[PacMasterUpdate] [The Update] 9 May 2010

Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends. pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org
Mon May 10 00:40:11 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 Parkside Mile is on Sunday 16 May, This is a bay swim near San Mateo. You can register at the event. 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.


FINA WORLDS - Registration Closes on 22 May
The entry dealine for the XIII FINA World Masters Championships is 22 May. The biennial event is being held in Goteborg and Boras Sweden in late July. the Euro has fallen in recent days, so traveling to the event is less expensive. Congratulations to Cokie Lepinski who has been named as one of the US Masters Swimming coaches for the event.

Spring Lake 1 mile - 22 May
A one mile loop. Water temp is normally in the mid 60’s, but last year, it was closer to 70 degrees. There are some weeds. This swim is always very well run; they will have you out of there by 11:00 am, even if you stay for the awards. Parking is easy. Nice green lawn to sit on. Post event snacks provided.

The next monthly Pacific Masters meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 May at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek. One of the main topics will be rules proposals for the US Masters Swimming Annual Convention that will be held in September.
Lake Del Valle .75 & 1.5 miles - 6 June - National Championships

The 1.5 mile swim is the 2010 USMS National Open Water Championship. USMS Long Distance National championship medals will be given for 1st through 6th place in each age/sex division. Expect a crowd. If you’re new to open water swimming, try the ¾ mile swim. It’s run first. For a good workout, do both. Nice venue, plenty of parking. A good place to bring your kids: they have a swimming area that is roped off. Post event snacks provided. http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/10tvmow.pdf

Lake Berryessa One and Two Mile 12 June - Part of new H2Open Series
One of the biggest swims of the year. This season, Lake Berryessa has been chosen to be part of a new USMS open water series, USMS H2Open. A very popular swim that brings in the crowds. Water temp is comfortable. Plenty of parking and a shuttle runs frequently to haul you and your stuff from the parking lots. Bring a chair because the grass is full of foxtails and there are only a few picnic tables to sit at. You can pre-order a lunch…or bring your own food.

SWIMFEST 5-7 June - Coaches closed - Swimmers still open
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.

PacMasters Calendar
The PacMasters Calendar is now in a calendar format (Monday to Sunday). It has the meet deadlines as well as the dates of the meets themselves. Thanks to Caroline Lamber who created the calendar.

The 2010 ASCA World Clinic will be held 30 August through 5 September in Indianapolis, IN. Masters School Level 1 will be part of the curriculum on Monday and Tuesday.

Updated Results File
The Results file of Pacific Masters has been updated. The old file was getting so big and combersome that it had to be trimmed down. Now there are three results files one from 1996-2000, one from 2001-2009 and one that has 2008-2010 results .

What do you receive for your $42.00 for joining PacMasters and US Masters Swimming. US Masters Swimming has list on USMS website that lists the benefits of US Masters Swimming. Also add to that, you receive the The Update on a somewhat weekly basis.

COACH OF THE YEAR - Nominations Due
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 (please send it by noon on Wednesday) 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.

BY THE NUMBERS Retention Rate this year
There were 29 clubs had more than 100 members last year (total of 7100 members about 70% of Pacific Masters membership). As a group the clubs with 100 members or more have a retention rate of 66% (Pacific Masters as an average retains 60% so far this year- and to get more into the numbers Pacific Masters clubs (take out unattached- clubs have retained an average of 63%)The following clubs are the top ten in retaining members so far this year:

Manatee Aquatic Masters Inc 81.3%
Walnut Creek Masters 77.2%
San Mateo Master Marlins 76.7%
Tri Valley Masters 75.7%
Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters 75.0%
San Francisco Tsunami Masters 73.2%
Davis Aquatic Masters 72.1%
Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters 71.2%
Sacramento Masters 69.9%
Santa Rosa Masters 69.8%

Congratulations to Brian Stack of Manatees, Kerry O'Brien of the Creek and Scott Williams of the Marlins, the head coaches of the three teams with the highest retention rate. Congratulations to all the coaches whose dedicated work inspire the swimmers to join for the next year.

Congratulations to the Manatee Masters who form the largest group of Pacific Masters Swimmers participating in the Go the Distance fitness event. Thirty-Five Manatees of the 200 Pacific Swimmers are recording their milage for the event.

Bill Grohe is back swimming in the water after suffering a heart attack last month. Bill has changed his eating habits and said he has eaten his last hamburger.

The city of Walnut Creek is considering making changes in their aquatic program that will affect the Walnut Creek Masters club. Kerry O'Brien has been an employee of the city of Walnut Creek for thirty years. The Walnut Creek team has been a big supporter of Masters swimming, they have help run the SCY championships for the past few years and they organize the SCM championships.

Part of this may be the new paradigm of city finances. The political governing bodies tend to make choices on the path of least resistance or as it has been said "if they feel the heat, they will see the light." Sara Welch of Seattle wrote "Seattle is considering closing some or ALL it's public pools. PNA LMSC is organizing with others to save the pools. ... Our King County let go/boarded up all its pools 5 years ago except Federal Way. 5 are now operated by non profits." For more information:


The U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award
The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee initiated a new award in 2008 with the goal of recognizing coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grass Roots Coaching Award, it has been renamed 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.

Last year Jay Christiansen of Clovis, Linda Gilchrist of Alameda Aquatic Masters and Dana Kirk of South Palo Alto Master were given the award. If you know a person who you think should be nominated, please contact either me (chairman at pacificmasters.org) or Nancy Ridout (registrar at pacificmasters.org). The nominations will be discussed at the monthly Pacific Masters meeting.

The U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Year Award
USMS clubs are constantly trying to develop programs that draw people in, support their swimmers, and set the standard for other clubs to follow. Initiated in 2006, this annual award publicly recognizes the efforts of the great clubs that embody these attributes.

LMSCs may nominate clubs or they may encourage individual clubs to nominate themselves. Once a club receives this award, that club may not be nominated again for a period of five years.

Based upon the three core objectives: Serve, Educate, and Build Membership, each applicant should describe how the nominated club has met and is currently meeting the criteria. Clubs are encourage to nominate themselves.


The U.S. Masters Swimming June Krauser Communications Award
The June Krauser Communications Award is presented annually to an individual, or group, whose communicative efforts have contributed to the growth, improvement, or success of United States Masters Swimming.

To submit a nomination, write a one-page letter detailing why the candidate is deserving of the award and send it to Hugh Moore:
swimmoore AT comcast DOT net
2102 N Vassault
Tacoma, WA 98406
Email submissions are preferred!

The US Masters Swimming Open Water championships rotate throughout the United States. This year Pacific is honored to host the 1-3 Mile Championships at Lake Del Valle. In 2012, the western region is eligible to bid for two mile cable swim and the greater than six mile championships. The Long Distance Committee is accepting bids for the both of those events through 1 August. If your club or group is interested in organize either please contact Glenda Carroll at mailto:openwater at pacificmasters.org

Registration is open for the Tiburon Mile which will be held on 17 October. In addition there will also be The Olympic Gold Medal Swim Clinic with Josh Davis, 2000 Olympic Team Captain, on Saturday, Oct. 16th from 9-11 am at the College of Marin pool. There will also be the Sprint Classic which will featureRyan Lochte, Cesar Cielo, Matt Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Garret Weber-Gale and Fred Bousquet who will compete for a $10,000 1st prize. For more information go to:

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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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