Pacific Update

Week of March 20, 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 

Visalia Senior Games
March 26

Visalia is excited to be hosting its second annual Senior Games. The swimming portion of the Games will be held at Mt. Whitney High School Pool. $20 registration fee; $4 event fee per person. Free on-site registration for 100 medley and 200 free relays.  Information. The deadline for entries into all other events has passed.
PacMasters Short Course Yards Championships
April 7-9

Walnut Creek Masters will host this meet at the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School in Moraga. Meet information and registration are now available. This is our biggest meet of the year. See you there!
USMS National Spring Championships
April 27-30 

This meet will be held in Riverside, CA. It's not too early to start making plans! The full meet information is available in the January-February 2017 issue of  SWIMMER magazine and also can be found here. More info and a link to registration can be found on the meet page. Please note that registration closes on March 27.
Officials Invited to Spring National Championships
April 27-30 

Officials are invited to USMS Spring National Championship, April 27 - 30, at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, California.  OQM status will be obtained for N2 evaluations of all positions.  Two 9-lane 25-yard competition courses will be run, so your help to provide a positive experience for the swimmers is valued by those who have worked so hard to make the National Championships.

If you are interested, click on the link for more information.
Bay Area Senior Games
May 21 

This meet for swimmers age 50 and over will be held at Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto. There is a good variety of events scheduled and since there usually aren't a lot of USMS swimmers at this meet, it's a good one for people who don't normally compete. Registration info is online.
Upcoming Summer Events
Long Course & Open Water Events 
Long Course Swimming:  
Keelhauler Time Trial, Vallejo, June 25
PacMasters Summer Championships, San Jose, July 14-16
USMS Nationals, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 2-6
End of Summer Splash, Woodland, August 5

Open Water:
Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, May 20
Lake Berryessa, June 3
Lake Del Valle, Livermore, June 10-11,
Santa Cruz, July 29-30
Donner Lake, August 12
Keller Cove, late September

Other open water races:
Trans-Tahoe Relay, July 22
Maui Channel Swim, Sept. 2
2019 USMS Long Distance National Championship Bidding Now Open

Bid forms for USMS ePostal and Open Water Long Distance National Championship events can be accessed and completed by using the following links: 2019 USMS Open Water National Championship Bid Form and 2019 USMS ePostal National Championship Bid Form. All interested organizations are encouraged to submit bids. Please fill out and submit the appropriate form by July 1, 2017 for both ePostal and Open Water bids.
2017 Age Group Standings

The 2017 Age Group Standings webpage is updated shortly after each meet. Check and see your ranking as the year goes by. Swimmers earn points in short course yards, long course meters, short course meters, and open water competitions. See the rules here.
From the Editor
The Way You Touch

The back-to-breast transition can be challenging in a 200 Individual Medley. This is made easy by keeping one word in mind: finish. All IM transitions are considered finishes. To be legal in this turn, we look for a hand-touch at the wall while on our back, ensuring our opposite shoulder doesn't go past vertical - not even by one tiny degree. The rule states, "once a legal backstroke touch is made, the swimmer may turn  in any manner desired ." Now that you're ready to turn  in any manner desired , click this video link   to watch the rest of the story.
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