pacific masters swimming

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Pacific Masters Update March 20

The March 20 edition of the Pacific Masters update contains information about the following:

  • 2017 Age Group standings
  • Upcoming short course events - Visalia Senior Games, PacMasters Short Course Yards Championships, USMS National Championships, Bay Area Senior Games
  • A list of upcoming open water and long course events 
  • Officials invited to Spring National Championships
  • 2019 USMS Long Distance Championship Bidding
  • Back-to-breast transition in an IM event

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Officials needed for 2017 USMS Spring Nationals

If you are a certified official, you are invited to join the officiating team on deck for this year’s USMS Spring National Championship, to be held on April 27 - 30, 2017 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, California.

Call for Coach of the Year Nominations

Please consider 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 from the Pacific Masters Administrative Handbook is repeated below. Nominations for Pacific Masters Coach of the Year are due Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6 PM.

7. Coach of the Year

A. The purpose of this award is to recognize the Pacific Masters Swimming coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities. 

B. The award criteria are as follows:

(1) The coach and club held current Pacific Masters Swimming registration during the year under consideration.

2017 Spring Season Preview

The 2017 Pacific Masters Spring Season provides plenty of competitive opportunities with eight local meets, two postal events and a recognized senior games event. Distance enthusiasts can start anytime during the first two months with the TAM Jon Steiner Memorial 1650 Postal and the Speedo USMS 1-Hour National Postal. Participants in these events must complete their swims sometime between January 1 and February 28. Members can combine the two swims by submitting a 1650 split from the hour swim. Please note, this is the first year participants have until the end of February to do the hour swim.

Olympian Dana Vollmer Highlights 2016 Pacific Masters Annual Meeting and Celebration

Warm skies greeted the 250 plus participants at this year’s Pacific Masters Annual Meeting and Celebration. For some, the day began with a swim workout at the San Mateo Athletic Club pool on the grounds of the College of San Mateo.  This year’s Tech Talk was held in conjunction with the USMS National Coaches Clinic and featured Dr. Rod Havriluk, the president of Swimming Technology Research. An internationally renowned expert on biomechanics as applied to aquatic sports, Dr. Havriluk’s talk was titled Swimming Science: Technique Misconceptions. At times controversial, the talked challenged many assumptions regarding optimal swimming technique.

Pacific Masters Service and Achievement Award Winners

Kerry O’Brien and Joel Wilson are the newest recipients of the Nancy Ridout Distinguished Service Award. The Ridout Award is given to individuals who have made a lasting contribution to Pacific Masters. Both longtime coaches of highly successful clubs, the two have mentored many younger coaches, been instrumental in the development of many of our events and programs including championship meets and open water swims and provided steady wise counsel to our Board and committees.

Bob Anderson was honored as Contributor of the Year. As the organization’s first Vice President for Communications and Technology, Bob oversaw the launch of our new website, pushed for a tracking system to let members keep track of their Swimmer of the Year points, advocated for improved access to the USMS swim results database and participated in the deliberations of several Pacific Masters Committees.

2017 Pacific Masters Championships

Hosts for the Pacific Masters pool championship meets have been selected:

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