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The Update
22 April  2012
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World Masters Swimmer of the Year- Laura Val
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50 year old college freshman
2014 USMS Open Water Championships
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2014 USMS Spring Championships
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This upcoming week is the United States Masters Swimming Spring Nationals (SCY); they are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina. Many of our fellow Pacific Masters Swimmers will be competing at nationals and you can follow the results by going to the USMS website. The meet begins at 5am PDT Thursday morning.

Cable Swim Championships. The 2012 US Masters Swimming 2 mile Cable Open Water National Championships will be held in Sweet Home Oregon. (it is about a ten hour drive from San Francisco, CA) and the 10K Open Water Championships will be in Jacksonville, OR (about a 6 1/2 Hour drive from San Francisco)

For those who want to get in shape for those events, TriValley is sponsoring the  5 and 10 K Open Water Swim at Lake Del Valle on 9 June. While you can deck enter the 5K you must pre enter the 10K.

Have fun

Fun, fitness and competition


Michael Moore
Laura Val
World Masters Swimmer of the Year 


For the sixth consecutive year, Laur Val earned the achievement of World Masters Swimmer of the Year as chosen by a panel of experts and announce by Swimming World Magazine 19 April 2012.
After aging up to the 60-64 ladies age group, with the exception of the breaststrokes, she broke every short and long course records (29 world records).
It was noted that in her first swim in the new age group (last year), she broke each of the six freestyle world records as she swam the 1500 Free SCM.
Quicksilver Masters Spring SCY Meet 


The final short course yards meet  of the season- the Quicksilver Masters Spring meet preliminary  results are posted. Laura Val broke three national records in her age group: The 50 Fly (29.69), the 100 Fly (1:05.28) and the 50 free (26.57).
Thanks to Janet Gutierez, Lucas Salles-Cuynha, Janette Soe and the San Jose Aquatics for organizing the meet.
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.
Lake Berryessa


One of the biggest swims of the year.  Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim  is a very popular swim that brings in the crowds. You'll find masters swimmers, age groupers and triathletes. Water temp is comfortable. But you never know what conditions will be like at the start of the swim.  Plenty of parking and a shuttle runs frequently to haul you and your stuff from the parking lots. Bring a chair because the grass is full of foxtails and there are only a few picnic tables to sit at. You can pre-order a lunch...or bring your own food.
2012 USMS Summer Championships


The US Masters 2012 Summer National Championships are in Omaha, Nebraska 5-9 July. Registration has already begun. The meet will be in the same pool as the USA Swimming Olympic Trials.
The first registration deadline is 8 May (lower registration fee) with the final registration deadline 31 May.
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 - May June 

The May June edition of the Pacific Masters Newsletter has been posted. The newsletter contains the Chairman's letter, meet sheets through the beginning of July  and other items of interest to Pacific Masters Swimming.


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.
Movie - 50 year Old College Freshman


A 50 year old woman tries to survive the grind of competition and the disadvantages of age when a perennial college swimming powerhouse, Diablo Valley College, recruits her to compete against swimmers who are 30 years younger. Feature documentary. Directed, produced and edited by Deborah J. McDonald. Official selection 2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival & 2012 International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival. 
The movie trailer  is on youtube and the movie is about Suzanne Heim-Bowen when as a 50 year old freshman, she swam for Diable Valley College.
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. 
Thoughts and Prayers
Heidi Renner 

Heidi Renner of Menlo Masters passed away recently.Heidi was and art and educational therapist in private practice for more than 20 year.
Heidi suffered a stroke as an eight year old, when US Masters Swimming participated with the National Stroke Foundation in a stroke awareness campaign, Heidi became an active part of that activity.
Heidi is survived by her son, Christopher Inglis, her parents Mike and Martha Renner, and her sisters Mary Lu Lehman of Foster City and Janet Renner of Maui, Hawaii.
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.
Pacific Masters
By the Numbers 

Below is a list of all the Pacific Masters Clubs with 100 or more members. Currently Pacific Masters has 8790 members. Thanks to all the coaches and club leadership that helps the clubs grow.
DAM 562
STAN 456
TCAM 422
WCM 417
MELO 298
USF 290
SCSC 250
CRUZ 244
MVM 226
MAM 203
TEME 188
TSUN 175
TVM 165
MAAC 164
NBA 164
SERC 163
SCAM 157
TOC 156
BAC 154
DC 146
BAY 141
SMM 138
SNM 129
PCAM 123
RAMS 111
AAM 106
US Masters Swimming
Proposing Rules Changes 

The deadline for submitting proposed USMS rules and legislative changes is fast approaching. At its May board meeting, Pacific Masters will be selecting items it would like to have considered at this year's convention. If there are changes you would like to see in the USMS rule book, please send them to me at [email protected] or Nancy Ridout at [email protected]. You should also be prepared to make a short presentation (3 to 5 min) on why your idea will improve Masters Swimming. As a largely volunteer organization, we depend on the efforts and ideas of our members.

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