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30 July 2012

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It is tough writing this email. The computer monitor is opposite the television screen. I am just amazed at the athleticism of the athletes participating in the 30th Olympiad in London.

Besides the swimmers, and with, one can watch it on the computer screen or the Olympics are on three cable channels. I am just amazed at what some of the "minor" sports have done. Kim Rhode hitting 99 our of 100 targets (or whatever they are called in trap shooting), she was so far ahead that should have missed the last round and still won.

The American archery team took a second, only losing to Italy, when their last archer had hit the bullseye to take the gold - he did.

I have also watch the swimming events and many of the trials. I cheer on the American swimmers, but can appreciate the hard work and dedication to those who win the gold, and those who just get to the Olympics through hard work. (So nice to have a DVR).

It is also a pleasure to watch swimmers who are or who have been Pacific Masters members, including: Dana Vollmer, Natalie Coughlin, and Anthony Ervin. Good luck to all in the second week.

Congratulations to Marty Barry and Don Soroka who recently tied the knot. (Both swim for the Rolling Hill Mud Sharks and both are in the 80-84 age group.) Again Congratulations

Enjoy the summer.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore


Dana Volmer
PacMaster Swimmer
wins Olympic Gold 

Dana Vollmer set a world record on her way to Olympic Gold in the 100 Meter Butterfly. For USA Swimming Dana Swims for Cal Aquatics, for Masters Swimming she swims for El Cerrito Aquatic Masters.
Dana has competed at local Pacific Masters meets, most recently at the 2012 Spring Rinconada meet. She currently owns the women's 19-24 100 and 100 Free National record and the 50 and 100 Butterfly.
Championships Bids

Pacific Masters Swimming is now taking bids from any teams who are
interested in hosting a Championship Meet.  We annually have three
Championship Meets:  Short Course Yards- must be held no more than threeweeks before USMS SCY Nationals(Indianapolis May 9-12) and preferably in April, Long Course Meters- must be held three weeks before USMS LCM Nationals(Mission Viejo August 7-11) and preferably in July, and ShortCourse Meters- held in the fall (usually October).  
Bids will be accepted up until the Pacific Masters Swimming August Meeting, at which time it will be voted on.  All bids should be sent to John Morales (scheduler) 
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. There is no race day registration. The entry deadline is 3 August 2012.
Thoughts and Prayers 

Lisa Ward of Walnut Creek Masters recently lost her father. May he Rest in Peace.
Linked In 

Pacific Masters has a private group in Linked in. You must be a member to join. There is a discussion group and there are over 500 members who are part of the group.

Pacific Masters  has two Facebook sections, the first is the Pacific Masters Social page. Feel free to post information about your team, pictures of your team and even videos. Feel free to post.
There is also the Pacific Masters Swimming in the Sports League section which has more information about Pacific Masters.
Coaches Clinic 

Pacific Masters is proud to offer a USMS/ASCA Masters Coach Certification Level 1 and Level 2 Clinics.


The Clinics will be offered in Mountain View, CA(29 September) and Davis, CA (30 September). You must be a 2012 USMS member to participate in the couse, you must be a member of ASCA to receive certification. There are a number of scholarships available for Pacific Masters coaches, please contact Cokie Lepinski  for details.

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 - it looks like this meet will sell out. Enter soon.
Whiskeytown Open Water 

Whiskeytown Lake is just outside Redding so plan to drive up the day before. This is a beautiful lake. There's a nice shady picnic area and beach so bring the family. This event is in the early fall and the weather can be either chilly or hot. The lake is a bit cooler than Berryessa (think mid to high 60's). If you plan to do both the 1- and 2-mile events, be prepared to feel a little cold at the start of the 2-mile. Post event snacks.
Hot August Chill 

The Hot August Chill is 19 August at Donner Lake. The One mile swim is the Pacific Masters Championships. Donner Lake is a beautiful place to just swim.
Donner Lake
Open Water Swim
Sold Out 

The Donner Lake Open Water is sold out. There is no wait list or race day registration. Thank you to all the swimmers who have registered.