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Current News

The March - April edition of The WetSet is posted: As highlighted last issue, six Board positions are up for election and it’s nomination time for the PNA Coach of the Year and our Dawn Musselman Inspirational Swimmer. Plan on attending the Social on the Saturday during Champs weekend! Read and view stories and photos from the Bellevue Club Masters Mile, TACM Anacortes meet (with Pizza and Karlyn Pipes), April Cheadle’s Butterfly Clinic, and the Lake Washington Masters Invitational. Plus, the regular Board meeting summary (including a graphical representation of PNA’s 2019 Budget); Calendar; and more! It’s also archived under The WetSet menu tab above.

2nd Annual IM Madness ePostal, March 1 — March 31: North Carolina is hosting 3 challenging IM events: the Sweet 8 (800 total yards), Sweet 12 (1,200 yards) and Sweet 24 (2,400 yards). Start the clock, swim the event (resting as much as necessary), stop the clock, then enter your time online. You must have a lap counter/split taker and may choose any or all three events. The entry fee is $10. This year our long sleeve soft cotton t-shirt will be available for $22.  Online registration, 2018 records, and more information can be found here.

Annual PNA Awards Time! Email your nominations for PNA’s Coach of the Year Award and Dawn Musselman Inspirational Swimmer Award by March 23! Click the links above for the pertinent details. Past recipients are listed on our Awards and Recognition page (scroll down). Criteria to address for either award include:

PNA Coach of the Year PNA Inspirational Swimmer
  • Program improvement or enhancement
  • Sustained service over a long time
  • Contributions to PNA
  • Commitment to PNA
  • Willingness to share coaching skills and information
  • Loyalty of team members
  • Coaching accomplishments and/or inspiration to others
  • Inspiration to all PNA swimmers
  • Willingly shares information, training, or coaching tips
  • Encourages other swimmers
  • Exhibits good sportsmanship always
  • Shows a strong commitment to PNA Masters Swimming
Both awards will be presented at the PNA Annual Meeting and Champs Banquet at KCAC on Saturday, April 13.

XVIII Fina World Masters Championships, 2019: Thinking about attending this major event in Gwangju, South Korea? Open Water is scheduled Aug 9-11 followed by Swimming Aug 12-18. Walt Reid has just returned from visiting most of the venues and brings this 28-page presentation from the Organizing Committee. The best site for information is www.fina-gwangju2019.com/masters_eng/#

SplashForward posts on PNA and PSM Facebook pages: (Jan 2018) We are building our community base and raising awareness, having met with every Bellevue City Council Member (even the newly elected). They have been very receptive to this great need for a new aquatics facility, seeing our vision for how the greater Bellevue community would benefit. We are also working with the Bellevue School District to help facilitate the relationship between them and the city. We are engaging with the local high school aquatics families and swimmers to identify key spokespeople who will help us voice the unmet need to the School District Board and City Council. And we recently met with King County and all the Parks and Rec Directors from Bellevue / Redmond / Kirkland. We need each other to find success in building a regional aquatics facility… which SplashForward thinks should be in Bellevue!

PNA SCY All-Time Top 12: PNA Historian Walt Reid has cataloged the top twelve swims in each event from the earliest records of PNA through May 31 (end of Short Course Yards season) for the years 2011 through 2018. <--Click these or go to the Member Services / Records page (last ... More) to find all eight links. How do you compare against fellow PNA competitors?

USMS Convention: Rule Changes Effective September 21, 2017: At July’s conference in Budapest, FINA approved changes (1) tightening timing system requirements for world records; (2) easing interpretation of the freestyle leg of individual medley and medley relay events; and (3) simplifying wording of the butterfly rule. At the just-completed USMS annual convention in Dallas, the House of Delegates agreed to conform. Details of these changes are described here.

Swimmer Magazine: PSM's Wendy Van De Sompele reveals one technique contributing to her successful swim around Maury Island in the article "Bilateral Breathing" on page 10 of the January-February 2017 issue. And on page 39 you'll find a paragraph describing the USMS Sprint Distance Open Water National Championship (1 Mile) in September at Angle Lake Park, hosted by Blue Wave Aquatics.

Officials Clinics in Idaho a success: PNA Officiating Coordinator Teri White says, “Hi everyone! Just to share what I think ended up being “the perfect” picture from my clinics in Couer d’Alene [Jan 7-8, 2017]… this sums it up! We had 15 people for the Stroke and Turn clinic and 12 for the Starter in spite of that wicked winter storm that blew through. Fantastic people, and great fun talking to people who truly understand the technical aspects of the strokes! Matt Bronson (Inland NW LMSC Chair) plans on talking about the success of the clinics at the upcoming LMSC Leadership Summit (March). I hope this will generate fire to get other LMSCs who are short of officials to join in. Take care!”

My USMS: Are you aware of this feature on the USMS website? It's all about you! Details on logging in (or registering for the first time) are shown when you click the "My USMS" link at the top right of the home page. Set up your account today so you can... wait – go there yourself to read all the benefits and tools available!

 

Welcome to PNA’s new website - March 28, 2012. Please send your comments and suggestions to webmaster Steve Peterson.

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Upcoming Events:
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March 30 - 31
• USMS ALTS Cert, Coach Clinic, Swim Clinic, Coeur d'Alene (3 Clinics)

April 13-14
• PNA Champs, Federal Way (SCY)