Pacific Update

Week of February 17, 2020  
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool events and other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.
The next issue of the Update will appear on March 2, 2020The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 
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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Last Chance for Coach of the Year Nominations  
Deadline: February 21
Whatever the reason we start Masters swimming, many of us depend on our coaches to keep us coming back to the pool. Whether it is providing stroke instruction to help us improve or stay injury-free, workouts that are interesting and challenging, or a word of encouragement when we are feeling down, our coaches are an essential element of our swimming routine. Please consider recognizing his or her efforts by nominating your coach for the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award. Submissions should include a nomination letter along with a maximum of four support letters. A description of the award along with the nomination and selection process can be found here . Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year are due Friday, February 21, 2020 and should be sent to the Chair of Pacific Masters.
Splash and Dash Sprint Pentathlon 
February 22
This meet, hosted by Albany Armada Aquatic Masters, is short and sweet with 50 yard races in all strokes, capping the pentathlon with the 100 Individual Medley.  Special awards to high point winners in each age group.  To add to the morning fun, relays are offered to swimmers who may want to top the day with the 200 Free Relay or the 200 Medley Relay.  Both relays will be mixed (2 men and 2 women).  Warm lunches will be sold at the meet.   Information and Registration.
The City Mile
February 23
After Albany's short and fast events, distance swimmers will have another shot to swim the short course 1650 freestyle race the following day at the San Francisco City Mile. Held at City College of San Francisco, this meet offers the season's first opportunity to swim the 1650 SCY freestyle race. This meet is unique in that swimmers are recognized for finishing within two seconds of their seed time. Entries are limited to 96 swimmers, so sign up early! Information and Registration.
University of San Francisco Leap Meet
February 29

This meet is designed with sprinters in mind! The University of San Francisco Leap Meet features 50s and 100s of fly, back, breast and free. Registration is open.
Palo Alto Masters Spring Meet
March 14

Rinconada Pool is the place to be on March 14 for the Palo Alto Masters annual SCY meet. Information and registration is available.

CAL Aquatics Masters Spring Meet
  March 22
Held at the Spieker Aquatics Complex at UC Berkeley, the yearly event is set for Sunday, March 22nd.  Information and registration are available.

TAM Miracle Mile Postal
January 1-February 28

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.
USMS One-Hour ePostal Nationals
January 1-February 29
Swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Event results are sent in electronically so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Some people do the One-Hour ePostal event for competition, while others do it for fitness; all swimmers are welcome. TAM Masters is hosting this National event. Information and Registration.
Coaches Eye Clinics for New Masters Coaches
February 29-June 27
Masters coaches who are either certified Levels 1&2 (or not) and who are interested in developing skills in teaching swim technique are encouraged to the following Coaches Eye Clinics.  These clinics are for you if you have less than three years experience coaching masters.  Additionally, these clinics are geared to equip individuals registered with USMS who are considering becoming a masters swim coach. The cost is $20 per session.
Following each session, there will be a discussion and time for questions and answers. All sessions are on Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Albany Aquatic Center outdoor pool in Albany, CA.  
February 29 - Freestyle
March 14 - Butterfly
March 28 - Breaststroke
May 9 - Open Water
June 13 - Backstroke
June 27 - Individual Medley Turns
Each session is limited to six coaches on a first-come first-served basis.  Contact Carol Nip, Clubs & Coaches Chair, to reserve your spot.
Swim Clinics in the East Bay
February 29-June 27
Beginner-to-Intermediate masters swimmers who need help with certain aspects of technique may attend any of the clinics listed below. Each session is limited to twelve swimmers.  Cost is $30 per clinic, and will be held  Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:00 am at the Albany Aquatic Center  in Albany, CA.

February 29 - Freestyle

March 14 - Butterfly

March 28 - Breaststroke

May 9 - Open Water

June 13 - Backstroke

June 27 - Individual Medley Turns


These clinics are offered by Pacific Masters Swimming to their members who live in the East Bay.  Living in the East Bay, however, is not required for participation.  Registration.
Off Piste Aquatic Masters Swim Camp
June 11-14
Announcing the 3rd Annual  Off Piste Aquatic Masters Swim Camp June 11-14, 2020 in Vail, Colorado.  Registration is open! The 2020 Camp features Rick Colella, FINA Masters Hall of Fame member and multi-time FINA Masters World Record Holder; Susan Von der Lippe, multi-time FINA Masters World Record Holder and USMS Record Holder and All-American; and Katie Glenn, FINA Masters World Record Holder and USMS Record Holder and All-American. The 2020 Camp features include:
  • twice-daily swim workouts 
  • specially tailored high-altitude, race specific workouts  
  • starts and turns clinic
  • daily yoga recovery   
  • 1-on-1 video analysis
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners   
Don't miss this chance to learn from some of the best masters swimmers in the world!
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
February 19
Our next Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm by conference call.  All members are encouraged to attend.  For details, please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator.    
Championship Preview
March 27-29

We are getting excited about this year's Short Course Yards Championships being held at Morgan Hill Dennis Kennedy Aquatics Center March 27th - 29th. The venue has a long track record of hosting large championship meets for USA age group swimming and age group swimmers consider this one of the fastest pools in the Pacific region. And hotels are across the street from the pool. Read Article.
How Masters Swimming Changed Exercise
Author James Thornton, who is a masters swimmer from Colonials 1776, has written a delightful historical account of Captain Ransom Arthur's push to allow USMS to hold national championship meets.The first-ever Masters Nationals was jointly sponsored by ASCA and the Amarillo Aquatic Club and took place 50 years ago on May 2-3, 1970.  
The American sports governing body AAU was at one time adamantly against allowing adults to compete in swim meets. When Dr. Arthur presented his argument in favor of masters championship meets, he was met with a loud protest from a famous college coach. "He was red in the face, and he said, 'Dr. Arthur, you're going to have people dying at swim meets!'"
And the rest is history. Read all about it here.