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15 April  2012
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Joan P Smith, RIP 1921-2012
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This week we heard of the passing of Joan Smith (see article below). I have known Joan for over 20 years. She was always a gracious lady. For many years she worked as a stroke and turn judge, and much of that time she was in great pain, but she wanted to help. We brought her a chair to sit on, and she would watch the turn end of the pool.

She was always watching her husband Richard. If Richard was trying to do too much, she would tell him to slow down. When Richard had a heart attack at a Pacific Masters Championships, she ran to be at his side.

They had been long time members of the Pacific Masters Committee, when the meeting was in Walnut Creek, they would drive down from Sacramento to attend.

God Bless you Joan Smith. Rest in Peace.

Kind regards,


Michael Moore

Pacific Masters Meeting 
18 April 


Joan Smith, a long time Pacific Masters volunteer and Ransom Arthur recipient passed away at home with her husband Richard and family by her side on April 10th. She was 90 years old. She had experienced health issues for some time.

Joan was a valued member of Pacific Masters. She attended our monthly committee meetings, proof read all the Pacific Masters Top Ten listings and compared them with the USMS Top Ten lists to be sure that all our swimmers who deserved to be on the national listings were included. She had an eagle eye and was a natural for this task. She volunteered many years at the Lake Berryessa Swim to process new Pacific Masters registrations. Joan served on the Pacific Masters Executive Committee as Vice Chairman of Administration.
Quicksilver Masters Spring SCY Meet 
21 April 


A new meet is now on the Pacific Masters calendar - The Quicksilver Swimming Masters Spring SCY meet is being organized by San Jose Aquatics. The 21st April meet will have  and assortment of strokes, with the 500 free and 1650 free also being offered.
Spring Lake Open Water 


The first open water meet of the season is the Spring Lake One Mile. It is a one mile look. There is also the 500 meter swim. The meet begins at 9am on Saturday 19 May. You can deck enter, but reentry is recommended.
Open Water 101 and 201


Pacific Masters is proud to offer two clinic for the open water swimmers. Open Water 101 is for the novice open water swimmer (the swimmer must be able to swim 1/2 mile in 30 minutes or less). Open Water 201 is for a swimmer who has completed at least two open water swims of 1/2 mile or more.
USMS to give Grants to College Swimmers
The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of USMS, with a purpose of encouraging more adults to choose swimming as part of their health, fitness, and lifestyle, will be giving five, $1,000 grants to college swimmers. The grants are for the 2012-2013 academic year. 
Applicants must be 18 years or older, must be swimming for a college club program, must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and will be required to submit a 150-word essay why they like swimming. NCAA athletes must check with their compliance departments before applying. 
The application deadline is June 22, 2012. Swimmers receiving grants will be notified the week of July 23, 2012. Grant recipients will be required to attend the USMS annual convention September 14-16, 2012 in Greensboro, N.C. USMS will pay for the registration, airfare and hotel for the grant recipients. 
The application process is online at
Pacific Masters Newsletter
Electronic Edition 

The March-April 2012 edition of the Pacific Masters Newsletter has been posted. The newsletter contains the Chairman's letter, meet sheets through the beginning of May and the results of the 2012 Open Water Points competition.


As it has been announced in the previous Newsletter, this newsletter will NOT be inserted into your copy of USMS Swimmer. This is an electronic copy of the newsletter, you must download it.
2014 USMS Open Water Championships

The 2014 US Masters Swimming Long Distance Committee is looking for host to organize the 2014 US Masters Swimming Open Water Championships. The west is scheduled to have the one mile swim and the >3/<6 mile swim. If any open water meet host would like to bid for the either event, please contact our Open Water Chair Glenda Carroll for more information. 

Walk with Olympians from the San Francisco Bay Area, see Olympic Sport Demonstrations and send messages to our 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Teams in London.


Join the Northern California Olympians (NCO), and the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC), at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, April 21st at 10 AM.


Activities will include a 2- mile walk on Crissy Field.

Olympic Sport Demonstrations

            Fencing - US Olympic Fencing Team Coach Greg Massialas and Olympic Fencers;Gymnastics  - a preview for the US Gymnastics Trials to be held in San Jose at HP Pavilion  

June 28- July 1st. Your steps count toward our national goal as we "Walk to London 2012".


All activities are FREE to all, the first 350 to register receive a commemorative Walk to London 2012 Tee shirt. 

US Masters 2014 Short Course Championships

The US Masters Swimming Championship Committee is looking for bidders on the west coast for the 2014 Spring Championships. The meet normally attracts between 1500 to 2,000 athletes.
For a meet organizing the spring nationals, the club should have 
  1. At least a 50 meter pool
  2. Another pool for warm up
  3. The Ability to organize a high level meet.
If your club is interested or if you would like further information, please contact either Barry Fasbender or Michael Moore, both members of the Championship Committee.
Swim Across America

Swim Across America is organizing a swim under the Golden Gate Bridge. the date of the swim is 29 September 2012. Register. the 1.5 mile or .5 mile swim is from the Golden Gate Bridge to Crissy Field Beach. For more information go to the Swim Across America San Francisco website.
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