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Oct 9, 2014 - Meet New Member Bechir Romdhane!
New member Bechir (pronounced "Beshir") Romdhane is from Tunisia. He found out about WCM from participating in the October 2004 Pacific Masters Short Course meet at Clarke. Given that this weekend is ...
Oct 1, 2014 - Meet New Member Bryce Adger!
Did you know Walnut Creek Master's added 35 new members in 2014? We are hoping to meet a few of them before we start our membership renewal drive for 2015. Our first new member feature is Bryce Adger...
Sep 25, 2014 - WCM Super Models!
Check out our own coach, Kerry O'Brien, in an ad taken for Finis at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention! We rarely get to see the back of him, so enjoy! Coming to your Swimmer's Magazine soon!...
Aug 13, 2014 - Picnic Scenes!
Last year's Team Picnic was a great success as shown by these pictures. Make this year's just as fun by RSVPing for the Sat. Sept 6 picnic by Saturday, Aug. 30 - coming up soon. The picnic starts at 2...
Jul 24, 2014 - Debra Jones: Star SSL Student
Debra Jones: Star SSL Student Debra Jones, 60 and a Concord resident, participated in the fourth session of Swimming Saves Lives. She is now onto the Master?s Swim 50-Mile Challenge. In light of the g...
Jul 17, 2014 - Bridge Athletic Coming To WC again
Hi Walnut Creek Masters: On July 26th BridgeAthletic will be returning to Heather Farms pool to perform athletic assessments for new and returning Walnut Creek Masters athletes. We are really exci...
Jul 10, 2014 - Suzanne Heim Bowen: Open Water, Open Mind
Suzanne Heim-Bowen: Open Water, Open Mind This summer?s open water swimming theme is Open Water, Open Mind. Suzanne Heim-Bowen, who is back from New York City, completed a lifetime?s goal: a 28-mile s...
Aug 15, 2013 - Creekers on a "Mission"
Creekers on a "Mission" The Long Course Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo were the largest ever. Thirteen Creekers traveled down south, but due to circumstances, only eleven swam. But what Walnut Cree...
May 8, 2013 - Varsity Letters
Gimme a " W " ! Gimme a " C "! What have you got?!? Click here.
Feb 17, 2013 - Annual Meeting Highlights
2013 Annual Meeting Notes: GUEST SPEAKER. This year we were honored to have guest speaker, Shelley Harper, share with us her swimming experience and life?s perspective which has largely been shaped t...
Feb 17, 2013 - 2013 Calendar Overview
DUE TO FORMATTING LIMITATIONS PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT TO VIEW PAC MASTERS OPEN WATER EVENTS AND USMS MEETS . Month WCM Team Events WCM Team Social Events Pac Master Pool Events Pac M...
Sep 22, 2012 - Swim Across America and Fight Cancer
From September 24-30, WCM is swimming (and raising money) to fight cancer, with the WCM-Davis Challenge for Swim Across America (SAA). You can help! On the SAA link below, you can either: 1) ...
Sep 15, 2012 - Pacific Masters SCM Championships Entries are Open. Click here
Walnut Creek Masters is proud to host the Pacific Swimming Short Course Meters Championships. They will be held at Clark Memorial Swim Center from Friday October 12 through Sunday October, 14th. We lo...
Sep 10, 2012 - Swimming Saves Lives Program Summary
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Walnut Creek Masters (WCM) in conjunction with the City of Walnut Creek and United States Masters Swimming, has brought the gift of swimming to a small ...
Sep 9, 2012 - Swimming Saves Lives - A Huge Success!
Feedback from the adults who participated in the Swimming Saves Lives has been overwhelmingly positive! Participants were effusive in their gratitude to have such a complete instructional format. El...
Jul 24, 2012 - Swimming Saves Lives is Coming To Walnut Creek
Swimming Saves Lives is an adult learn to swim program coordinated and sponsored by Walnut Creek Masters with the support of United States Masters Swimming and the City of Walnut Creek. Swimming Save...
Jun 13, 2012 - Del Valle OWS and Picnic
Pictures from Del Valle swim and picnic will link to Shutterfly photo album. If you would like to have your photo removed, please contact Mary at amerrydawn@gmail.com. http://www.shutterfly.com/...
