[PacMasterUpdate] [The Update] 23 May 2010

Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends. pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org
Mon May 24 07:38:48 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.

US Masters Swimming Nationals
The 2010 Short Course Yards Nationals are over, national records broken by Pacific Masters swimmers include:
Miller, Celeste 1000 free 200 IM 60-64
Clemmons, Jim 1650 Free, 1000, fr, 400 IM, 500 Fr
Burns, Richard 400 IM, 200 IM
Lepinski, Cokie 100 Br (Cokie broke the record on her birthday)
Val, Laura 200 IM
O'Donnell-McCarthy, Fiona 50 Ba

Congratulation to all the Pacific Masters competitors. This meet was the largest meet outside of California. The meet organizing committee, did a fantastic job of putting the meet together and making the swimmers feel welcome.

Results can be found at:
The US Masters Swimming put together a daily video highlights the days events. Rowdy Gaines and Rob Butcher, Executive Director of USMS covered the days events.

FINA WORLDS - Registration Closes 22 May 31 May
The entry dealine for the XIII FINA World Masters Championships has been extended and is now 31 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.

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.

The Fresno Long Course Meet will be held at the Clovis Olympic Swimming Complex, Clovis West Swimming pool 1070 Teague, Fresno. Online entries close 16 June. Deck Entries will be allowed. The meet starts at 1pm, so there is time for swimmers to drive down from the Bay Area to compete. (and also swim in the Millerton Lake one Mile swim.


June 20 Millerton Lake 1-mile or 2 Mile

Held at Millerton Lake, 15 miles northeast of Fresno. The swim is the day after a long course meet in Clovis. Millerton Lake was created by construction of the Friant Dam across the San Joaquin River in 1944. For history buffs, the original Millerton County Courthouse, built in 1867 is at the swim site. A little more historical lore -- the lake now covers Camp Barbour, a military encampment from the 1850’s. You can swim either the one or the two mile event.

Lake Sonoma Swim
The Lake Sonoma swim A fun swim. There’s a long and windy road to get there. The location feels like it is the middle of nowhere. You can enter on-line. The pre-entry deadline is 24 June

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 and this year there will be 70.

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. Saturday is training for pool events and Sunday is for open water. There will be many coaches there so you will be able to get great instruction and tips on how to improve your swimming technique for pool and open water.

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.

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.

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!

2010 Swim Across America
The Bay Swim is an SAA favorite - swimming under the Golden Gate Bridge is unbeatable and swimmers come from all over the country to participate. Expect to see recreational and competetive swimmers as well as a few Olympians. This years open water swim will take place September 25th, 2010 in the San Francisco Bay. Sign up for this fun 1.5 mile (or .5 mile) swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to Crissy Field Beach.Join them this 2010 in the Bay, or by starting a pool swim in the SF area.wim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming - related events.


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

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