Pacific Update

Week of July 9, 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 July 23. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is July 18.
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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Fundraising Opportunity at Pacific Masters LCM Championships
PacMasters is offering fundraising opportunities to groups who provide workers at its LCM Championships on July 13-15. Interested Pacific Masters clubs are encouraged to participate. Information.
PacMasters Summer Championships, Moraga
July 13,14, and 15
Our long course championships will be held at the Soda Center. We hope to see you there. The 1500M Free was contested on July 8. The rest of the events will be held on July 13, 14 and 15, with the 200 free taking place on July 13.
Oakdale Aquatics Masters 2nd Annual SC Summer Splash
July 21
An invitation is extended to you and your buddies to join the fun of competition at Oakdale Aquatic Masters unsanctioned short course yards time trial.  Located in the  Central Valley, in the Modesto area, this could be a memorable Sunday adventure. Registration
2018 Santa Cruz Open Water Weekend
July 28 - 29
Information is available for Santa Cruz Masters & Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Association's open water swims. Registration is coming soon. This is the 45th annual 1 mile swim and the Cruise - Santa Cruz 2 mile ocean Swim. If registration isn't open today, it will be in a day or two.
2018 SmartyPants Vitamins U.S. Masters Swimming
Summer Fitness Challenge
July 15 - 31

Proceeds from this meet will help fund Swimming Saves Lives.   Sign up your Master club or workout group to host the 2018 SmartyPants Vitamins U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Fitness Challenge, a 2K swim in which there are only two rules:
  1. There are no rules
  2. HAVE FUN!
Swimmers can swim with fins, as a relay, or however they want. Individual swimmers can join a group or participate solo. Swimmers will receive exclusive discounts from our partners, sample packs from SmartyPants Vitamins, and a cool event swim cap! 
USMS 5K/10K ePostal National Championship
May 15 - September 23
Summer is the time to think about doing the USMS LCM 5K/10K national championship swims.Complete the event any time between now and September 15. Entries are open now.
Pan American Masters Championships
July 28-August 4

Now's the time to make travel plans for the PanAm Championships in Orlando! This replaces Summer Nationals this year and is a great opportunity for meeting Masters swimmers from Central and South America. Registration for the pool events is closed but Open Water competition is still open. Information and registration.
Sebastopol Aquatic Masters ePostal Pull
August 1 - 30
Who likes to pull? Sebastopol Aquatic Masters is hosting the first ever 400 ePostal pull event. This event runs through the month of August. Information is available now and registration will be open August 1.
DAM End of Summer Splash
August 11
Not able to attend the Pan AM's in Florida but still want to finish your long course season with official times? The DAM End of Summer Splash will be held at the Charles Brooks Swim Center in Woodland on Saturday, August 11. There will be an interesting assortment of swim events to choose from including men's, women's, and mixed 400 Medley and 400 Free relays. The relays are held so infrequently that just competing almost guarantees a Top Ten USMS ranking. Information and Registration.
Donner Lake 2.7 miles 
August 11
This event sold out in 29 minutes. 
Upcoming Summer Events 
Open Water Events

Pacific Masters Open Water Swims:
Whiskeytown, September 9
Keller Cove, September 22

Other Open Water Races:
Trans Tahoe Relay, July 21   
RCP Tiburon Mile, August 19   
Maui Channel SwimSeptember 2
Alcatraz Invitational, September 29 
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
Wednesday July 18 
The next monthly meeting will be an in-person meeting. For location and time, contact  Chris Ottati, Administrator . All members are welcome..
Save the Date
November 4
The date for this year's Annual Celebration and Meeting is November 4th. Be sure to mark it on your calendar. Three time Olympian and five-time gold medalist Nathan Adrian will be our keynote speaker. He'll highlight a day of swim and dryland workouts and screening of the award winning film, Kim Swims with its star, Kim Chambers in attendance. Kim Swims

The celebration will include a delicious catered lunch and culminate with our annual celebration meeting. 
The event is free to Pacific Masters members. Watch for the opening of registration on October 1st. This is the 8th year of the annual celebration. If you've attended in the past you'll surely want to return. If you haven't been before, the celebration is a not to be missed event.  Capacity is limited so plan to register early. 

Santa Cruz Masters Founding Member Tillie Cunningham Remembered

On July 3rd Pacific Masters Swimming lost a longtime friend, Carolyn "Tillie" Cunningham. She had been living with colon cancer for about 4 years.  Other original members of Santa Cruz Masters including Pancho and Susanna Wrangell, Scott Patterson, and Cyndy Hertzer celebrated her 92nd birthday in April by taking her to breakfast. Tillie was her usual talkative self and in good spirits.

Tillie did much of the behind-the-scenes work required to help host the many championship meets UCSC from 1989 through 2007.  She organized the pink and blue entry cards (pre-computer days), answered the many phone calls that happened with every meet, changing events and entry times for whoever requested changes, and she also acted as Head Timer for many of these meets, "twisting" peoples' arms to pick up a stop watch and help their fellow swimmers get timed.  People could not resist her entreaties because she did it in such an energetic, kind and gracious manner.

George, her husband, was Meet Director, and together they were a great team to bring these championship meets to Santa Cruz and to enlist the help of many CRUZERS to host the meets and provide cordial, enthusiastic encouragement to the many hundreds of participants coming from all over Northern California and around the country.  Both George and Tillie also participated in the monthly meetings of Pacific Masters Swimming and the annual meetings of United States Masters Swimming, bringing insight and common sense to the many decisions that happened within these organizations.
Temescal Aquatic Masters Coaching Position 
Temescal Aquatic Masters in Oakland is looking for a new head coach. Contact Chris Barta at for information. You can find the job requirements here. 
Editor's Note
Traveling and training on your own this summer? Check out the online workouts written by USMS-certified coaches here. Workouts include basic, training, open water, limited-mobility, triathlon, high-intensity, stroke and IM and high-volume training.
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