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Week of September 4, 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 

Local Masters Swimmers Mourn Loss of Alan Levinson
With great sadness, we report that Alan Levinson passed away during a swim workout the morning of August 31. Alan was known to many Pacific Masters members for his saxophone renditions of the national anthem at recent Championship meets. As a 36-year member of the Manatee Aquatic Masters his contributions to his club and Pacific Masters are many. He helped secure nonprofit status for the Manatees and was instrumental in securing a home at Holy Names College. Alan was a longtime member of the Pacific Masters leadership team, chairing our open water program during a period of growth and later heading up our legislative efforts. We will all miss his smile and sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Alan's wife, Micki Callahan, and daughters, Robin and Michele, as they cope with their loss.
Call for Articles
Anyone can submit an article for consideration in the Pacific Masters Update. We appreciate new information and ideas. Please note that article length is generally limited to 100 words. If you have an idea for an article, please submit it  here no later than Wednesday, September 13 for the next Update.
Pacific Masters Annual Meeting
November 12 

Natalie Coughlin, Olympic gold medalist, world champion and record holder, is our keynote speaker at this year's Pacific Masters Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 12 at St. Mary's College, Moraga.  You are invited.  The morning commences with a refreshing swim workout in which you might be surprised to swim in a lane next to Natalie.  A breakfast snack follows along with a morning tech talk.  Lunch is served in an atmosphere of being at a reunion, leading up to America's swim darling at the podium.  Hold the date on your calendar, and stay for the business meeting that follows.  
Whiskeytown Open Water Swim
September 10

The Whiskeytown Open Water Swim, hosted by Redding Swim Team, offers a 1-mile and 2-mile swim. You may swim one or both events. Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake is located just west of Redding, CA. Start and finish are at Brandy Creek Beach. Information and registration. Register today as this event closes midnight on Thursday, September 7. 
September 16

Aging up?  First meet?  Record holder?  This meet builds vision for any swimmer aspiring to establish benchmarks and watch their progress throughout the 2018 Short Course Yard Championship season.  Spare Time Aquatics Sharks and American River Masters welcomes you to their Time Trial meet.  Although online registration closes September 7, deck entries will be accepted.
Keller Cove Swim for Kids' Sake
September 23

8th annual fundraiser for youth swimming in Richmond is Pacific Masters' final event of the Open Water season. The Bay swim takes place in a protected cove at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline with half-mile, 1 and 2-mile race distances running concurrently in waves.  Start and finish on sandy beach with sweeping views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and Mount Tamalpais. Finish the Open Water season with a flourish!

Full event details, online registration, and printable registration form can be found at the bottom of this page: Keller Cove Swim 2017.  This is event is 19 days from today.
14th Annual Alan Liu SCM Meet
September 24

This meet will be held at Eagle Park Pool, an 8-lane x 25-meter outdoor pool in Mountain View. Swimmers may enter up to six individual events and one of each type of relay. Online entries and entries submitted by surface mail must be received by Wednesday, September 20. Hosted by Mountain View Masters. Information and registration.
2017 5k/10k USMS ePostal National Championship
Entries due September 25

Objective:  To swim by or before Friday, September 15 either distances of 5 kilometers and/or 10 kilometers in a 50-meter pool of your choosing, then submit your results online to compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event.  Whether you do this for competition, challenge, fitness, or fun - all who wish to participate are welcome.  Your submitted time determines the final order of finishInformation and registration.
Short Course Meter Championships
October 13-15  
SCM Championships in friendly Walnut Creek will convene over three days during California's Indian Summer when lingering warmer days are welcomed.   Long and short events, and relays are offered.  A most unique race, last year, featured a heat of butterfly swimmers who raced the stroke in backwards motion.  The imagination, prior to this, could hardly picture six lanes of these "gutsy" athletes.  What unique races can we look forward to this year?  This meet is for experienced and first-time competitors,  Information and   registration.
Upcoming Events
Short Course Yards:
STAS/ARM Distance Meet, ARM, Sacramento, October 21
CANCELLED:  Sacramento Sprint Pentathlon, UC Davis, October 1.  This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to venue difficulties.  They are hoping to return in 2018, and apologize for any inconvenience.
USMS Instruction for Coaches and Swimmers
November 11 &12, San Mateo  
USMS is hosting a  Level 3 Coach Certification class (November 11 only, classroom), a  "How-to" Clinic Course for coaches (November 11 and 12, classroom and on-deck), and a Stroke Development Clinic for swimmers (November 12 only) at the San Mateo Athletic Club, College of San Mateo. Reserve your spot today! 
2018 Pacific Masters Championships Bidding
Event host bids for the Short Course Yards, Long Course Meters, and Short Course Meters Championship Meets are now open for submittal. If your team is interested in hosting one of these Championship Meets, please send an email to the Pacific Masters Scheduler as soon as possible, or submit your bid request information here
From the Editor
U.S. Masters Swimming Annual Convention
Fifty-two local swim committees will be represented at the USMS Annual Convention, September 13-17, in Dallas, Texas.   Delegates, local volunteers serving as a governing body to provide benefits to its members, will brim with information to bring home from the USMS Convention. Pacific Masters Swimming, our local swim committee, will be represented by more than 25 Delegates. Each volunteer is expected to attend all House of Delegates meetings. Throughout the five days, topics cover Finance, Fitness Education, Legislation, Governance, Sports Medicine and Science, Rules, Swimming Saves Lives, and Open Water Sanctions, to name a few.  If interested in serving as a volunteer, there is a place for you in the months ahead.  Introduce yourself  here.
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 ].