Apr 23, 2012 - 2012 Open Water Season
The 2012 Open Water season is almost here with the first event scheduled for Saturday May 19. After an abbreviated schedule in 2011, the 2012 Pacific Masters schedule is once again packed full with 13...
Apr 16, 2012 - An Occasional Extreme
The passion to swim, be fit, be spiritual, cook healthy meals, beautify my home and serve my family waned this Spring Break. In a just a matter of a few days, I?ve become addicted to internet searc...
Apr 10, 2012 - WCM Facebook... Page(?) Group (?) Both!
Our two places on Facebook serve two different purposes. Our FB ?Page? is administered by the Board. It carries the WCM logo. Amy Bradford is largely managing its posts. On this page you will fi...
Apr 6, 2012 - National Record Set by WCM Relay
The National Record for the Men?s 65+ 400 Medley Relay now belongs to our WCM team members Bob Olson, Jim Delacy, Jesse Smyers and Craig Dennis (photographed, left to right). The record time is now...
Apr 6, 2012 - Cathedral Skies
PMS Short Course Championships 2012 We swam where the cathedral of open skies spoke messages of courage to swim in chilling storms on Saturday, and joy on Sunday when blue skies showered radiance on...
Apr 6, 2012 - Happiness is Happenings at 2012 SCY Championships
The new venue for the 2012 Pacific Master SCY Championship at the Soda Aquatic Center turned out to be an excellent space to host the 62 attending teams bringing together 709 swimmers from Northern Ca...
Feb 28, 2012 - Welcome Coach Lisa
A swimmer among us is now a coach among us. Lisa Ward officially joined the WCM coaching staff in January, 2012. After working for WCM as a contract coach to develop the Walnut Creek Masters at Ros...
Feb 27, 2012 - 2012 WCM Swimming Saves Lives
Swimming Saves Lives is a USMS initiative designed to provide the non-swimming community an opportunity learn to swim. This year WCM will be giving back to the community by offering a learn to swim...
Feb 5, 2012 - Highights of 2012 Annual Meeting
Introducing your new WCM board for 2012, we have Debbie Swigert, Gordon Bell, Bruce Cousins, Loren Druz. Sid Dowell will sit on the Board as an alternate. Continuing Board members are: Amy Bradford...
Nov 16, 2011 - Creekers Honored at Pacific Masters Annual Meeting
Creekers Joan Alexander, Harold (Bosco) Boscovich, and John King received well deserved Distinguished Service and Appreciation awards from guest Olympian Rowdy Gaines at the Annual Meeting of the Paci...
Sep 19, 2011 - USMS Convention 101: A Workout is More Than a Daily Swim
There are many elements that make workouts and competitions possible. Having now been to my first United States Masters Convention, I can attest that our Team is one of many very well-oiled gears in...
Sep 14, 2011 - The Journey to Whiskeytown
For years I have wanted to swim the 1 mile Whiskeytown Lake open water event. With my son still in high school, it had been hard coordinating swims around his activities. I had already missed the en...
Aug 16, 2011 - The 5AM Workout: A Sun Salutation
The 5:30AM workout is not for the feint of heart. It?s not that the workout is any more difficult than other workouts for that day. What it requires is a good measure of willpower merely to get out ...
Aug 12, 2011 - Ann Hirsch: Competitive At Any Age
To an outsider looking in, the aquatic world of competitive swimming can seem a pretty peculiar place, with athletes training months and even years to cut a half of second off their personal best time...
Jul 11, 2011 - Ann Hirsch Shatters 3 World Records
Ann Hirsch continued her record-breaking streak with three Masters long course world records at the Pacific Swimming championships last weekend. In the 200 IM, she swam a 4:18.27 to nip Austria's Sylv...
Jul 4, 2011 - Ann Hirsch Breaks National Record
Congratulations to Ann Hirsch! Ann set a new National Record in the women's 100 meter breaststroke for the 80-85 age group at the San Mateo Masters Founders Day LCM Meet on June 26. She just missed th...
Jun 27, 2011 - Rossmoor Masters Swim Club Gets Under Way
Rossmoor Masters swim program gets under way in Rossmoor The newly formed Rossmoor Masters Swim Club invites all residents to visit its weekly workouts at Hillside pool. This new club is a sister cl...
Jun 13, 2011 - College Swimmers - Join Us For The Summer!
