[PacMasterUpdate] The Update 25 May 2009
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Mon May 25 00:10:57 EDT 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
Lake Del Valle
The Lake Del Valle1.5 mile will be a national championship meet next
year. This year's meet will be a great time to practice for next
year. The meet is 31 May and there is race day registration.
The Lake Berryessa swim will be held June 6th. This is one of the
most popular swims in the United States with about 1,000 Masters
swimmers competing in the fresh water of Lake Berryessa. There is the
two mile swim and the one mile swim for Masters Swimmers.
You can preregister on-line until 7pm 1 June. Late registration is
possible with a payment of a late fee.
The Tiberon Mile has had a date change. The swim will be held on 13 September.
OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2009 PMS Open Water championship will take place at the Santa
Cruz Roughwater Pier Swim, August 2, 2009. Lake Mendocino is not the
championship swim this year as indicated in Swimmer Magazine.
After the last Pacific Masters Committee meeting, Carolyn Lambert has
started a FACEBOOK Page for members of the Pacific Masters Swimming
Community. Anyone can join Facebook, then you can search for Pacific
Masters to join the Pacific Masters network. There are also many
Pacific Masters Clubs who have also established a Facebook group..
NEW MAILING LISTS
PACIFIC MASTERS CONTACTS
We are establishing two new mailing lists. The first is for the club
contact for Pacific Masters. It would be greatly apprecaited if you
are the club contact that you accept the invitation to join the
group. You will receive minutes and other information about Pacific
Masters. When your invitation arrives, please subscribe to the
Pacmastercontacts mailing list
You can subscribe by going to
PACIFIC MASTERS COACHES
We are creating a mailing list for coaches. All who said they were a
coach will receive an inviation to join the mailing list. This
mailing list will be so that help facilitate information between
5K and 10K M POSTAL
May 15th was the opening of the 5K and 10K Meters Postal event. If
you swim the five or ten K swim you can submit your times and be
entered in the event.
More information can be found at:
NEW OPEN WATER PAGE
Pacific Masters now has a new home page for open water.
The page describes the Pacific Masters open water swims and has a
few pictures of open water swims.
OPEN WATER 101- Moved to Lake Del Valle
Want to learn about open water swimming, but not sure how to start?
Concerned about cold water, crowded starts, open water culture,
Pacific Masters is sponsoring Open Water 101 a clinic for new and
developing open water swimmers. It will cover Breathing and sighting,
coping with panic, pack swimming, water entry and exit and mental
There will be dry land talks by Suzanne Heim-Bowen and Suzie Dods as
well as other local, national and international open water swimmers.
The location has been moved to Lake Del Valle. There is a limit of 50
swimmers so register early:
Tell your triathlete friends they can take the course, but you must
be a member of US Masters Swimming to attend the class.
BIDDING FOR NATIONAL POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
You can create an exciting opportunity for your club by bidding to
host either the 2011 United States Masters Swimming National Short or
Long Course Championships. The USMS Championship Committee to
strongly encourage you to work with facilities within your LMSC to
consider bidding for either of these showcase events. All entries are
now processed by USMS, which takes away much tedious work from the
host. The short course meet (25 yards or meters) typically takes
place mid-May, however, it may be held anytime between April 15th and
May 31st in accordance with USMS rules. The long course meet
typically takes place mid-August although its allowable range is
August 1 - September 15th.
BIDDING FOR NATIONAL OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Long Distance Open Water Committee is soliciting bids for postal
events for 2011 and the Open Water events for 2011. The Postal events
are the One Hour Postal, the 3,000-6,000 yard postal and the 5,000
and 10,000 M postal Clubs are encourage to bid for those events.
For the open water events, in 2011 it is the West region's turn to
host and organize the one mile Open water swim, the 1 Mile cable and
the 3-6 Mile swim. The national championships would be a great way to
get swimmers from all over the US to come to your swim.
