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meldyck
May 6th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Got to Clovis with two cases of lovely red wine from Paso Robles & did a little warmup around 4 p.m. in some wind. The pool is pretty warm and salty to the taste.

I'm feeling great! Plus I have my new B70.

pwolf66
May 6th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Got to Clovis with two cases of lovely red wine from Paso Robles & did a little warmup around 4 p.m. in some wind. The pool is pretty warm and salty to the taste.

I'm feeling great! Plus I have my new B70.

Mel,

Have to make sure we cross paths somewhere on the deck.

Man, I am so jealous. What a beautiful facility.

I was surprised at the slightly salty taste but hey, no chlorine so that's nice. Temperature was a bit warm (80.5 or so) but they said that they turned on the chiller so it should be back to 78.5 tomorrow.

Got in an ez 900. Walls were very erratic. Going to hit early w/u tomorrow and drill the walls a bit harder. Worried about the 50 back on Sunday afternoon, that afternoon sun is a killer.

Gonna be a hot one tomorrow so it's get in, get out, go see a move (Star Trek anyone?????) go to the hotel and shave down.

geochuck
May 7th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Good luck to all at Clovis.

I really wish I was there, life just seems to get in the way. May I wish everyone be more slickery in the water then ever before and that every record, in every age group, be broken.

No one gets disqualified for turns, strokes, kicks, dives or wearing two bathing suits.

Chuckie and I will sit here at home and crack out one of the 2 bottles of Teqilla we were going to bring. I have the lime, the sea salt, and hot sauce ready. After a few shot blasts, we will switch over to Margaritas.

meldyck
May 8th, 2009, 08:53 AM
George, sorry we aren't going to see you. I was looking forward to meeting you face to face!

Some pretty good 1000 and 1650 races yesterday. Competition pool temp down some from the day before but still a bit warm.

geochuck
May 8th, 2009, 09:13 AM
Nothing wrong with me. My grandson is going into the Hospital for major heart surgery. We are staying pretty close to home. We felt if we went too far astray and caught something we did not want to carry any germs or viruses that could effect the operation schedule. He goes in Monday and Tues for a doctors conference to decide the best procedure to take.

Bobinator
May 10th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Good luck with your Grandson.
I'll put him in my prayers.

Ahelee Sue Osborn
May 12th, 2009, 03:17 PM
Rob Butcher's Meet Report!!

"In honor of the 16 lanes of competition, here is my 16-lane "best of" on the Tuesday morning after Nationals."

This is awesome... couldn't agree more. :)

Tuesday Morning after the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course National Championship

What a facility! It's hard to imagine a high school with two 50-meter pools, but that's what you'll find at Clovis High School North and where the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals were hosted.


Lane 1 - Meet Host
Unless you've hosted or volunteered at a Nationals, it's hard to truly understand the effort that goes into this type of event. The U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals is the largest attended swim meet in the country. It's bigger than any age-group meet in terms of attendance. A total of 1,582 swimmers were entered. It lasted four days and also included the 1 Mile Open Water National Championship on Monday morning. Planning started more than two years ago with Dr. Dowain Wright of the Clovis Swim Team serving as meet coordinator. Dr. Dowain (who is also a full-time physician and swam in the 1-Mile Open Water Championship), working with the Championships Committee and USMS staff, pulled together nearly 250 volunteers to run a super smooth event. The timeline was accurate. Most days finished by 4 p.m. Perfect! It gave participants a chance to rest for the next day, socialize with friends and sightsee Yosemite National Park.

Lane 2 - Floswimming
You guys were terrific. You are swimming passionate. You were everywhere. You broadcast every event and the heats on www.usms.org. You were at the Monday morning 1-Mile Open Water National Championship, getting video. You captured and edited human interest stories well into each night. You had some of us laughing and crying, both at the same time. Please check out their coverage! Click here (http://www.floswimming.org/videos/coverage/view/234996-2009-usms-short-course-nationals) to view all of the 2009 U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course National Championship Floswimming coverage.

Lane 3 - The Open Water Championship [/URL]
This was an experiment and I love the idea of combining our 1-Mile Open Water National Championship with the pool Nationals weekend. A total of 214 Masters swimmers signed up for the Monday morning championship in Millerton Lake. The weather was gorgeous. The water temperature was 72-degrees. The announcer was enthusiastic. The lead men swimmers finished in 17 minutes and lead women in just under 18 minutes. My suggestion to both the Championship and Open Water/Long Distance Committees is that in the future we have an open water championship on the same weekend; we start the pool championship on Wednesday and finish on Saturday. This would give those who want to fly home a Sunday travel day without missing work. It would also give those who want to swim in the Open Water National Championship an opportunity to do so while still being able to make a flight home.

Lane 4 - Relays
Competitive: You bet. Fun: Absolutely. I saw more smiles and high fives from people on relays then I did even when they swam individual best times. At the Long Course Nationals this summer, Saturday is set up as relay day. They will contest all the Olympic distances, including for the first time ever the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Lane 5 - Records
More than 130 U.S. Masters Swimming national records were broken during the weekend. If you thought only Olympians were the ones breaking records, well think again. Case in point: Rich Burns of Tamalpais Aquatic Club (TAM). Rich was not an Olympian, but swam like one. He competed in the 65-69 age group. He swam six events and broke six national records.

Lane 6 - Announcers
Dave, Rob, Rowdy and Garrett. You guys add so much to the championship. You highlight close races with enthusiasm. You let the crowd know when someone is on record pace. You break down things you see. You roam the facility, bringing us updates. And you keep the energy going.

