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9 September  2013

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For those swimmers who are looking for a challenge, the Warrenton Masters of Virginia, is sponsoring a a distance stroke challenge. This is for those stroke swimmers who want to compete in distances longer that 200 meters. For those who really want a challenge, there is the 5kFly or 1500 SCM no-crawl IM. 


As it says in the website "This is your chance to earn a totally Unofficial World and quite possibly Inter-Galactical, Long-Distance Nonconforming Swim Record. Mark your place in history.  

"All record holders will recieve an Official Proclamation by the Mayor of our Town, the Honorable George B Fitch (co-founder of the Jamaican Bobsled Olympic Team of 1988) declaring that you indeed hold this unofficial record. All swimmers will receive recognition for completing their events."



Pacific Masters has for the second straight year reached the 11,000 member total. We need about 70 new members to break last years total of 11,073 registered Pacific Masters Swimmers. Thanks to the coaches and volunteers for all their work, for without their time and devotion, there would be a Pacific Masters.


Over 30 Pacific Masters members will be traveling to Anaheim to participate in the USMS Convention 10-15 September. They will be volunteering their time to help with the running of United States Masters Swimming. USMS is different from most other NGBs as the volunteers contribute significantly to the running of the organization. The PacMasters office will have limited service as Nancy  will be attending the convention.


You can see what will be discussed by going to the USMS Annual Convention Page. It has the reports and the proposed legislation that the delegates will consider.


The chairman has called a meeting of the Board, it will meet after the Oceana Zone meeting in Anaheim. On the calendar is the schedule for 2014.


Honoring those who have past on
Each year at the US Masters Swimming convention, the names of current and former Masters swimmers are read  at a House of Delegates meeting. If you know of a member or past member who passed since last convention, please contact Nancy Ridout, registrar, with the information.


Service Awards

 Pacific Masters honors its volunteers and members with its service awards. The 2013 service awards will be  presented at this years November annual meeting.The four awards include The Contributor of the Year;  The Appreciation Award, Distinguished Service award and the Personal Achievement award. The awards are normally chosen at the October meeting and the award that will be made at the annual meeting. Please feel free to send your nomination to any member of the executive committee, the chairman, the admin vice chair or the registrar.


The discussion of the Service Awards is in our Guide to Operations


End of Year Fee Discount

The membership in Pacific Masters/United States Masters Swimming is from 1 January to 31 December. For those who join in September or October, the membership fee drops from $48.00 to $38.00


September 9th

If you are of a certain age and grew up in California, then you know what the 9th of September is - 9 September 1850.


Fun Fitness and Competition


Michael W Moore 

Richmond Plunge
4th Annual Swim for Kids 
The Richmond Plunge Masters run this open water swim to benefit the USA Sailfish Swim team. Proceeds will be used for coaching, quipemtn, pool fes and swimming scholarship for inner-city  Richmond youth.
Swimmers have their choice of the 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Mile events. The date is 28 September .The first Early registration dead line is 10 September.
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2 x 1 Lake Del Valle 
The Manatees are again organizing the Lake Del Valle 2 x 1 Open Water Swim. In the event you compete with your swimming partner. Besides the regular age groups, there are special groups including mother/daughter, mother/son, father/daughter, father/son, and sibling/sibling.
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Sacramento Pentathlon 
The Sacramento Pentathlon will be held at the Schaal Aquatic Center on the UC Davis Campus, Davis, California. The meet will be on Sunday  6 October. The events are all the 50s, plus the 100 IM.
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Pacific Masters
Short Course Meters Championships 
The 2013 Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships are being organized by the Walnut Creek Masters and will be contested 11 - 13 October at Heather Farms.
This has always been a great meet. It is not too large, but the competition is always there. This is a pre-entered meet so you must enter on line by 2 October. (there is also an entry deadline for mail entries.
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2014 PacMasters 

The Pacific Masters local meets are being scheduled. If your club would like to have a sanctioned pool or open water meet to be put on the Pacific Masters 2014 schedule, please conplete the proper form.

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USMS Coaches Certification
Level 3 

PacMasters has a Level 3 course offering in Novato on Saturday, September 28th. You'll need to have Level 2 certification in order to attend this course. Class will run 9am-4pm at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 


Participants will also be able to attend a Masters workout with the Marin Pirate Masters team from 7-8:30am that morning. More information on the course including registration can be found on the USMS website. Scholarships are available to Masters coaches of Masters teams registered under Pacific Masters (coaches must also be USMS registered). Please contact me, Cokie Lepinski, at [email protected], 415-827-5672 for scholarship information.