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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 

October 15, 7:00 PM
All Pacific Masters members are welcome and encouraged to attend our next meeting which will be conducted by conference call/webinar.  Please email Charlene at for meeting details and registration.  
Renew Your USMS Team Membership
October 1-31 
October and November are renewal months for Pacific Master clubs and members!  Starting October 1 through October 31, clubs are strongly encouraged to renew their membership so that their members can renew starting November 1.  Clubs who do not renew this month will have 2016 members renewing as unattached until the club has renewed.  It is confusing for new and old members to renew and not be able to find their club of choice, so please be on time.  The good news is that registration fees for 2016 remain unchanged: $55 for club memberships and $52 for individual membership. Please direct any questions to Charlene O'Brien at .
2nd Annual Pacific Coaches Clinic 
Saturday, November 7
This all-day clinic is held i n conjunction with the Annual Meeting at St. Mary's College.  Top   coaches  and speakers from around the region will present contemporary topics on Teaching, Training, Technique, Open Water and Nutrition.  All sessions are built with the goal of getting  coaches   to  go beyond  their current levels and advance their knowledge and skills. No matter what your experience level, you have much to gain by attending this clinic.
The clinic begins Sat. morning at the Lafayette Library then moves up the hill to Campolindo HS for clinic drills.  The cost of the clinic is $30. Space is limited to the first 30 respondents, so please register early and plan on attending this informational and educational seminar.. Information
Pacific Masters Annual Celebration and Meeting
Sunday, November 8
Pacific Masters Swimming will host its 5th Annual Celebration and Meeting on Sunday, November 8. This event includes a swimming workout, coaching and technical presentations, gourmet catered lunch, the annual meeting, and a keynote address by two-time Olympian and six-time Olympic medalist, Matt Grevers.
Prior years' celebrations have been extremely popular and space is limited. RSVPs are required using this link: . The event is free for Pacific Masters members.

Celebration & meeting location:  St. Mary's College  
Workout location: Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo High School
The workout will be at 8:30 AM.   Programs begin at 10:30 AM.
Pacific Masters Members to Receive Awards at Annual Meeting
November 8
  • Contributor of the Year: John King, WCM
  • Nancy Ridout Distinguished Service Award: Peter Guadagni, WCM; Vern Scott, TCAM
  • Appreciation Award: Benicia Rivera, RPM; Tri-Valley Masters; Richmond Plunge Masters
  • Personal Achievement Award: Asha Allen-Roth, WCM;
    Robert L. Anderson, PCCM; Ranie Pearce, OAM
  • Peggy Lucchesi Award: Hermine Terhorst, SRM
Approval of New Bylaws and
2015 Pacific Masters Elections
November 8
At this year's Pacific Masters Annual Meeting, a revised Administrative Handbook will be considered for approval. This Handbook, consisting of our policies and bylaws, outlines most aspects of Pacific Masters operations. The revision to be considered is a major update and reflects our current state of operations. It includes a new organizational structure in which elected officers are given oversight over different program areas. A copy of the revised Administrative Handbook will be included in the meeting package or can be obtained in advance by emailing a request to
There will also be an election of officers at the meeting. The following members have been nominated:
  • Chair/President: John King
  • Vice President of Pool Meets: John Morales
  • Vice President of Open Water: Phyllis Quinn
  • Vice President of Clubs and Coaches: Laura Schuster
  • Vice President of Communications and Technology: open
  • Treasurer: Teddy Palmer
  • Secretary: Leianne Crittenden
Additional nominations can be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee and recommendation of two Committee members.
2015 USMS Speedo 3000/6000-Yard ePostal National Championship
September 15-November 15
Swim 3000 yards or meters and/or 6000 yards or meters in their entirety in any 25-yard or 25-meter pool. Event results are sent in electronically so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Swim first, then enter/register. This event is hosted by Davis Aquatic Masters.  
information and registration                
7th Annual DAM Brute Squad Postal Swim
November 1-November
Are you a brute?  If not, become one by participating in DAM's Brute Squad Postal Championship.  DAM has been challenging members for many years 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? Information and Registration
2016 Pacific Masters Swim Event Scheduling--Pool and Open Water
Bidding Process Links Available
The Pacific Masters board has accepted bids for two of the three 2016 Pacific Masters Pool Championships. San Mateo Masters will host the Long Course Meters (LCM) Championships July 22-24, at the College of San Mateo. Walnut Creek Masters will host the Short Course Meters (SCM) Championships October 7-9, at the Walnut Creek Heather Farms complex.

The Pacific Masters board is reserving all of April 2016 to allow some flexibility for the anticipated host of the Short Course Yards (SCY) Championships to establish the meet dates. The board would like to open up the rest of the schedule for event bids. If your club is interested in scheduling a traditionally held or new event, please use the appropriate link provided below to submit the brief information needed to set the schedule and follow up with each host for their event(s).

Feel free to contact Steve Cutting at for any other scheduling questions or concerns.
From the Editor
Thoughts from First-Time Delegates to the USMS National Convention 
An absolutely exhilarating first-time experience for this newbie.  Loved the stimulation, the jewels of knowledge, the thinking heads, hard work and wit.  Definitely a top-ten swim experience for me.-Carol Nip
I just wanted to say a quick thank-you to everyone for a great experience at my first USMS convention.  It was a pleasure meeting all of you, and I greatly appreciate everyone who opened my eyes even more to see the ways of this amazing organization.  What an honor to get to see Nancy Ridout's amazing accomplishments awarded at my first convention, not to mention the others previously honored in our LMSC.-Clare Rudd
What other convention is there where you are up before 5:00 AM, socializing at 5:30 AM before a 6:00 AM work-out (kinda like the day's warm-up)?  Then all day long you find yourself chasing from one committee meeting to another - broken up only by the House Of Delegates sessions (all of this was kinda like the Main set).  Then there was "warm-down" that took you to the Hospitality Room.-Jim Kennedy

As a first timer to USMS convention, meeting those from the national level and those from around the country was like going to the mother ship. It was an amazing experience to spend a few days with people as passionate about swimming as I am, and (for the most part) all VOLUNTEERS! The dedication and hard work of our organization of volunteers is truly awesome.-Karen Harris 

Information about Convention activities can be found in the
Meeting Minutes section of the USMS website. 
Pacific Masters Swimmers Honored at USMS National Convention
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Contributor: Nancy Ridout
  • Dorothy Donnelly Service Award: Harold Boscovich
  • June Krauser Communications Award: Rich Burns
  • Fitness Award: Lisa Ward
  • Open Water Service Award: Jim Wheeler
  • Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award: Joel Wilson
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 ].