2105 Pacific Master's 
Short Course Yards Championships

Campolindo High School was the venue for the 2015 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championship meet. Through 3 days of near perfect conditions, over 600 swimmers enjoyed the superb and efficient conduct of the meet by host Walnut Creek Masters.  

Laura Val and Lo Knapp each set new national records. Laura (60-64) lowered her own 200 Free record to 2:05.99.  Lo's record came in the 200 Breast with the new standard of 2:4725. Also, there were also 34 individual and 5 relay Pacific Masters Records set. Complete results can be found at http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/results.shtml 

Awards for the Pacific Masters 2014 Swimmers of the Year were presented at the meet. Swimmers are given points based on performances swum during the 2014 swimming season for Short Course Yards, Long Course, Short Course Meters and Open Water. Results are tabulated on points earned for 1st through 3rd places in the Pacific Top Ten, 1st through 10th in the USMS Top Ten, Pacific records, USMS records and 1st through 3rd places in Pacific Open Water competitions. 


Some of Pacific Masters Swimming 2014 Age Group Swimmers of the Year


Front to back row, left to right:

Margurite Meyer, Jim Clemmons, Alek Shestakov, Mathew Niemi,

Katy Houston, Ruth Shaps, Laureen Welting, Richard Burns, Barry Fasbender, Darren Phalen

Ericka Richars, Frank Grannis, Ann Hirsch, Daniela Barnea, Laura Val 


The overall female and male 2014 Pacific Masters Swimmers of the Year are Daniela Barnea and Richard Burns. Mary Ann Nygren, TVM was named Pacific Master's 2014 Coach of the Year.

All Swimmers of the Year





















Penelope Yamauchi, SRM 

Katy Houston, 

Jennifer Radecke-Noble, TVMJ

Ericka Richards, SRM            

Alison Zamanian, WCM           

Laureen Welting, TOC            

Jill Hernandez, WCM             

Marguerite Meyer, TOC           

Laura Val, TAM           

Ruth Shaps, MAM

Daniela Barnea, STAN            

Susan Munn, DAM                  

Ann Hirsch, WCM                    

Dixie Germolus, WCM               



Andrew Saeta, 

Douwe Yntema, TOC

John Dahlz, SMM

Adam Conway, TVM

Matthew Niemi, USF

Sergey Mariniuk, SCSC

Darren Phelan, STAN

Paul Carter, TOC

Jim Clemmons, MAM

Alek Shestakov, OAK

Richard Burns, TAM

Barry Fasbender, SMM

John Sulzbach, MELO

Don Stupfel, SMM

Frank Grannis, TOC

Pat Keller, RINC

Each of Pacific Masters Championships is a celebration of adult swimming and this meet was no exception. Click on the Flickr Gallery and enjoy scenes from in and around the pool. 

Other Notes of Record

Congratulations to Laura Val, selected for the unprecedented 9th consecutive year as a Swimming World Magazine's Swimmer of the Year. Each year Swimming World picks 6 women and 6 men based solely on the number of FINA world records set during the year. Winners are typically in the first year of a new age group. Laura's 9 year streak means that throughout almost 2 age groups she has continued to break her own records - a feat Masters swimmers recognize as virtually impossible.