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17 September 2012

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Whiskeytown Open Water
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Volunteers honored
Whiskeytown Open Water
Scheduling a meet
Service Awards
Fog City looking for a coach
Alan Liu meet
Sacramento Pentathlon
Coaches Clinic
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Keller Cover Open Water
Mudshark Freestyle Clinic
Changes in bylaws and rules
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This past week United States Masters Swimming held its annual convention in Greensboro, North Carolina. Members of Pacific Masters received many national awards, Stu Kahn was named the 2012 United States Masters Swimming Coach of the Year. Four of our coaches received a national coaching award and three of our volunteers received a national volunteer award - see below.

Jim Miller, MD gave a presentation on the prevention of shoulder injuries in aquatic sport. It seems that shoulder injuries are frequently suffered by swimmers, and the FINA Sports Medicine Committee strongly endorses prevention as the key to the issue. A video on prevention is on the FINA web site . 

Jim Clemmons was re-elected as the At-Large Board of Director from the Oceana Zone. He will serve a two year term.

The 2014 One Mile Open Water National Championships will be held at Lake Berryessa on 7 June 2014.

There were about 30 Pacific Masters members who traveled to the convention to represent PacMasters. Thank you to all for contributing their time and energy for Masters Swimming

Enjoy the warm weather.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore
Stu Kahn, Davis Coach
USMS Coach of the Year 

Davis Aquatic Masters Coach Stu Kahn was named the US Masters Swimming 2012 Coach of the Year. Stu received the award at the aquatics banquet at US Masters Swimming Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.


After being called on stage to accept the award, Stu said a few words and thank you to the over 1000 attendees of the US Aquatic Sports banquet, then called his wife and co-coach of the Davis team on stage to help accept the award.

Boreyko, Edmonds, Olson and
Schuster are honored coaches

Valery Boreyko (USF), Tim Edmonds (Stanford), Kurt Olson (MAAC) and Laura Schuster (MVM) received the Kerry O'Brien Award at the United States Masters Swimming 2012 convention.   [snippets from the nominations ]


The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee initiated a new award in 2008 with the goal of recognizing USMS registered coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grass Roots Coaching Award, it has been renamed to honor Coach Kerry O'Brien of Walnut Creek Masters, who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that these coaches bring to the pool deck. It is with the efforts of individuals like these that U.S. Masters Swimming will most certainly move to a greater level.

Campbell, Clemmons and Wrangel
are Dot Donnelly honorees


Chris Campbell (MVM), Jim Clemmons (MAM) and Paul Wrangel (CRUZ) received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. As a volunteer-driven organization, USMS is grateful to the hundreds of USMS registered volunteers who give their time, talent, and expertise to help all phases of our programs.


Among those volunteers are some whose service stands out in its scope and its impact on the program and the USMS members who have benefited from their efforts on the local, regional, and/or national level.

Whiskeytown Open Water 

The Results from the Whiskeytown Open Water Swim have been posted. Thanks to all the volunteers for organizing this great event in the northern Sacramento Valley.
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 improvemnt in one's own skills and times. Thie 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]
Fog City looking for a coach 

Fog City Masters, in the SF Sunset neighborhood,  is looking for a new masters coach specifically for the morning practices. Monday and Wednesday from 5:30am till 7am.  There are opportunities for additional evening practices on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm - 8pm, Friday 7pm - 8pm. Contact Diane Davis
Alan Liu Meet 

Every year, Mountain View Masters organizes a fundraiser for Jill Mason and swimmers far and wide have graciously donated to support Jill.  
This year, instead of raising funds specifically for Jill, Jill has asked us to donate to MADD- Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  
Jill is participating in a walk for MADD on Oct. 6 in Sacramento, and through this walk, we show our support for tougher laws against drunk driving and our never-ending sense of loss that a drunk driver has caused. So, to honor Jill and Alan, please donate to MADD.  
Jill's page where you can donate directly:  
Brief History Alan Liu was Mountain View Master's head coach back in early 2000-2004 and Jill Mason was a swimmer w/ MVM. On Easter Morning, April 11, 2004, Alan & Jill were hit by a drunk driver while riding their bikes in Santa Rosa while visiting Alan's mom. Alan was killed instantly. Jill was also hit and her spinal cord was severed and is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. We continue to honor Alan's memory and support Jill every year thru this amazing meets.
Sacramento Pentathlon 

PSacramento Masters 40th Annual Sprint Short Course Meter Pentathlon will be held Saturday 29 September. The swim meet will be at the Schaal Aquatic Center on the UC Davis campus, Davis, CA
Deck entries close at 9:15 and pre-entered swimmers must check in by 9:40am.
Meet Information
Pacific Masters 
Short Course Yards Championships 

The Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships will be held at Walnut Creek's Hearther Farms 25 meter pool, October 12-14. Note that in the 1500 and 800 Free men and women swim together.
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.

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.
Keller Cover
Point Richmond
30 September

Swimmers really enjoyed this new event last year.  Three different distances to choose from.  All races start at the same time, alll races count toward open water points.
Mudsharks Freestyle Clinic 

Come to THE  ULTIMATE FREESTYLE SWIM CLINIC, presented by Scott Williams (over 30 years of coaching experience) at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato, Saturday, 8-11 a.m., September 22.  Cost is $50.  Prepare for your next pool meet, open water swim, or triathlon event by learning freestyle like the Olympians.  
This clinic will feature the latest state-of-the art  flexibility, nutrition, and drills, with individualized attention from Scott Williams, Laureen Welting (Olympic Club coach), RJ Williams (All American NCS/MCAL), and Sharlene van Boer (head coach Mud Sharks).  Email Eric van Boer  or call him at (415) 519-0554 to register.
Changes in the bylaws and rules 

Per the PacMasters bylaws, proposals for amendments the repeal or addition of new bylaws must be presented to a member of the Executive Committee at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting - Deadline would be 27 September.  [ Guide to Operations and Bylaws ]