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Week of February 5, 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 February 19. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is February 14.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Call for Coach of the Year Nominations
Deadline: February 14

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 in the Pacific Masters Administrative Handbook. An excerpt of the relevant section can be downloaded by clicking here. Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year are due Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and should be sent to the Chair of Pacific Masters.
Sprint Pentathlon
Saturday, February 17    
What's unique about this meet?  Five events - 50's of each stroke and the 100 IM, and same-day drawings to recognize first-time meet swimmers. Of course, you don't have to swim all events, but to place Top Three for Awards, you must.  Seasoned competitors who bring a friend to swim are encouraged to introduce themselves to the Meet Director for a nice surprise to recognize your friendship. By noon, you'll be ready for an afternoon lunch at any of the great eateries on nearby Solano Avenue.  Registration and flyer.   Registration
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
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 be 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.
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
The meet season has begun! If you haven't ever swum in a meet (or haven't since you were in high school) you should give it try. I guarantee you that no matter what your time is, your friends will say "good job" when you get out of the water.
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 ].