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Week of December 11, 2017  
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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 January 8. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is January 3.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Pacific Masters Celebrates Another Great Year at the 2017 Annual Meeting  

Pacific Masters Swimming members gathered on November 12 for the organization's annual meeting and celebration of fitness. This year's event was highlighted by keynote speaker Natalie Coughlin and featured officer elections and the presentation of fitness and achievement awards.  Read more
6th Annual MEMO 400 Kick for Time
December 1, 2017-January 10, 2018  
Here's the event good kickers have been waiting for! Win a postal meet without even pulling. Just kick 400 yards! Any stroke is allowed and any length course will do. Kicking is great overall conditioning, contributes greatly to your speed in sprinting, and burns lots of calories. What's not to like? Team entries available. Hosted by Marcia's Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland (MEMO). Registration opens December 1st.  Information and registration. 
2018 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship
January 1 - February 28 
How far can you swim in an hour? This event takes place in your own pool after which you send in your results, hence the name "ePostal"
Starting and Growing a USMS Club
Saturday, January 6

Bill Brenner, Chief Operating Officer, US Masters Swimming, and Ed Mageean, Masters Coach at Oakdale Aquatics, will present "Building and Growing a Successful Masters Swim Program" at the Pacific Swim Coaches Conference in Napa.  They will discuss starting program, member recruitment, swimmer development, social activities, financial sustainability and growing the swim community.  This event is part of a three day event which covers a lot of ground. Check it out! 
The Santa Rosa Resolution Meet
Saturday, January 20, 2018  
Held indoors at the Quinn Aquatic Complex, you'll find several of your favorite races.  Yet what makes this meet a unique experience is that a ll entrants in the 50 Free will be automatically entered at no charge into the Resolution 50 Free Challenge. This "event" will attempt to determine a single winner from all age groups and both sexes. Participants' times will be adjusted by a multiplier to determine their Resolution Challenge time.  Curious about the math adjustment to determine a winner? Go here for details and to enter Pacific Masters' first meet of the new year. 
USF Valentines Affair 
Saturday, February 3, 2018  
Simply, this meet is a matter-of-fact love affair with water, swimming and racing. Hold the date on your calendar for this meet, cleverly named "Valentines Affair."  This could be your lucky day for a really good meet experience.  Keep your eyes open.  The meet will be posted soon!
Sprint Pentathlon
Saturday, February 17, 2018  
Five events go by quickly in one morning - 50's of each stroke and the 100 IM - at the multi-million dollar renovated Richmond Swim Center.  This meet was offered for this first time last year by Albany Armada Aquatic Masters. What makes this meet unique?  It is the only short course yards sprint pentathlon offered by PacMasters.   By Noon, meet-goers will be ready for an afternoon lunch and stroll at nearby Solano Avenue.  Save the date!
Inaugural USMS Fitness Series
U.S. Masters Swimming has launched the inaugural USMS Fitness Series to help swimmers reach their fitness goals year-round and support a great cause.
This initiative originated from our goals of both promoting improved physical fitness and health in adults through swimming and encouraging more of our members to participate in USMS events.
The Fitness Series is a great way to bring clubs and workout groups together for three inclusive and fun challenges: a 30-minute swim in the winter, a 2K swim in the summer, and a 1-mile swim in the fall.
Each challenge includes a six-week training plan, written by USMS-certified coaches, for three different ability levels. This allows swimmers to train on their own or with their local USMS clubs.

The Winter Fitness Challenge is an official fundraiser for the  USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. Clubs and members have the ability to become fundraisers and support our foundation's efforts to make more adults safer around water. Since 2012, SSLF has granted $430,000 to programs across the country that provide adult learn-to-swim lessons. 
Richmond Plunge Masters Mini Clinics
First Wednesday of Every Month
Richmond Plunge Masters offers a monthly one-hour clinic on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. The focus of the clinics is on strokes and turns.
The next clinic will be on the second Wednesday - January 10 - and will concentrate on turns.  To sign up, visit
2018 Meet Schedule 
As Robust a Year as You Like 
Thanksgiving is barely behind us, and we're still feeling full.  Or not!  We may find ourselves hungry for the camaraderie of swim friends.  Peek into what a new year can bring forth, and let's get some Winter/Spring SCY meet dates on our calendars. Q uite a few meets are already scheduled for next year.  
Editor's Note
Terry Laughlin Passes Away
Terry Laughlin, who created the technique-focused swim training system known as "Total Immersion," passed away Friday, Oct. 20, after complications with prostate cancer. Laughlin was 66 years old.

Laughlin had already become a successful high school and college coach when he founded Total Immersion in 1989, and seven years later, he released a book entitled  Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier, which has become one of the most popular training books in swimming. Here's a great article which is a tribute to Terry.
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