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6 February 2013

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Upcoming Events
The City Mile
Salinas Valley Splash and Dash
Coach to be inducted into hall of fame
Workshop Rules of Swimming
Cal Aquatics Meet
Rinconada Meet
USF March Madness
Intensive Training Camp
Coach of the Year
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Tamalpias Masters is having its annual Jon Steiner Memorial Mile. There is no set fee, you pay what you can with 50% of all proceeds being donated to the Bonnie J. Addario Lun Cancer Foundation. 


Jon was a great guy who helped Masters swimming immensely, we lost Jon and Barbara Thomas, who also greatly helped Masters swimming, within a year of each other to lung cancer - both died to young. It is a postal event, you can swim at your pool or you can take your results from the City Mile. Nice Event.



Professionally, I take care of Macintosh computers, so I was at the recent Macworld Expo. There was a section of the Expo hall dedicated to Apps for the iPhone and iPad. One developer had an App  - Windscape that had dots track the wind currents through out the world - you could expand the area or look a the entire world. One becomes mesmorized by watching the flowing dots - so I went home and bought the 99 cent app so I can watch the wind patterns throughout the world. Neat little app.



The Coaching Clinic for Albany and Novato have filled up both the number of swimmers to attend the clinic and the wait list. Cokie plans on having a more clinics later in the year.



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 [email protected] or to the Coaches Chair, Cokie Lepinski, at [email protected].


Fun, Fitness and Competition


Kind Regards


Michael Moore 


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 ]
Salinas Valley
The first Salinas Valley Aquatics Masters Splash and Dash was held in Salinas. Thanks to Matt Best and the Salinas Valley Aquatics Masters for organizing the meet. [ results ]
Don Swartz to be inducted
into Coaches Hall of Fame
Don Swartz, coach of North Bay Aquatics Masters will be inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame (ASCA). Don not only coached kids and Olympians, he was among the first coaches and clubs in northern California (right along with San Mateo and Rinconada) to create a Masters program at Marin Aquatic Club, back in 1971. Marin Aquatic Club has since evolved into the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters (TAM), coached by Marie McSweeney, who Don hired back in 1975. [ More ]
Rules of swimming
John King our Officials chair, would like to have a workshop on the technical rules of swimming on a Wednesday evening in the south bay area. The workshop would go over the technical rules of our sport, describing what is allowed and what is not. For those who are interested in becoming a deck official, this would be the place to learn about what swimmers can legally do in a meet. If you are interested, please contact John King to let him know you are interested.
CAL Aquatics
The Cal Aquatics meet will take place at the Spieker Aquatics Center on the University of California Berkeley campus. CAL Aquatics is the new name of the Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters. Same Great people, same great meet with just a new name. [ Registration ]
The Rinconada Spring Meet will be on Saturday 16 March. For the distance swimmer, you can swim the 1000 free or the 1650 Butterfly (the 1650 fly is a special event and is only open to the first 14 registrants). [ Registration ]
USF March Madness
The USF Masters will be celebrating the renovation of the long course pool by hosting the USF March Madness Meet. This meet is all of the 50 and 100's - a place for the sprinters to ply their craft. It will be the last meet before Championships. [ 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.  
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.