NOVATO, Calif., Oct. 14. ON Friday, October 11th, 2002, Pacific Masters reached a milestone by registering it 10,000th member for the year.
Michele Heinz of the Santa Clara Swim Club was the 10,000 registered member this year. Her 2003 membership fee will be picked by Pacific Masters.
Pacific Masters, the largest regional organization of United States Masters Swimming, became the first LMSC to hit the five digit number. Last year Pac Masters was within striking distance of the magic number at year's end and finished with 9700 registered swimmers.
Pacific has enjoyed ten years of sustained growth, increasing its membership by about 500 swimmers a year.
"This is really a tribute to the coaches, meet directors and all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the athletes" said Chairman Michael Moore. "With the continued support of these volunteers and the emphasis now being placed on physical fitness, I am sure we will continue to lead USMS in membership.