[PacMasterUpdate] Autumnal Equinox 2009
Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends.
Tue Sep 22 23:54:14 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
PACIFIC MASTERS OFFICE LIMITED SERVICE
The Pacific Masters Office will have limited service from 23 -27
September (for FINA meeting)
US MASTERS SWIMMING NATIONAL CONVENTION
MOUNTAIN VIEW MASTERS AND SOCIAL CLUB WINS BEST NEWSLETTER
The Annual best newsletter award was given to the Mountain View Swim
and Social Club. They were awarded for the fine work they have done
in communicating with their members. It was announced at the
convention that this would be the last time the award would be given
for a newsletter. The award will morph into an award for general
KERRY O'BRIEN COACHING AWARD.
The Kerry O'Brien Coaching award was awarded to three Pacific Masters
coaches for their fine work in working with Masters swimmers.
Jay Christenson, Central Valley Aquatic Masters
Dana Kirk, South Palo Alto Masters
Linda Gilchrist, Alameda Aquatic Masters
The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee initiated aThe Kerry
O'Brien Coaches Award in 2008 with the goal of recognizing coaches
who are building our membership in communities throughout our
country. It has been named to honor Coach Kerry O'Brien of Walnut
Creek Masters, who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that
these coaches bring to the pool deck. It is with the efforts of
individuals like these that U.S. Masters Swimming will most certainly
move to a greater level.
LAKE NATOMA OPEN WATER SWIM
The Lake Natoma Open Water Swim, the 2009 Cold Water Challenge, will
be Saturday 26th September. The meet is organized by the Sierra
Marlins Masters. The Lake Natoma swim will be the last open water
swim in the annual open water points competition.
SIXTH ANNUAL ALAN LIU MEMORIAL SCM MEET
Mountain View Masters is organizing the sixth Annual Alan Liu
Memorial Short Course Meters Meet. The meet will be held in the fast
Eagle Park Pool. Special awards, in memory of Coach Alan Liu, will be
given to the winners of the 400 IM in each age group and gender, and
to those who complete the "Alan Liu Animal Pentathlon," which
includes the 400 IM, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 Back and 400 Free.
Award recipients for the latter are not required to win their events.
Preentry mail deadline is Wednesday 23rd.
Meet sheet is at
On-line entry at:
SACRAMENTO MASTERS 36TH ANNUAL SHORT COURSE METERS PENTATHLON
Sac Masters 36th Annual Short Courrse Meters Pentathlon will be on
Sunday, 11 October at the Schaal Aquatic Center. The pre entry
deadline is midnight 7 October 2009. You can also enter the day of
2009 PACIFIC MASTERS SHORT COURSE METER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2009 Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships will be
held at the Clark Swim Center, Heather Farms, Walnut Creek. The meet
is being organized by Walnut Creek Masters. The preentry deadline is
Wednesday 7 October 2009 for on-line entries. (Mailed or hand
delivered entry deadline is 1 October).
MISTAKE IN THE NEWSLETTER
The dates of the 2009 Pacific Masters Short Course Meters meet are
October 16,17 and 18. The dates in the newsletter say the same, but
the dates over the events are incorrect. The dates are Friday the
16th, Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th
UCLA BRUIN MASTERS MEET
Saturday 24 October is the UCLA Bruin Masters Meet at UCLA in Los
Angeles. The meet will be at UCLA's new Spieker Aquatic Center - a
state of the are all-deep water 8 lane competition pool. On-line
entries preferred at
CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS SET FOR 2010
The Pacific Masters Committee voted to set the championships for next year at:
Short Course Yards 16-18 April 2010
Long Course Meters 9-11 July
Santa Cruz California
Short Course Meters 8-10 October
Walnut Creek, California
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Richard Harley dies at
New York Open Water Meet
Richard Harley,San Rafael salesman and high school sports announcer
died Saturday while swimming across the East River from Manhattan to
Brooklyn to raise money for a girls' school in Kenya where one of his
sons teaches, his family said.
Richard Harley, 59, apparently suffered a heart attack about three
minutes into the Brooklyn Bridge Race, which started at 9:45 a.m.,
said his wife, Evelyn Harley. Richard was an unattached swimmer who
lived in Marin.. (from SFGate.com)
On September 15th during the 10:30 practice, WCM member Jack Bertram,
69, had an apparent heart attack while in the water swimming. He was
transported to John Muir, but unfortunately did not pull through.
Jack came to WCM by way of the Intensive Training Camp last March.
He and wife Sylvia live in Sonoma, where Jack pretty much swam by
himself without any coaching. At the WCM Camp, Jack really got to
know the Creek coaching staff and decided he would like to come down
to Walnut Creek and get coached and swim with some really great
teammates. He was pointing towards the World Championships in Sweden
next July. Jack was retired Navy who enjoyed making "Medal Winning"
wine, some of which he graciously donated to the team for auction or
raffle. (Kerry O'Brien)
PACIFIC MASTERS SETS ALL TIME RECORD IN NUMBER OF SWIMMERS
With two month to go in the registration year, Pacific Masters has
set a new records in number of swimmers with 10,524 registered
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