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14 May 2014
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Open Water
Lake Berryessa
Monthly Meeting
Bud Meyer 1924-2014
Long Course Records
Video Library
Open Water 101 and 201
Senior Games
Coach Needed
Richmond Open Water Clinic
USMS Convention
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The United States Masters Swimming Nationals are over. Pacific Masters clubs and individuals swam very well. Swimmers were treated to awesome swims by great swimmers as well as great swims by swimmers whose only goal was to swim well at Nationals.


In the Team Rankings, Pacific Masters Teams were eight of the top ten, with The Olympic Club, Walnut Creek Masters and Davis Aquatic Masters finishing one, two and three.


There were 47 national individual records broken and seven national relay records broken. Twenty-two of the individual records were by PacMaster Swimmers and five of the seven relays records broke were PacMasters Clubs (all The Olympic Club).


Thanks to the Santa Clara Swim Club, Jamie Benes, Meet Director and all the volunteers who worked so hard organizing the meet and thanks to all the meet officials who worked hard for four days officiating.

The FINA World Masters Championships will be in Montreal in 
3-9 August. The deadline is 1 June 2014. The Gay Games are being held in Cleveland 10-15 August, you must register by 31 May 2014. The USMS Long Course Nationals will be in Baltimore 13-17 August.  For the swimmer who wants to swim many long course events, the athlete can swim five events and four relays at FINA Worlds; five events and three relays at Gay Games and six events and four relays at USMS National Championships (sixteen events, 11 relays in 15 days at three major Masters meets that are within driving distance of each other).

Pacific Masters Long Course Championships will be at College of San Mateo 27-29 June. Registration opens 15 May.

Fun Fitness and Competition

Michael Moore
Open Water 
Spring Lake
17 May 2014 
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
31 May-1 June 
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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Lake Berryessa 
One Mile National Championship
7 June 2014 
The DAM Lake Berryessa swim is a classic in its 32nd run! This year we're hosting the 2014 1-mile Open Water National Championship, so come swim with the best. The 2014 swim will also be held at a new venue - Steele Canyon Campground, near the junction of highways 128 and 121. This venue features plenty of off-street parking and campsites available for the weekend. The water is clean and comfortable and the weather is, more often than not, fine! 

[ Meet SheetRegistration

Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting

Wednesday,  21 May  at 7:00 PM

The Pacific Masters May monthly meeting will be at Heather Farm Community Center Club Room located at 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.  Every team is asked to have a representative at the meeting and all members are invited to attend.  For the agenda please contac 
Charlene O'Brien, Pacific Masters Office Administrator
Leonard (Bud) Meyer

Long time Masters deck official Bud Meyer passed away on 9 May 2014, one week short of his 90th birthday. Bud worked many of Pacific Masters Championships, short course, long course, and short course meters as meet referee. He was also the meet referee at the 1999 USMS Short Course Yards Championships (Santa Clara) and the 2001 USMS Short Course Yards Championships (Santa Clara).


Bud is survived by his wife Betty, children Jeff, Debbie, Karl and Cliff (Debbie won three Gold medals at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics). Services will be Friday May 30th at St Mel Catholic Church, 4745 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fair Oaks Ca at 11am.

Long Course Records 

Pacific Masters Long Course Records have been posted both for individual events and for relay events. Congratulations to every swimmer who has set a PacMasters record.


Thank you to our Top Ten Chair, Charlene O'Brien for preparing the records. Some of the relay records only have the last name and not the first name, please contact Charlene, so we fully recognize each swimmer who has set a record.

Video Library 

One of the benefits of being a member of Pacific Masters is the opportunity to borrow DVDs from the Pacific Masters Video Library. Pacific Masters has many DVDs about the sport and science of swimming. There is a refundable deposit if you wish to borrow a DVD or set.

DVD subjects include the fours competitive stroke, plus there are DVDs on Drills, starts and finishes and posture and balance.
Open Water 101-201
22 June 2014 

Pacific Master's popular open water clinics are back in 2014. This is a fun, safe way to learn about open water swimming or improve your skills. The morning is divided into three sections: dryland talk, in-water drills and half-mile swim. Your instructors are some of the best, most experienced open water swimmers in the United States. There is a limit of 50 swimmers per clinic so register early. (Because of the low water level, the venue may be changed.) [ Meet Sheet

Senior Games
31 May 2014 

The Wine Country Senior Games will be contested on 31 May in Santa Rosa. This meet is  the last meet of the SCY season. Registration closes 16 May.

Coach Needed 

The Marin Pirates Swim Team is looking for a Masters Head Coach with experience to begin June 1st. This is a part-time, year-round position based at College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus pool in Novato, California. Must be available for some morning, evening and/or Saturday practices.    

Open Water Clinic
2 June, 2014 

 In preparation for our open water season, Richmond Plunge Masters is offering a clinic to help swimmers conquer some of the most common challenges faced in the open water. The clinic will be Instructed by USMS Coaches Committee Vice Chair, Cokie Lepinski. Topics to look forward to include balance, sighting, pack swimming, drafting, managing panic, and much more. Please sign up; check in time is 8:30am, the clinic is from 8:30 to 11:00 am.


After the clinic, participants are welcome to join an open water swim at Keller Beach @12:00pm. The Beach is located within walking distance, only five minutes away from the Plunge. Please bring a small snack and plenty of water if you plan to join.


September 17-20

This year Master's Convention will be held September 17-21 in Jacksonville, FL. Delegates are expected to be present for the entire convention and to familiarize themselves with the pertinent issues that will be discussed. You will be meeting with over 200 other Masters delegates from across the country to determine the direction Masters swimming will take over the next year. Expenses are covered by Pacific Masters.


We hope you will consider representing PacMaster Swimming at the  USMS Convention and invite you to make this five-day commitment to the organization which provides you so many benefits! If you are interested please contact the chairman Peter Guadagni or any of the officers.