Pacific Update

Week of July 6, 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 August 3, 2020.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 29, 2020. 
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Pool Events

Pacific Masters Swimming Long Course Meters Championships will not be scheduled this year.
400 Fastest Pull For Sebastopol 2020
August 1-31   

Disappointed that all those pool meets have been cancelled and need some training motivation? Join Sebastopol Masters and pull your heart out in August by participating in the 400 Fastest Pull postal event. The top 3 men and women in each category (paddles and no hand paddles) win a prize! Ribbons awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each category for men and women by age group. This is another great way to get back into shape! Registration.
Open Water Swim Season 
Due to ongoing safety and health concerns in our communities, events have been cancelled and r efunds are being processed for those people who have already registered.  

August 1-2 Santa Cruz Open Water weekend is cancelled.
August 15 Donner Lake has been cancelled.
Other Open Water Races 
Save the Bay, a virtual swim to fund raise for the beautiful Narragansett Bay in New England, is ongoing from  May 6 - August 31. For more information click here.

July 1-October 31 Swim Across America Virtual Coast to Coast Challenge to raise money for cancer research. For more information click here.
USMS Virtual Events
Virtual events that can be completed in a workout setting (pool or open water) are the most practical path to ease back into competitions and fitness events. USMS is hosting several events for members who have access to swim safely: 

4. Go the Distance (ongoing)
USMS Award Nominations and Championship Bidding

Bidding for USMS Open Water and ePostal Championships remain open until August 24.  Click here for more information.
In Memory of Ben

Our hearts are heavy this week as we honor the amazing life of Ben Swiggett, Meet Director for the annual Cal Masters Meet (CALM).  Ben was also a USA-S swim official, with two sons swimming on Albany Armada Aquatics.  Ben made a huge impact on the Armada team as a tireless volunteer who was always willing to offer his time. He would often take on the least desirable jobs, doing them with a smile and a "no problem" attitude. As a team official, he often worked meets from start to finish, even when his swimmers were done for the day. He found joy in supporting the Armada community, and we will be forever grateful for his giving spirit. Ben especially cherished his family: he was poolside at every meet and recorded every swim for his son Luke and grandson Caleb. He will be dearly missed by so many.  In the spirit of this remarkable man, go out and live your life with passion and do the things you love every day!  Obituary
Create a Video for the 'Strange Year In Review' - The Pacific Masters Movie
Pacific Masters is producing a 2020 Year in Review video comprised of clips of members  showing how they weathered the pandemic. Send us your own video (you can use your phone) showing where you found water away from the shuttered pools, or how you stayed connected to your teammates. Read more.  
This is a Good Time to Keep A Fitness Log

Since most of us have been out of the water for a while, keeping a fitness log helps to build our bodies back into shape.

Go The Distance,a USMS sponsored event, is conveniently already up and running for 2020. Just log in and track your journey to a new level of swim fitness.

Swimming Books

Recently we've been sharing some of Kate's favorite swimming books. Click here for the full list. Here's a book that doesn't appear on the list, but deserves to be featured this week in celebration of Pride Month and Black Lives Matter: 

Update Editors highlighted read: Odd Man Out, An Autobiography, Jeff Commings (2010).

Jeff Commings writes about his teenage years and most of his 20s, when he was afraid to live openly as a gay man among friends and family. Though he was a member of several USA Swimming national teams and competed in two Olympic Trials, his fear of rejection from those he loved and respected severely affected his life socially and athletically.  Jeff discovered Masters Swimming and initially used the workouts as a way to stay in shape. At the 2003 Masters National Championships, Jeff won five events and set his first national record in the 100 breast. Jeff holds a Masters World Record in the 100-meter Individual Medley. (From