pacific masters swimming

We offer adults in Northern California and Northwestern Nevada the opportunity to participate in a lifelong fitness and/or competitive swimming program.
Pacific Masters Mission statement: The purpose of Pacific Masters Swimming is to encourage and promote physical fitness and enjoyment of swimming for adults 18 years of age and over through a program that supports clubs, coaches, facilities, education, competition and social opportunities.

Pacific Masters News and Events

2021 Pacific Masters Swimming Kerry O’Brien Short Course Meters Championships

Friday, October 15, Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17

2021 Pacific Masters Swimming Kerry O’Brien Short Course Meters Championships Registration is Open!

Hosted by Walnut Creek Masters

The October 11th edition of the Pacific Masters Update contains information about the following:

Events and Clinics

  • Pacific Masters Swimming: Kerry O'Brien SCM Championships October 15 - 17
  • Ross Yancher Brute Squad and Brute Squad Lite ePostal Swims November 1-30
  • Pacific Masters Community Talk and Social Hour Better Flip Turns with Abbie Fish Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7 pm PST
  • Bay Area Encore Games Swimming Meet November 21

Pacific Masters News - details in Update

  • Pacific Masters Annual Celebration and Meeting  November 14, 1-4:15 PM
  • Elections for Pacific Masters November 14
  • Pacific Masters Seeking Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer
  • Pacific Masters Monthly Meeting October 20, Doors Open at 6:45, Meeting at 7 PM

Clubs and Coaches

  • It’s Time for 2022 Club Registration Opened October 1
  • Become a USMS Certified Coach!
  • Folsom Aquatic Center Resumes Masters Workouts 1200 Riley St., Folsom. CA 95763


  • USMS 2021 Annual Meeting

Editor's Note

  • Editor's Note USMS 2021 Annual Meeting Presentation, In Memoriam

Please send suggestions for Update articles to the Update Editors.

Pacific Masters awarded the 2021 Long Distance National Championship award!

Long Distance National Championship Award

Congratulations to all our members who helped make this honor possible. The beautiful award will be on display at our upcoming SCM Championships

Congratulations to other Pacific Masters award winners!

Club of the Year: MEMO
Kerry O’Brien Coaches Award: Donita Flecker
Dorothy Donnelly Service Award: Carol Nip, Karen Harris, Bill McCracken

2021 Pacific Masters Slate of Office Nominees

One Year Later: Conny’s Ultra Alcatraz IM swim

The day before her Ultra Alcatraz IM swim last year, Conny Bleul-Gohlke called her childhood coach and friend, Rudi Junicke.

Kerry O'Brien Inducted Into Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame

Coach Kerry O'Brien

Long-time swim coach Kerry O'Brien of Walnut Creek Masters has been inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame. Kerry recently retired from coaching after coaching the Walnut Creek Masters for over 40 years. He was voted USMS Coach of the Year in 1987. In 2008, he was awarded the Grassroots Coaching Award. That award is now known as "The Kerry O'Brien Coaches Award".

Kerry had a huge impact on his team. He helped swimmers learn to swim, break records, and win awards. He even babysat some of the babies for the parents who brought their kids to swim practice.

As a swimmer, I kept jumping around teams because I was moving and switching jobs. In the end, I always found myself coming back to Walnut Creek. I would commute from Alameda to Walnut Creek to Fremont because I knew the benefit of Kerry's coaching. He created a great culture on the team. Walnut Creek Masters is a large team, but it has a small team feel.

Coach of the Year Presentation Video

Donita Flecker, this year’s winner of the Coach of the Year Award, did an exceptional job pivoting during the pandemic and offering her small fleet of swimmers a safe refuge from daily challenges.

Donita has been the coach of Sebastopol Masters Aquatic Club (SMAC) since 2007. While some clubs struggled to launch a COVID-friendly Masters program, Donita overcame obstacles at the local pool, swiftly re-started workouts, and managed to increase participation in SMAC by an impressive 90% in the process. Many swimmers currently on the team have been with her from the beginning, and some have just this year started benefitting from Donita’s skillful coaching. She is equally as attentive to those testing the waters and learning about interval training as she is to the more experienced speedsters.

Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series

in the pool

We missed our competitions. They motivate us in practice, provide community, get our adrenaline going and provide joy. Until we are all able to be on the pool deck together, Pacific Masters offers the Pandemic ePostal Challenge Series. Happily Davis Aquatic Masters hosted the 2021 End-of-Summer Splash on August 22 and Mountain View Masters is scheduled to host the 17th Annual Alan Liu Memorial SCM Meet on September 12.

Pacific Masters Service Awards for 2020

The Pacific Masters Service Awards for 2020 were announced at the Annual Celebration Meeting on November 15th. Pacific Masters couldn't be successful without its volunteers. They represent the unsung heroes in every club and Masters activity in Pacific Masters.

Nancy Ridout Award for Distinguished Service: Phyllis Quinn
Contributor of the Year: Karen Harris
Appreciation Awards: Richard Burns; Carol Nip; Laura Shope; Greg Stoner
Personal Achievement Awards: Catherine Breed; Google Relay (Craig Robinson, Joe Gardner, Erik Haugen, Sven Mawson, Collin Johnston, Tom Dowd, Rob Gray, and Joe Young)
Peggy Lucchesi Award: Bonnie Tsui

Great Books for Swimmers and Water Lovers

These days, the closest I’ve come to going for a swim has been going for a walk through the park and pausing at the chain link fence protecting my local pool from people like me. When the Shelter-in-Place order was first announced, I had just returned from a lovely swim and felt great. How long could this lockdown possibly last?

It’s lasted long enough for me to revisit many of my favorite swimming-related books, as well as dive into a few new ones. Below is a list of some classic, must-read, books as well as a few new, or lesser-known ones that deserve your attention. I’m an open-water baby, so my picks lean towards tales of wild swimming, stories about endurance athletes and books about the healing nature of water. I hope you’ll find a few on this list to tide you over until you are next able to jump in and enjoy the water yourself.

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