The Monday Message

February 27, 2023

Head Coach's Message

Check out this great video on freestyle breathing: Why You’re Out of Breath After 100 M Swimming. It has some great advice on breathing technique!

I have found that many issues in swimming stem from improper breathing. Breathing too long, lifting your head too high, gulping air, not exhaling, etc. These issues all create ripple effects which can cause problems in other parts of your stroke. If you can clean up your breathing technique, you will probably solve other issues with your stroke mechanics. This video gives some great tips and advice. Take a few minutes and check it out!


Workout Schedule 

We are finally back to our regular schedule! In case you forgot, since it has been a while, here is our weekly schedule:

M/W/F - 6 am (Arroyo), 6 am, 7am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 6:15 pm (Civic)

T/Th - 6 am (Arroyo), 6 am, 7am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 6:15 pm (at Civic)

Saturday - 7 am, 8 am coached workouts, 9 am - 12 pm lap swim (all at Civic)

Sunday - 10 am - 2 pm lap swim (at Civic)

Brute Squad Party

Did you compete in the Brute Squad or Brute Squad Lite (Competitive or Non-Competitive) last November? We are throwing a party to celebrate your accomplishment! Come hang out with your fellow Brutes, pick up your certificates, caps, and awards. Bring a snack to share and enjoy a FREE BEER! See the details below. Hope to see you there!


Date: Sunday March 5th

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Location: Dunloe Brewery - 1606 Olive Drive

Who: All Brute Squad Athletes (Competitive, Non-Competitive, Full and Lite - if you completed any of the Brute Squad options, you are invited)

What to Bring: Bring a snack to share (for example: chips, pretzels, cookies, something to enjoy with a beer)

RSVP: Lynda Yancher (

February Grand Prix Events

  • 3/5/23 - Bay Area Senior Games
  • 3/26/23 - Sacramento Masters Short Course Pentathlon
    • Location: North Natomas Aquatic Complex: 2601 New Market Drive, Sacramento CA 95835
    • Event Info
    • Registration Page (Registration closes 3/24)
  • 4/14-4/16 - Pacific Swimming SCY Championships
    • Location: Morgan Hill Aquatic Center, Morgan Hill, CA
    • 4/27-4/30 - USMS Spring Nationals

    Find event information on the PacMasters site:

    Dr. Brian Cunningham Zoom Presentation

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Brian Cunningham will be doing a Zoom presentation for all DAM members on Thursday March 9th at 6:00 pm. Dr. Cunningham’s presentation is titled: “Tips to Swim Fast and Pain Free.” He will discuss pre-workout warm up, post-workout warm down, proper technique to swim pain free, and will answer questions submitted by DAM members. 

    Dr. Cunningham’s works with swimmers of all ages and abilities including USA National team members, USMS swimmers, triathletes, open water swimmers and was even a member of the staff at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. He brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in body mechanics, swimming and technique.

    The presentation will be free of charge. If you can make it, I highly recommend being there (virtually of course). I will send out a link as we get closer to the date.

    If you have questions for Dr. Cunningham, please send them to Coach Matt ( by Monday 3/6.  

    DAM Board Meeting

    The next DAM Board meeting will be on Tuesday, March14, at 6:30PM in the Brady Building.

    DAM Birthdays 

    Patricia QuinnMonday, February 27
    Rebecca ZhuoTuesday, February 28
    Bryce CrawfordWednesday, February 29
    Christopher LeeThursday, March 2
    Kay LauterbachFriday, March 3
    David DaviesSaturday, March 4
    Edwin GrosholzSunday, March 5
    Julie RobertsSunday, March 5
    Mary Ann PaulazzoSunday, March 5
    Jared VoskuhlSunday, March 5
    Shula GlazermanSunday, March 5

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