Pacific Update

Week of April 29, 2019   
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool events, open water swims, clinics, as well as other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.

The next issue of the Update will appear on May 13, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 8.

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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Coach Appreciation Week
May 5-11
While many of us began swimming Masters for a variety of reasons, it's often a single reason that keeps us coming back to the pool: our coaches. Whether it is providing stroke instruction to help us improve or stay injury-free, developing interesting and challenging workouts, or giving us a word of encouragement when we are feeling down, our coaches are an essential element of our swimming routine. Despite their importance, it is easy to take them for granted and forget to thank them for their efforts. For this reason, Pacific Masters Swimming designated the week beginning with the first Sunday in May as Coach Appreciation Week. This year's Pacific Masters Coach Appreciation Week will be May 5-11. Need inspiration on how to thank your coach? Look here.
Spring Lake
May 18
Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, is the first swim of the PacMasters Open Water Season.  This is a great swim for the novice and experienced open water swimmer. The looped course around the lake is easy to follow and you are always close to shore. The lifeguards on the water put on a safe and fun event. Best of all, the swims are finished early so you can enjoy the rest of the day in the North Bay. Join us!  Information and Registration
Bay Area Senior Games
May 19
Spread over three months, this annual, comprehensive competition began with a triathlon on March 4. Water polo matches will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. The competitive swimming phase will be held at the Rinconada pool on Sunday, May 19.  Information and Registration.
37th DAM Lake Berryessa Swim
June 1

Davis Aquatic Masters will again host the 1-mile and 2-mile open water races at Lake Berryessa.  This year's events include the 2019 U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Championships.  Join hundreds of other USMS swimmers at one the longest running open water events in America then stay to party/picnic at the lake!   Information   and Registration
Keelhauler LCM Time Trial
June 2 (Note: Date Change)

Keelhauler's Time Trial is a must for swimmers new to long course swimming. If you have "aged up," you will benefit in knowing your long course baselines for the next level of Age Group swimming.  Join Cal Maritime Academy Masters in Vallejo where they welcome you to swim in their outstanding 50 meter pool.  Plan on a nominal parking fee. Donations ($5-$10) to drop in are welcome. 
Del Valle Open Water Festival
June 8-9

Tri-Valley Masters welcomes you to its two-day Open Water Festival at Lake Del Valle in Livermore! The festival will start on Saturday with 5K and 10K races. Sunday will feature races of 1.2K, 2.5K. If you're new to open water swimming, try the 1.2K swim, which is run first. For a good workout, do both! Lake Del Valle offers plenty of parking and is a good place to bring the kids. 
Upcoming Summer Events

Short Course Yards
2019 National Senior Games , Albuquerque, N.M., June 16-19
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Long Course Meters
FINA Worlds Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, July 12-28
PacMasters Summer Championship, 1500m Free, Moraga, July 14
PacMasters Summer Championship, Moraga, July 19-21
USMS Summer Nationals, Mission Viejo, CA, August 7-11

Pacific Masters Open Water
Santa Cruz, August 3-4
Donner Lake, August 10
Santa Cruz Capitola Swim, September 14
Keller Cove, September 21
Pacific Masters  Short Course Yards
Team Awards
Fifty teams competed at the legendary George Haines Swim Center in Santa Clara.The final tally of team points revealed that USF led the large teams, with MEMO and WCM coming in second and third. In the medium category, DAM topped the list, with MAM in second place and HTUB in third. In the small (but mighty) grouping, MELO conquered, with SRM close behind, followed by RHMS. Details here. Congratulations to all who participated!
Pacific Masters Award Winners

For those of you who want a recap of our 2018 award winners, here is a second chance to acquaint yourself with who won what. 

The Laura Val Swimmer of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Bilich for Women and Richard Burns for Men.  The top three swimmers in each age group were also recognized. Visit Age Group Swimmers of the Year to discover who they are.  
Tim Edmonds of Stanford Masters Swimming has been selected as the 2019 Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year.  
Tim became the head coach at Stanford Masters Swimming in 2000, after serving as an assistant coach with the Stanford Women's Varsity program. Continue reading .
Officials Needed 
May 19 AND August 7-11

Volunteers are needed, especially timers, for the Senior Games to be held at Rinconada on Sunday, May 19. It's only one day! Come to help out and witness true grit and determination as our seniors compete.  Information.

Officials interested in working at the USMS Summer National Championships in Mission Viejo are requested to contact Mike Abegg to begin planning for the event. 
CALM Seeking Assistant Coaches  
Cal Aquatic Masters (CALM) of UC Berkeley Rec Sports is seeking capable, energetic assistant coaches for their Masters workouts at all times of the day during the summer. Workouts will take place at one of many UC Berkeley pools. For more information, please contact Aquatics Director  Spencer Hawkins and  apply here .
Editor's Note 

Marvel and DC Comics Super Heroes are in theaters now, showcasing Super Human feats. We have a real-life Super Hero right in our backyard: Watch as mild-mannered Clark Kent transforms into Superman in the water.  Future Michael Phelps?