[PacMasterUpdate] [The Update] 22 April 2010

Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends. pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org
Fri Apr 23 00:44:21 EDT 2010


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 this mission.

The first open water event of the season will be the Catfish Crawl East Bay to be held at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton. This will be the first meet sanctioned Catfish Crawl and we look forward to working with USA Productions. This is the first open water event of the year. The Short Course Yards season is over, and now lets get the distance in.


Pacific Masters Championships

The 2010 Pacific Masters SCY Championships are over. In the largest local meet on the west coast the 2010 Pacific Masters Short Course yards championships competitors broke old national standards in 19 events. Twelve individual records were broken,while 7 relay records were shattered.
Andy Grant led the charge with five national short course yards records broken. Celeste Miller of Reno Nevada broke three records in the 6064 age group, while Laura Val broke the last non-breast stroke records that she does not have (the 1650 freestyle) and broke another of her records in the 200 IM. Cokie Lepinisi of the Marin Pirates and Bonnie Billich of the host TriValley Masters each broke one national standard.

In the relays co-host Walnut Creek and the The Olympic Club each broke two records with Tri Valley, Tamalpias Aquatic Masters, and Davis Aquatic Masters each breaking one.

Over 900 competitive adult swimmersfrom all over Northern California and the west Coast participated at the Short Course Yard Championshihps, in every age group from 18-14 to 90-94.Even the 90-94 male age group had two athletes competing in the events.


Results - http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/10/10pacmscychamp.html

Results with Splits http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/10/10pacmscysplit.html

Team Totals http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/10/10pacmscyteam.html

Individual High Point http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/10/10pacmscyIndv.html

Real time results are be available on line.

Thanks to Peter Guadagni, John King, Kerry O'Brien and the Walnut Creek and TriValley Masters for organziing this event.

Come share the deck with some of the world’s top Masters swim coaches. Join us for a weekend of clinics and instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Whether you are looking to learn the basics, hone your skills or become a more efficient coach, SwimFest ‘10 is for registered Masters swimmers and coaches of all levels and abilities.Ten of the most respected Masters coaches came to one location to educate, mentor and share best practices with other Masters coaches. There were 35 coaches who attended last year's SwimFest.

Friday, June 4 is a coaches-only seminar. Saturday, June 5 will be geared towards pool swimming and Sunday, June 6 will focus on open water swimming. We suggest you register early; attendance is limited. The three-day clinic is FREE for Coaches. For swimmers, the cost is $130/day or $200 for both Saturday and Sunday.

Pacific Masters will sponsor coaches to go to SwimFest and PacMasters will pick up the a coaches plane fare to San Diego and 1/2 of the hotel room (if two coaches buddy up at the hotel, your hotel is covered). The number of coaches is limited. If you would like to go, please register NOW. For further information about Swimfest, please contact Cokie Lepinski mailto:coaches at pacificmasters.org


OPEN WATER 201 - LIMITED Number of Open Water Swimmers - Entries still open
For open water swimmers put on your calendar Sunday, May 2, Open Water 201, Lake Del Valle, Livermore, that is sponsored by Pacific Masters Swimming.

This is an open water clinic for experienced open water swimmers. Must have completed at least 2 OW swims of 1/2 mile each and be able to swim a mile in 30 minutes or less. Key speaker is Lisa Hazen, an international and local open water champion. Limited to 50 swimmers. Dryland talk by Lisa and a panel of OW experts, in water drills, 1/2 mile swim. In water drills will focus on sighting, drafting, passing, buoy turns. There will be a short 200 yard swim to practice what you have learned before the 1/2 mile swim.

The Parkside Mile is on Sunday 16 May, This is a bay swim near San Mateo. The Early entry deadline is 5 May.A swim that has grown in size each year. Water can be chilly but in recent years it has been close to 70 degrees. It depends on the weather the week before. You can have a hot shower at the Joinville pool just down the street. It is free to all swimmers in the event. Get there early if you want to park close. Post event snacks provided.


Bill Grohe
Bill is resting comfortably after suffering a heart attack after competing in the Bay Area Senior Games. The doctor and nurses at the hospital could not believe that the 76 year old Bill had just competed in five swimming events. Bill swims for USF Masters (that is after he gets back in the water).

Ian Cribbs
Ian Cribbs, husband of Anne Cribbs, passed away on 12 April after a long illness. Anne was the executive director of the XI FINA World Championships and many of the young Cribbs helped worked at the event. Ian was gregarious giant of a man and fun to trade stories with around a glass of red wine.

Bernard Silber
Dr. Bernard Silber a long time swimmer of Rinconada passed away the end of March. He started swimming at Rinc when he was 60 and won many awards. His favor stroke was the Butterfly. He was 98 years old and passed away with his family there at Stanford hospital.

The coach of the nominations are due at the May Pacific Masters meeting (12 May 2010). This is the time to publicly show your coach how much you mean to him. Coaches are underpaid and overworked. They do the job for the love of the sport and Pacific Masters honors one coach a year as the Coach of the Year.

If you want to nominate your coach I would suggest that you write a one page letter telling the committee why s/he should be the coach of the year. Read the nomination procedures (at bottom of page), let the committee know what the coach has meant to you and your team mates.

After you write your letter and if you have letters from your team mates send it to chairman at pacificmasters.org. Unfortunately, there is only one person who can be coach of the year. Many times the coach of the year has been nominated before. Those who have been nominated will be listed at the long course championships (where the coach of the year presentation is made). Also since Pacific has such a plethora of great coaches, we have not yet awarded the Coach of the Year to the same person twice.

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Pac Masters Coach of the Year
1.The purpose of this award is to recognize the Pacific Masters Swimming coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities.
2.The award criteria are as follows:
a.The coach and Club held current Pacific Masters registration during the year under consideration.
b.The criteria for the award will be considered first, since January 1 of the preceding year, and second, over the coach's career with his or her club. Outstanding contributions to his or her club and its individuals are measured by the following competitive and non-competitive factors:
i.Competitive factors shall include club and individual performance at PMS and USMS Championships in any sanctioned course, as well as relay and individual Pacific Masters, USMS and World records that reflect the coach's skill and inspiration.
ii.Non-competitive factors shall include club vigor, size and growth, club participation and volunteering, and club having hosted well-run events.
iii.Outstanding service to Pacific Masters, USMS and to other public or private community organizations.
iv.Outstanding professional contributions, such as participation in clinics and published works.
3. Nominations and Selection
a.There shall normally be one award given.
b. A nomination announcement shall be published in the appropriate Pac Masters Newsletter. Nominations may be made by any registered Pacific Masters club officer in the form of a written statement addressing both the criteria above and the instructional and inspirational qualities of the coach. The nominating letter and a maximum of four supporting letters from registered Pacific Masters swimmers shall be submitted to the Chairman at or before the May meeting of Pacific Masters
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