[PacMasterUpdate] Pacific Masters Update 14 February 2009
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PACIFIC MASTERS MISSION STATEMENT:
As adopted by the Pacific Masters Committee the Mission of Pacific
Pacific Masters Swimming welcomes anyone who would like to gain and
maintain fitness through swimming and encourages programs to foster
USF VALENTINES MEET RESULTS
The USF Valentines Day meet results of February 7th have been posted.
385 Swimmers competed, which made it one of the largest meets that
they have held. Thanks of Duke Dahlin, Cathy Huang and the USF Masters
for putting on the meet
SHEILA TAROMINA TO SPEAK
Sheila Taromina who has competed in four different Olympiads in three
different sports will speak on Saturday 2/21 at 3-6 pm. She be
talking about her experiences, her training methodologies (especially
for the not-so-young multisport athlete) and some of her ways of
coping with the obstacles that life throws in the way. Coach Chris
Campbell owes me a specific title that I can put in the
announcements. Admission is free. She will be speaking att he
Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Esculea Av, Mountain View. Admission
is free to members of US Masters Swimming and USA Triathlon and their
FIRST BEAR DONT HIBERNATE MEET
The first Bear dont Hibernate Meet will be held Contra Costa College
Swimming Pool in San Pablo. There are 33 events to pick and choose
from. Pre-entry Deadline is 13 February.
The preentry deadline is today. You can still register on line at:
WALNUT CREEK INTENSIVE TRAINING CAMP
The 22nd Walnut Creek Intensive Training Camp will be March 6,7,and 8
at Heather Farm's Clark Swim Center. Besides the great 'Creek coaches
Brian Stack of the Manatees, Mike Collins and Jim Miller, MD of
Virginia Masters will help swimmers swim their best. This event
always sells out so register now if you want to attend.
RINCONADA MASTERS SPRING SHORT COURSE MEET
The Rinconada Masters Spring Short Course meet will be held Saturday
March 14th at the Rinconada Pool in Palo Also. the first event is the
1000 free, which you must pre enter. The preentery deadline is 4 March
2009. The class of the events is the 1650 butterfly - entry free for
this one. - one heat only.
SCAM Spring Break Meet
The Strawberry Canyon Aquatic Masters Spring Break meet will be on 21
March 2009 at the Spieker Aquatic Complex, UC Berkeley. The first
event - the 500 free- is pre-seeded. you can enter on line at
US MASTERS SWIMMING SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2009 US Masters Short Course online meet registration is now open.
You can register at
The Short Course Championships will be held in Clovis, California at
the new Clovis North Swimming pools. Pacific Masters is the host LMSC
of the championships and we hope that everyone consider participating
at the championships.
JON STEINER MEMORIAL MILE - TAM'S1650 POSTAL
The Jon Steiner Memorial Mile is Tam's 1650 Postal event. You can swim
the event from now until the end of February. You just need to have a
person to be your timer. You can enter the event on line by going to http://tammasters.org/PoolMileEntry
(a four dollar discount from the paper entry).
GO THE DISTANCE
US Masters Swimming continues its fitness program of tracking your
swimming millage in the "Go The Distance" program. The program is just
to track your daily yardage on an Excel spreadsheet. Once a month send
the total to the Go the Distance chief - Mary Sweat.
There are two forms that one can use. The first is the easy form of
just tracking yardage, for those who realy want to track how that
yardage was achieved - swimming, kicking, by stroke there is the
advanced version of the swim sheet. (I am lucky I can just remember
what the total yardage was for the day - let alone break it out).
Linda Schoenberger wrote about the program in her "Come Join in the
Fun" article on the US Masters Swimming web site (http://www.usms.org/fitness/articleofthemonth.php?a=170
I encourage all swimmers to track their yardage over the year and to
have fun. (bet with your lane mates who will swim the most miles -
loser buys dinner). It would help of Coaches posted the total yardage
for the workout at the bottom of any workout board that they use.
Right now Walnut Creek swimmers are just barely leading Manatee
Masters by less than a mile. I hope all swimmers will participate.
REGIONAL CLUB CATAGORIES
The USMS House of Delegates passed a new rule regarding club scoring
at Nationals to take effect beginning with Short Course Nationals in
Previously, club awards at Nationals simply went to the top ten
highest scoring clubs in Men’s, Women’s and Combined categories. The
new rule establishes two separate club categories: Regional and Local.
A formal definition of the two club categories as well as the list of
regional clubs is at:
SUZANNE HEIM-BOWEN GOES BACK TO SCHOOL AND JOINS THE SWIM TEAM
From the US Masters Swimming web site "A Masters Swimmer's Return to
"In 1977 Suzanne Heim-Bowen was a founding member of the women's
swimming team at California Polytechnic State University, San Obispo,
Cal. (Cal Poly), but only competed for two seasons during her college
career. With remaining eligibility, Suzanne enrolled in classes and
joined the swim team at Diablo Valley College, a two-year community
college, in early 2009 at the age of 50. Suzanne maintains her full-
time job as a school psychologist, attends a full schedule of college
courses, and manages to swim with not one, but three, teams in her
more at http://www.usms.org/features.php?id=113
US MASTERS SWIMMING'S HEADQUARTERS TO SARASOTA, FLORIDA
U.S. Masters Swimming, is pleased to announce it has selected
Sarasota, Fla., in which to establish its national headquarters. After
an extensive search process that included the review of numerous
proposals from various cities across the country, the U.S. Masters
Swimming Board of Directors approved the selection of Sarasota.
