Weekly Team Email: Monday February 27, 2017

Some of you may have read in the Davis enterprise an article regarding the upcoming changes to the user fees the city has decided upon.

In December, the Davis city council approved across-the-board user fee increases that will be effective 7/1/2017.  Two more increases will occur in July 2018 and July 2019. DAM staff and board members attended over 20 hours of fee structure meetings in 2016 prior to the final staff recommendation of the fee increase. Only existing city liabilities will be covered by the additional fees and the city will not be providing any additional services or structural upgrades.

The DAM rental fees at Civic pool will be increased this year from $72,000 annually to $84,000 annually. The current DAM finances are strong enough to absorb this increase without causing membership dues to change this year. However, dues will need to increase in 2018 and again in 2019 to accommodate the two additional user fee increases.

The board and staff wanted to inform the team about the upcoming dues increases and the cause of them well in advance so it would not come as a surprise to anyone. We have not had an increase in dues for 6 years. This has been in large part due to the fundraising efforts of the club – including Berryessa, the One Hour postal, Big Day of Giving, and the Brute Squad – as well as Stu’s efforts to keep our expenses down. These efforts will need to continue to ameliorate our expected dues increase, so this is also a call for members to step up to volunteer when asked, as this will to help keep our increases to a minimum. We still get the best value for our buck compared to any other Master’s club, not to mention our second-to-none coaching staff.

If you have any additional questions or comments about this, please contact Greg Stoner at president@damfast.org


Meet information and online registration are still available for the short course yards meet, on Sunday, March 5, in Sacramento. Hosted by the Spare Time American River Masters (STARM), this one day meet offers 50's, 100's, the 200 IM and 500 free. The meet starts at 10am and will be held at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825. The distance from Davis is about 20 miles and 25 minutes. This is a new masters club hosting their first-ever event. Let's try to get a large squad of our swimmers out there and give them some DAM good support. Entries close at midnight on Weds, March 1.

One Hour Swim and Food Drive

The two month-long OHS event has ended. If you swam the OHS, please enter you results online here. If you swam the 30 minute option, please let Mary or Stu know so that you'll be credited with one point for the 2017 Grand Prix.

We're ending our food drive for the Yolo County Food Bank tomorrow, as well. We have filled nearly two and 1/4 donation bins and reached just over $1,000 in cash donations. Please consider adding additional food or money before he YCFB pickup truck arrives on Friday.

2017 Grand Prix Month

March is the first of the two '30/30' months in our Grand Prix series (September is the other). DAM swimmers who swim a minimum of 30 minutes for 30 consecutive days, earn five points towards their Grand Prix total. The swims do NOT have to be swum at DAM practices, any regulation pool suffices, as this is an 'honor system' event. Everyone who swims on either the 1st or the 2nd of March is eligible to continue. More info on the 2017 Grand Prix. 

Other Upcoming Meet Info – 

Cal Aquatics Spring Meet - March 19. This annual meet is held at beautiful Spieker Pool in Berkeley. There are eight lanes for the races and ten for warm-ups. The meet features thirty events, starting at 8:30 am and ending mid-afternoon. Free t-shirts (available in both men's and women's styles) will be given to the first 275 people who enter. Information and registration.

PacMasters Short Course Championships - April 7-9. The Northern California regional championships, hosted by Walnut Creek Masters, will again be held at Campolindo HS in Moraga. The meet sheet and registration information will be available soon.

USMS Nationals - April 27-30. The short course championships will be held in Riverside at a new, state-of-the-art, community college, facility. The entry fee surcharge increases from $55 to $65 on March 7. Final online entries are due on March 27.  InformationSWIMMER preview and registration.

Reducing Resistance 

The challenge of maintaining stability and control for an airplane, which moves freely in three dimensions, is closely related to similar forces facing swimmers in the water. Because a swimmer is suspended in and not on the water, a change in any one of the three types of motion affects the other two. The three types of rotation needed to minimize resistance and enable control for airplanes and swimmers are Roll, Pitch and Yaw. Imagine three lines running through an airplane and intersecting at right angles at the airplane’s center of gravity.  Rotation around the front-to-back axis is called roll.   Rotation around the side-to-side axis is called pitch.   Rotation around the vertical axis is called yaw.

Swimmers need to be mindful of all three areas when correcting their body positions during the four strokes. To minimize resistance and maximize propulsive forces, try to:

 1) swim as flat as possible from head to toes, even during the extension in breaststroke (minimize Pitch)

 2) avoid over-rotating the hips in free and back (minimize Roll)

 3) resist crossing hands and arms past the body's midline (minimize Yaw)