Calling all college swimmers and former aquabears home for the summer. Want to stay in shape, swim outdoors, get a cool (not!) Speedo tan and have fun. We have a plan for you! Contact Kerry O'Brien ...
Jun 13, 2011 - WCM at Lake Del Valle Open Water
On Sunday June 12, WCM swimmers participated in the Lake Del Valle 0.75 and 2.5 miles swims. All participants reported this was a great swim. For results, information on upcoming events and other op...
May 20, 2011 - 2011 Open Water Season is Here
You might really enjoy the Pacific Masters 2011 Open Water Series! Open water swimming has something for each swimmer. For the highly competitive swimmer, there is the contest of how fast the swimme...
May 16, 2011 - WCM Dave Matthews Swims 9 Mile Channel Maui to Molokai
The following is Dave's own recap of this very challanging open water swim. He is the 22nd person to have ever crossed this channel. Congratulations Dave!! Pailolo Channel Crossing 5/9/2011 From Wikip...
May 9, 2011 - National Champions!
Congratulations to our very own WCM National Champions! Relay members from left to right Ken Burr, Bob Olsen, Jim Perliman, Craig Dennis and Dennis Bledsoe. They won the 200 Medley as well as the 20...
Apr 18, 2011 - WCM and City of Walnut Creek Finalize Pool Contract
Moving forward as an independent entity, WCM has now signed a contract with the City of Walnut Creek for the use of the Clarke Pool facility. While modest in his contribution, John King is largely c...
Apr 11, 2011 - Pacific Masters 2011 SCY Meet
Beautiful weekend of springtime skies and friendly competition complemented this year's Pacific Masters Championship meet in Pleasanton. Team scores after the mixed 400 medley relay placed WCM Men's t...
Mar 30, 2011 - Ordinary Day Gets Extrordinary Smiles
As creative as WCM's sets are, the idea of swimming more than one practice is a stretch. To swim 5 practices in one day was an admirable concept for someone else, not me. I thought GET A LIFE was i...
Mar 16, 2011 - Team T-Shirts are Here!
Walnut Creek Masters spirit wear t-shirts are here in time for short course champs and nationals or just to have in spirit! Women?s style embroidered tee with new team logo- $18. Unisex ?Property of W...
Mar 1, 2011 - USF Valentine Day Meet
USF Valentines Day Meet WCM members participated in this event on Saturday, January 12. Over 400 swimmers entered the meet, the largest number of swimmers ever for the event. WCM displayed fas...
Mar 1, 2011 - Annual 3AM Workout
This year's 3AM held in winter was attended by 41 swimmers. Swimmers, BJ Henry and Mary Williams, launching their March Madness yardage logged in 20,000 and 16,000 yards with a 6 workout "Get-A-Life"...
Feb 20, 2011 - Annual Meeting 2011: Moving Forward
Feb 8, 2011 - Sponsor 2011 SCY Championship Meet
Jan 25, 2011 - WCM Banner Design Contest
Jan 24, 2011 - 2011 Spring/Short Course Competitive Calendar
Jan 22, 2011 - Workout Pass Renewal for Basic Purple and Lilac Members
Jan 8, 2011 - Sport Basement Rec Team Promotion
As a proud WCM sponsor, Sports Basement, extends its support to your summer rec swim team as well. Summer rec teams are invited to partner with Sports Basement in several ways, including use of space...
Jan 3, 2011 - Training for the 200
Swimming the 200 freestyle or any specialty stroke is more than meets the eye. It's a quirky race that is more than a sprint and less than a distance event, making it a sprinty-distance challenge. T...
Dec 24, 2010 - Entrance WCM 2011
OUR CLARKE POOL ENTRY PROCEDURE WILL CHANGE BEGINNING JANUARY 1 If you have already registered for 2011 with the Team , you will have no difficulty passing through the front desk. Just scan your c...
Dec 13, 2010 - Holiday Party Highlights
The Holiday Party celebration was nothing less than a deserved one! The evening brought the opportunity to connect with those after several weeks of separation during the repair of Clarke and acknowle...
Dec 5, 2010 - Calling All Auction Items!
Dec 3, 2010 - Yes, Virginia. There really is a Santa Claus.
You can bid on dream vacation in Italy! Our very generous teammate, Sue Condon-Crakow, is donating for auction a one week stay at her home in the heart of Umbria, Italy. The winner can have his/her ...
