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Week of May 1, 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 

Michael Moore Wins Capt. Ransom J. Arthur Award

We are delighted to announce that USMS has recognized Michael Moore's decades of service to Masters swimming at the club level, within PacMasters, and nationally by naming him as the 2017 recipient of the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award. Among his many other contributions, nicely summarized here, Michael developed one of the first LMSC websites and the biweekly Pacific Update you are now reading. Warmest congratulations on a well-deserved honor, Michael!
Spring Lake Swims
May 20

The 25th annual Spring Lake Swims (500m and 1-mile) will take place at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa California on May 20. Paper entry must be received before May 15. Online registration ends at 11:59 pm on May 18. Race-day registration begins at 7:30am and closes at 8:30am.  Information and registration.
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.
35th Annual Lake Berryessa Swim
June 3 

Davis Aquatic Masters' Annual Lake Berryessa Swim is one of the longest-running open water swim events in America. Begun in 1981, this event now attracts over 500 swimmers each year and features 1- and 2-mile swims. The overflowing lake levels this year promise another memorable swim full of fun and personal accomplishments! Registration is now open. 
Oceania Zone LCM Masters Championships
June 3-4

The FIRST EVER Oceania Zone LCM Masters Championship will be held June 3-4 in Kihei on Maui. There is a limited number of 1500M entries (2 heats).  Oceania is the Pacific Zone plus Hawaii Zone. Meet information and registration are live now. Deadline for entries is May 31.
Lake Del Valle Open Water Swims
June 10-11

This year, the Lake Del Valle event will start on Saturday with a 5K/10K. The swims will run at the same time. You have to pre-register for the 10K and be able to meet the 3 ½ hour cut off time to swim the event.  On Sunday, the 1.2K and the 2.5K will be held.  If you're new to open water swimming, try the 1.2K swim.   It's run first.  For a good workout, do both.  Plenty of parking.  A good place to bring the kids:  they have a roped off swimming area. Information and Registration.
Keelhauler LCM Time Trials
June 25

Just getting into competitions? Looking for an event that is a great first meet for new swimmers but will test seasoned swimmers too? Come test-drive your long course meter swimming races in a low-key time trial atmosphere, in a brand-new pool facility! Held at the Maritime Academy Aquatics Center at California State University in Vallejo. Sponsored by Cal Maritime Academy Masters. Note: The time trials are intended to gain experience in swimming long course and will not count for records or Top Ten. All times are unofficial. Registration.
Upcoming Summer Events
Long Course & Open Water Events 
Long Course Swimming:  
PacMasters Summer Championships, San Jose, July 14-16
FINA World Championships, Budapest, August 7-20
USMS Nationals, Minneapolis, MN, August 2-6
End of Summer Splash, Woodland, August 5

Open Water:
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, September  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. It has been updated to include the SCY Championships and now includes a much larger number of swimmers. 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.
Coach Appreciation Week
May 7-14
Our coaches are an essential element of our swimming routine, yet it can be easy to take them for granted and neglect to thank them for their efforts. For this reason, Pacific Masters Swimming has designated the week beginning with the first Sunday in May as Coach Appreciation Week. This special week begins on May 7 this year.

A few ideas for showing your appreciation:
For individuals:
  • A card or email telling your coach how he/she helped you accomplish a goal
  • A gift card or certificate for coffee, ice cream, a movie, a meal, or a small present
For clubs:
  • A breakfast, lunch, or dinner to honor your coach.
  • A certificate for a weekend away or a special meal with his/her partner.
2017 PacMasters SCY Championships Recap

The Pacific Masters Swimming website homepage is where you want to be for coverage of the recently-completed SCY Championships! See feature articles on Coach of the Year Carol Nip and a meet overview.
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 ].