Pacific Update

Week of March 2, 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 16, 2020The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
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 are available.
CAL Aquatics Masters Spring Meet
March 22
Held at the Spieker Aquatics Complex at UC Berkeley, this yearly event is set for Sunday, March 22.  Information and registration are available.
PacMasters SCY Championships 
March 27-29

We are excited about this year's Short Course Yards Championships at Morgan Hill Dennis Kennedy Aquatics Center March 27-29. The venue has a history 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. Many hotels are conveniently located just across the street from the pool. Want a discount? Holiday Inn Express, a short distance from the pool, is offering a special rate for swimmers. For more details, r ead about the meet Wondering what to do after racing? Check out these Morgan Hill activities and restaurants. Information and registration  are available. Don't delay ; registration closes March 18.
USMS Spring National Championships
April 23-26, San Antonio, TX
Registration Now Open!

Celebrate U.S. Masters Swimming's 50th anniversary with the 2020 Spring Nationals in San Antonio! More than 2000 swimmers are expected to compete in this historic meet. Will you be one of them? Information about the meet can be found  here. Registration is now open and ends on March 23 at 11:59 Pacific time. 
Coach's Eye Clinics for New Masters Coaches
February 29-June 27
Masters coaches who are interested in developing skills in teaching swim technique and are certified (or not) in Levels 1 or 2 are encouraged to attend the following Coach's Eye Clinics.  These clinics are for you if you have less than three years experience as a Masters coach.  Additionally, these clinics are designed for 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.  
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.

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.
June 28 Oakland Estuary OW Swim Cancelled

Temescal Aquatic Masters regrets to announce that its Oakland Estuary open water swim, originally scheduled for June 28, has been cancelled. They hope to reschedule the event for 2021, so stay tuned! 
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
March 18
Our next Board meeting has changed to a conference-call only format (no in-person option) and will take place on March 18 at 7:00 pm. All members are encouraged to participate. For details about how to call in, please contact Chris Ottati, Administrator.
2020 USMS Convention 
September 24-27, Jacksonville, FL

If you are interested in serving as a Pacific Masters delegate at the USMS Convention in Jacksonville, FL from September 24 to September 27, 2020, NOW is the time to ask questions or express interest. Contact Chris Ottati, Administrator. We want to finalize our delegate list by May 1. 
Temescal Aquatic Masters Seeking Head Coach 

Temescal Aquatic Masters in Oakland is seeking candidates for its Head Coach
position. A key leader of our team, the Head Coach should be an experienced
coach and swimmer who motivates coaches and swimmers through effective
communication and reinforcement. For a complete job description and/or to submit a resume, please contact with the subject line: Head Coach position resume.
Long-time Pacific Masters swimmer Robert Placak recently contacted us with a fun swimming tidbit: "One of my Trans Tahoe teammates, Eric Nilsson, reached out to me today to let me know that he broke my 30-year National Masters record for the 1-hour swim set in 1990! My record was 5750 yards; he went 15 yards further at 5765 yards.
I will be swimming the Trans Tahoe swim again this year. I have only missed it once since 1985. Our Pacific Masters Trans Tahoe team, including Eric this year, holds the all-time Trans Tahoe record of 3 hours 10 minutes.
I think that this one-hour swim record may be one of the oldest national records if not THE oldest in the USMS record books. Congrats to Eric!!"