Pacific Update

Week of November 11, 2019   
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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 December 9, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Ross Yancher Memorial Brute Squad and Inaugural Brute Squad Lite ePostal Swim
October 1-November 30

Time again to challenge yourself with the 11th Annual Brute Squad e-Postal, sponsored by Davis Aquatic Masters! The event consists of a timed, continuous 200 butterfly, followed by a 400 IM, and finishing up with a 1650 freestyle. For those to whom these distances seem intimidating, DAM created a smaller event this year called the Brute Squad Lite. This event features timed, continuous distances of 100 fly, 200 IM and a 500 free.  Completing either of these events is still something to brag about! Information.
USMS Classes + Clinic
December 7-8, Sacramento
Level 1-2 Coach certification - Saturday, December 7, 2019 
Level 3 Coach certification - Saturday, December 7, 2019 
Clinic course for coaches - Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 2019 (2-part course)
Stroke development clinic - Sunday, December 8, 2019
ALTS Instructor certification - Sunday, December 8, 2019
New Ross Yancher Brute Squad Lite is Acclaimed

It's Brute Squad Time again and my thoughts are with an old friend, Ross Yancher, in whose honor the event is now named. Ross has been gone for more than two years but he accomplished much in his 63 years. Full Article.
2019 Pacific Masters Celebration and Meeting
November 17
Last chance! Registration closes: Noon, Tomorrow, November 12

Our 9th Annual Celebration and Meeting is this Sunday, November 17 at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.  Details and registration information can be found here

Join us for a morning swim and dry land workout, Tech Talk and Keynote address by three-time Olympian and seven-time medalist Aaron Peirsol.  What follows is a delicious lunch, short meeting, and biennial elections for your Pacific Masters officers.  See you Sunday and bring a buddy!
2020 Swimmer Registration
Now Open

USMS members are now able to renew for 2020. Please login here with MYUSMS login ID. If you are having trouble, contact If you don't see your team on the club list, that is because it hasn't renewed for 2020. Please remind your coach or club manager to renew for 2020.  
For those who have already renewed and requested membership cards by mail, there is a slight delay.    
Rinconada Swim Coach Carol Macpherson Retiring after 47 Years

In case you missed our write-up in the last issue about Carol Macpherson and her retirement, here is the article.
Temescal Masters in Search of Assistant Coach

Temescal Masters in Oakland is seeking an assistant swim coach. Experienced swimmer or coach needed to provide fun and challenging workouts. If interested, please email   
Editor's Note
The Kincaid Fire
Our beautiful California has been looking more and more like Tierra del Fuego. We thought 2017 had hit the Top of the Charts as the worst case scenario, but 2019 has proven to be an unfortunate contender. Some of us were impacted by the fires directly with evacuations, but all of us were affected by the fallout of unhealthy, smoky skies and black-outs. Here are some impressions by our own Pacific Masters Swimmers of two weeks of stress and turmoil. Read more.