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15 December 2012

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400 Kick for Time
NorCal Coaches Clinic
TOC 1500 - City Mile
Fog City Quadrathon
Salinas Valley Splash and Dash
Start and Turn Clinic
Breaststroke / Butterfly Clinic
Coaching Clinic
Masters Coaches Clinic
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It is almost the end of 2012 and the start of 2013. Maybe it is time to 
reviews the goals that you set in 2012 to look to see how you met those goals. What were the things that helped you succeed. What were the things that held you back? The try to decide what you want to accomplish and how you plan to meet or make those goals. Be sure to try something new and something challenging whether it is swimming related  or not.

United States Masters Swimming has rolled out their new web site. The entire site was thoroughly reviewed and remodeled. The design is eye pleasing and the navigation easy and quick. "Masters Swimming IS the Magic Pill - the physical, mental and social benefits of swimming," by Laura Jones is a great summary of Master's swimming benefits.

Below are swimming clinics for our members. Cokie Lepinski has worked with our coaches to have swimming clinics in many parts of the bay area. She is also planning to have a clinic in the central valley (not yet scheduled).

There are also two new meets this year - the Salinas Valley Splash and Dash and the City Mile - The Splash and Dash is the first meet on the central coast in quite a while and the City Mile is a new chance to swim the 1650 (not at championships- see below).

Congratulations to our registrar Nancy Ridout on the birth of her first granddaughter, who was born Tuesday, December 11th.

On behalf of chairman Peter Guadagni, registrar Nancy Ridout and the Board of Directors, we wish you a very 
   Merry Christmas and 
   Happy New Year

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore


400 Kick for Time 
The MEMO swimmers are organizing a new postal event - the 400 kick for Time. A swimmer uses a kick board, no stroking into a wall and no flip turns.
NorCal Coaches Clinic 
Pac Masters has budgeted for 10 scholarships up to $100 each for qualified Pac Masters coaches to attend the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic held in Napa, January 3-6, 2013. Basic registration is currently $99 for Sunday only; $115 for both Saturday & Sunday. Registration prices rise after January 1st.
 To be reimbursed, coaches will need to send in proof of registration payment and proof of attendance (the ID card given when they check in suffices). Contact Coach Cokie Lepinski - for scholarship information. Specific information on the clinic including a registration link can be found at:    .
Its a new (Registration) year 

It is a new year - for registering for Pacific Masters Swimming / United States Masters Swimming. If you register now you will be registered through 31 December 2013. Thanks to the over 3,500 swimmers who have already registered with PacMasters.


You can register on line by going to 

(This is the preferred method) . You just go to the site, type in your name and birthday and your registration information will appear. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, as sometimes we are sending your Masters swimming information to a secondary (non-preferred) email address.


Or you can go to the Pacific Masters Swimming November December Newsletter and there is a paper registration form for you can fill out and send to Nancy Ridout, our Registrar.(Address is on the form)


For those who register early US Masters Swimming sponsors are offering discounts on their products. This is a great time to get that new suit or to purchase a swimming "toy" to try out.


When registering, please consider making a donation to the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the USMasters Swimming Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. The Hall of Fame is the repository of all things swimming - it is a great pleasure to visit when you are in Ft Lauderdale. Swimming Saves Lives  directly support programs that are providing opportunities for adults to swim-adults who might not otherwise have opportunities.


The Olympic Club
The City Mile 
This year there are two meets just for the distance swimmer - This is a great time for the distance swimming, open water swimmer and triathlete, to see where they are in their training cycle, or to swim that distance event and not have to worry about the next day's events at championships.
The first meet is The Olympic Club 1500, which is held at the club's downtown pool. As it is a meters meet, everyone aged up on 1 January - and if your birth year ends in a 3 or 8, you are in a new age group. The pool is very fast and there have been numerous world records set there. [ Registration ]
This year a new meet - The City Mile, will be at the City College of San Francisco new natatorium. This is the only 1650 that will contested outside of PacMasters Championships.[ Registration ]
Both pools have limited entries, so it would be good to enter as soon as possible.
14th Fog City Masters Quadrathon
The 14th Annual Fog City Masters Quadrathon will be at the Herbst Natatorium on the St Ignatius College Prep campus. The meet is all free style - 50-100-200- 500.  [ Registration ]
Salinas Valley
The first Salinas Valley Aquatics Masters Splash and Dash SCY meet will be held 2 February 2013. The new meet will be at the Salinas Aquatic Center. The meet has all the 50 and 100's, the 100 and 200 IM and the 500 Free. [ Registration ]
Start and Turns Clinic
Kick off the 2013 short course season, the Mudsharks are sponsoring "The Ultimate Swim Clinic for Starts and Turns" on Saturday January 5 at Rolling Hills Club in Novato from 8-11am.  Scott Williams along with Loreen Welting are featured coaches! 
Breaststroke and Butterfly Clinic
Sunday, Feb 10th, 10am-2:30pm, Novato. Coach Cokie Lepinski & Coach Scott Williams will lead a Pac Masters Coaches Clinic on Breaststroke & Butterfly at the Indian Valley Campus of the College of Marin, 1800 Ignacio Valley Rd, Novato.$25 for swimmers. 
Swimmers are in from 12:30-2:30. Registration and contact information for coaches and swimmers: Coach Cokie Lepinski,, 415-827-5672. All levels of swimmers are invited, but it does help if you know a little bit about breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers are welcome to bring fins, snorkels and any of their usual pool equipment. In the 2-hour session, swimmers will be led through a series of drills and easy swim laps, receiving immediate feedback from the coaches on deck.
Coaching Clinic
Friday, Jan 11th, 6pm, Santa Rosa. Coach Hermine Terhorst, Santa Rosa Masters will lead a Pac Masters Coaches Clinic for female coaches. She will teacher her "X-Factor" drill in the pool and then in her Pilates Studio to give a deeper understanding of the drill and how it affects everything we do. 
Free for female Pac Masters coaches. Contact Hermine Terhorst RSVP by Jan 2nd. Coaches are treated to dinner at Coach Hermine's home and have the option to spend the night there (which is the night before the SRM Flower Power meet)
Masters Coaches Clinic
The Mission Viejo Nadadores in association with the Southern Pacific LMSC is hosting a USMS Masters Coach Level 1 and 2 Certification Clinic   Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.   Location of Classroom Instruction: Mission Viejo YMCA 27341 Trabuco Cir,  Mission Viejo, CA 92692-1939 Located next to Marguerite Aquatic Center
Upon successful completion of the certification process, including all required memberships, applications and completed tests: Each person will be awarded a USMS/ASCA Level 1 or Level 2 Coaches Certification certificate and a USMS Certified Coach pin. 
Who should attend? Current full-time, part-time or volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in supporting their existing team and coach. Anyone interested in starting a Masters Program.Further information contact Coaches Chair Cokie Lepinski 
California Community Colleges
Register for Classes 

It is the beginning of the new year and for those who want to further their education or engage in life long learning, California Community Colleges offer the best educational value in the nation. All the Community College have a great selection of classes, from the liberal arts, to engineering to physical education. Check out your local CC's schedule of classes.