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13 January 2014
In this Update
USMS Level 1 and 2 Coaches Certification
PacMasters SCM Top Ten
Coach of the Year
Go the Distance
New Registration Year
Jon Steiner Memorial Mile
Flower Power Results
Olympic Club 1500
Fog City Quadrathon
USF Valentine's Affair
Coaches Clinic
Splash and Dash
The City Mile
Intensive Training Camp
MEMO Kick for Time
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The first PacMasters Meeting of the new year will be at the Community Center of Heather Farm Park, San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek on Wednesday 15 January. There is a buffet that starts at 7:00 with the meeting commencing at 7:30 PM


AWARDS: Marcia Benjamin will be bringing a mountain of Open Water Awards and would like to give them to team reps for distribution.


All members are invited to attend and all teams are encouraged to send a team rep to the meeting.



There are many sanctioned events this first quarter of the year. Over the next three months there are only two weekends where there is no scheduled event. We will have  a few sprint meets and there will be two meets that are distance meets.


Our schedule can only be successful with the hard work that volunteers provide. 


USMS One Hour Postal event started on the 1st and continues through the end of January. It is a simple event, just see how far you can swim in one hour.This is always a test of how well you are swimming in January. Just get a friend to time all of your lengths.


 Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful 2014.


Fun Fitness and Competition



Michael W Moore 

USMS Level 1 and 2
Coaches  Certification
Pacific Masters is hosting  Level 1 & 2 classes in San Mateo (at the San Mateo Athletic Club) on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Registration information can be found at Course RegistrationScholarships for course tuition are available for Pacific Masters coaches  (coaches must also be USMS registered). Contact the Coaches Chair for scholarship details. 
2013 PacMasters
Short Course Meters Top Ten
Charlene O'Brien, our new Top Ten Chair has compiled the 2013 Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Top Ten. Congratulations to all those swimmers who made a top ten time.

Please review the list and if there are any questions, errors, concerns or omissions, please contact Charlene
2013 PacMasters Coach of the Year

Please consider nominating your coach for the Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award. Submissions should include a nomination letter along with a maximum of four support letters. A description of the award along with the nomination and selection process can be found in the Pacific Masters Administrative Handbook. An excerpt of the relevant section can be downloaded [ Excerpt ]


Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year should be sent to the Pacific Masters Chair and are due Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6 PM.  

2014 Go the Distance

Go the Distance is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. Last year 445 PacMasters swimmers swam over 94,000 miles with the Manatee Masters having the most number of swimmers participating, 37. There's no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in the calendar year. Speed doesn't count-just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.


The program is on the honor system-you track the distance you swim. Daily, weekly, or monthly, enter that information into your online Fitness Log (FLOG). When you achieve certain milestones, you'll be recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website and receive special prizes from Nike Swim, the sponsor for the event.

New Year
New Registration 

It is time to register for Pacific Masters 2014, the registration year is from 1 November 2013 to 31 December 2014. For teams to have secondary USMS insurance coverage, ALL team members must be registered with USMS.


This year, you can ask for your own permanent swimmer ID. The ID must be five characters long and cannot have certain alpha characters. There is a one-time $50.00 charge, but the money goes to a good cause and you can create an ID that is much easier to remember.


If you register early, there may be some USMS sponsor discounts available to you. Thank you to the over 2,000 swimmers who have already registered and the 121 clubs who have registered.

Jon Steiner
Memorial Mile 
Tamalpias Masters is sponsoring the Jon Steiner Memorial Mile. This event is unusual as there is no set entry fee - You pay what you want with 50% of the proceeds donated to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. 
The event is named after the events founder Jon Steiner, who died of lung cancer six years ago. Swimmers can swim the event in a yards, 50 meter pool or 25 meter pool.
Swimmers can swim the event anytime between 1 January and 28 February with entries postmarked by 12 March 2014.
Santa Rosa Flower Power Meet
Results Posted
The Santa Rosa Masters organized the first meet of the new year. The Flower Power Meet results have been posted.
Thanks to John Morales and Hermine Terhorst for their work in organizing the meet.
The Olympic Club 1500 
The Olympic Club 1500 is the first of two distance only meets on the schedule. On Saturday, 25 January 2014, the 1500 will be held in the very fast Olympic Club pool (Downtown San Francisco) where many world records have been set. This is the first meters meet of the season and is only a little over three weeks after everyone ages up on 1 Jan. [ Registration ] 
The Fog City Quadrathon 
The Fog City Quadrathon (San Francisco)  is on Sunday, 26 January 2014. The Quadrathon is four freestyle distances  - the 500, 100, 200 and 50. If swimmers register by Wednesday, 22 January 2014, the fee for the event it $20. After that date it is $35. (note that the meet has an entry time of 11 a.m., which is earlier that it has been in the past. [Meet info  Registration ]
The USF Valentine's Affair 
The 22nd USF Valentine's Affair (San Francisco) is the second year of all the sprint events (All the 50's and 100's) that will take place on Sunday, 9 February 2014. You must register on-line for this event (on-line registration closes at 11:59PM Friday, 7 February). Note that for the first time, the USF Valentines Affair will be on a Sunday and NOT a Saturday. [ Meet info  Registration ]
Coach Clinic
Freestyle and Backstroke - Albany 
Pacific Masters Swimming is holding its first Coaching Clinic of the New Year at the Albany Aquatic Center on Saturday 14 February. The clinic will work on the long axis strokes - the freestyle and backstroke. The clinic  will be led by Stu Kahn (DAM) and Cokie Lepinski (Swymnut Masters). Coaches are free and for Masters swimmers it is only $25.00 for the 3 1/2 hour clinic.
The Salinas Valley Splash and Dash
The Second Annual Salinas Valley Aquatics Masters Splash and Dash Short Course Yards Meet will be held on Saturday 22 February 2014 at the Salinas Aquatic Center in Salinas. The on-line  pre-entry deadline is 20 February. For those who would like to make a weekend of it, Monterey is only a few miles away and has great hotels and restaurants. [ Meet info  Registration ]
The City Mile 
The 2nd City Mile will be held at City College of San Francisco on Sunday, 23 February. The swimmer's who pre-entry time comes closest to the who's actual time will be awarded a gift certificate of $25.00. Any swimmer who establishes new meet record for their age group will receive a special certificate suitable for framing.[ Meet info  Registration ]
Intensive Training Camp 

The Walnut Creek Masters will be conducting their 27th annual Intensive Training Camp February 28th - March 1st. The ITC is nationally recognized as the longest running camp in USMS. A limit of 50 swimmers arrive from all over the country for 2-1/2 days dedicated to enhancing your competitive swimming performance through strenuous conditioning, stroke and distance specificity,  stroke technique instruction and video analysis, and socializing all in an atmosphere conducive to serious swim training.
There will be two in-water training sessions per day.  The morning practice will be a general conditioning session, with afternoon sessions split into Distance, Mid-Distance, and Sprint specialties.  Mid-Distance and Sprint practices will be very accommodating to both freestyle and all non-free strokes.  Here, the coaching staff will strive to meet your specific needs in training for your best events.  Each morning session will conclude with a hearty breakfast.
MEMO Kick For Time 
MEMO is having a 400 Kick for Time Postal event. It  started on December 1 and concluded 11:59PM New Year's Eve.  If you kicked the event, you must send in your results by 17 January 2014 [ Register ]