Pacific Update

Week of February 19, 2018   
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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 March 5. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is February 28.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Pacific Masters Meeting 
Wednesday, February 21 
Our meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm by conference call.  All members are encouraged to attend.  For phone-in details, please contact  Chris Ottati, Administrator .
The City Mile
Sunday, February 25

The City Mile will be held at City College of San Francisco, Wellness Center on February 25. Heats will be seeded fast to slow. This event is limited to 96 entrants. Entries must be completed by February 21. Registration

This is one of the most low-key meets of the season. Heats are pre-seeded,
so the swimmer will know about when the start will be. While starts are
imporatant, a slow start can be made up during the swim. For distance
swimmers and tri-athletes, there are no events to swim that day after you
get out of the water. It is a great fitness swim!

Again this year, the swimmer who swims closest to their seed time will get
a $25 gift certificate. The closest time to actual has been 0.10 seconds.
Any swimmer who establishes a new meet record will receive a certificate
commemorating the accomplishment.
SmartyPants Winter Fitness Challenge
February 15 - 28
Kicking off the inaugural Winter Fitness Challenge is a 30-minute swim. Registration is open now so volunteer leaders have time to help kick off the inaugural series event.  
Clubs that sign up to host the first Winter Fitness Challenge will be promoted on the Winter Fitness Challenge page and will be automatically included in an exclusive participation contest .
The Winter Fitness Challenge is the official fundraiser for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation.
Spring Weekend Masters Camp
Friday-Sunday, March 2 - 4 

Come join USMS Coach of the Year Cokie Lepinski in Santa Barbara, CA for a  combined training and skill development camp to help you achieve your spring championship season goals! We will work with you to become more mindful in your swimming to improve your stroke mechanics.  2014 USMS Coach of the Year Cokie Lepinski and USCB Assistant Coach Ellie Monobe will be joining SB Multisplash coaches Abrami and Stori to improve our swimmer:coach ratio.  This action-packed weekend includes stroke and turn clinics, innovative workouts, yoga, foam rolling and other recovery discussions. We will provide videotaping and professional feedback on all four competitive swim strokes.  VO2 Max Testing and Cryotherapy Information and Registration
USMS Officials Training 
Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 25 

Pacific Masters is proud to announce Officials Clinics at upcoming meets. The first two meets at which the training will be offered are the March 10 meet at Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto, and the March 25 meet at Spieker Pool at the University of California-Berkeley. Eligibility: ANYONE age 18 or over! Membership in USMS is recommended but not required. No USA Swimming officiating background is necessary. Prerequisites: View the training videos and complete the Stroke & Turn test which can be found online at (If you are not already a member of USA Swimming, you WILL need to create a online account but you do NOT need to be a member of USA Swimming to do this.) If you've completed the test but haven't gotten your certification back yet, you can still train pending that. Contact Mike Abegg for any questions and to let him know if you're planning on attending. Please wear a reasonably-plain white shirt, and report to the pool deck at 7:45 (to the starter/referee table) for a short briefing and discussion. IMPORTANT: If you want to also swim at the meet, that will be fine. We will adjust training to give you time "off deck" as needed to allow you to warm up, compete, and cool-down.
Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet 
Saturday, March 10
The Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course Meet will be held at Rinconada Pool, Embarcadero and Newell Road in Palo Alto. Swimmers may swim up to 5 individual events. Highlights of the meet will be the 50-yard novice freestyle for swimmers new to competition and a special event of 1650 yard fly.  Registration      
Adult Learn-To-Swim
Instructor Certification Course
Saturday, March 24 
This class will be held at Hearst Gym and Pool on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Registration is now open. USMS has declared April to be Learn-To-Swim month, so this the perfect time to take the course so you can help out the many people who would like to learn how to swim.  Later in the year, Dec. 2, USMS will again offer this course.
Cal Aquatic Masters Spring Meet
Sunday, March 25
Spieker Pool on the UC Berkeley campus will once again be the place to be on March 25. This ever-popular meet will have a large variety of events and relays. Information and Registration.
PacMasters Short Course Championships
Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 6-8

This meet, sponsored by Walnut Creek Masters, will once again be held at the Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga. Save the date! Complete information will appear in a future Update.
Postal Events
Don't forget the USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship and TAM Miracle Mile Postal Swim both run through the end of February.  If you haven't entered them both, February is a terrific month to swim in California.
Editor's Note
Don't get DQ'ed in an IM!
Most of us are used to turning in backstroke by rolling over onto our stomachs on the last stroke before the wall and flipping straight over. However, that doesn't work in an individual medley. According to the 2018 Masters Swimming Rulebook, "Backstroke to breaststroke-The swimmer must touch the wall while on the back. Once a legal touch has been made, the swimmer may turn in any manner, but the shoulders must be at or past the vertical toward the breast when the swimmer leaves the wall and the prescribed breaststroke form must be attained prior to the first arm stroke."
Disclaimer: Receipt of this correspondence is not an indication that your membership in USMS or Pacific Masters Swimming is current. To check if your membership is current, please follow [this link ].