Pacific Update

Week of August 5, 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 August 19, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 14.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
400 Pull For Time
August 1-31

Do you love to pull? Sebastopol Masters Aquatic Club is hosting their 400 Pull for Time in August. Pull as much as you want but only your fastest time gets entered. There are two categories - paddles and no paddles. Top 3 fastest overall times for both men and women in both categories will receive a unique prize! Awards will also be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age group for both categories. Please help us meet our team goal of 100+ entries this year!  More information can be found here or enter online here.
USMS Summer Nationals
August 7-11

The 2019 U.S.Masters Swimming Summer National Championship will be held Aug. 7-11 at the newly renovated   Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo, Calif. Good luck to all the swimmers! If you wish to follow the action you can find it here
1st Annual Pacific Masters Relay Meet & Social
August 25

Some things we do for fitness.  Other things we do for competition or social gratification.  Yet what we hold dear are good times and fun shared with others.  At this Pacific Masters Relay Meet & Social, it's bound to happen in a split second - strangers becoming the best of friends over a race.  We want you to keep this event in mind and hold the date on your calendar, Sunday, August 25.  Good things are coming your way. Meet Registration closes August 14. 
Matchmaking Service for Relay Meet

Want to participate in the relay meet but can't find enough swimmers to form a team? Are you looking for a fourth team member? The meet director for the 1st Annual Pacific Masters Relay Meet & Social has volunteered to provide a match making service for folks looking for relay teammates. To take advantage of this offer, send an email to . Please provide an email address, age, gender, and any other information you feel pertinent (strokes you can't do, relay preferences, etc). Parties looking for a 3rd and/or fourth member can also send an email with any appropriate description of what characteristics they are looking for (male age 50 and above, competent backstroker, etc).
Whiskeytown Open Water Swims
S eptember 8

Pacific Masters welcomes Whiskeytown Open Water 1 and 2 Mile swims back this year after devastating fires forced the cancellation of the event last year.  This year's event will be held at Oak Bottom Beach on the opposite side of Whiskeytown Lake from where the event has been held in past years. We'll let you know in the next issue if registration has been opened.
The 16th Annual Alan Liu Memorial SCM Meet
September 22
Mountain View Masters will be hosting this meet at the Eagle Park Pool Sunday September 22. Registration is now open. Information
5K/10K ePostal Nationals
now until September 25

This event must be swum in a 50 meter pool. There are not many of these in the Bay Area. As you can see from the title of this article, there is a 5K and a 10K event. There also is a relay event in which the total times of 3 or 4 swimmers are added up. Find out more here.
Upcoming Summer Events  

Long Course Meters
FINA Worlds Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, August 9-18
Pacific Masters Open Water 
Donner Lake, August 10
Keller Cove, September 21
Other Open Water Races 
Baykeeper Bay Parade, Golden Rivet Swim, August 11
Swim Across America, San Francisco Bay Open Water Swim September 28
New Open Water Trailer

If you are at the Santa Cruz Open Water Weekend, you will be the first to see our new Open Water equipment trailer. We would like to thank Cokie Lipinski, Robert Norris and Rich Burns for their photos that so aptly capture the lure our sport, and Rob Heath who was instrumental in managing the launch. If you miss the trailer in Santa Cruz, keep your eyes open and you might catch a glimpse as it travels the roads of the Bay Area and Northern California. Photos
PacMasters Monthly Meeting Conference Call
August 21 

Members wishing to join the Pacific Masters Monthy Meeting conference call can contact Administrator Chris Ottati for instructions.
USMS Coach and ALTS Instructor Certification Classes + Swim Clinic
December 7-8
The USMS instructors will be in Sacramento Dec. 7-8 to offer us a series of classes. The Sacramento adult learn-to-swim instructor certification class on Sunday, Dec. 8, is open for registration.
Coach Certifications Levels 1-2, the Clinic Course for Coaches, and a stroke development clinic will also be offered that weekend. Information will be available soon. 
Rinconada Needs Our Help
The Rindonada Masters team has taken cost-cutting measures and are hoping to increase their roster so they can cover water costs, open more lanes and keep the team going to mark their 47th anniversary!
Please visit their  GoFundMe-Rinconada  and help raise $15,000 to keep them in the pool until January. Any amount will help!
Coaches Carol Macpherson and Terri Baxter-Smith as well as the entire Rinconada swimming community thank you.

Editor's Note

A wonderful article appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, July 28. What Swimming Taught Me About Happiness is a fun read. Written by Richard A. Friedman, a psychiatrist and contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, it explores the swimming life.