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Michael Collins
March 12th, 2002, 02:43 PM
Dear World's Swimmers,

I hope that you’re as excited about going to the World Championships in New Zealand as we are! The USMS Coaches Committee has named four great coaches to assist USMS swimmers competing at the IX FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. The purpose of this posting is to explain the purpose of the program, list the services, and introduce the coaches.

Program Purpose: This program aims to provide USMS swimmers with the best possible coaching support as they strive for excellence at the World Championships. We know that many of you do not have coaches, or whose coaches will not be traveling with you to Christchurch—we’re here for you!

Services: The coaching staff will be available before and during the meet to provide these services to USMS swimmers at the meet:

·Hold a pre-meet meeting for USMS swimmers. This meeting will be at 3:30pm sharp on Saturday, March 23rd, at the pool. Loosen up in the pool that afternoon, then meet briefly with us for introductions, information, & questions. This meeting is not required, but you may find it helpful. The official meet Technical Meeting follows immediately at 4:00pm.

·Designate an USMS “team area”. Please come sit with us!

·Offer guidance & splits during warm-up to those who desire it.

·Offer pre-race guidance & post-race comments throughout the meet to those who desire it.

· Assist videotaping if possible.

· Offer encouragement as needed.

· Serve as advocate for USMS swimmers regarding protests & administrative problems.

· Arrange for team picture(s) daily.

· Perform other coaching tasks as needed.

Head Coach:

Bob Bruce (Bend, OR) of Central Oregon Masters Aquatics & Oregon Masters. Bob has been a Masters athlete, coach, and volunteer since 1973 during his career as an age group, senior, high school, and college coach. Coaching Masters exclusively since 1996, he has developed his local team into an Oregon powerhouse, and his athletes have achieved distinction nationally in both pool and open water swimming. Bob is well known for his technical knowledge & teaching skills.

Assistant Coaches:

Mike Collins (Newport Beach, CA) of Irvine Novaquatics. Mike needs little introduction, having had a tremendous coaching career with Davis Aquatic Masters, UCLA Masters, and now Novaquatics. He served as Coach at the last World Championships in Munich. Mike was the USMS Coach-of-the-Year in 1990, and currently chairs the USMS Coaches Committee.

Scott Williams (San Raphael, CA) of the Olympic Club. Scott has had a long and successful coaching career, now with the powerful Olympic Club of San Francisco. He will bring a large contingent from his team, but he is also dedicated to sharing his expertise and enthusiasm with other swimmers as he did in Munich.

Laureen Welting (San Francisco, CA), also of the Olympic Club. A superb swimmer herself, Laureen has been an NCAA All-American, Olympic Trials qualifier, and World Masters Champion. As a coach, she worked with the University of Georgia Women’s Team before joining the Olympic Club staff recently. Her enthusiasm is infectious!

Our Invitation: We welcome all USMS swimmers and coaches present in Christchurch to join us at the meet, in the spirit of fellowship that is United States Masters Swimming! Prepare well!

See you there!

Bob Bruce, Head Coach