The Monday Message

December 5, 2022


Please VOTE in the DAM Board Election. Candidates statements.

RENEW your USMS Membership before Jan 1, or you can't swim:(.

SWIM. Keep doing that. Unless you don't renew, then you can't. And don't forget to vote in the DAM Board Election. Trust me, important stuff.

Head Coach's Message 

   I hope everyone is doing well. I just have a couple of quick updates for you. 

Brute Update

   Thank you to everyone who made the Brute Squad a super successful event! As of now, we have 164 total registered Brutes from 31 different teams. 83 of those Brutes are from DAM! If you completed your Brute but haven’t registered, don’t worry, you still have a few days (registration closes on 12/10 - see the link below). Congrats to everyone who competed in this event. The Brute Squad is very difficult and you should be proud of your accomplishment! Well done!

Follow this link to register: 2022 Brute Squad Registration

Coach Matt Health Update

   Just wanted to let everyone know that I unfortunately tested positive for Covid last week. I’m doing well, feeling a little better each day. I’m hoping this passes and I can return soon. In the meantime, our awesome assistant coaches have been doing a tremendous job stepping up to take workouts on short notice. Please join me in thanking them for their dedication and hard work. While I am away from the deck, I will still be handling all my admin work. If you have any questions or need anything, feel free to reach out. Thank you for your understanding. Hopefully I will see you all soon!

Coach Matt

USMS Registration Renewal

   Its time for all DAM swimmers to renew their USMS registration!


   Everyone who swims with DAM must maintain current registration with USMS. The USMS provides liability insurance for DAM and its coaches, and DAM requires that all participants in our workouts, weekend lap swims, and competitions are registered.

   After January 1, swimmers who have not renewed their USMS registration will not be able to swim!

   The USMS offers a "Standard USMS Membership" - this is what DAM requires. The "full access membership" is not required, but it will also satisfy DAM's requirement.

Annual DAM Meeting, Holiday Potluck, and Silent Auction

6:00-8:30pm. Saturday, December 10

Davis Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room, 646 A St.

   This is it folks - the biggest event of the whole DAM year. You're invited this Saturday to a party unlike any other in our club's history. In addition to hearing our Annual Report and seeing numerous award presentations, you'll also have an opportunity to support the club through our Silent Auction, and still have time to mingle with our new Head Coach and celebrate with your many new and familiar teammates.

Event Timeline

6:00pm - Arrival with dishes for potluck buffet. (Please fill out name tag.)

6:00pm – Silent Auction opens

6:20pm – Potluck buffet begins

7:00pm – Silent Auction closes, winners identified and payments due (check or credit card only)

7:15pm – Annual Business meeting (with election results)

7:30pm – Award presentations and member recognition

8:30pm – Event concludes, and cleanup begins

   DAM supplies non-alcoholic beverages and beer. DAM members bring food and wine to share, and earn one (1) easy Grand Prix point for doing so.

Last Names

  • A-I: Please bring a Salad or Side Dish
  • J-N: Dessert
  • O-Z: Main Dish

Please bring a labeled serving utensil for your shared dish and your own eating utensils if you don't prefer plastic.

   The results of the DAM Board elections and the winners of the Lillian Rowan, Lucille Barry, Steve Carlson and Scott Allison awards will be announced. Also, Grand Prix prizes will be awarded and all of our fabulous volunteers and coaching staff will be recognized, as well.

   The evening also includes the Inaugural Silent Auction where you'll have your chance to bid on spectacular and unique items and experiences including:

  • 2-night stays in Capitola or Mammoth Lakes
  • Personal tours of wineries and cattle ranches
  • Artwork and crafts from local artists
  • Swim lessons and game nights
  • Numerous gift baskets of all varieties

    DAM Store Holiday Orders Due Today

    Looking for some DAM apparel to show off your team pride? Need the perfect gift for a fashion conscious swimmer in your life? Well you’re in luck! The DAM team store (online order)(pdf flyer)is open for business. Find cool DAM-branded shirts, hats, jackets, bags, sweats, and more. Purchase by December 5th to receive your order by Christmas. If you have questions, contact Lynda Yancher.