Dec 2, 2010 - NEW REGISTRATION FAQ's
Dec 2, 2010 - Registration is Coming to Town
'Tis the season to begin 2011 Registration. Online Registration goes live on Saturday, December 4 . new date Our elves are working day and night oiling and shining the new system so so it is smooth...
Nov 28, 2010 - Rossmoor Honors Jae Howell
Tomorrow night, Monday Nov 29, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rossmoor will be honoring long time WCM Member Jae Howell , who recently passed away. Jae was an avid competitor at the local, nati...
Nov 10, 2010 - Stroke Clinics at Valley Vista
Stroke Clinics at 7PM workouts at Valley Vista will be as follows: Monday, November 29: Freestyle Stroke Tempo Wednes, December 1: Free/Back
Sep 28, 2010 - BBQ & Picnic 2010
Castle Rock Park was an idyllic spot for this year's picnic. The weather was warm, but grove of trees by the pool provided cool shade. Kids played picnic games, adults visited, and everyone ate thei...
Sep 14, 2010 - Service with a Smile
The auctioned dinner hosted by the WCM Board was served last Friday at the lovely home of Gene and Cindy Hart. Our resident chef, Ignacio, designed and prepared nothing less than a masterpiece meal. I...
Sep 9, 2010 - "To Tech Suit or Not to Tech Suit?"
"TO TECH SUIT OR NOT TO TECH SUIT?" THAT IS THE QUESTION FOR YARDS. The first swim goggles were not very sophisticated but they worked. The current designs aren't much different than the first...
Sep 6, 2010 - 2011 Membership Options Remain Similar to Current Ones
New, But Similar Membership Options and Dues for 2011 After several months of negotiating fees, crunching numbers, evaluating costs, considering team members? needs and crunching more numbers, the Boa...
Sep 5, 2010 - Goals, Clocks and Short Course Meters
GOALS, CLOCKS AND SHORT COURSE METERS To say summer has flown by is an understatement! Perhaps, you didn?t make it to the pool as much as you hoped over the past eight weeks, but all the energy ma...
Sep 4, 2010 - 2010 USMS Long Course Nationals in Puerto Rico
2010 USMS Long Course Nationals in Puerto Rico Walnut Creek sent a tiny contingent to the long course nationals in Puerto Rico with only the husband and wife team of Peter Guadagni and Kildine Harms...
Sep 3, 2010 - Benefit Open Water Swim for Richmond Youth
Benefit Swim for New Club for Richmond Youth. City of Richmond is starting up a new youth USA swim team. The open water swim competition at Keller Beach, Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline is a fundrais...
Aug 30, 2010 - Coach Kerry Continues His Leadership with WCM
The following letter was sent by e-mail to our membership. Here is it again, if you were unable to open it. "Dear Creekers, I am very pleased to announce that I am able to continue as Head Coach of W...
Aug 24, 2010 - Open Water 2010 - Creekers Lead the Pack
Open Water 2010 ? Creekers Lead the Pack The open water season began early this year with two swims before the end of April. The 1 & 2 mile at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton set the stage for...
Aug 4, 2010 - Shadow Cliffs Certification
WCM Open Water Outing to Shadow Cliffs Reservoir East Bay Regional Park Are you interested in practicing open water swims? An opportunity will be arranged next Spring to become certified to swim ...
Jul 5, 2010 - A Swimmer Among Us
Beauty is more than skin deep. But, this person is truly blessed, because she extends her natural beauty to the world around her! Many may know Beverly Dubrin as the woman behind coordinating and pac...
Jun 23, 2010 - 2010 Open Water Commencement Swim at Del Valle
The Swim From Del Valle About 30 Creekers participated in the 1.5 national championship open water swim race, and the shorter .75 mile preliminary race, held at Lake Del Valle in Livermore on Sunday, ...
Jun 13, 2010 - Update on City Budget & WCM Funding Remodel
As you know, team members and Board members have participated in City Council meetings regarding the proposed City budget proposal since April in efforts to keep Kerry as a city employee in a paid coa...
Jun 3, 2010 - Peachy Time in Georgia
WCM took a smaller team of 21 swimmers this year to Nationals in Atlanta, but that did not stop us! We still managed to finish third out of 165 teams in the Club Division with 548.5 poi...
