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Pacific Masters News and Events

The February 17 edition of the Pacific Masters Update contains information about the following:


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Coach of the Year Award Nominations

Deadline - Friday, Feb 21

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. Please consider recognizing his or her efforts by 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 here . Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year are due Friday, February 21, 2020 and should be sent to the Chair of Pacific Masters.

Championship Preview - Morgan Hill

We’re pleased to announce that our Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships will be hosted by Morgan Hill this year. Competition will take place at the Morgan Hill Dennis Kennedy Aquatics Center from March 27th - March 29th and the order of events will be the same as past years’ championships. Although this is a new venue for Pacific Masters, this facility has a long track record of hosting large championship meets for USA age group swimming; age group swimmers consider this one of the fastest pools in the Pacific region, and the impressive pool records back that up.

2020 Short Course Yards Season Preview

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Welcome back!  It’s been a few months since our last Pacific Masters pool meet, so we’re excited to give you a quick preview of our upcoming 2020 Pacific Masters Short Course Yards swim season.  We have an excellent lineup of meets this year, with opportunities for swimmers of all ability levels.

Our 2020 season kicks off early in January with the Santa Rosa Resolution Meet on January 11th.  This meet offers 50’s and 200’s of each stroke, as well as well as the 100 and 200 IM.  Held in a nice indoor pool, this meet offers a great opportunity to measure your fitness level after the holidays and to get some early times to compare against over the course of the season.

2019 Celebration and Annual Meeting

Tech Talk with Aaron Peirsol

Nine years ago, Pacific Masters Swimming created an event to celebrate all that has transpired in the year. Occurring each November, it is the organization’s opportunity to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of our members while giving something back. We devote a day to immersing in all things swimming. As the largest Local Masters Swim Committee in the country, our programs, activities, events and especially our people, are the best. This year’s celebration followed the success of prior years. The day starts with both pool and dryland workouts followed by a technical talk, a catered lunch, a keynote address by one of our sport’s luminaries, all capped off with the year’s final LMSC business meeting and recognition ceremony.

Pacific Masters Annual Celebration and Meeting

St. Mary's College, Moraga, Ca.

November 17, 2019

swim practiceGetting up at 5 AM on a Sunday morning is only worth it-- if you get to swim. The Annual meeting of the Pacific Masters, held at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, provided that opportunity and so much more.

The program began with two exercise choices: a swim practice conducted by Stu and Mary Kahn and a dry land exercise class led by Chris Chorak. Divided into two groups, the sessions were held to manageable numbers.

The Kincaid Fire

Our beautiful California has been looking more and more like Tierra del Fuego. We thought 2017 had hit the Top of the Charts as the worst case scenario, but 2019 has proven to be an unfortunate contender. Some of us were impacted by the fires directly with evacuations, but we all were affected by the fallout of unhealthy, smoky skies and black-outs. Here are some impressions by our own Pacific Masters Swimmers of two weeks of stress and turmoil.


Rinconada Swim Coach Carol Macpherson Retires after 47 Years

Carol MacphersonCarol Macpherson is retiring as Rinconada’s Coach after 47 years on the job. She founded Rinconada Masters, along with Cindy Baxter, in 1972, as one of the Bay Area’s first Masters Swim Teams. Cindy retired in 1999, leaving Carol as Head Coach for the last twenty years.

Carol has been an outstanding swimmer on her own, competing for the Santa Clara Swim Club, under the tutelage of George Haines. She has attended, competed and coached approximately 40 National Championships and 10 International meets. She swam in the Maui Channel Relay in 1998. Her last FINA International Competition was in 2008, in Perth, Australia. She took eight swimmers with her and she personally won 2 seconds and 2 fourths. 

Reflections on the Sacramento Masters Sprint Pentathlon

Sacramento Masters Sprint Pentathlon

Teamwork, treasure and trust exemplify the SCM Sprint Pentathlon in Folsom. No one could deny the excellent teamwork between Sacramento Masters and Sierra Marlin Masters as they joined forces to host this meet. From the moment you parked your car at the Folsom Aquatic Center and walked towards the pool, there was a sense that something very special was about to take place.

The first impression of this pool was a sparkling, clean facility populated by welcoming and sincerely hospitable folks, attentive to incoming guests. We felt treasured. The Meet Director actually smiled as he juggled a new USMS registration with cell phone in hand and a lineup of questions from different people. Throughout the meet, the announcer was witty and shared bits and facts about our world.

2019 USMS Convention: One Person's View

Under the ArchSt.nLouis, Missouri, Gateway to the West, was the location of the 2019 USMS Annual Convention. Under the shadow of the amazing Gateway Arch from September 11 to 15, committee meetings were conducted, rules were clarified and elections were held as swimmers of all backgrounds and abilities were celebrated. Delegates and representatives of Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSC) had a great time meeting old and new friends, while learning about the hard work that goes into keeping USMS such a vibrant organization.

This was the last annual meeting of the first half century of Masters Swimming! Established in 1970, 2020 will be our 50th year. 2020 is also an Olympic year, so expect to see “50 years of USMS” branding prominently displayed throughout the year!

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