    DAM Board Election - Candidate Statements and Ballot

       There are four candidates for the upcoming DAM Board election. Their statements are below. There are four open seats on the board, and four candidates for those seats. Our bylaws require that we hold an election, though, even if it seems pointless. Here is a link to your ballot. Please take a moment and cast a ballot!  

       Even though the election seems pointless, this is the time of the year that a new board will form to lead DAM for the next year. Its a good time to think about the DAM things that are important to you, and share those thoughts with one of these candidates, or with another board member.

       Vote in the DAM Board election!

    Theresa Keegan

       Davis Aquatic Masters is an incredible masters swim program that I was fortunate to experience first as an undergraduate student and then again upon my return to Davis eight years ago. What I find most enjoyable about DAM is not just the opportunity to participate in the many coached workouts, but to meet new swimmers, see friends and colleagues, and be a part of a positive swimming community. For the past few years, the DAM Board has navigated a variety of challenging situations, yet has remained steadfast in finding creative and equitable ways to keep us all in the water and minimize disruptions. During my running years, I served as a board member for West Valley Track Club helping to grow and serve that running community. Swimming is my focus now and the success of any program is based on an engaged and dedicated membership. I would be honored to serve on the Board of Directors to represent the swimming community and contribute to the growth and successes of DAM’s goals.

    Patricia Quinn

       If elected, this will be my eighth year serving on the board. I am looking forward to one more term, hoping to finish up a few projects that have been underway for several years. I now am in a position to provide the much needed historical viewpoint as DAM faces new challenges, and I hope that my continued participation will serve to make our swim team stronger and continue our history of success.

    Steve Reynolds

       I would like to serve on the Davis Aquatic Masters Board of Directors for another term. I believe that I have contributed as a board member during the last term. Like most boards it takes some time to understand the organization, especially from the Board’s perspective. In a second term I will be a contributing member from the start. We have a strong board and I look forward to serving another term. I am an attorney with an office in downtown Davis. It has been handy at times to have some board members with a legal background. I have advised and served on a few community boards of directors over the years. DAM successfully faced a number of challenges over the last two years; I would like to help build on those successes.

    John Yoder

       I would like to serve on the board of directors of Davis Aquatic Masters. I have been associated with DAM since 1992, some years attending lots of practices and others not, depending on life stages of kids, careers, and conditioning. After a several-year hiatus I started swimming seriously again about six years ago and have since grown to love the workouts, coaching, consistency, and social community of Davis Aquatic Masters. I generally swim from 11:00-12:00 somewhere in the middle of the pool. If you see someone swimming butterfly in lane 5 around that time, it’s not me; I don’t swim butterfly, but I do love to watch it done right. Currently I’m a retired plant biology professor who would rather help the DAM board of directors keep our club the best swim club west of the Mississippi than write more lectures and papers. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Visiting Swimmer Reminder

       With the holidays upon us, and the opportunity for visiting friends and family to swim with DAM increases, please remember our club policy for drop-in swimmers. 

       All visitors must be current USMS members and pay a one-swim fee of $10 or $20 for a week of swimming. 

       If the lanes are crowded, DAM members always have swim priority over visitors.

    Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

    DAM Board Meeting

    The next DAM Board meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30PM in the Brady Building.

    DAM Board Meeting

    The next DAM Board meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8, at 6:30PM in the Brady Building.

    DAM Birthdays 

    Lizzie GedestadTuesday, December 6
    Evelyn HealyTuesday, December 6
    Byron PhilleoTuesday, December 6
    Gretchen ZachanTuesday, December 6
    Gay BawananWednesday, December 7
    Fadi FathallahThursday, December 8
    Dennis WilsonThursday, December 8
    Alan RowlandFriday, December 9
    Karen ShapiroFriday, December 9
    Eric WylesFriday, December 9
    Kathleen MorrisSunday, December 11

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