Pacific Update

Week of December 9, 2019   
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2019 Age Group Standings  


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PacMasters Calendar 




Open Water  


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Places to Swim  

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 6, 2020.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Brute Squad ePostal Swims
Entry Deadline:Tomorrow, December 10

The deadline for the Ross Yancher Brute Squad ePostal Swim and Inaugural Brute Squad Lite entries is tomorrow, December 10. Don't let all your hard work go unnoticed! Register Here.
MEMO 400 Kick for Time
Already in Progress:
December 1-31

Back by popular demand for the 8th year! MEMO does this as a repeating set and wants everyone to join in. Performed in an organized, supervised USMS  practice, this is a great way to prepare to use those legs all throughout the swimming season. Information and Registration
TAM Miracle Mile Postal
January 1-February 28, 2020

Swim a mile and help fight lung cancer. 50% of the proceedings will be donated to Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (formerly Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation). As in previous years, team efforts are encouraged.TAM Masters has donated over $14,000 over the past seven years using swimming as a resource to benefit our community. Information and Registration.
 2020 USMS 1-Hour ePostal Nationals
January 1-February 29, 2020

TAM Masters is hosting this National event. The objective: To swim as far as possible in one hour, in any pool you choose, 25 yards or longer. 
Information should be available soon.
2020 Santa Rosa SCY Resolution Meet
Saturday, January 11

Santa Rosa Masters is excited to host the 2020 Resolution Meet. This is Pacific Masters' first pool event of the season. Grab a teammate or two and check in to see where your times stand this early in the season. Information and Registration.  
The Olympic Club 1500 SCM
Saturday, January 18

You'll have to move fast to get a lane in this year's TOC 1500. This fun meet is limited to the first 120 swimmers and quickly fills up. Get your entry in early.
Pacific Masters Annual Meeting and Celebration

Getting up at 5 AM on a Sunday morning is only worth it-- if you get to swim. The annual meeting of the Pacific Masters, held at St. Mary's College in Moraga November 17, provided that opportunity and so much more. Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol fit right in as he shared the secrets of his amazing backstroke, graciously signed autographs, and spoke of his personal journey. the day was so inspiring, we have two articles to share with you. First articleSecond article . Enjoy this photo gallery , along with photos  taken with Aaron Piersol. Photos are courtesy of Rich Burns.  
Pacific Masters Members Given Awards at the Annual Meeting

Nancy Rideout Award: John King
Contributor of the Year: Gordon Bell
Appreciation: Marcus Daene, Norm Hantzche, Carol Macpherson, Jennifer Phalen, Bill McCracken
Personal Achievement: Suzanne Heim-Bowen, Michael Thomas
Peggy Lucchesi: Peter Guadagni, Carol Nip
New Officers Elected at the Annual Meeting
Congratulations to All!

Chair/President: Phyllis Quinn
VP Pool Meets: Matt Roper
VP Open Water: Dean Atchison
VP Communications and Technology: Clare Kubiak
VP Clubs and Coaches: Carol Nip
Treasurer: Laura Holmes-Shope
Secretary: Ian King
2020 Swimmer Registration

Join your friends and stay in shape: keep swimming! There's still time to renew for 2020. Please login here with your MYUSMS login ID. If you are having trouble, contact if you don't see your team on the club list, that is because it hasn't renewed for 202. Please remind your coach or club manager to renew for 2020.  
2020 Age Group Competition - New Rules

As the new year approaches, we invite you to look back on the 2019 Age Group Standings (not yet final) and begin your 2020 competitive season with the Santa Rosa Masters Resolution Meet on January 11. Starting this year, w e will be expanding the points awarded (over the SCY , LCM, and SCM seasons) to 20 places (from 10 places in past years). This new awarding system is only for Pacific Masters and is not applicable to USMS. Full rules are here. Remember, points can be earned in 8 disciplines, so try swimming some new events.
New Palo Alto Masters
Seeking Head Coach and Support Staff

The new Palo Alto Masters is searching for a head coach and support staff in time to start the new year.  Palo Alto Masters will be replacing the long standing legacy team Rinconada Masters, and will base out of the iconic Rinconada Pool.  There are opportunities within the organization to expand the role to a full-time position which would include medical, dental, vision and 401K benefits. Please email for information.   
Editor's Note

The end of the year brings forth a chance to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future. Get yourself  a cup of coffee or warm holiday eggnog and settle in for 45 minutes of a real open water treat.  Watch as marathon swimmer Lewis Pugh attempts an incredible course around the English Southern Coast, casting light on the pleasures and challenges of open water swimming while emphasizing the importance of environmental issues confronting us today.