[PacMasterUpdate] The Update "The Day the Music Died" + 50 years
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Wed Feb 4 00:45:57 EST 2009
PACIFIC MASTERS MISSION STATEMENT:
As adopted by the Pacific Masters Committee the Mission of Pacific Masters is:
Pacific Masters Swimming welcomes anyone who would like to gain and
maintain fitness through swimming and encourages programs to foster
USF VALENTINES MEET
The USF Valentines Day meet will be February 7th. This is one of the
Pac Masters Swimming most popular meets attracting about 350
swimmers. All swimmers are encouraged to enter the meet on-line.
FIRST BEAR DONT HIBERNATE MEET
The first Bear dont Hibernate Meet will be held Contra Costa College
Swimming Pool in San Pablo. There are 33 events to pick and choose
from. Pre-entry Deadline is 13 February.
WALNUT CREEK INTENSIVE TRAINING CAMP
The 22nd Walnut Creek Intensive Training Camp will be March 6,7,and 8
at Heather Farm's Clark Swim Center. Besides the great 'Creek coaches
Brian Stack of the Manatees, Mike Collins and Jim Miller, MD of
Virginia Masters will help swimmers swim their best. This event
always sells out so register now if you want to attend.
RINCONADA MASTERS SPRING SHORT COURSE MEET
The Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course meet will be held Saturday
March 14th at the Rinconada Pool in Palo Also. the first event is the
1000 free, which you must pre enter. The preentery deadline is 4
March 2009. The class of the events is the 1650 butterfly - entry
free for this one. - one heat only.
SCAM Spring Break Meet
The Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters Spring Break meet will be on 21
March 2009 at the Spieker Aquatic Complex, UC Berkeley. The first
event - the 500 free- is pre-seeded. you can enter on line at
SHEILA TAROMINA TO SPEAK
Sheila Taromina who has competed in four different Olympiads in three
different sports will speak on Saturday 2/21 at 3-6 pm. She be
talking about her experiences, her training methodologies
(especially for the not-so-young multisport athlete) and some of her
ways of coping with the obstacles that life throws in the way. Coach
Chris Campbell owes me a specific title that I can put in the
announcements. Admission is free. The venue will be announced in
the next update (along with the title).
SAN FRANCISCO - THE CITY WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF MASTERS SWIMMERS
In a city with one 50 meter pool (kinda), nine clubs, two open water
pools (one is just for the summer), two clubs that are exclusively in
the Bay, San Francisco is the city with the most number of registered
US Masters Swimming swimmers. Almost 1200 Masters swimmers live in
the city by the bay, beating New York City by over 500 athletes; Los
Angles is the city with the third highest number of swimmers at 449.
Congratulation to all the coaches and athletes.
Pacific Teams are the largest in USMS
The final final numbers are not quite in but a quick review of the
teams show that Pacific Teams are the largest local teams in USMS.
Below is a list of local teams that have more than 200 members.
JON STEINER MEMORIAL MILE - TAM'S1650 POSTAL
The Jon Steiner Memorial Mile is Tam's 1650 Postal event. You can
swim the event from now until the end of February. You just need to
have a person to be your timer. You can enter the event on line by
going to http://tammasters.org/PoolMileEntry (a four dollar discount
from the paper entry).
GO THE DISTANCE
US Masters Swimming continues its fitness program of tracking your
swimming millage in the "Go The Distance" program. The program is
just to track your daily yardage on an Excel spreadsheet. Once a
month send the total to the Go the Distance chief - Mary Sweat.
There are two forms that one can use. The first is the easy form of
just tracking yardage, for those who realy want to track how that
yardage was achieved - swimming, kicking, by stroke there is the
advanced version of the swim sheet. (I am lucky I can just remember
what the total yardage was for the day - let alone break it out).
Linda Schoenberger wrote about the program in her "Come Join in the
Fun" article on the US Masters Swimming web site
I encourage all swimmers to track their yardage over the year and to
have fun. (bet with your lane mates who will swim the most miles -
loser buys dinner). It would help of Coaches posted the total yardage
for the workout at the bottom of any workout board that they use.
Workouts Available to Members Online
How would you like to have workouts delivered directly to your e-mail box?
U.S. Masters Swimming has four coaches who post weekly workouts on
our Discussion Forums. As a U.S. Masters Swimming member, you can
subscribe to these workout threads and have them delivered to you by
The 2009 online coaches are Mo Chambers, Nate McBride, Jacki Hirsty
and Patrick Cantrell
To use this feature you will have to first create a Discussion Forums
account. To create your account, just fill out the forms here and
follow the link that will be sent to you via e-mail in order to fully
activate your account.
APPLICATION TO OFFICIATE AT THE US MASTERS SWIMMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
An application to officiate at the US Masters Championships is at
An application is needed if you wish to work an assigned position
(deck ref, starter, chief judge). Officials can apply for their N2,
ITS ALL IN THE WATER
Dr Jim Miller wrote an article on keeping hydrated during exercise
which appears on the USMS web site. Keeping hydrated is a critical
key to performance.
US MASTERS SWIMMING HAS A NEW E-NEWSLETTER - BEHIND THE BLOCKS
US Masters Swimming has a new e-newsletter which has already gone
out. If you did not receive it - you may not be alone more than one
member of the US Masters Swimming Board of Directors did not receive
it either. Ashley has done a great job in production of the colorful
to sign up for the USMS News letter. (You can also go to the USMS web
site to sign up for it).
US MASTERS SWIMMING RULES OF COMPETITION
The 2009 edition of the US Masters Swimming Rules of Competition are
on the web at
Besides the first four pages of the swimming rules (which every
swimmer should read) it also has all of the National Records.
PAN AMERICAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS OCTOBER 09
The III Pan American Masters Championships will be held in Veracruz,
Mexico during the week of October 25, 2009. The swimming event will
be short course meters. The exact dates should be announced in the
very near future. The Championships will include swimming; open water
and one additional discipline and will likely be a 5 day format.
You can now renew your membership for 2009. You can register on line,
it is very easy, just go to:
and start filling out the forms. If you are a member of the clubs
listed below you can register with your club.
If your club is not one of the clubs listed above, you will have to
register as "unattached." And then when your club registers you can
For those who do no want to register on-line, Pacific Masters still
has a paper registration form to send to Nancy.
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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED FROM WIKIPEDIA
"On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa,
United States killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy
Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well
as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The day was later called The Day the
Music Died by Don McLean in his 1971 song "American Pie"."
michael w. moore
michael at pacificmasters.org