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14 August 2012

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The Pacific Masters 2012 Long Course Championships were this last weekend. The meet was held in the very fast College of San Mateo 50 Meter pool and the event was hosted by the San Mateo Marlins. With over 600 swimmers competing it was the second largest long course meet this year.

For those who do the backstroke, it is funny that if you glide in the turn you can be DQ'ed. What I did notice that the swimmers are not "attacking"  the backstroke turn, but slowing down before making the turn.

It was good to see Regina Brittingham swimming for Walnut Creek at the meet. She is  a cancer survivor.

Also at the meet was John Coughlin of the San Mateo Masters. John was timing at the meet. He survived a horrific accident at the Maui Channel Swim last year. John was smiling and having a good time at the meet. We all should have his outlook on life.

The monthly Pacific Masters meeting is tomorrow evening (August 15) . It is a conference call, that starts at 7PM. If you are interested in participating and all members are encourage to participate, please contact Nancy Ridout for the phone number and the pass code. Nancy's phone number is 415 892 0771.

I received information about an event in September: "On September 8, 2012 - in an effort to raise awareness about the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT - Sarasota resident and  a Florida Masters swimmer will be swimming four crossings under the Golden Gate Bridge doing a mile of each of the four strokes." (all the information we have now).

Enjoy the summer.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore


Long Course 

This year'sPacific Masters Long Course Championships were held at the College of San Mateo, with almost 600 swimmers competing.  The days were long, and swimmers had a good time. 
Congratulation to University of San Francisco Masters (large team), Walnut Creek Masters (medium team) and Rolling Hills Mud Sharks (small team) for winning their team division.
The results are posted. Thanks to the San Mateo Masters and all the volunteers who made the event a success.

Menlo Masters
Swim Clinic 

Karlyn Pipe-Neilsen and the Menlo Masters will be holding a freestyle stroke clinic on Saturday 18 August, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Burgess Pool in Menlo Park

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
No More Entries 

The Modesto Short Course Meters swim is the first swim of the Short Course Meters season. The meet is very popular and sold out out.
Whiskeytown Open Water 
Redding Swim Meet 

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.
For those who would like to drive up the day earlier, Redding is having a Short Course Yards Pentathlon. The Meet will start at 11am, so bay area swimmers can leave early to drive up there.
Open Water Meet Sheet
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.
Manatee Open 2 x 1 Open Water
15 September

The Manatee Aquatic Masters are again organizing the 2x1 Open Water relay. It will take it place on 15 September at Lake Del Valle. The meet has always been a fun meet. All registered swimmers who compete will be eligible for Pacific Masters Open Water Points.