Pacific Update

Week of April 15, 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 April 29, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 24.

Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
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 part is 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 (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. Registration will be available soon.
Upcoming Summer Events

Short Course Yards
Registration has closed for both National events 
2019 National Senior Games, Albuquerque, N.M., June 16-19

Long Course Meters
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
Lake Del Valle, Livermore, June 8-9
Santa Cruz, August 3-4
Donner Lake, August 10
Santa Cruz Capitola Swim, September 14
Keller Cove, September 21
Pacific Masters Spring Awards
April 13

A poolside celebration for outstanding athletes of our sport was held during the Pacific Masters SCY Championship meet in Santa Clara.  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, 2019 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year

Tim Edmonds of Stanford Masters Swimming has been selected as the 2019 Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year.  This award recognizes excellence in coaching skills and inspiration, as reflected by individual and club performance at sanctioned events, and club vigor, size and growth and service to the Masters swimming community.

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
Three Pacific Masters Swimmers Awarded
2018 World Masters Swimmers of the Year

Each year Swimming World magazine selects 6 men and 6 women out of over 250,000 masters swimmers worldwide, as their top Swimmers of the Year.  In 2018, three Pacific Masters swimmers were designated for this honor.

Bonnie Bilich of Walnut Creek Masters and Richard Burns and Laura Val of Tamalpais Aquatic Masters have been named for the 2018 honors by Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), the federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competition in all water sports.  The award is determined on the basis of FINA World Records set during the year.  Last year, Bonnie set 4 LCM and SCM world records, Rich set 10 and Laura 12.  Remarkably, this was the 13th year in a row that Laura has received the honor. It is Burns' 4th time.
Pacific Masters Meeting
Wednesday, April 17
Our monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm by conference call.  All members are encouraged to attend.  For details, please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator.
2019 USMS Convention
September 11-15

If you are interested in serving as a Pacific Masters delegate to this year's USMS Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, NOW is the time to contact Chris Ottati, Administrator.  We want to finalize our delegate list by May 1. 
Officials Needed at Summer Nationals
August 7-11

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. 
Head Coach Search
Richmond Plunge Masters 
The privilege is within your grasp to influence a vibrant community as Head Coach of the Richmond Plunge Masters. Your impact will be far-reaching as you may also instruct their youth outreach swimmers.  A background in Open Water swimming is a plus as this team hosts the last event of the PacMasters Open Water season at Keller Cove.  Details
Editor's Note: 

May 5-11 is Coach Appreciation Week.  Please consider Coach Appreciation Week as an opportunity to let your coach know how much you value his/her efforts.  Click here for ideas you can plan as you team with others to express appreciation for your coach.