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14 January 2013

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TOC 1500 - City Mile
Fog City Quadrathon
Salinas Valley Splash and Dash
Breaststroke / Butterfly Clinic
Masters Coaches Clinic
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The first Pacific Masters Swimming monthly meeting of 2013 will be held in Walnut Creek at the Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Rd, in the shopping center on the right just east of Heather Farm. Clubs are urged to send their representative to the meeting and all members are invited to attend. Pacific Masters has six "face to face" meetings a year and five conference calls. The odd numbered months are face to face and the even numbered months are conference calls with no meeting in December.

I was asked by a couple of swimmers at the Flower Power meet about the USF Valentines Day affair. It was not scheduled as the pool is being renovated. USF will be organizing a "March Madness" on the 23rd of March.

On the USMS website Stu Kahn, coach of Davis Masters, has written an article about Mastering the backstroke. Chris Campbell, coach of Mountain View Masters has written an article about goal setting - learning to set goals from business.   
When setting your goals for 2013, remember besides our great Pacific Masters Short Course and Long Course Championships, we will be hosting the USMS One Mile National Open Water Championships, and out sister LMSC to the south will be hosting the 2013 USMS Summer (Long Course) Championships - start setting those goals.

Fun, Fitness & Competition

Kind regards,


Michael Moore


Flower Power Meet - Results
The first Flower Power Meet was held at the indoor Santa Rosa Community College Pool. Thanks to John Morales, Hermine Terhorst and the Santa Rosa Masters for organizing the meet.
Results have been posted on the web site.
The Olympic Club - Entries due

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 ] . Deadline is 11:59pm thursday 17 January 2013 - that is this Thursday.
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 be contested outside of PacMasters Championships.[ Registration ]
Both pools have limited entries, so it would be good to enter as soon as possible.
USMS Swimmer goes Digital
TUSMS Swimmer has gone digital. You can now get our membership magazine by going to the USMS website and downloading it. ]
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 ]
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.
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 
Coach of the Year
The It is almost time to start selecting the 2013 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year. It is a way for your club to honor your coach by nominating them for the Coach of the Year award. The rules are in the Pacific Masters Guide to Operations, but on the coaches page there is a summary of what needs to be done and the criteria used. One important item is that it is one nomination letter along with a maximum of four support letters. The more criteria  items that you cover in your nomination letter, the higher the ranking when reviewing the coaches.
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.