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Pacific Masters Update April 17

The April 17 edition of the Pacific Masters update contains information about the following:

  • Swimmer of the Year and Coach of the Year awards
  • Upcoming pool events - Bay Area Senior Games, Oceania Zone LCM Championships (Maui!)
  • Upcoming open water events - Spring Lake, Berryessa, Lake Del Valle
  • A list of upcoming open water and long course events 
  • Officials invited to Spring National Championships
  • 2019 USMS Long Distance Championship Bidding
  • 2017 Age Group Standings
  • The Pacific Masters meeting this month has been postponed to next month

Please send suggestions for Update articles to the Update Editors.

Carol Nip Wins Pacific Masters Coach of the Year Award

photo credit Leah Carroll
Carol Nip of Albany Armada Masters (ALB) was selected as the Pacific Masters Swimming Coach of the Year. This multi-faceted and coveted award reflects a coach's ability to inspire skill and ability, build a vigorous and healthy team, perform outstanding service, and contribute professionally through clinics and published works.
Coach Carol formed her team at the then brand-new Albany pool in 2012 and is a USMS Level 3 Certified Coach. She is cherished for her individualized approach in working with each swimmer on her team. The Albany team truly appreciates all that Coach Carol does, whether it is getting them competition-ready, ready to swim the butterfly or just plain ready to swim.

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.

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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