Next year Lake Del Valle wil be the venue of the 1-3 Mile national
championship. This year Millerton Lake was the scene of the one mile
UPDATING THE PACIFIC MASTERS MAIL LIST
The Pacific Masters email list had almost 20,000 subscribers on it.
Since we are limited to 20,000 subscribers on the list, so was is
time to do a little pruning. I went back to the 2007, 2008 and the
current rosters and pulled all the email addresses from those lists.
All members on those lists were re-subscribed to the updated list.
(those who asked to be removed, were removed) . Anyone can subscribe
to the Update at:
You can also unsubscribe by going to that address.
PACIFIC MASTERS BY THE NUMBERS
Grand Count 8780
Last year at this time we were at 7609 a 15% increase over last year.
Congratulations to all the coaches who work with the swimmers and do
it in a manner that the swimmers stay with the team.
Clubs with 100 or more swimmers
Davis Aquatic Masters 553
Walnut Creek 443
Stanford Master 402
Tuolumne County Aqtic Msters 401
Menlo Masters 341
Santa Clara Swim Club 332
USF Masters 318
Santa Cruz Masters 247
Mountain View Masters 205
Manatee Masters 204
Temescal Masters 177
Tri Valley Masters 160
Modesto Area Aquatic Club 157
Burlingame Masters 155
Strawberry Canyon 155
Rocklin Aquatic Masters 151
Central Valley Aquatic Msters 150
South End Rowing Club 140
Bay Masters 136
Sierra Nevada Masters 132
Tsunami Masters 132
Dolphin Club 121
Rinconada Masters 121
The Olympic Club 120
Peninsula Covanent Aqu Mstr 115
San Mateo 106
Sacramento Masters 103
MARK GILL TO BECOME USMS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Mark Gill will fulfill the position of Director of Business
Operations. Mark has been a business management professor at the
University of Louisville for the last five years. His official start
date is June 1. Mark will have an office in Sarasota once the
headquarters are open. He will manage the Member Services, and Club &
Coach Services business units. Mark has frequently been the meet
announcer at the Masters Championships and was one of the main
announcers at the FINA Worlds at Stanford. Welcome aboard, Mark!
US MASTERS SWIMMING LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS REGISTRATION OPENS
The complete meet information, paper entry form (PDF) and online
entry system are now available for the 2009 USMS Long Course National
Championships to be held in Indianapolis August 6-10. The Long Course
Championships will feature a relay day on Saturday, August 8, where
all the long course relays will be contested.
FROM USMS PRESIDENT ROB COPELANE ON THE FINA RELEASE ON SWIMMING SUITS
Dear USMS Membership,
The Executive Committee met this week and discussed the recent FINA
news release. USMS does abide by FINA policies however we recognize
that there is much confusion with interpreting and applying the FINA
release. In response and until further suit policy clarification is
provided by FINA, USMS Board President Rob Copeland issued the
following statement. Additionally, the USMS Rules Committee will be
meeting on May 31st as they monitor the situation, any new
information made available, and the implications it could have on
USMS sanctioned events.
To: Kathy Casey, Rules Committee Chair
Marcia Cleveland, Long Distance Committee Chair
Date: May 20, 2009
At this point in time no suits should be listed as banned by U.S.
Masters Swimming for pool or open water swimming.
While FINA has listed the 202 approved swimsuits, FINA has NOT listed
the 10 suits that have been "rejected for not passing the tests of
buoyancy and/or thickness" or made a ruling on the "136 swimsuits to
be modified in accordance with "Dubai Charter"." Until FINA provides
the definitive list of banned swimsuits and specific actions on the
136, we should not report any suit as banned in a USMS sanctioned
If you hear anything from FINA in contradiction to this statement,
please inform me as soon as possible. The list of FINA approved suits
can be found at:
http://www.fina.org/project/index.ph...=2389&Itemid=9. The FINA press
release can be found at:
President - United States Masters Swimming
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