[PacMasterUpdate] [The Update] 5 June 2010

Update on Pacific Masters Swimming sent to members and friends. pacmasterupdate at PacificMasters.org
Sat Jun 5 21:32:04 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.

Lake Del Valle .75 & 1.5 miles - 6 June - National Championships - Slight Change of Time
The Lake Del Valle Open Water swim will have a slightly different time than what you may have seen. The .75 Mile swim will start at 8:30 and the 1.50 swim will start at 10:00am. It is starting just a few minutes later than on the original meet sheet.

Swimmers can register at the meet, but you have to get there early as you have to register for the 0.75 mile race by 7:45 am and the 1.5 Mile race will close about 9:15. GET THERE EARLY AND HAVE FUN !!!!

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.
You can register on-line until 11:59 the night before. OnLine registration is preferred

New FINA Tech Suits Fitting, Breakfast and Workout
Q Swimwear, NorCal Swim Shop and Walnut Creek Masters are hosting a suit fitting, breakfast and workout, Sunday June 13th for all Pac Masters swimmers.

Suit fitting: 8 to 10am at Heather Farms pool in Walnut Creek
Masters Swimmer RoQue Santos has started up his own swim suit line that features the FINA approved Q Tech Swim Suit.

Special price for this event
Q Tech female kneeskin: $299.00
Q Tech male jammer: $199.00
Masters Workout hosted by WCM and Kerry Obrian;
8 to 9 am
9am to10am
Your choice of workout time.

Bagels, juice and coffee will be served!


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 - Beach entries now allowed

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. No Deck entries - Mail Entries must be received by 18 June. Beach entries now accepted:


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

Pacific Masters Long Course Championships
The 2010 Pacific Masters Long Course Championships will again return to UC Santa Cruz. The long course pool was replastered and is now in tip-top condition. The meet is 9-11 July 2010 at the East Field house pool at UC Santa Cruz
You can register on line at:

Open Water 101
Pacific Masters is again offering Open Water 101 - a clinic for new and developing open water swimmers on Sunday, 25 July 2010 at Lake Del Valle. The clinic will include in-water drills, breathing and sighting techniques, coping with panic, pack swimming and water entry and exit. You must pre-enter by 17 July


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.
Pacific Masters Newsletter - July August

The July August Pacific Masters newsletter is now available on line. The newsletter includes s the meet sheets for July and August. Thanks to Joanne Bervan for putting together and editing the newsletter.

US Masters Swimming Summer Championships (Long Course)
The US Masters Swimming Summer Championships (Long Course) will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico 9-12 August (Monday- Thursday). There will also be an open water swim on Friday. The pool is a very fast ten lane by 50 meter pool with a diving tank for warm up. This will be a great place for a family vacation - to see old San Juan or relax on the beach.

You can enter on line at
you must enter by 8 July. USMS has a wide selection of hotels - the airfare from the west coast is about $500 R/T

Registration is open for the Tiburon Mile which will be held on 17 October. The swim is one nautical mile from Angel Island to the shores of downtown Tiburon. In addition to the race that weekend 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:

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!

By the Numbers
Pacific Masters is about 1% ahead of last years membership totals. Congratulations to all the coaches who work hard for their members, it is through your hard work that brings swimmers to your club and the growth of Pac Masters.
2009 2010
Grand 9136 9248
DAM 581 580
WCM 456 451
STAN 411 412
TCAM 401 414
MELO 349 337
SCSC 344 301
USF 324 324
CRUZ 258 252
MVM 214 207
MAM 206 204
TEME 183 172
MAAC 170 177
TVM 163 189
SCAM 158 162
BAC 157 157
RAMS 156 141
SERC 146 155
BAY 139 142
SNM 138 149
TSUN 136 178
TOC 135 170
DC 123 141
RINC 121 101
PCAM 120 158
SMMM 117 156

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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