About Masters Swim
One of the largest Masters swim teams in Northern California, Menlo Masters has a rich history of healthy competition and community. We welcome swimmers of all abilities, age 18 and up, who are interested in regular structured workouts. Previous experience in competitive swimming is not necessary. Masters swimmers include beginners, triathletes, former collegiate athletes, nationally ranked competitors and everything in between — all ages, shapes, and sizes. Menlo Masters offers 19 coached workouts per week. Every workout is different and you’ll learn something each and every time. Along with ongoing conditioning at workouts, the team provides stroke instruction, intra-club activities, competitions, and social events throughout the year. We focus on developing swimming skills, enhancing the enjoyment of swimming through regular workouts and professional instruction, and the promotion of lifetime fitness through swimming.
Menlo Masters workouts are fun and challenging, full of camaraderie and high heart rates. You’ll hear a lot of laughter as well as a few groans. You’ll test yourself against high energy teammates and have some early mornings. So show up and see what happens!
The pool is 11 lanes, 25 yards. We use some lanes or all of them depending. During Covid-19 operations, we are only allowed one swimmer per lane and reservations are required for the workouts.
Coaching and the sets
Menlo Masters workouts are all coached with well-defined sets. The whole pool does the same workout, just with longer intervals and fewer yards in the slower lanes. Each workout starts with a warmup and then the lane is given the first of the main sets. When you’re done with that, the second set is introduced, and so forth. Workout emphasis varies. You may do drills, strokes, or sprints. Or long distance free, pulling or kicking. We keep meets and open water swims in mind, providing opportunity to build up to those events. And look out for those relays! Check the calendar for upcoming workout focus. If you wish to swim on your own, please do so during designated lap swim times, available 7 days a week. You may add unlimited lap swim to your Masters membership.
Normally, Menlo Masters provides pull buoys, paddles, fins, and kickboards, but during this time, you will need to bring your own as we are not allowed to provide shared equipment. Please use gear on the sets that require it. Workouts are designed to train your stroke mechanics and fitness in specific ways, so gear versus no-gear swims are purposeful.
Workouts are meant to be challenging but enjoyable. Communicate with your lane mates, ask questions, and get the most out of your training by putting good effort into the sets. With Menlo Masters, you’ll find that every workout is different and you learn something every time. Swimming is good for the mind as well as the body!
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Check out the following team events. Look forward to seeing you at one or more of them…in person!
- Oct 16, Masters Meet at Alpine Hills. The Alpine Hills Masters team has invited us to a meet Saturday, Oct 16. Warm-ups at 8am, start at 9am. Link to register and other details are in the Oct 9 newsletter. Join us for a bit of speedy swimming!
- Killer Quad is a-comin’! We return to the classic version of the KQ challenge: 1 swim on the holiday, facility open for just our team. Save these dates:
Halloween Hour swim – Oct 30 & 31
Thanksgiving 50 x 100 – Nov 25, 8am
Christmas 75 x 100 – Dec 26, 8am
New Year’s 100 x 100 – Jan 1, 8am
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Schedule & Pricing for Masters Swim
|Mon–Sat:||6:00am – 7:00am|
|Mon–Sat:||7:00am – 8:00am|
|Mon/Tues/Thurs:||12:00pm – 1:00pm|
|Thursday:||7:00pm – 8:00pm|
|Sunday:||7:00am – 8:00am|
Pricing: Learn more about workouts how we run our sessions.
Adults: $114 per month
Student/Senior (60+ for Senior): $104 per month
*$30 Annual Team Fee
Masters memberships require an annual $30 team fee. Annual team fees are payable upon registration. Monthly memberships are billed on the first day of the month.
Menlo Masters is part of the US Masters Swimming association. Your USMS card is required to participate in Masters swimming events and you receive the benefits of regional and national news about Masters swimming. You may register directly on their website at www.usms.org/reg/
Our Master Swim Coaches
Tim Sheeper / Founder and Head Coach
For over 20 years Tim Sheeper has coached athletes of all ages. He has and is currently coaching the beginner, intermediate and elite level athlete. In that time he has led more than 4,000 athletes through more than 20,000 training sessions, and has become one of the most prolific triathlon coaches in the country. Tim has been competing in triathlons for 25 years and has been racing in running competitions since the age of 8. His passion for building community among multi-sport athletes resulted in founding a triathlon team in the mid 1990’s, which is now called Team Sheeper. Tim’s mission in life is to encourage and motivate people to live a life full of activity, strengthening the body and the mind, and discovering we are capable of doing much more in life than once thought possible. Tim also makes family a priority. He has three children who are active in sports and his wife Lisa is herself a champion swimmer and team advocate. Tim’s interest in developing whole-person athletes extends to families in aquatics and outdoor activities while supporting members’ personal commitments.
Becky Seelos / Swim Coach
Becky has been in and around water since she was a baby. She started swimming competitively at age 6 and by the time she reached high school she was ready for something new; water polo stole her heart instantly! She has been playing water polo for 10 years, on a nationally ranked team at CSU Bakersfield (position: driver), and for fun with a masters team after college. In addition to Masters, Becky coaches our Menlo Mavericks Youth Water Polo team.
