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 September 29, 2014 
In this Update
Call for Service and Achievment Award Nominations
USMS Annual Convention recap
Coaches Certification
Sprint Pentathlon
Stroke Development Clinic
SCM Championships
Request for Bids
Breaststroke Clinic
Save the Date!
Important Reminder
From the Editor
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In this issue you will find information on upcoming pool and open water events as well as other information of interest to the local adult swimming community.


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The Pacific Masters Swimming Committee 

Call for Service and Achievement Award Nominations

Deadline: Wednesday, October 15 

Each year Pacific Masters Swimming honors its volunteers with our service awards. At the annual meeting in November, we will award our Appreciation Award, the Nancy Ridout Distinguished Service Award, and our most prestigious volunteer award, the Contributor of the Year Award. The Personal Achievement Award recognizing significant individual swimming achievements is also presented at the annual meeting. Please consider nominating a person or group who you think deserves recognition by sending your nomination to the chairman at []. A description of the awards and selection criteria may be found in the Pacific Masters Administrative Handbook. Nominations will be considered at the October Pacific Masters Committee meeting and are due by October 15.
USMS Annual Convention Recap

September 17-21 

Pacific Masters sent a delegation of 29 members to the USMS Annual Convention  in Jacksonville, Florida. Aside from a few additional safety-related open water event requirements, there were no significant rule changes. A number of Pacific Masters members were honored during the convention including the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award winners Peter Guadagni (Walnut Creek Masters) and Cokie Lepinski (Swymnut Masters); the USMS Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award winners Mary Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters), Steve Lintz (Sierra Nevada Masters), Mary Nygren (Tri-Valley Masters) and Lisa Ward (Walnut Creek Masters); the USMS Open Water Service Award Winner Glenda Carroll (Tamalpais Masters); the USMS Fitness Award Winner Susie Powell (Swymnut Masters); and the USMS Coach of the Year Cokie Lepinski (Swymnut Masters).


A highlight of the convention was a video showing the impact that the Richmond Plunge Masters Swimming Saves Lives program (under the leadership of Benicia Rivera) has had on its participants.

[SSL information] This year the Richmond program qualified for a second, larger Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant and they currently have a waiting list of over 100 adults who want to learn how to swim.

[Richmond Plunge Video]    

Coaches Certification 

Saturday, October 4,  2014  

Pacific Masters is hosting a US Masters Swimming Coach Certification Level 1 and 2 at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Current full-time, part-time or volunteer coaches who would like to explore the possibilities of coaching Masters swimmers as a profession should attend. [Information and Registration] 

Sacramento Masters 42nd Annual Sprint Pentathlon

Saturday, October 4

The Sacramento Masters 42nd Sprint Pentathlon will be held on Saturday October 4,2014 at the deep water Schaal Aquatic Center on the UC Davic Campus. The meet starts at 11 am and usually concludes by 1:30 pm. The on-line registration deadline is Thursday, October 2. Deck Entries will also be accepted.  [Information and registration]

Stroke Development Clinic 

Sunday, October 5,  2014  

USMS and the Pacific LMSC are holding a stroke development clinic in Novato on Sunday, October 5. The event will run from 9 am to 12 pm and will be held at the Rolling Hills Club, 351 San Andres Drive, Novato, CA 94945. [map] USMS, Pacific Masters and the Rolling Hills Mudsharks are hosting a stroke development and improvement clinic for swimmers of all abilities. All four strokes will be evaluated and corrected with the use of drills and coach instruction. Mentor coaches Scott Williams, Mel Goldstein, Cokie Lepinski and Bill Brenner will help you improve your technique and teach you drills that will enable you to continue to refine your stroke. Swimmers are not required to swim all strokes and may work on only those strokes they choose.   

Fee: $40

Schedule: Check in: 8:30 am- 9:00 am, Swim Clinic: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm.

Equipment: Please bring your suit and goggles. If you have hand paddles, a snorkel and fins, please bring them.

Online Registration:Registration closes at midnight pacific time on Oct 4, 2014 or when the clinic enrollment reaches 36. [Registration]   

Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-12

The Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships will be held October 10-12 at the Clarke Memorial Swim Center, Heather Farm, Walnut Creek. This is one of the premiere meets of the season and is held in a six lane, deep water pool. The on-line deadline is 11:59 PM, October 1, 2014. Pac Masters Championships do not allow deck entries.[Information and Registration]

Request for Bids

Wednesday, October 15

Bids are now being accepted for the Pacific Masters Swimming 2015 event schedule. Bids should be received by October 15. [Pool Bids]   [Open Water Bids

Breaststroke Clinic for Coaches and Swimmers

Sunday, October 19th 

Led by Coach Cokie Lepinski, Symnuts (2014 USMS  Coach of the Year) and Tom Ruedy, San Mateo Masters (2013 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year) Pacific Masters Swimming is offering a clinic to cover all the intricacies of this most unique stroke.


The clinic, at the San Mateo Athletic Club, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo,  includes classroom video presentations on the stroke and turn followed by an in-pool session with breaststroke drills and easy laps. The clinic is free to Pacific Masters coaches. There is a $35 charge for swimmers. All coaches and swimmers must be USMS registered. To register for the clinic as a coach, contact Cokie Lepinski at To register for the clinic as a swimmer, contact Coach Tom Reudy at

Save the Date!

Sunday, November 9 

Pacific Masters will host its 3rd Annual Meeting and Celebration on Sunday, November 9th, at St. Mary's College in Moraga.  A coached workout, a coach's multimedia presentation on technique, a catered lunch, a keynote address by Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion Anthony Ervin, and an enlightening review of Pacific Masters in 2014 will be included on the day's agenda.  It's free for all members and $20 for guests.  Look for more information and details in the coming weeks.  Meanwhile, save the date: Sunday, November 9th. 

Important Reminder

USMS Registration

At the August board meeting it was proposed and accepted that all Pacific Masters POOL MEET swimmers must be registered on the USMS data base for the competition year. USMS registration is required PRIOR to swimming in a pool event. This does not eliminate same-day entries, but it does require the swimmer to be electronically signed up with USMS before entering on the day of the meet. This can be electronically done at home before leaving for the meet, in the parking lot at the meet, or off to the side of the pool before entering the meet. This includes RELAY ONLY swimmers. With the advent of computers, iPads and smart phones, registering electronically with USMS is easy and instantaneous. The elimination of same-day USMS paper registrations will greatly reduce many of the problems which arise in obtaining correct meet results.           

From the Editor

If your coach exhibits a  new training technique or different on deck behavior, it could be due to participation at the upcoming USAS Convention [agenda], ASCA World Clinic or a USMS Coach Certification Course all taking place in September.[schedule] If your coach needs to be inspired, perhaps a suggestion to participate in one of these events would be welcomed!

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].