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14 October  2013

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Freestyle and Backstroke Clinic
Monthly Meeting
PacMasters SCM Championships
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Annual Meeting
Honoring Nancy Ridout 

As a part of this year's Pacific Masters Swimming Annual Celebration and Meeting we will be honoring Nancy Ridout for her extraordinary service and contributions to our Local Masters Swim Committee (LMSC). Earlier this year we announced that Nancy Ridout, our registrar for over 30 years, will be retiring. Nancy's place in the pantheon of Masters Swimming cannot be overstated. She's has spent a career dedicated to all things Masters.


Her role with Pacific Masters has been seminal in growing our LMSC into the largest and most progressive in the country. From the earliest days of Masters Swimming, Nancy has made a huge difference. Long before computers and on-line registration, Nancy single handedly input all members' names into the database and provided all of the information and communications that kept members apprised of their status.


Similarly, prior to the availability of the computer software, Nancy was responsible for compiling meet results, submitting Top 10 for rankings for all courses, tabulating Pacific Masters Swimmer of the Year points and a myriad of other tedious record keeping functions. Those were just the special assignments. 


First and foremost, Nancy has been the voice and face of Pacific Masters Swimming. In her role as registrar, she has been every member's resource for information, support, problem solving and goodwill. Nancy has been a relentless advocate for our sport. Nancy is also one of Pacific's most accomplished swimmers with a resume full of World, National and Pacific records.


Nancy has held the organization's highest elective office, president of United States Masters Swimming, received the Ransom Arthur Award (USMS's most prestigious recognition), has been a long time member of the USMS Board of Directors and a tireless contributor to countless Masters Swimming initiatives and committees.


At this year'sAnnual Celebration and Meeting on Sunday, November 3rd,

we will be honoring Nancy for her commitment, contributions and long time support. The gathering is an energetic and inspirational gathering.Three time Olympian Matt Biondi will give the keynote address.


The day will start with a swim workout at Heather Farm pool with Coach Kerry O'Brien and Matt Biondi. Stu Kahn will present an analysis of Elite Freestyle Swimmers with lessons of What Masters Can Learn From Them. At 11:45, Pacific Masters will provide lunch and Matt will speak at 12:30. The Annual meeting will begin at about 1:45.


I hope you'll take time out of your busy schedule to attend the celebration and help us thank and honor Nancy for everything she has done for Masters Swimming. 


This event is filling up fast. To RSVP email the registrar with your name before October 25th to let the planning committee know you will be attending. I look forward to seeing you there.


Fun Fitness and Competition



Michael W Moore 

Coaches Clinic
 There is an upcoming four hour clinic on the freestyle and backstroke at the College of San Mateo. Two hours in the class room followed by two hours in the pool. The clinic will be lead by Tom Reudy of San Mateo Athletic Club and Cokie Lepinski of Swymnut Masters. The date is Sunday 20 October 2013 and starts at 9am.
For swimmers who want to improve their strokes and have plenty of time to practice to perfect the stroke, this is a great time for a clinic.
Monthly Meeting
 The October meeting will be a conference call on 16 October at 7:00pm. Please contact Nancy Ridout (415 892 0771) for the phone number and conference code. Swim teams are encouraged to have at least one member participate. All Members are welcome to attend
Pacific Masters
Short Course Meters Championships 
The 2013 Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships were held 11 - 13 October at the Clarke Swim Center, Heather Farms, Walnut Creek. Over 350 swimmers competed during the three-day meet. In the team results, host Walnut Creek Masters won the Gold (large) Division while Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters won the Silver Division. 
Results are posted . Thanks to Meet Directors Chris Stewart and Gordon Bell for organizing the competition and all the volunteers who worked at the meet.