[PacMasterUpdate] February 10, 2002 Update
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2002 SERVICE AWARDS
Pacific Masters tries to honor a few of its volunteers with the
annual service awards:
Contributor of the Year (recognizes outstanding contributions to
Masters Swimming during 2001 in support and leadership)
Distinguished Service (outstanding contributions to Masters
Swimming, in leadership. program development, recruitment of members
and promotion of masters Swimming)
Personal Achievement (noticeable improvement in a swimmer's
skills and times) and
Appreciation Award (to express special thanks to individuals or
groups who have made significant contributions to Pacific Masters).
Doug Huestis wrote about the awards in the newsletter
To see the list of who has been presented the awards in the past go to:
If you wish to nominate a person for a service award, write a letter
of nomination (the letter could be just a couple of paragraphs) and
send it to:
9 Escondido Av
San Francisco CA 94132 or email
mailto:chairman at pacificmastres.org
Awards will be presented at the Pacific Masters Short Course
Championships in April.
USMS TOP TEN
The USMS Short Course Meters Top Ten have been posted
Congratulations to all the Pacific Masters Swimmers who achieved top
ten status in their age group. During the year over 500 Pacific
Masters Swimmers achieved top ten time in at least one of the three
courses: Short Course Yards, Long Course Meters and Short Course
If you think you may have made a top ten time, please review the list
and report any discrepancies to the Top Ten Committee (the address is
on the list).
PACIFIC MASTERS NEWSLETTER
The March April Pacific Masters Newsletter is now on the web site. It
includes the names of all the swimmers who achieved top six ranking
in the Open Water Points Competition.
PACIFIC MASTERS MONTHLY MEETING
The Pacific Masters Swimming February monthly meet will be February
20th at the Oak Hill Park Community Center in Danville. All members
are welcome to attend.Every team to who has Open Water Points winners
are encouraged to send a representative to the next meeting to pick
up their OW awards
They have the advantage of being small this year. If you have any
questions about the Open Water Awards and how to pick them up Please
call Marcia Benjamin (510) 357-7753 or e-mail
(msbenjamin at earthlink.net) if you have any questions.
There is a link to a map with directions on the Pacific Masters home page.
TAMALPIAS POSTAL MILE
Swimmers can swim the mile any time between January 1, 2002 and
February 28, 2002 and you can swim it in your own pool.
WALNUT CREEK INTENSIVE TRAINING CAMP
Walnut Creek Masters will be having their annual intensive training
camp March 1-3, 2002. Coaches include Kerry O'Brien, Mike Heaney,
Steve Stahl, and Susan Strong, Brian Stack, Veteran Instructor at
Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion Swim Camps, and the 1997 Pacific
Masters Swimming Coach of the Year. Dr. Jim Miller, Coach of the 2000
Long Course National Champion Virginia Masters. Register early if you
want to attend at the camp always sells out.
RINCONADA MASTERS- NEW WEB SITE ADDRESS
The Rinconada Masters have a new URL for their web site.
NEW ZEALAND BOUND?
Scott Williams and Laureen Welting of The Olympic Club, will be
on-deck coaches with USMS for any swimmers attending World
Championships. A lot of swimmers go to Worlds without a coach and
without a team. if you are going to the World Championships without
a coach, get in touch with Scott or Laureen (Swilliams at olyclub.com).
Scott said that is happy to work with any USMS swimmer but said he
will be especially attentive to any swimmer from Pacific.
Pacific Masters AFFILIATE - LANDS END
Lands End is a maker of fine sports apparel for the active person.
Click on the link to Lands' End from the Pacific Masters web site
Lands' End will rebate some of the money of your purchase to Pacific
BECOME AN OFFICIAL
March 9th is now SET IN STONE for a clinic in Sonora. Bill Fisher
will also arrange to have a room available with a TV and VCR. Sierra
LSC is still working on the time. They are thinking about starting a
mini meet at 11:00 am and having the officials clinic prior, say at
REGISTRAR WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE MUCH OF FEBRUARY
Nancy Ridout, the Pac Masters registrar, will be out of the office
much of February. This month she was at the Olympic Training center
in Colorado Springs with USMS Masters, had her shoulder "scoped" out,
then will attend the USMS Executive Board winter meeting. If your
questions are not quickly answered or your email not quickly
answered, now you know why.
PACIFIC MASTERS DISCUSSION FORUM
There is a new Pacific Masters Forum on the USMS web site. Feel free
to bring up topic about Pacific Swimming. The forum section of the
USMS web site is a place to talk about swimming issues. You are only
asked to be respectful of another person's opinions.
(The link to the Pacific Masters section is near the end of the page).
At the USF Masters meet Marjorie Sharpe of Stanford Masters set the
following National records
Marjorie Sharpe 85 50 free 43.48 **
Marjorie Sharpe 85 200 free 3:43.21 **
Marjorie Sharpe 85 200 back 4:07.66 **
I was working in the 'lab' late one night..............
Some findings from the recent 8th International Symposium of
Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming -- held in Jyvasklya, Finland.
I'll just throw out some findings and let you all 'chew' on them:
1) In a talk on "Training adaptations for optimal performance in
swimming" by David Costill (Ball State University) he pointed out
that "...training volume is not related to performance and showed
evidence that in periods of high-volume training, muscle power was
actually less than during periods of no training."
2) In a talk by Jean-Claude Chatard (St Etienne, France) he
indicated that ".....in addition to advocating year-round
high-intensity workouts, he suggested that medley swimming and weight
training should be avoided during the taper period."
3) Andrew Lyttle (Univ. of Western Australia, Australia) performed
some studies to determine the optimal distance to be under the water
during the pushoff and glide phases of racing. "Conclusion: it may be
beneficial for swimmers to perform their glides at a depth of
approximately 0.4 Meter to gain maximum benefit from reduction of
resistance." SO..................how many of you will now stop
pushing off right at the surface (where -- BTW -- one encounters
'Maximal Frontal Resistance').
Have a good week.
OFF THE WALL
MORE MEMORY HELPS
One of the computers I use was running very very slow. It seemed to
take a long time to boot and it took a long time to switch between
programs. I was running Windows ME with minimum memory for that
operating system. Memory has been fairly inexpensive, so I purchased
256MB and put it in the PC raising the memory from 64MB to 320MB.
Performance improved. It improved a lot.
Installing memory is usually a fairly simple operation - even for a
klutz like me. Be sure you start disconnect the power and take your
time. It took me about 30 minutes to install the memory - 20 minutes
to take apart the computer (note to HP: it is really difficult to
figure how to take apart the model 6736). When you take out the
cards, note which slot the card was taken from and replace the card
in THAT slot. Memory can only go in the slot one way. Be sure the
card is seated deep in the slots. It took a little while to install
the memory, but now the computer purrs.
Amanda Moore, Pacific Masters, and Fog City Swimmer (and my daughter)
will be featured in "Evening Magazine's" Makeover Monday segment
tomorrow February 18th. KPIX Channel 5 at 7:00 pm. The segment was
filmed a couple of weeks ago. Amanda got a new hair do, a change in
make up and a new outfit. I will have the VCR on tomorrow evening.
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