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We have finished the last open water event of the year. The winners of the Pacific Masters Open Water Points Competition will soon become official. Thanks to Glenda Carroll our Open Water Chair for organizing our Open Water Meets, to Bob Upshaw who  creates and  keeps track of the Open Water Points, Marcia Benjamin who takes care of any open water points issues and to all of the Open Water directors and volunteers who work at the meets. Without any of our volunteers, our programs would not be as successful as they are.

Enjoy the warm weather.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore
Pacific Masters Swimming 
registers its 11,000 swimmer
Another milestone! On October 1, Pacific Masters registered its 11,000th member for 2012. This is the first time Pacific Masters has registered over 11,000 members. Brian Cutter registered with the Orinda Aquatic Masters  and became the 11,000 Pacific Masters Swimmer registered this year. Brian is 37, was a high school swimmer in Ohio and participated in USA Swimming in Arizona.  He moved to the Bay Area two years ago, heard about the strong program in Lafayette/Orinda and has taken the plunge into Masters swimming.  Brian wants to get back in shape, compete, and swim for life.
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Pacific Masters 
Short Course Meters Championships 
This weekend Pacific Masters will be contesting the Short Course 
Meters Championships at Heather Farm Clark Swim Center in Walnut Creek. Three hundred fifty swimmers will be competing in the six lane deep water pool. 
A reminder that the 1500 and the 800 Free will be swum men and women together. You can also check the Pacific Masters website for the results links. (Link will be posted by Thursday)
Open Water Points 
All Open Water swimmers are asked to check the open water results page. Please review your results. Swimmers will have until 31 October to report any errors. Final results will be reported by the end of November.
Open Water Swimmers 
Below is a table of swimmers who have competed the the open water swims and earned points in the open water points competition. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked at the open water swims to make them happen. Congratulations to all who participated.
Yr        swmrs   # of swmrs
                    ern pts    swims 
2009       1503        997      19 
2010       1420       1098      23 
2011       1101        905      13
2012       1498       1264      19
Pacific Masters Annual Meeting
11 November 
Pacific Masters Annual Meeting will be on Sunday 11 November at the Walnut Creek Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek. Janet Evans will be the keynote speaker. Bill Brenner of the USMS National office will be speaking on "Strategies and Tactics for Enhancing Your Club."
PacMasters Scheduling
for 2013 
The Pacific Masters 2013 schedule was approved by the PacMasters Committee. The Three pool championships are now on the schedule.
Thanks to John Morales for putting together the schedule and working with all the club volunteers, whose work allows us to have our great meets.
Service Awards 
At the November Annual Meeting, Pacific Masters will be awarding its service awards to our volunteers. There are four service awards: The Contributor of the Year Award, The Personal Achievement Award, The Distinguished Service Award and the Appreciation Award.
The Contributor of the Year is to recognize outstanding contributions to Masters Swimming. The Personal Achievement Award is to recognize long term dedication to our program and reward noticeable improvement in one's own skills and times. The Distinguished Service Award is to recognize outstanding contributions to Pacific Masters Swimming and the Appreciation Award is to express special thanks to individual or groups who have made significant contributions to Pacific Masters Swimming.
Anyone may nominate a person (or group) for the award. Nominations are due to the chairman by 15 October.  [more information and how to nominate]
Coaches and Assistant Coaches 
Coaches - we need your help. We are cleaning up our database for coaches and assistant coaches for teams in Pacific Masters. We've got some exciting things planned for our coaches in the coming year, but we know that we only have a partial listing of coaches in Pacific Masters, and we want to be sure and reach you all with our communications. 
If you are a coach or assistant coach, we'd greatly appreciate you contacting our Coaches Chair, Cokie Lepinski at with your team and contact information.
Recent Articles 

Scott Bay, Head Coach of Blu Frog Masters, wrote an article that appears on the USMS web site on the "Three R's of Efficient Distance Freestyle." - Reach, Rotation and Relaxation