cumulatively in
the three months of winter in order to achieve the goal, with no
wetsuit nor swim aids. This year, there were two remarkable
accomplishments: 1) Ralph Wenzel swam 356 miles, tying the record of
George Kebbe from 2003. He opted not to surpass it out of affection
and respect for George. That was 4 miles a day for 90 days on
average, and; 2 Pete Perez was first to reach 40 in only 4 days! He
swam 1/2 mile at a time, 20 times a day,warming up in between swims.
RITA SIMONTON MAKES FRONT PAGE OF LA TIMES
FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS
The 12th FINA World Championships that are being contested in
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia are on the Fox Sports Channel. On
Friday, they will be on 3 PM on Friday. The swimming is being
contested at the Rod Laver Auditorium in Melbourne. The pool is deep
and fast. To be there and watch the swimmers compete was an awesome
experience. But if you cannot be sitting at the finish line 12 rows
up, TV is a great way to see the events.
COACHES MEETING / TEAM LEADERSHIP MEETING
There will be a coaches meeting / Team leadership meeting on May 5th.
Tom Boyd, and Jim Wheeler are the featured speakers. Tom Boyd did a
survey of Masters swimmers last year. He will be discussion the
results and what it means for coaches. Jim Wheeler will be speaking
on getting along with the pool management. (more about the speakers
and times next issue.
BAY AREA UNDERWATER HOCKEY
Bay Area Underwater Hockey team will be hosting a beginners
day/clinic Sunday, April 22nd at San Jose State Masters swimmers are
invited to attend
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Have a good week
Michael W. Moore