May 13, 2010 - Business as Usual
Please let everyone know, that despite the events that are taking place in City Hall, WCM board continues to work with City staff on a funding model for 2011. So, plan to use your annual or monthly ...
May 6, 2010 - City Council Meeting Update
We have the attention of the Walnut Creek City Council! Our letter writing response to City Council regarding the proposed city cutbacks was overwhelming. The City had a file folder an inch thick wi...
Apr 28, 2010 - Proposed City Cutbacks for WCM
The City of Walnut Creek is facing a severe city budget deficit due to declining city revenues. Among the many current budget cut proposals is the elimination of City funding for our WCM coaches. Coac...
Apr 21, 2010 - Survey Results
Coach Kerry to double daily workout yardage in response to 2010 Team Survey Not really. Read below for what?s really going to happen. Introduction. Walnut Creek Masters (WCM) conducted a voluntary ...
Feb 13, 2010 - Annual Meeting Highlights
Our Annual Team Meeting was held on Saturday morning February 13. Team members present elected Mary Williams as our new Women?s Team Captain. Mary will serve a 2-year term through 2010 and 2011. Thre...
Jan 24, 2010 - Hour Swim Re-cap
Thirty swimmers participated in our Sunday January 24 annual Hour Swim fitness event. The highlight of the morning was the pancake breakfast prepared by Chef Bosco served after the first morning's hea...
Dec 13, 2009 - Holiday Dinner A Huge Success
Walnut Creek Masters celebrated their annual Holiday Dinner on Sunday evening, December 13. This year's event was a record breaker in terms of fundraising. Between the silent and live auction $6650 wa...
Dec 10, 2009 - WCM Swimmers Score in PMS 2009 Open Water Season Points Competition
This past year a record number of WCM swimmers participated in Open Water Competitions. Thirty-six WCM women scored points in one or more PMS-sanctioned open water swims, along with thirty-five men. T...
Nov 12, 2009 - 60 Creekers Gather for 3 AM Work Out
Coach Kerry issued the challenge and Walnut Creek Masters responded. The goal was to exceed the 44 sleepy eyed swimmers who attended last year?s inaugural 3 AM practice. We did with a 33% increase in ...
Oct 2, 2009 - WCM Swimmer Conquers Strait of Gibraltar
Sep 17, 2009 - Creeker Member Lost
September 15, during the 10:30 practice, WCM member Jack Bertram had an apparent heart attack while in the water swimming. He was quickly removed from the water, assessed, ventilated, gievn CPR, and s...
Aug 3, 2009 - Creek Swimmers Brave Cold Monterey Bay August 1-2
Jul 28, 2009 - Coaches Corner - Swim Suit Wars
Swim Suit Wars: In the Midst of Battle At the time of this writing, swim generals continue to wage more battles in the ?Technical Suit? wars, with the potential to leave an enormous number o...
Jul 13, 2009 - Eight Creekers Are Age-Group High Point Winners at PMS Long Course Championships
Apr 15, 2009 - 2009 March Madness Swimmers Log 4,357,611 Total Yards
58 WCM swimmers logged a total of 4,357,611 total yards during the 2009 March Madness event. Check out the Fitness Tab for more details.
Oct 15, 2007 - SCM Championships Team Recap
Oct 1, 2007 - WCM Awarded USMS Club of the Year for 2007
Walnut Creek Masters has been awarded the prestigious title of United States Masters Swimming's "Club of the Year" for 2007.This is the highest honor given a club/team by the national governing bo...
Aug 21, 2006 - World Championship Recap
WCM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> RECAP Walnut Creek Masters had a great time at Masters World Championships! The meet was held at ?xml...
Jun 9, 2006 - "Creeker" Wins Ironman Japan
Walnut Creek Masters member and pro triathlete Chris Lieto won the 2006 Ironman Japan, building a commanding lead and setting a course record on the very challenging bike course. This was Chris's se...
May 1, 2005 - "CREEKERS" TAKE LARGE TEAM TITLE
On the strength of the "Team 200" campaigne, Walnut Creek Masters claimed the Pacific Masters Short Course Championships in the large team division. 147 members competed in the meet,combined with thos...
Aug 25, 2004 - National Team wins LCM Championship in Georgia