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28 January 2013

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Salinas Valley Splash and Dash
Hour Swim
Fog City Quadrathon
The City Mile
Intensive Training Camp
Consultant on volunteerism
Masters Coaches Clinic
Coach of the Year
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Communications changes. At its January meeting the Pacific Masters Board of Directors decided to discontinue the Pacific Masters Newsletter as a separate publication.  For many years the Newsletter was inserted into USMS Swimmer Magazine. Due to a change in the publication's production process the continued incorporation of the PacMasters' Newsletter into the magazine was no longer possible. For the past year we have continued to produce a digital version of the Newsletter in essentially the same format as the paper version. The January - February edition of the Newsletter will be the last issue. For some time, most of the information in the newsletter has also been available on the PacMasters' website and in the Pacific Update. The remaining features, such as the Chair's Message, will now also be distributed through those media.


I would like to thank Joanne Berven for her many years of service as editor of the Newsletter. Her commitment to Masters' swimming, attention to detail and discipline ensured our newsletter was a quality publication and met the deadlines required by the magazine publisher.


Call for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Nominations. For many of us, Masters' swimming is about our coach.  He/she is the one who creates workouts to keep us fit and achieve our goals; motivates us when we are down; and makes staring at a black line for 60 minutes seem like a worthwhile activity. Each year at the Pacific Masters Short Course Yard Championships the organization recognizes a coach with the Coach of the Year Award. The only way your coach can be selected is if you or your teammates take the time to nominate him/her. This year nominations are due before the February Board meeting at 7:00 pm on February 20. The nominating requirements, selection criteria and process are documented in the PacMasters Administrative Handbook and or a shortened version can be viewed by clicking here. Nominations can be sent to me at or to the Coaches Chair, Cokie Lepinski, at


Just keep swimming,


Peter Guadagni

Chairman, Pacific Masters

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 ]
USMS One Hour Championship
The USMS Speedo One Hour Postal National Championship is being hosted by the Davis Aquatic Masters. The rules are fairly simple, get in the water, swim for an hour - have a friend record every 50 and mail in your entry.
The swim must be swum between 1 January and 11:59 pm 31 January. The objective is to swim as far as you can in one hour in a pool that is 25 yards or longer.You can submit your results on line.
14th Fog City Masters Quadrathon
The  results of the Fog City Masters Quadrathon has been posted. Thanks to the Diane Davis, Jordan their coach and the team for organizing the event.
The City Mile
The second of three new Pacific Masters Pools meets - The City Mile will be held at the City College of San Francisco Wellness Center Natatorium. There will be only one event- the 1650 SCY. Men and Women will swim together in the same heat. The competition portion of the indoor pool is all deep water.
This is a chance for swimmers to get a time for the 1650, outside of the Pacific Masters Championships, or it is a chance to get a time to enter the Championships. For triathletes, you can get a time under competition conditions. 
The swimmer who comes closest to their seed time will get a $25.00 gift certificate. [ Information ]  [ Registration ]
Intensive Training Camp
March 1-3, 2013 
The Intensive Training Camp is 2-1/2 days dedicated to enhancing your competitive swimming performance through strenuous conditioning, stroke and distance specificity, and stroke technique instruction, all in an atmosphere conducive to serious swim training.
There will be great Masters coaches there to work with you including Kerry O'Brien, Brian Stack, Stu Kahn, Mike Heaney Debbie Santos and Roque Santos.The ITC is opened to all 2013 USMS registered swimmers. Applications will be taken on a "First Come" basis. Space will be limited to 50 participants.  
Consultant on volunteerism
We are looking for a consultant on volunteer and volunteerism. It would be someone who could speak on recruiting and engaging volunteers. If you  have worked with anyone and could recommend them or if you want to engage in shameless self promotion, please email Michael. Looking for names and companies.
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. For 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.