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January 31st, 2002, 02:17 PM
In this thread I will post copies of the emails that I send out to SPMA members.

January 31, 2002
[SPMA-NEWS] El Segundo meet, Coaches at World Championships

In this issue

8th Annual Gary Grandi Memorial Meet - El Segundo
Last chance to receive your Mar/Apr SWIM issue
SPMA Committee Meeting - February 7, 2002
Coaching at World Championships in New Zealand

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8th Annual Gary Grandi Memorial Meet - sponsored by El Segundo Masters
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Sunday February 10, 2002 will bring the 8th Gary Grandi Memorial swim meet to the City of El Segundo. The meet is held at Urho Saari Swim Stadium, an indoors 8 lane pool which is just as nice as when built sixty years ago. There are plenty of overhead heaters to warm up a cold winters day, but we have never had an El Segundo meet where it wasnt sunny outside. There is plenty of parking nearby next to the Library and school. This year we have the ability to accept Visa and MasterCard for meet entries.

Events offered this year include a 50 and 100 for each stroke, as well as a 200 IM, 200 free and 500 freestyle. We have nice prizes such as swim caps and goggles donated by SWIM Magazine; swim and you are automatically eligible to win. This year USMS Short Course Nationals is in Honolulu, Hawaii. Come use the El Segundo meet as a gauge on how your training is coming. Host El Segundo Slugs captured the small team mens and small teams combined titles at Nationals a couple of years ago. The meet only takes about 2.5 hours, come on out and swim a real FUN meet.

PRE-ENTRY DEADLINE: postmarked by February 4, 2002 (entry fee $15). Deck entries are allowed at the meet (close at 9:30 am; entry fee $20). This meet will take credit cards! http://www.spma.net/elsegundo2002.pdf

To enter this meet you need to submit your entry times for your events on an "SPMA Consolidated Entry Card" that can be downloaded from: http://www.spma.net/Cardboth.PDF

If you don't know your time enter a "guesstimate," swim the time in practice and subtract a little since you're likely to go faster in a meet! You will also need to send in a photocopy of your 2002 SPMA registration card.

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Last chance to receive your Mar/Apr SWIM issue
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If you haven't renewed your SPMA registration for 2002 you need to put your application in the mail NOW in order to get your March/April issue of SWIM Magazine. You can still register later in the year, but you'll miss out on issues of SWIM! Everyone was sent renewal invoices at the beginning of January. If you can't find yours you can download the application form from: http://www.spma.net/2002regform.pdf

Many thanks to the 1500+ swimmers who have already renewed for 2002!

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SPMA Committee Meeting: Thursday, Feb 7, 2002; 7:30 pm
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SPMA Committee Meeting: Thursday, February 7, 2002 at 7:30pm at LMU
Address: 7900 Loyola Blvd / Los Angeles, CA 90045. General Directions: West of the 405, East of Lincoln, immediately north of LAX; Take the 405 South to La Tijera exit. Turn right and continue on to Manchester. Turn right (going west) to Loyola Blvd. Make a right on Loyola Blvd. Directions are the same for 405 North except one turns left off the freeway instead of right. (there is a map at

All members are invited to attend the meeting. For additional information contact me at the number below.

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Coaching at World Championships in New Zealand
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Program Purpose & Goals
The purpose of this program is to provide USMS swimmers with the best possible coaching support as they strive for excellence at the World Championships in New Zealand, March 2002. We know that many of you do not have coaches or whose coaches will not be traveling with them to Christchurchwere here for you!

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

Schedule and hold a pre-meet meeting for USMS swimmers on the day before the meet.
Designate an USMS team area & hang the USMS banner. 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).
Perform other coaching tasks as needed.

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!

The USMS Coaches Committee has named four Masters coaches to assist USMS swimmers planning to compete at this springs IX FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 24-31, 2002.

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, and his experience as Oregon Coach at the past two National Championships makes him well suited to head the USMS effort in Christchurch.

Assistant Coaches:
Michael Collins, Irvine Novaquatics - mcollins@ucla.edu
Scott Williams, Olympic Club - Swilliams@olyclub.com
Laureen Welting, Olympic Club - lwelting@olyclub.com

For info on entering the meet visit:
Event Booklet (for PDF download)
Online Registration for the meet
October Newsletter about the meet (Additional details)

Note: Entries are due by February 8, 20002

To make this program work for you, please make the following contacts:

If you are planning to swim in Christchurch, please contact Coach Bob Bruce by e-mail at bobbruce13@attglobal.net. If possible, indicate the events and days that you will swim, so that the coaches can plan the their daily coverage.
If you would like a copy of the weekly practice plan designed by Olympic Club Coach, Scott Williams, contact him directly at Swilliams@olyclub.com
We are working on getting USA Masters logoed apparel for the meet. We will post details in the near future.

Australian Nationals

The Australian Masters National Championships (short course meters) will be held at the Olympic Pool in Sydney, March 16-18, 2002, one week before the World Championships. Some of you may plan to attend this meet as well. Meet information and entry blanks may be found at: http://www.sydneymastersswim2002.com.

Although we have no formal plan for USMS support at this meet, Coaches Bob Bruce and Michael Collins will be there. If you plan to be there, please contact Bob by e-mail at: bobbruce13@attglobal.net.

February 26th, 2002, 06:34 PM
In this issue

Caltech Pentathlon Swim Meet - pre-entry deadline Wednesday!
Short Course Meters Records and 2001 Top Ten available online
Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Discussion Forum
Job Opening: Aquatics Coach/Physical Education Instructor

Caltech Pentathlon Swim Meet, March 10th
Swim 50s of every stroke and the 100 IM. Custom awards for the top three finishers in each age group (you must show your versatility by swimming all 5 events to be considered for an award!).

Postmark deadline for pre-entries is Wednesday, February 27, 2002 ($8 flat fee). Deck entries will be allowed this year (additional $7 charge).

The meet entry form can be found at:
http://www.spma.net/pententry02.pdf (PDF format)
http://www.spma.net/pententry02.htm (HTML format)

The consolidated entry card for entering meets can be downloaded from: http://www.spma.net/Cardboth.PDF

Short Course Meters Records and 2001 Top Ten available online

Available at www.spma.net:
Records (current as of 12/31/01): http://www.spma.net/scmrecords.pdf
2001 Top Ten: http://www.spma.net/spmaSCM01tt.PDF

Please inform me of any errors or omissions!

Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Discussion Forum

There is a new Southern Pacific Masters Forum on the USMS web site. Feel free to bring up any topic about Southern Pacific Masters Swimming. The forum section of the USMS web site is a place to talk about swimming issues. You are only asked to be respectful of another person's opinions.
(The link to the Southern Pacific Masters Swimming section is near the end of the page).

Job Opening: Aquatics Coach/Physical Education Instructor
South Orange County Community College District
Closing Date: 4:00 P.M., March 6, 2002

Check the Web Page for all information. The salary schedule does not include coaching stipend of 7% per sport, plus the summer summer youth program. The job is for both Men & Women - Water Polo and Swimming/Diving. There are two assistant coaches for Water Polo and three assistant coaches for swimming.

Address and inquiries to:
Opening # 1521/2482
Office of Human Resources
South Orange County Community College District
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 582-4850


Julie Heather, Registrar
Southern Pacific Masters Association
5467 E. Fairbrook St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
562-494-4471 (phone/fax)