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22 January 2014
In this Update
Olympic Club 1500
Fog City Quadrathon
PacMasters SCM Top Ten
Coach of the Year
Go the Distance
New Registration Year
Jon Steiner Memorial Mile
USF Valentine's Affair
Coaches Clinic
Splash and Dash
The City Mile
Intensive Training Camp
Officials needed for USMS Championships
Rolling Hills Sprint Clinic
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The US Masters Swimming Spring Nationals will be held at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, California, the first four days in May. The National Qualifying Times for the championships have been posted. Every swimmer may swim three events; to swim a fourth event, you must have had a qualifying time in one of the events that you are entering, to swim five events you must qualify in at least two of the events and to swim in six events you must qualify in at least three (if the meet is too big the sixth event is dropped). For full information please see the meet sheet for nationals. 


The One Mile Open Water National Championship will be held at Lake Berryessa on 7th of June. The Meet will be hosted by the Davis Aquatic Masters. This will be another chance for PacMasters Swimmers to compete in a national championship that is close to home.


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 your swim and count your lengths.


The meet sheets for Pacific Masters Championships, Rinconada Meet and the Cal Aquatics Meet have also been posted, so all the meets for through March are now posted on the website. Fresno's Fig Garden Masters will be hosting a special event/meet that is designed to raise money for charity (The Rotary International Foundation).


Before I started working on this newsletter, I was listening to the news which featured the snow and ice storms in the East. While we can swim comfortably in our outdoor pools, people New York and Washington are staying home because of the single digit temperatures. Enjoy the pool.


Fun Fitness and Competition



Michael W Moore 

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 almost maxed out in the number of swimmers it can accommodate. [ 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 start time of 11 a.m., which is earlier that it has been in the past. [Meet info  Registration ]
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.
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 15 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.
Officials needed 
The 2014 USMS Spring National Championships will be held at the George Haines Santa Clara Swim Center, May 1-4. National Championships are know for great competition, camaraderie and just generally a place to have a good time.
The meet needs certified officials to help at the meet. If you are interested in being an assigned official, you must fill out an application by 15 Feburary. Application for other deck officials  is due by 1 May.
Rolling Hills Sprint Clinic 
Rolling Hills will be holding a Sprint Freestyle Swim Clinic on Saturday 22 February at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato. The clinic will include lecture with video presentation, drills, pool and dry land drills, live video taking and review. Scott Williams will be the head coach and the cost is $50. For more information contact Eric van Boer