Pacific Update

Week of September 30, 2019   
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2019 Age Group Standings  


Club List 


PacMasters Calendar 




Open Water  


USMS Insurance  


Places to Swim  

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 October 14, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 9.
Stay fit,
The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee
Sacramento SCM Sprint Pentathlon
October 6

Fast times are expected at this SCM event, held in this  beautiful 50-meter pool complex in Folsom CA. A short course 50 meter swim for each stroke (Fly, Bk, Br and Fr) plus the 100 IM. If swimming all five, there is an award towel for the fastest combined time with all five events in each age  group.
Pacific Masters SCM Championships
October 11-13

This annual event held at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek is a great way to end the year.   Information Registration   is open.
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
2019 USMS Convention
St. Louis, Missouri

This year, 33 members of Pacific Masters represented our LMSC - local masters swim committee - and voted in the House of Delegates at the annual USMS Convention.  Among our representatives, Linda Hepworth, swimmer with Rolling Hills Mud Sharks and author of The Water Beckons, candidly describes her experience and the decisions that will impact members of masters swimming throughout our nation.  Enjoy the article, 2019 USMS Convention: One Person's View.     
2020 Club Registration
Opens October 1

Club registrations for 2020 open October 1.  Current club contacts will receive a reminder email from USMS with instructions.  If you are a club contact and did not receive the email or need help, please contact

Swimmers, please remind your coach or club contact to get your club registered in October, before swimmer registration opens on November 1.  If your club is not registered with USMS when you go to register, you will not be able to select that club when you register!
Nominations Open for Pacific Masters Awards
Due October 14

It's time to nominate recipients of Pacific awards to be conferred at our Annual Meeting.  We invite our members to nominate worthy candidates.

Pacific Masters Swimming is a vibrant community with many swimmers and non-swimmers who enjoy officiating, organizing or supporting the community in other ways.  At our Annual Meeting, we recognize those who participate or contribute in an exceptional fashion.  We convey:
- Personal Achievement Awards
- Nancy Ridout Awards for Distinguished Service
- Contributor of the Year Award
- Appreciation Awards
- Peggy Lucchesi Award

Nomination guidelines for each award can be found here.  Past award winners are here.  Who do you know that is deserving?  Please think about this and send nominations to our Chair by October 14th.  
Save the Date!
2019 Pacific Masters Celebration and Meeting
November 17
Registration opens October 14

Our 9th Annual Celebration and Meeting is just around the corner on November 17 at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.  Look for detailed information and the registration link on our webpage October 14.

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.  Bring a buddy!
The Waves Aquatic Masters in Search of Coach

Experienced swimmer or coach with high energy to create fun and challenging workouts along with building team spirit and increasing our Masters attendance is in demand.  Workouts are held at the St. Helena High School, outdoor pool, year-round on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45-6:45 a.m.  Please email, or for more information.  
Editor's Note

Masters swimmers who secretly race against someone much faster than themselves, are soon disappointed.  Racing success for the moderately paced masters swimmer should never be outdoing "Nick Swift" two lanes over.  Instead, greater satisfaction is found by moving the focus to pursuing excellence in our individual performance.  We do this by celebrating personal achievements - streamlining off our walls, holding water, attending our first Masters swim meet, racing a new event, going to Nationals, improving our dive, finishing well.  Swim goals can be as long as a lifetime and, in the end, you just might find yourself on the prized list of Pacific Masters Top Ten.