The Monday Message - July 11, 2022


Thank you, DAM Coaching Staff!

Hello fellow DAMmers!

   I wanted to take a moment to shout out a major appreciation and gratitude to our incredible coaching staff during this challenging transitional time. Our club has had our fair share of ups, downs, and all-arounds, but even with that said, we have not had a single practice canceled due to the lack of commitment by the coaching staff this past year. From late-night, last-minute fill-ins, to day-of second guard step-ups, this staff has done everything in their power to ensure that this club stays afloat no matter what.

   As many of you know, there have been certain emergencies and safety precautions that took place on deck this year, and our staff was ready and able to come to the rescue for all of those members without fail. The safety of the membership has always been at the forefront of each of our minds, which shows just how much this staff cares about its members.

   While many of you may not have noticed anything different other than the variety or assortment of faces on deck, your coaches and fellow club members have been absolutely amazing. Each one having gone above and beyond to be there for all of us when we needed them most and making sacrifices in their own lives to make sure that we could all swim every day and get in our workouts. It may not have been a perfect process, or even the most ideal, but the club is still up and running (or swimming you could say), so that’s gotta be something!

   My sincerest thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to the following coaches; without these special individuals on deck during the past year, this club would not be functioning. They stepped up and took action when no one else could; they took time away from their jobs and/or families/social lives to be there for us all. So without further ado, in no particular order, please give a virtual round of applause to the following fabulous folks! :)

  • Andy McPherson
  • Michelle Goldberg
  • Jon Jensen
  • Sean Kos
  • Tovah Skiles
  • Alex May
  • Kelly Neal
  • Megan Lien
  • Tom Brown
  • Mike Brown
  • Jennifer Phalen
  • Kate Andrup Stephensen
  • Lisa Fischer
  • Rose Cholewinski
  • Kerry Halsted (she’s been writing our workouts!!!)

You are all super coaches in my eyes. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being the on-deck presence that we needed in order for all of us to do what we love! Some of our staff will be moving on to different places, so to those individuals, we send you off with the best of wishes in your future endeavors.

   And now (or very soon), we are excited and very ready to hand the coaching baton over to our next head coach!

   Warmest Regards and Happy Summer!

Vivian :)

Summer Splash, BBQ, Pool Party, and "(Swim) Meet the Zachans"

   Here it comes! Sunday, August 7, is the date of our annual summer BBQ with a few new twists. This year, the day begins with the Summer Splash swim meet in the morning, before returning that evening for a club BBQ, Team Photo, Open Swim in the Arroyo pool, all the while we'll be welcoming Matt and his family to the enormity of our most excellent club. It's been over a year since DAM has offered a full club gathering and we're excited for our members to attend an outdoor event where we can socialize with old friends and introduce ourselves to some very new acquaintances.

  •    The Summer Splash is an intrasquad meet for DAM members only. Gates at Arroyo open at 8:00am, with warmups at 8:15 and the meet starting at 9:00am. Full details and the order of events can be found at this link.  In addition to DAM members racing, we also need DAM members timing, both of whom earn 2 Grand prix points for their efforts. Please let us know in advance if you're planning to attend as a swimmer or a timer, by signing up here at SignUp Genius. Actual event entries take place in the morning at Arroyo.
  •   The BBQ will be from 5:30-8:00pm. DAM will set up canopies, tables and BBQ's in the park just south of the pool under the trees. All members and their immediate families (kids welcome) are invited to attend. Bring a dish and your favorite beverage to share, along with whatever you would like to put on the grill for the BBQ. DAM will provide chilled waters for everyone. The BBQ is free. 
  •   The Pool Party is from 6:30-8:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per person or $10 per family. As we are limited to only 200 people in the pool area, advance registration will be required and is available here on SignUp Genius. To help control squad size and to minimize non-member intrusions, we will have check-in, payment and wrist badge distribution on the lawn at the BBQ.  
  •   No alcohol or glass is allowed in the pool area.
  •   We are also taking a TEAM PHOTO at 8:00 p.m. You are encouraged to wear either your 2022 Berryessa shirt or your One Hour Swim Champions shirt. 

Upcoming Events

Friday, July 15  

Coach Matt's first day on the DAM deck

Fr-Su July 29-31

Pacific Masters Long Course Championships, Novato

W-Su Aug 3-7

USMS Long Course Nationals, Richmond, VA

Thursday, Aug 4

Long course practices end at Schaal

Sunday, Aug 7

Summer Splash, BBQ & Pool Party, Arroyo

Pacific Masters LCM Championships, July 29-31

   The 2022 Pacific Masters Long Course Swimming Championships will be hosted by Marin Aquatic Masters at Indian Valley College in Novato (about a 1-hr drive from Davis). The deadline for online entries is Wednesday, July 20, 11:59 p.m. Here is the link to online registration

   If you've been doing any long course swimming at Schaal this summer, this meet is for you. Take a day or two and come join our new Head Coach Matt Zachan along with a couple other dozen of your DAM teammates in a fun weekend of swimming.

Summer Schedule Reminder

DAM Coached Practices, June 13-August 5

Pool Times Days
Civic 6AM, 7AM M, Tu, W, Th, F
Arroyo 6AM M, W, F
Schaal 6AM Tu, Th
Civic 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM M, Tu, W, Th, F
Civic 6:15PM M, W, F
Schaal 6:05PM, 7:05PM Tu, Th
Civic 7AM, 8AM Sat

DAM Board Meeting

The next DAM Board meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30PM in the Brady Building.

DAM Birthdays 

Elizabeth DuganMonday, July 11
Reginald PowellTuesday, July 12
Jason BundyFriday, July 15
Todd SniderSaturday, July 16

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