Bruce Smith / Swim Coach
Bruce grew up in New York City, then came to the Bay Area via Stanford University. An avid triathlete, he coached the Stanford Triathlon Team for a decade. His swim coaching career began in 1993 as a substitute coach for the Stanford Masters. Two years later, Bruce started Alpine Portola Aquatics, which grew from a small recreation swim team of 32 swimmers to a top age group program of 150+ swimmers, producing Junior National champions, Senior national and Olympic Trials qualifiers and Pacific and National record holders. In 2003, he helped found Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, remaining a site director/head coach there until 2013, when he chose to focus on coaching. He also coached for Gunn High School and most recently, he became the head coach of our new youth swim club at Burgess Pool, PASA-Menlo Park. Bruce coached for two Hall of Fame coaches who became his mentors and shaped his current coaching philosophy: Richard Quick, the former Head Coach of the Stanford Women’s Swim Team, and Matt Kredich, the current head coach at University of Tennessee. His current passions are spending time in Pescadero, exploring the world by bike, and being a parent to two new kittens.
Rachel Zoromski / Swim Coach
Rachel has been swimming with the team at workouts and swim meets for the past year. Along with coaching our Masters swimmers, she is also an assistant coach for PASA-Menlo Park. An energetic and exuberant swimmer with a deep passion for our sport, she has an extensive swim history and is also extremely qualified as a physical strength and exercise coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I pay for my Menlo Masters membership?
A: At this time we are only offering monthly Masters memberships which you can sign up for here. These memberships will renew automatically each month until you cancel your membership.
Q: How do I cancel, suspend, or change my membership?
A: If you would like to cancel your Menlo Masters membership completely, please fill out the online Cancellation Form. Cancellation requests may also be emailed to email@example.com. Cancellation requests must be submitted by the 15th of current month to terminate recurring payment/membership for the following month.
Q: What is the annual Team Fee used for?
A: The fee is used for awards, food, intramural event production, and team extras — all things that go into improving the quality and value of the team.
Q: What is USMS Membership?
A: To swim with Menlo Masters, you must register for a Menlo Masters membership and pay the annual team fee with Menlo Swim. Once you have registered with Menlo Swim and Sport, you must also register with U.S. Masters Swimming. Since Menlo Masters is part of USMS, all members must be registered with USMS for insurance purposes. You may register directly on their website.
Q: Do I register with USMS directly or does Menlo Swim and Sport do so?
A: You must renew your USMS membership directly with USMS. Once you have registered with USMS, please let us know so we can update our records.
New Year, new annual plan, new approach, new monthly focal points. With 2020 in our rear view mirror, let’s forge ahead with a renewed sense of purpose in our swimming by continuing to make the most of our time in the water.
A phoenix symbolizes birth, death and rebirth as well as eternity, strength and renewal. The whole idea that the mythical bird is reborn from the ashes from the flames of death signifies a journey through fire or adversity. Its a great way to express a transformation or survival of a challenge.
What it will mean to Menlo Masters is 6 months of short to middle distance high tempo training January-June where we celebrate spirit, health, and high tempo. The challenges, and the entire project will have online support documentation to monitor participation and personal advancements.
Phoenix Project Monthly Plan:
|January||200 or 5 minute Kick Challenge – Kicking is the prime focus point of the month. Monitor progress by timing a 200 or totaling up yards covered in 5 minutes.|
|February||3 x 200 Freestyle Challenge-Recording average of the 200’s with 30 seconds rest between efforts. Focus is on building performance at the aerobic threshold level.|
|March||IM (Individual Medley) Month-Weekly progression from 100’s in the 1st week to 400’s in the 4th week.|
|April||Versatility Challenge – Culmination of the efforts from the first quarter of the year. The versatility challenge consists of a 300 Free, 200 IM, 100 Kick. 1 minute rest between efforts. Total time recorded.|
|May||Power 25 Month – Alternating weeks of short rest and long rest between powerful repetitive 25 yard sprints.|
|June||100 Drop Challenge-Dropping or decreasing timed 100’s is the month’s goal. Freestyle, strokes, IM or all of the above.|
This is the Menlo Masters training plan adapting to our new reality which could potentially produce stronger and more complete swimmers. Most will have a strength or two shine through while all will have the opportunity to improve upon a component that is not considered a strength.
July – Dynamic Duo
33 duos swam 2000yds total, alternating 50s. All pairs across 4 heats earned awards of fruit for their efforts, from 10th place plums through citrus and melons up to the king of fruits – the pineapple! Great swimming across the board – times ranged from 21+ minutes to 29 minutes, depending on who was signed up for the heat. A few teams had handicaps of “no freestyle” and some duos self-selected a few 50s of non-freestyle. We had 4 “family” teams this year. Our pineapple winners: Mike Ingardia / Katy Basile, Eric Kinney / John Goldman, Tom and Jennifer Still, Aaron and Leslie Platshon. Click below for full results of each heat.
