Table of Contents
1. From the editor
2. CALM Advisory Board Meeting notes
3. Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships wrap-up 4. Legends Aquatic Center
5. And in other news…
6. Letters to the editor
1. From the editor:
This issue of the Waterlog marks my debut as editor—so go easy, and stick with me. My goal is to make the newsletter fun to read, informative of matters pertaining to the team and its members, and an added vehicle for communication between team members, the coaches, the Advisory Board, and the RSF Aquatics Dept. For fans (and I am one) of the monthly member profiles heretofore penned by our esteemed Kate Coleman, we do plan to continue these—alas, there was not time to get one done for this issue. In fact, if any of you are interested in doing a profile of a teammate, I’d be happy to have your contribution. I would also very much like to begin a monthly ‘letters to the editor’ section, where I will count on you, fellow
CALM’ers, to have your say. You may send letters directly to me at: email@example.com.
2. CALM Advisory Board Meeting notes
CALM Advisory Board Meeting, October 5, 2016
This was the turnover meeting for the newly elected CALM Advisory Board. Both the outgoing Board and incoming Board members attended the meeting, which was focused primarily on informing the new Board members about the responsibilities of each member as well as on going issues.
The minutes should be written before memory fade sets in.
When complete, the minutes should go to the Chair and the Newsletter Editor for review.
The Chair must approve the minutes before they are added to the newsletter.
Make sure all new members or interested swimmers provide their email address.
Verify that the “bring a friend” program works, i.e. how best to get the waiver at the front desk.
How to recruit students, the University to some degree measures the success of our program by how many members of CALM are students.
More sponsors for the spring meet are always useful.
The success of the meet is very dependent on volunteer labor – timing, snackbar, registration and the computer room. Might there be a way of using other team members for timing positions? Could there be a way of encouraging CALM members to compete as well as volunteer?
The application for the spring meet date of March 19, 2017 has been submitted.
Ideas for other meets include a relay only meet and a tri-meet. Also, is CALM interested in bidding to host a bigger meet?
Assistant Meet Directors:
Help the Meet Director as needed.
The two main jobs of this position are: the end of summer party and the Holiday party.
More events are under consideration, a post workout brunch and alternative events that do not serve alcohol
CALM currently has over 170 paying members and we have 15 or 20 people going to Pacific Masters Short Course Championships.
It was suggested to redirect the Winter Points Challenge to allow everyone to have a personal goal, such as “swim the Mississippi” or the “Great Lakes Challenge”. The idea met with a positive response.
Might it be possible to find a way to post the workouts online, but only available to CALM members?
Do we yet have a regular roster?
Does the team have a budget? With a budget, which would indicate our priorities, we may gain some control/influence over the funds we generate
CALM Advisory Board 2016-2018
- ⁃ Board Chair
- ⁃ Vice-Chair
- ⁃ Secretary
- ⁃ Newsletter editor
- ⁃ Membership Chair Patrick Murray
- ⁃ Social Chair
- ⁃ Social Asst.
- ⁃ Meet Director
- ⁃ Meet Asst.’s
Jeremy Cohen, Pamela Waxman
Conny Bleul-Gohlke Sandra Ramos
Kay Van der Have Kai Stoeckenius
With thanks to outgoing Advisory Board members:
- ⁃ Robin McCrane (Vice-Chair)
- ⁃ Kjersten Walker (Secretary)
- ⁃ Hilary Naylor (Meet Asst.)
3. Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Championships wrap-up
CALM had a nice showing at the meet held Oct 7-9, in Walnut Creek. 18 swimmers represented CALM, with 12 swimmers swimming individual events, and 6 swimmers coming just for relays. This tiny little group pulled out a 6th place over-all finish, and came in 4th place in medium sized teams (11-47 swimmers). George Bartz took high point over-all for the 25-29 year old men, and Ben Chun came in 2nd in the men’s 35-39 age group!
Deb Kory, Kimbery King, Kara Kohler, Ryan Monaghan, Lynn Wittstock, George Bartz, Jeremy Cohen, Vedran Jovic, John Grisafi, Tiffany Forbes, Matthew Ward, and Ben Chun all swam individual races, and scored points for CALM. Most of these same swimmers combined to form a variety of different relay combinations.
Oehmke all came to Walnut Creek just to be a part of some relays! And, relays score double points, so their efforts were hugely appreciated!
Nearly all of the CALM relays scored in the top 3, with a few 1st place finishes, and quite a few 2nd place finishes!
We had a great relay swim effort by four current and former CALM swimmers (who all registered with CALM/USMS for this meet) in Kimberly King, Njeri K-D, Theresa Oehmke, and Fana Fuqua. They all swam together to form what is possibly the first relay team consisting of four African-American women in the Pacific Masters LMSC. Nice job, gals!
We hope to have a large showing for the 2017 Short Course Yards Championships meet to be held sometime in April (date TBD). And, I’m hoping for some participation in the SCY Nationals in Riverside, CA, April 27-30.
4. Legends Aquatic Center
There’s a new pool in town. After 16 months of construction and a cost of approximately $18 million, Cal now has a state of the art pool where the Cal intercollegiate swimmers, divers and waterpolo players can train.
Ned Spieker, Rick Cronk, Don Fisher and Warren Hellman, all former Cal swimmers and waterpolo players, were the primary donors and also set up a non-profit foundation to help raise money. Spieker is a prominent real estate investor, Cronk is the retired president of Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Fisher founded the Gap clothing stores, and financier Hellman was also known for The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
For the divers, there are one and three meter boards and one, three, five, seven and a half and ten meter platforms, as well as a spa. The water is 20 feet deep at the diving end. (The “shallow” end of the pool is 8 feet deep.)
The swimmers get a pool which is 25 yards wide and 52 meters long with a 2 meter wide moveable bulkhead which can be placed in various places. There is video equipment permanently installed and a screen where the athletes can see themselves.
The locker rooms have heated floors and washers and dryers as well as the usual showers, bathrooms and locker rooms. There also is a large meeting room which can be used for a variety of purposes.
Your author has been watching the construction of this building and hoping one day to swim in it. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that rec swimmers will ever be allowed in. However, this new pool means that rec swimming will probably get more hours at Spieker and will be able to have backstroke flags.
A few weeks ago, there was an open house and Cal swimmers and waterpolo players gave tours. The highlight of the tour was a visit to the top of the diving tower. Here’s what the pool looks like from the tower. There is also a nice view to the west in which you can see San Francisco.
5. And in other news…
• November is nearly here, and with it begins the season of
oddball swim events. For example, there is the DAM (and I use that term advisedly) Brute Squad Postal, an event that asks you to swim the 200fly, 400IM and 1650free consecutively for the best overall time! (Or, if you like, a 300fly, 100bk, 100brst, 1750free-but that sounds worse to me). Coach Tiffany will be organizing an attempt at this for CALM swimmers on Saturday, November 19. You can register here https://
www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1741&smid=8243 • And in December MEMO will sponsor the 400 kick for time,
CALM masochists can do this one together at workout on Thurs., December 15.
• We bid a fond ‘Adieu’ to Ricardo (Richard) Atondo, who is moving this month to the Dordogne region in France, where he and his partner are building a house-including a lap pool!
6. Letters to the editor
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