"This is a significant milestone in the history of U.S. Masters
Swimming," commented Rob Copeland, U.S. Masters Swimming president.
"For nearly 40 years, we have existed as a virtual, volunteer-run
organization. Our membership has continued and is continuing to grow.
We are now at nearly 50,000 members, and with the hiring of an
executive director and additional staff, establishing a national
headquarters is a natural evolution."
"Sarasota, through the entire process, exhibited a tremendous
volunteer spirit that marries well with our culture," continued
Copeland. "They are committed to health and fitness, and aquatics are
an important part of their community, as evidenced by the nationally
recognized Sarasota Sharks age-group and Masters swimming programs.
They also are a community steeped in giving, with numerous
foundations, which also fits well with our own foundation program. The
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County developed a
diverse committee that included local Masters swimmers, the Sarasota
YMCA, Ringling College, University of South Florida Sarasota -Manatee,
the city, the county and private business leaders, all coming together
to make us feel very welcome. We see important short-term and long-
term opportunities in Sarasota that we believe can best serve our
initiatives. We in turn look forward to being a terrific and valued
partner to Sarasota.
Workouts Available to Members Online
How would you like to have workouts delivered directly to your e-mail
U.S. Masters Swimming has four coaches who post weekly workouts on our
Discussion Forums. As a U.S. Masters Swimming member, you can
subscribe to these workout threads and have them delivered to you by e-
The 2009 online coaches are Mo Chambers, Nate McBride, Jacki Hirsty
and Patrick Cantrell
To use this feature you will have to first create a Discussion Forums
account. To create your account, just fill out the forms here and
follow the link that will be sent to you via e-mail in order to fully
activate your account.
Does Regular Swimming Reduce Your Risk of Dying?
by Steven N. Blair, P.E.D. - University of South Carolina
"Physical inactivity is documented as a major public health problem,
and inactive and unfit persons are more likely to develop chronic
diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other
ailments lose function with age and thereby lose their independence
and die prematurely. Most of the evidence on physical activity and
health is from experimental studies of aerobic exercise, typically
running and epidemiological studies of self-reported physical activity
habits or measured physical fitness. Evidence from the Aerobics Center
Longitudinal Study (ACLS) indicates that individuals who report
swimming for exercise have baseline risk factor profiles similar to
runners, and better profiles than those who are sedentary.
"Recent analyses in the ACLS have addressed mortality rates in
sedentary individuals, walkers, swimmers, and runners. More than
40,000 men in the ACLS completed an extensive medical examination,
including a self-report of their physical activity habits, and were
then followed for several years for mortality. Preliminary analyses
show that mortality rates in swimmers were less than one half those
observed in sedentary men (p<0.01). Future analyses will evaluate
mortality rates in walkers and runners. We conclude that men who swim
for exercise have better survival rates than their sedentary peers."
This is from a study financed by the National Swimming Pool Foundation
APPLICATION TO OFFICIATE AT THE US MASTERS SWIMMING NATIONAL
An application to officiate at the US Masters Championships is at
An application is needed if you wish to work an assigned position
(deck ref, starter, chief judge). Officials can apply for their N2, N3
US MASTERS SWIMMING HAS A NEW E-NEWSLETTER - BEHIND THE BLOCKS
US Masters Swimming has a new e-newsletter which has already gone out.
If you did not receive it - you may not be alone more than one member
of the US Masters Swimming Board of Directors did not receive it
either. Ashley has done a great job in production of the colorful
to sign up for the USMS News letter. (You can also go to the USMS web
site to sign up for it).
Sports Medicine & Science Presentations
For several years the USMS Sports Medicine and Science Committee has
been arranging presentations that are given during national
championship meets. Leading professionals provide information on
various sports science and
medicine topics. The committee is interested in finding out what
medical and scientific topics related to swimming, training, and
health you are interested in hearing about.
Please post your requests and we will design upcoming presentations
the most popular topics.
Thanks for your input.
USMS Sports Medicine and Science Committee
WINTER ISSUE OF STREAMLINES IS READY
The Winter issue of Stremlines, the newsletter for the administration
of US Masters Swimming is now available on line:
You can now renew your membership for 2009. You can register on line,
it is very easy, just go to:
and start filling out the forms. If you are a member of the clubs
listed below you can register with your club.
If your club is not one of the clubs listed above, you will have to
register as "unattached." And then when your club registers you can
For those who do no want to register on-line, Pacific Masters still
has a paper registration form to send to Nancy.
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