Pacific Update

Week of May 10th, 2021
In this issue, you will find information on upcoming swimming events being held in the next couple of months.

The next issue of the Update will appear on May 24, 2021. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Join the Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series
Are you feeling a bit disappointed with your current conditioning? Are you looking for a bit of added motivation to resurrect your pre-pandemic body? Join the Challenge Series. Participating in one or two events each month will spice up your practices and help you get into fighting shape.

With two ePostals in the books, the Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series is underway. Standings can be found here. Learn about the Challenge Series here and see the listing of all included ePostals, with links to meet sheets, results, and the rules.
Pacific Masters Swimming: May ePostal Challenge
May 1 - 31

The May ePostal Challenge offers 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 IM and our return-to-fitness benchmark 500 yard or 400 meter free. Information and Registration

Mountain View Masters: Non-Free Triple Threat ePostal
June 1 - 30

The 200 fly, 200 back, and 200 breast are among the most dreaded events in competitive swimming, so that’s all we’re offering in this ePostal! Challenge yourself and use this as an opportunity to prepare for our Alan Liu Animal Pentathlon in the fall! (If we can’t host a meet, we’ll do another ePostal.)

Enter your favorite event or two… or, if you want to be a triple threat at non-free, enter all three. Information and Registration
USMS: June Summer Fitness Challenge
June 1 - 15

Mark your calendars! You have a choice of a 2K swim or dryland workout in the USMS Summer Fitness Challenge. What a great way to check your fitness level as well as benefit a worthy cause, Adult Learn-to Swim.
Pacific Masters Community Talk and Social Hour
Open Water Special
May 13, Starts at 7 PM
Join us for the May Community Talk and Social Hour where we will hear from intrepid members who swam open water through the winter for the first time. Hear their stories, ask some questions, and enjoy breakout-room conversation time with old and new friends.
Don't miss these personal accounts:
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Dentist Desperate to Swim
  • Suffering Less Without a Wetsuit
  • Can't be That Bad with the Right Gear
  • Lessons Learned in My Addiction
  • Year-round Swimming - in my Skin
  • Wouldn't Have Done it Without Them
  • Overcoming a Shark's Fin

Click here to register for the hour.
Pacific Masters Open Water Season for 2021
Cross Your Fingers!

We currently have two open water swims on our schedule, both listed as tentative. The Donner Lake swim is scheduled for August 14 and Del Valle is a 2.5 K and 5 K swim scheduled for September 11.

In the interest of full disclosure, we want to let our members know that the Board voted to approve and earmark these dates for the event hosts. At this time, events have not been sanctioned, the event hosts do not know any event details, nor is there any certainty that these events will take place this year. As more details are known, we will pass them on to our membership.
Promoting Adult Learn-to-Swim 

Pacific Masters has a new Adult Learn-to-Swim (ALTS) Committee that is promoting ALTS initiatives and creating ALTS resources for coaches and swimmers. Check out our new webpage on the Pacific Masters Swimming website and let us know what your club is doing (or planning to do) to support ALTS programs for 2021.

The webpage is updated periodically and contains links to instructional videos, local ALTS programs, and information on applying for an ALTS Grant through the USA Swimming Foundation. It is easy to get started at your pool with ideas from The Adult Learn-to-Swim Panel. See video here.

Any questions? Contact our Pacific Masters ALTS Committee Chair, Kim Elsbach.
FINIS Smart Goggles Now Available!

Along with CIYE (Coach In Your Eye), FINIS is super excited to announce that their Smart Goggles are now available for pre-order, with delivery in mid-May. You can find the press release here.

Pacific Masters Swimming has approved this message from FINIS about the new Smart Goggles. FINIS donated prizes that were given away at the Annual Celebration. We thank FINIS for their partnership with Pacific Masters.
Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting
May 19, Doors Open at 6:45, Meeting at 7:00 PM
The meeting will begin promptly at 7 PM via the Zoom platform. If this is your first time Zooming, we suggest you sign on a little early to ask questions and address technical issues. Even if you are familiar with Zoom, sign on early to say "hi" to your fellow swimmers. All members are encouraged to participate. Our monthly meeting reminder email will provide the Zoom link. If you are not on that list and would like to attend, please contact Chris Ottati Administrator, for details.
2021 USMS Annual Meeting - Call for Delegates
September 23-27, Virtual

Here is your chance to become more involved with Pacific Masters!

The 2021 USMS Annual Meeting (formerly Convention) will again be held virtually, and Pacific Masters is putting together its team of delegates. To learn more about what is involved in being a delegate, read section 102.6 in our Pacific Masters Handbook. If you have questions or think you'd like to put your name in for consideration, please contact Chris Ottati.

Please note that USMS has not finalized the details, so the dates listed for the House of Delegates meetings are approximate. Additionally, delegates will be expected to attend scheduled committee meetings, times to be determined. USMS will publish updated meeting information as it becomes available.
Stu and Mary Kahn Reflect on Retirement
By Missy Hunter
Years ago, when timing at a Masters meet, I was happy when Stu Kahn stepped up to my block. With a big smile, I greeted him with, "I am so happy to be able to time your swim for once! You were my high school coach at Campolindo!" The swimming community is indeed a small world and a never-ending source of joy.
On May 1, both Stu and Mary Kahn retired from coaching Davis Aquatic Masters, a program they led for the last 13 years. Before coaching DAM, they coached the Aquadarts for ten years. As Patricia Quinn writes in the Davis Enterprise, "Mary and Stu leave a multi-dimensional legacy — not only have we been co-workers but also lane mates, teammates, and competitors, leading to happier, healthier lives." A huge congratulations to the Kahns! Read their full interview here.
Growing Masters Swimming
USMS is interested in helping all our clubs reach out to new, potential members as we begin to think about returning to “normal”. To that end, they have created a Try Masters Swimming webpage for clubs with helpful information. Additionally, they are hosting an informational webinar focusing on club rebuilding and growth on May 20 at 5 pm Pacific Time (8 pm Eastern time). Register for the webinar at the link above.

You may have read that USMS is designating July as USMS Try Masters Swimming Month. We are well aware that this time frame may not work for many of our Pacific member clubs due to COVID restrictions still in place in your county or at your facility. But we want our clubs to be ready with the tools and plans they’ll need when they are ready to build again!
Finswimming at Leisure or in Competition is Here to Stay
Whether you dream of becoming a certified mermaid or seek an immersion swimming championship, we've got you covered. Now that pools are opening up, classes and competitions may be on the horizon. We've got two opportunities to share.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) recently announced they would be offering mermaid certification courses. Swim on over and read about the three leveled classes here. In the meantime, set your sights on becoming one of a hundred mermaids swimming together. See record-breaking video.
For the consummate competitors out there, you could participate in finswimming and earn some six-pack abs in the process. See the world championship swim here.