June – Lake Del Valle Open Water 1.2K
Of the four swims offered at the Del Valle Open Water Festival this year, the 1.2K event on Sunday was our team focus event. 11 team members represented Menlo Masters in that distance, led by Marianne Brems who took first place in her age group. She then went back in the water to swim the 2.5K race and won that as well, with two other teammates swimming that race also.
On Saturday, Scott Kaloust was our only team member to take on the 10K this year, swimming 4, 2.5K loops in just over 3 hours, placing 3rd in his age group. With him, seven team members completed the 5K swim.
Click the image for the full list of Del Valle swims. (Coming soon…)
May – 30-30-30 Challenge
Fifteen team members completed the 30-30-30 Challenge this year – 30 swims of at least 30 minutes for 30 days in a row. Congratulations all! Click the image for the full list.
April – USMS Spring Nationals
Results summary coming soon!
April – Blue, Gold and Red Intrasquad Meet
Swimmer-of-the-Year Scott Kaloust lead the Blue (Men) Team to a resounding success this year, over the Gold (Women) Team, led by Stacy Fredericksen and Ann Kay. For this informal intramural meet, the men trounced the women in participation – over 120 swims to women’s 90. They also took the honors in shoe donations to My New Red Shoes – 62 pairs to 42 pairs, for a total 104 pairs donated.
The most important results are the camaraderie we build across lanes and workouts when we come together for our team events, and the impact we have when we give back to our Bay Area community. Timi Most, team member and board member of My New Red Shoes, shared this:
“What a VERY successful shoe drive by Menlo Masters…over double what we did in 2014…I continue to be moved and so grateful when I see the positive difference in the lives of homeless children our gift makes. It is not only a basic need but a huge confidence booster for these kids going to school…The support of our team really makes a difference in the lives of these children.”
March – Rinconada
Twenty team members swam 80 events at Rinconada this year – 33 first place swims by 16 team members and 7 records posted by 5 team members. Two team members took on the special 1650 fly event: Brett Bannan and Frances Reneau. Read what Frances wrote about this year’s swim. Click the image for the full list of swims at Rinconada.
February – Can Do
80 swimmers met or passed the 50,000 yard mark, 15 met or passed the 100,000 yard mark. 150+ posted yards for February. 100k+ finishers are listed below – click the image for the full list.
Menlo Masters Records
We keep records of the fastest time swum by a Menlo Masters swimmer at a swim meet – all 18 individual events and the standard relays for Short Course Yards, Long Course Meters and Short Course Meters. These swims must be logged in the USMS database as part of the official meet results. Check our team’s amazing swims via the links below!
Short Course Yards
Long Course Meters
Short Course Meters
Swimmers of the Year
Every year, Menlo Masters presents a Swimmer of the Year award to two exceptional individuals on the team. They are chosen for their personal, behavioral characteristics as well as for their athletic achievements and team contributions.
While many team members may be worthy of this award each year, these athletes are singled out because of the way they elevated themselves in achieving ordinary to outstanding results during that year. And more importantly, they have improved our already thriving team culture by their actions and demeanor.
In the end, our team would just not be as successful without the involvement of these individuals. Congratulations to our winners!
2020: Cami Johnson and Keith Wilson
2019: Meredith Rohr and Stephane Moradian
2018: Nancy Prouty and David Crankshaw
2017: Anna Lippi and Andy Chan
2016: Stacy Fredericksen and Scott Kaloust
2015: Stephanie Couch and Matt Messmer
2014: Louise Feeley and Brett Bannan
2013: Barbara Breen and Harlan Pinto
2012: Marianne Brems and Kent Stietzel
2011: Judith Schwartz and Dave Gildea
2010: Barbara Jones and Carl Mortensen
2009: Miki Armstrong and Bill Dawson
2008: Sandy Dutro and John Sulzbach
2007: Sue McGlennon and John Goldman
2006: Lisa Sheeper and Murray McLachlan
2005: Juliette Applewhite and Peter Shepherd
2004: Jana Matena and Phil Arcuni
2003: Tasha Capen and Jim Kemp
2002: Ann Kay and Al Humphrey
2001: Frances Reneau and Scott Marshall
2000: Whitney Wood and Dave Quincy
1999: Rebecca Pinto and Dick Bennett
1998: Jane Burks and Sherman Hall
1997: Judy Strauss and Ed Owen
1996: Ginny Langmuir and Rick Peterson
1995: Gail Roper and Brian Kohlmeier
Tim Sheeper / Founder and Head Coach
I am fortunate to have the privilege of being the coach of such a wonderful group of people known as the Menlo Masters. What has allowed me to keep busy at the “coaching craft” for nearly 3 decades is the quality individuals who I am fortunate to interact with on a daily basis. Our Menlo Masters care deeply about their well being as evidenced by their dedication to swimming and they also care deeply about their fellow team members whom they share a great deal of time with in their swimming immersion.
Strong bonds and relationships are built between swimmers and these ties can be everlasting. We cherish each other and value these friendships.
We always keep in mind the teammates who have left our world and we choose to honor them every Memorial Day with a dedicated team workout.