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09 July 2012

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Thoughts and Prayers
Pacific Masters by the Numbers
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It has been a good week for Masters swimming. The 2012 Marriott US Masters Swimming Summer Nationals are now in the record book. Pacific Masters Swimmers did well in the "fastest" pool in the world.

Pacific Masters has broken the 10,000 member mark for the fifth year in a row. That is due to the hard work of our coaches and volunteers. 

If you have pictures or comments about Pacific Masters, please post them on our Facebook Pacific Masters Social Group page. There are a few pictures of our swimmers at swim meets. Join and "like" our page.

Enjoy the summer.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore


Tim Birnie
Carolyn Boak
Selected to International Masters
Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame announced their 2012 Class of inductees to the international Masters Swimming Hall of Fame includes Tim Birnie and former Pacific Masters swimmer Carolyn Boak.

Tim who swims for Santa Rosa Masters has set 28 FINA Masters World Records in freestyle and backstroke events- seven long course all in the 50-54 and 55-59 age group and 21 short course in the 40-44 thru 55-59 age group. There was a very complimentary article about him in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Carolyn Boak has been in the Top 10 rankings 27 times, since 1978. She has set 19 long course and nine short course FINA Masters World Records in the I.M., freestyle and breaststroke. Carolyn served on many Pacific Masters committees and served as the president and interim coach of Los Altos Masters.

PacMasters Swimmers
swim well at USMS Nationals

At the 2012 Marriott USMasters Swi ming SummerNationals six world records were broken by Pacific Masters Swimmers


Luane Rowe TVM 1500 Free 17:50.00 

Gary Marshall TOC 200 BR 2:24.67

Laura Val TAM 50 Back 35.00
Hugh Wilder SRM 50 Back 32.30
Hugh Wilder SRM 100 Back 1:12.20
Laura Val TAM 50 Fly 33.50


The Olympic Club came in sixth place in thecombined Team Scores. Howard McKinley, 91, of the Olympic Club was the oldest competitor in the competition.

Pictures of PacMasters Swimmers at the Championships can be found on our Facebook Page.

LIberty Island Swim 2012
LIberty Island Swim 2012
Luane Rowe wins
Liberty Island Swim 2012 

Luane Rowe of TriValley Masters won the Statue of Liberty Island Swim that took place on 29 June 2012 (Friday) . Luane out swam the other 409 swimmers who competed
Rough Water Open Water Swim 

The meet sheet for the Santa Cruz Rough Water swim is on line. The meet is on 28 July 2012 (Saturday) the meet is very popular and you are encouraged to enter early. 
Cruz Cruise 

The 2012 Cruz Cruise is on Sunday 29 July. The two mile course starts and finishes to the north side of the Santa Cruz pier. Water temperature is very cool and is usually in the 57 to 62 degree F range.
MAAC Short Course Meters 

The Modesto Short Course Meters swim is the first swim of the Short Course Meters season. The meet is very popular and always sells out
Donner Lake
Open Water Swim 

The Donner Lake Open Water swim an open water swim from the east shore to the west shore (a 2.7 swim) is now posted. The swim is limited to the first 350 registered swimmers. 
Long Course 

This year the Pacific Masters Long Course Championships are being held at the College of San Mateo, organized by the San Mateo Masters. The championships will be held in the very fast 50 Meter pool 10-12 August.   
At the pool venue, there is a beautiful view of the San Francisco bay area. The Aquatic Center is adjacent to the Health and Wellness Building 5. 
Pacific Masters Video of the Week

Well not one Video, This time there are four and they are from the US Masters Swimming Nationals
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 1
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 1
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 2
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 2

2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 4
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 4

2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 3
2012 Marriott U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals - Day 3
Coaching Position
Temescal Masters

Temescal Aquatic Masters ("TEME") located in Oakland CA, is seeking an experienced Head Swim Coach.  TEME has 205+ members of all abilities, from recreational swimmers who want feedback and encouragement to collegiate swimmers interested in training for meets and open water swims.  
This is a part-time (minimum three workouts weekly plus administrative duties), year-round position. Lifeguard/Adult CPR/First Aid certified required.  For a full job description and to apply, visit
Thoughts and Prayers
Ann Curtis Cuneo
1926 - 2012 

Ann Curtis Cuneo, native San Franciscan Olympic swimming champion, died Tuesday at home in San Rafael, California. She was 86. Ann won two gold medals and one silver medal in freestyle events at the 1948 summer Olympic games held in London, England.

It is estimated that over 40,000 students have learned to swim at her Ann Curtis School of Swimming. Celebrated graduates include Rick DeMont (gold medalist, Munich, 1972 and world record holder in the '70s) and Ben Wildman-Tobriner (gold medalist, Beijing, 2008).

Ann was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1966 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1999 the ANG newspaper agency named her one of the "50 Most Significant Bay Area Sports Figures of the Century."
Cecil Colwin

Cecil Colwin has long been known for his work on the technical aspects and history of swimming. Internationally, he is know as a coach, stroke technician, administrator, educator, lecturer, researcher, author, cartoonist, and illustrator. Colwin passed away at at his home in Ottowa, Canada at the age of 85.

Pacific Masters by the Numbers

Pacific Masters now has over 10,000 members for the fifth year in a row. We are still about 2.5x the size of the next largest LMSC. Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers for making our LMSC so successful.

DAM 624 
STAN 500 
WCM 453 
TCAM 448 
MELO 339 
USF 309 
SCSC 279 
CRUZ 271 
MVM 241 
MAM 219 
TEME 218 
MAAC 201 
TVM 190 
TSUN 189 
SERC 186 
TOC 183 
NBA 178 
DC 174 
BAC 171 
SCAM 167 
BAY 165 
PCAM 156 
SMM 154 
SNM 148 
RAMS 130 
AAM 115 
RINC 106 
MPM 100 
Congratulations to the Marin Pirates for getting to the 100 member mark. Pacific currently has 124 masters clubs in our LMSC. There are 64 Pacific Masters swimmers who were all American Swimmers last year