Lane 7 - Newbies
To all you first-timers at Nationals, welcome and come back again. We love cheering for you. We love seeing the smiles on your faces.
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Lane 8 - Sponsors
We can't create this level of enthusiasm without you. You help us with goody bags, product samples, outfitting our meet officials and volunteers and hospitality set-up. We know many of you appreciated the new deck-side signage and feather signs. We'll be offering more opportunity for you to get involved with both our pool championships and open water championships.

Lane 9 - Forums
I heard one story after another about how many of you met on the USMS.org forums. You developed friendships. You exchanged information. You became roommates at championship and other events. You encouraged each other. You blogged about the happenings, sometimes right from the pool itself. USMS has nearly 10,000 registered forum users. If you haven't signed up for an account, be sure to do so and get connected.

Lane 10 - Coaches
You are unsung heroes. Your preparation starts months and sometimes years in advance. You get your Masters swimmers excited about Nationals. You help them pick events. You get them physically and mentally ready. You devise race strategies. You pick them up and calm them down. You take splits. You give feedback. You set up relays. And for those attending without a coach, you serve as on-deck surrogate coaches. We all stand and applaud Masters coaches everywhere.

Lane 11 - Ransom Arthur Award
Dr. Ransom Arthur is credited with having developed Masters swimming. In his honor, U.S. Masters Swimming annually presents the Ransom Arthur Award to a person who has done the most to advance the mission of USMS. On Saturday, Julie Heather of Southern Pacific LMSC was presented the 2009 Ransom Arthur Award. Congratulations Julie!

Lane 12 - Dr. G.
Welcome to Masters swimming, Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas. Dr. G. was most recently with USA Swimming as a director for the National Team. He worked with the U.S. Olympic Team, using scientific velocity testing and lactate testing to improve performance. He brought his underwater videotape velocity testing and lactate testing to USMS Nationals, and Masters swimmers flocked to sign up. Dr. G. stayed busy all weekend videotaping and then breaking down the video with swimmers, showing velocity points where their stroke was slowing and areas for improvement.

Lane 13 - The Social
Socials are a part of every Nationals. They offer a great time to meet other swimmers, tell stories, make new friendships and, of course, eat food. Nearly 500 swimmers showed up for the Saturday night social. Indianapolis is planning its social at the local Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball park, which will include a fireworks show.

Lane 14 - Walnut Creek Masters Swim Team
Congratulations to Head Coach Kerry O'Brien and the Walnut Creek Masters Swim Team. You brought more than 80 swimmers and took the overall club title. In the regional category, congratulations to Colorado Masters, who took the regional title.

Lane 15 - On-Deck Massages
Need we really say more!

Lane 16 - Youth and Experience
You're never too young or too old for Nationals. The youngest competitor we tracked was 18-year-old Madeline Banashak. The oldest was 91-year-old Brud Cleveland. Then there was Rita Simonton, who at 90 years old set national age group records in the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Way to go Rita!



There you have it, our 16-lane "best of" from Clovis. Mark your calendars, only 86 days till we see each other again for the Long Course Nationals in Indianapolis!

SLOmmafan
May 12th, 2009, 05:50 PM
I was a newbie at the USMS Nationals in Clovis. I have just recently (past 10-12 months) started my swimming "come back". While my times where not quite high school and my places did not merit any big medals, I had a fantastic weekend and dropped time in nearly every event entered.

I swam age group in the Fresno area - I have always been impressed with both the Clovis Swim Club and the emphasis placed on aquatics in that community. How many small cities in the USA can boast multiple Olympic caliber aquatic facilities!

The meet was unlike anything I have experienced before. I can not wait to make my next one, and our 6 person team showing at Nationals we hope to double or even triple when Nationals comes back West!

Fresnoid
May 12th, 2009, 07:23 PM
I was a newbie at the USMS Nationals in Clovis. I have just recently (past 10-12 months) started my swimming "come back". While my times where not quite high school and my places did not merit any big medals, I had a fantastic weekend and dropped time in nearly every event entered.

I swam age group in the Fresno area - I have always been impressed with both the Clovis Swim Club and the emphasis placed on aquatics in that community. How many small cities in the USA can boast multiple Olympic caliber aquatic facilities!

The meet was unlike anything I have experienced before. I can not wait to make my next one, and our 6 person team showing at Nationals we hope to double or even triple when Nationals comes back West!

I think it is interesting that the perception of Fresno, even to semi-locals is that it is a small city.

As of 2007, Fresno was the 35th largest city in the country

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/07/09/population_of_us_cities_2007/

meldyck
May 13th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Grace & I only decided to go at the last minute and are really glad we did. What a great facility, well-run meet and excellent geographic location (i.e. close to the wine country in Paso Robles). We certainly did our part to get consumer spending back on track!

SLOmmafan
May 13th, 2009, 01:33 PM
I think it is interesting that the perception of Fresno, even to semi-locals is that it is a small city.

As of 2007, Fresno was the 35th largest city in the country

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/07/09/population_of_us_cities_2007/

Even though the cities have practically grown together, I still see Clovis as a separate area from Fresno. The disparity between Fresno and Clovis school districts is especially clear in quality of athletic facilities.

I think the area maintains a "small city" feel because it still retains a very "agricultural based" economy and focus. People still equate "farming" with a rural or "small town" lifestyle.