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2 July  2013

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Dear (Contact First Name),

It is with regret that I announce that Nancy Ridout has decided to retire from her position as Pacific Masters' Registrar later this year.  As a lifelong swimmer, Nancy remains in great health and could continue serving as our Registrar for many years to come. However, if [m1] there is anything more important to Nancy than Masters[m2]  swimming it is her family and she wants to play an active role in providing childcare for her first grandchild. For many of us Nancy is the face, heart and soul of Masters  swimming in Northern California and Northwestern Nevada and I suspect we will continue to receive the benefit of her service as a volunteer. In the future we will be recounting her many contributions to our local organization as well as to USMS. For now, let me say that it is with profound gratitude that I accept her decision to retire.


Nancy's position is being renamed the Pacific Masters Office Administrator, this is a more accurate description of Nancy's role as her responsibilities have expanded beyond registration and compilation of records and top 10. It is expected to be a part time contractor position. We hope to have a formal scope of responsibilities available in the near future and will begin our search and selection process shortly thereafter. If you are interested in the position or knowing more about it, please send an email to me at Position information and application requirements will be sent upon request.


Open Water Swims
As we enter July there is a bit of a lull in our open water season. Some of our most challenging opportunities take place in August with the two Santa Cruz events and the Donner Lake swim. These swims aren't for everyone and shouldn't be attempted unless you are fully confident of your abilities. However, emerging from the cold ocean waters or at the end of a straight 2.7 mile swim gives one a sense of accomplishment and pride regardless of place.


Pacific Masters Feature Articles
You may have noticed that articles are beginning to appear in the Pacific Masters Update. Over time we hope to present features on Pacific Masters clubs, members and events more frequently.  The goal of these articles is to present material of interest and inform members about the many aspects of the Pacific Masters Swimming community. If you would like to have your club, event or fellow member profiled, please send me an email at


Just keep swimming,

Peter Guadagni

Chair, Pacific Masters

Don't Miss Your Chance to Swim
Long Course Meters 
The Pacific Masters Swimming Long Course Championships will be held at the College of San Mateo 12-14 July. The San Mateo Master will be organizing the meet.
You must pre-enter for The Pacific Masters Championships, The entry deadline is Friday 5 July at 11:59pm. Swimmers can now register on-line.
Upcoming Open Water Meets 
The open water meets are currently posted on the PacMasters Schedule Page. Currently sanctioned open water Pacific Masters meets are:
  Santa Cruz Rough Water 3August
  Cruz Cruise 4 August
  Donner Lake Open Water Swim 17 August
  Manatee 2x1 Relay Swim 21 September
A Pacific Masters special
Cal Aquatic Master

Keep Calm and Swim On  

by Kate Eby

Spot a bright gold tee shirt with a bit of British wit and you've seen the latest design of Cal Aquatic Masters (CALM), a team that's been around since Margaret Thatcher took office. 'Keep Calm and Swim On' is CALM's catchphrase, adopted from the popular World War II British slogan, 'Keep Calm and Carry On.'  

Behind the Name

Originally, Cal Aquatic Masters was called Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters, and was named for the pool they first used for practice in 1979. The name change took place last year to better reflect their connection with UC Berkeley. The team includes 150 swimmers and as many as 10 coaches.  
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Other Pacific Masters Specials
National Championships
2013 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals 
and Open Water Championships 


The United States Masters Swimming Long Course Championships return to Southern California. The Summer Nationals will be at the Marguerite Aquatics Center Center, Mission Viejo, California 7-11 August. Registration has already opened.


This is the first time that Long Course Masters has been on the west coast since 2005. The entry deadline is 11:59PM Wednesday 3 July 2013. 


For those distance swimmers who want to get a "warm up" swim in before the National Championships, the US Masters Swimming 1-3 Mile Open Water Championships will be at Dana Point, California, on 4 August 2013. The Dana Point event is close to Mission Viejo, so you can do a double - the 2.4 Mile Dana Point Swim and the 1500 Free.

National Championships
2013 One Mile Open Water
National Championships 


The preliminary One Mile US Masters Swimming Open Water National Championships results have been posted. Please review if you competed in the event.

Thanks to Bill McCracken and the TriValley Masters for organizing the event.