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Week of October 16, 2017  
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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.


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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee 

Register Now for Pacific Masters Annual Meeting!
November 12 

Natalie Coughlin, Olympic gold medalist, world champion and record holder, is our keynote speaker at this year's Pacific Masters Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 12 at St. Mary's College, Moraga. The morning commences with a refreshing swim workout (8:30-9:30; limited to 100 participants). A breakfast snack follows along with a panel discussion on worldwide open water opportunities (10:15-11:30). A catered buffet lunch (11:45-12:30) is followed by Natalie's keynote address (12:45-2:15). Finally, the business meeting (2:20-3:15) will celebrate PacMasters' achievements in 2017, recognize its volunteers, and elect its officers.

Space is limited and registration is required: Registration. Free for PacMasters members; guests are welcome with a contribution of $25. 
STAS/ARM Distance Meet, ARM, Sacramento
October 21
The Pete Fitch Memorial Distance Meet will be held October 21, 2017, in Sacramento. This event has six races with warm-ups at noon on Saturday and competition beginning at 1 pm. Competition will be the 400 IM, 500 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and 1000 Free. If entries for the Masters meet do not exceed 50 swimmers, STAS/ARM will incorporate the Masters swimmers into the morning session to ensure that all swimmers have reasonable rest between events. See meet sheet for further details. Information and registration.    
Upcoming SCM Meets of Interest
Although the 2017 PacMasters SCM Championships had to be cancelled due to poor air quality conditions, there are a number of SCM meets this season that are well worth the trip. One that attracts many PacMasters swimmers is the SPMS SCM Championships, Dec. 1-3. Detailed information is not yet available, but here is the meet listing. Another is the Puget Sound Masters SCM Championships, Nov. 18-19 in Federal Way, WA; registration. An additional option is the Ron Johnson Invitational in Tempe, AZ on Nov. 18-19; registration.  
9th Annual Ross Yancher Memorial Brute Squad ePostal Swim
November 1-30
This traditional DAM event has a new identity in recognition of its founder, Ross Yancher. Ross, the Davis Aquatic Masters head coach from 1981 to 1988, passed away late last year and the event was renamed in his memory.

For nearly a decade, DAM has been challenging USMS members to be a brute... what's a brute? Well, the Brute Squad event takes the three most difficult events in swimming -- the 200 butterfly, the 400 IM, and the 1650 freestyle -- and combines them into a single event! Start the clock. Swim a 200 fly. Then a 400 IM. Follow that up with a 1650 free. Stop the clock. Ready? Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Not really. Over the past eight years, nearly 1000 USMS members have competed in the event and from those results a TOP TEN TIMES list was compiled. Information and Registration.
USMS Instruction for Coaches and Swimmers
November 11 &12, San Mateo  
USMS is hosting a  Level 3 Coach Certification class (November 11 only, classroom), a  "How-to" Clinic Course for coaches (November 11 and 12, classroom and on-deck), and a Stroke Development Clinic for swimmers (November 12 only) at the San Mateo Athletic Club, College of San Mateo. Reserve your spot today! 
Richmond Plunge Masters Mini Clinics
First Wednesday of Every Month
Richmond Plunge Masters offers a monthly one-hour clinic on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. The focus of the clinics is on strokes and turns.
Clinics coming up are: 11/1 - Breaststroke; 12/6 - Butterfly.
To sign up, visit
2018 Pacific Masters Championships Bidding
Event host bids for the Short Course Yards, Long Course Meters, and Short Course Meters Championship Meets are now open for submittal. If your team is interested in hosting one of these Championship Meets, please send an email to the Pacific Masters Scheduler as soon as possible, or submit your bid request information here
USMS Team and Individual Registration Information
Team registration is now open for 2018. Each team contact should already have received an email with renewal instructions. Here is the USMS link.

Registration for 2018 individual membership renewal will open on November 1, 2017. USMS now offers options to a) print your own card, b) save the card as a .pdf, or c) have the card mailed to you. USMS and Pacific Masters are trying to "go green," so please consider either option a) or b) when renewing. We will gladly mail your card for those without a printer or for swimmers who really like to have the official card, but if neither of those applies -- please consider going green! 
New Open Water Mystery Is on the Market!
Glenda Carroll, longtime member of Tamalpais Aquatic Masters (TAM), is excited to announce the release of her second mystery, Drop Dead Red, set in Pacific Masters' open-water community. Drop Dead Red takes place in the Bay Area, ranging from the tree-lined streets of Marin County, to the fan-favorite AT&T Park, to the swimmable lakes of the East Bay. The first book in Carroll's series, Dead in the Water, was published four years ago. Glenda will have some copies with her at the PacMasters Annual Meeting and will be happy to give you a Swimmer's Discount if you'd like to buy a copy or two (or maybe three?). Drop Dead Red is available in both paperback and ebook format. It can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookstore. Just ask them to order it for you. TAM backstroker extraordinaire Rich Burns designed the cover.   
Call for Articles
Articles about swimming that may be pertinent for Pacific Masters Swimmers can be submitted here  for consideration. The deadline for submissions scheduled to run in the next Update is October 25. The Update does not produce or post anything over 100 words in length. If you have authored a longer swimming-related article that has appeared in another publication, the Update will be happy to run a link to your article along with a brief description of its contents.
Disclaimer: Receipt of this correspondence is not an indication that your membership in USMS or Pacific Masters Swimming is current. To check if your membership is current, please follow [this link ].