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Week of October 30, 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; please note that the morning workout is now at capacity). 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. 
Pacific Masters Members to Receive Awards at Annual Meeting


Contributor of the Year: John Morales

Appreciation: Charlene O'Brien, Sierra Nevada Masters, Teddy Palmer, Chris Campbell, Steve Cutting

Personal Achievement: Patricia Zuppan-Hood, Sandy MacDonald

Peggy Lucchesi: Marcia Benjamin

Officer Elections at Annual Meeting
As noted above, PacMasters officers will be elected during the afternoon business meeting. The following members have been nominated:
Chair/President: John King
Treasurer: Laura Holmes-Shope
Secretary: Leianne Crittenden
VP Pool Meets: John Morales
VP Open Water: Phyllis Quinn
VP Communications and Technology: Bob Anderson
VP Clubs and Coaches: Stu and Mary Kahn (as a couple)
Additional nominees shall be accepted at the Annual Meeting upon nomination by two (2) individual members of Pacific Masters Swimming and with the written consent of the nominee(s).
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. Registration is now open. 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! 
6th Annual MEMO 400 Kick for Time
December 1, 2017-January 10, 2018  
Here's the event good kickers have been waiting for! Win a postal meet without even pulling. Just kick 400 yards! Any stroke is allowed and any length course will do. Kicking is great overall conditioning, contributes greatly to your speed in sprinting, and burns lots of calories. What's not to like? Team entries available. Hosted by Marcia's Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland (MEMO). Registration opens December 1st. Information and registration. 
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 Pool and Open Water Events Bidding
We are now welcoming bids for pool and open water event hosts for the remainder of the 2018 calendar. Is your club interested in scheduling a traditionally held or new event? Great! Please use the appropriate link provided below to submit the information needed for setting the schedule and for following up with event hosts.

To view events that have already been listed, please visit the Pacific Masters Event Schedule. For any other scheduling questions or concerns, please contact the Scheduler.
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. CLUBS - PLEASE NOTE THAT SWIMMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR CLUB UNLESS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE 2018 CLUB REGISTRATION PROCESS.

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 November 8. The Update does not produce or post articles 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 ].