The Monday Message - July 18, 2022


Head Coach Message

   Thank you so much for the warm welcome on Friday! It was great being back on deck and getting to meet so many new people. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you, learning your goals, and why you have chosen to swim for DAM. I will do my best to learn names as fast as possible, but please be patient, I have a lot of names to learn. 

   As we move forward, you can expect to see the same workout plan that we have been running (Kick/Pull, IM, Sprint, Distance). Saturday workouts will be coach's choice. I will try to keep things fresh while working within those parameters. I’m a firm believer that swimming can be fun and interesting while still being a great workout. 

   If you have questions or want to get in contact with me, feel free to reach out. My email address is

   I hope you enjoyed our first two workouts together. Looking forward to many more!

Coach Matt

This is Coach Matt's first Monday Message!  Matt started his tenure as DAM Head Coach on Friday, July 15. -ed.

Upcoming Schedule Changes

Civic Pool 8AM and 9AM practices return! 

    The 8 and 9am practices at Civic on Mon/Wed/Fri will resume on Monday, August 8. This decision by the Board is to help alleviate crowded Civic conditions at the 7am and the 10am sessions.

    We appreciate everyone's cooperation during this current eight-week period where DAM voided those two slots in order for the DARTS to resume their traditional summer schedule. The DART staff was very grateful for our assistance.

Long Course Schedule

  Long course training (T/Th 6:00am and T/TH 6:00 pm and 7:00pm) continues at Schaal pool through Thursday, August 4

  Beginning Tuesday, August 9, those practices return to Arroyo (6:00am) and Civic (6:15pm). 

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

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

Monday, August 8

Civic MWF 8&9AM practices resume

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.

Currently, DAM has the second largest number of entries in the meet (16) and with just another 10 or so bodies, our club could win its first Pacific Masters Championship meet in over 40 years. Signup and come be a part of the fun!

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 Thursday, August 18, at 6:30PM in the Brady Building.

DAM Birthdays 

Wendy PrattMonday, July 18
Naomi RubinMonday, July 18
Mark SchwartzWednesday, July 20
Joan CrowThursday, July 21
Michelle AgnewThursday, July 21
Mark DamesynThursday, July 21
Nancy StoneThursday, July 21
Christian ScheuringFriday, July 22
Steven SmithSaturday, July 23
Sean KosSunday, July 24

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