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14 April 2014
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Open Water
Age Group Swimmers of the Year
Senior Games
PacMasters by the Numbers
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Second Annual Coach Appreciation Week

May 4 thru 10


Whatever the reason we start Masters swimming, many of us depend on our coaches to keep us coming back to the pool. Whether it is providing stroke instruction to help us improve or stay injury free, workouts that are interesting and challenging, or a word of encouragement when we are feeling down, our coaches are an essential element of our swimming routine. Despite their importance, it is easy to take them for granted and forget to thank them for their efforts. For this reason Pacific Masters Swimming established Coach Appreciation Week designated as the week beginning with the first Sunday in May. The second annual Pacific Masters Coach Appreciation Week will be May 4 to 10, 2013.


While we encourage our members to regularly thank their coaches, during Coach Appreciation Week we hope swimmers and clubs will make an extra effort to show their appreciation. Here are some ideas:


For individuals:

  • A card or email telling the coach how his/her instruction helped you accomplish a goal
  • A gift card or certificate for coffee, ice cream, a movie, a meal, etc
  • Flowers, candy, book, wine or another special treat you think your coach will enjoy

For clubs:

  • A breakfast, lunch or dinner to honor the coach
  • A massage or spa day
  • A certificate for a weekend away or a special meal with his/her partner
  • A Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in his/her favorite color

Please consider Coach Appreciation Week as an opportunity to let your coach know how much you value his/her efforts.


 Just keep swimming

Peter Guadagni 

Congratulations to the Cal Berkeley Men swimmers. They are the NCAA Division I Championships. This is their third championship in four years.


The next Pacific Master Swimming monthly meeting will be April 16th. Swim teams are encouraged to have at least one member participate. All Members are welcome to attend. The meeting is a conference call. If you would like to participate, please contact Charlotte O'Brien, the Pacific Masters Administrator .

Among other items the Committee will be considering the criteria for being listed on the PacMasters Top Ten:


Alternative 1. 

The Pacific Masters Top 10 should be based on times achieved by a Pacific Masters member at a Pacific Masters sanctioned or recognized event. (This is the current criteria.)

Alternative 2.

The Pacific Masters Top 10 should be based on times achieved by a Pacific Masters member at any event sanctioned or recognized by USMS or at the FINA World Championships.

You are invited to go to the forums section to read the arguments and share your thoughts and concerns about the alternatives. The committee is looking for ideas from its members about what should be the criteria for Top Ten.


There is an article on the USMS website 

For the triathlete is a something to consider when evaluating whether to join a club or not.
USMS Nationals
1-4 May 2014 
The 2014 US Masters Swimming Spring National Championships are being held at the Santa Clara International Swim center May 1-4. 2,250 swimmers have entered Nationals, with over half from our Pacific LMSC and over 2/3s coming from the three California LMSCs.
Psych sheet are on line as well as team rosters. Come out to the George Haines International Swim Center to see some of the best Masters swimmers competing against each other this year.
Open Water 
Spring Lake
The Open Water season opens again with the Spring Lake One Mile and 500m events at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa..



A one mile loop. Water temp is normally in the mid 60's. There are some weeds. This swim is always very well run; they will have you out of there by 11:00 am, even if you stay for the awards. Parking is easy. Nice green lawn to sit on. Post event snacks provided. [ Registration ]
TriValley Open Water Festival
This year, the Lake Del Valle event will start on Saturday with a 5K/10K. The swims will run at the same time. You have to pre-register for the 10K and be able to meet the 3 hour cut off time to swim the event.  On Sunday, the 1 K and the 2.5K will be held.  If you're new to open water swimming, try the 1k swim.   It's run first.  For a good workout, do both.   There is always plenty of parking.  A good place to bring the kids:  they have a roped off swimming area.  Post event snacks provided
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2013 Age Group
Swimmers of the Year 

The 2013 Age Group Swimmers of the Year were announced at the 2014 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships. Congratulations to all 29 Pacific Masters Age Group Swimmers of the Year.

Senior Games 

The  Bay Area Senior Games will be held at Stanford University on 18 May at the Avery Aquatic Center. All swimmers who are 50 and over are invited to compete. This is a very low key meet where the top three finishers will receive a medal


The Wine Country Senior Games will be contested on 31 May in Santa Rosa. These two meets are the last two meets of the SCY season.

PacMasters by the Numbers
On 1 April 2014 Pacific Masters had 9172 members and 132 clubs. The clubs with over 100 members include:
DAM  584
STAN 462
WCM  425
TCAM 382
MELO 285
NBA  273
USF  249
CRUZ 247
SCSC 235
MVM  233
TEME 211
TSUN 203
DC   182
MAM  179
SMM  174
TVM  164
BAC  158
TOC  155
SERC 153 
MAAC 150
BAY  146
SNM  138
PCCM 114
RAMS 108
AAM  101.