2017 Spring Masters Nationals: The Claremont Club Masters Swim Team Scores at Nationals

Courtney Eads (50 points)– Once a star, always a star! Courtney placed top 4 in her age group and medaled in every individual event she swam. She carried TCC past 92 other teams to place them 60th overall out of 257. Courtney was a three-time Olympic Trial swimmer and achieved numerous age group swimming accolades. She is also a TCC Hall of Fame member. It was exciting to see Courtney back in a TCC cap. Here results were:


50 fly – seed: 27.81 final: 26.27

100 free – seed: 57.29 final: 54.61

100 fly – seed:1:01.67 final: 58.03

100 IM – seed: 1:03.44 final: 1:00.66

50 free – seed: 26:89 final: 25.01

200 free – seed: 2:05.29 final 1:57.36

 Ted Beatty (6 points)– Ted has had his eyes set on Nationals since the beginning of March. His training intensity in workouts has been superb. His times at this meet were a direct reflection of this improved performance in practice. Ted went as fast as he did his senior year in high school in the 100 fly, and had a lifetime best in the 100 back. His results were:

50 fly- seed: 26.70 final: 25.85

100 free – seed: 52.5 final: 53.56

100 fly – seed: 1:02.00 final: 59.43

100 IM – seed: 1:01.46 final: 1:00.55

50 free – seed: 23.89 final: 23.88

100 back – seed: 1:04.00 final: 1:01.57

Kathie Carlson – Kathie joined the TCC Masters a year and a half ago and when asked if she ever thought she’d be swimming at a masters nationals meet, her response was, “Are you crazy?” She smashed all of her previous personal bests from other masters meets:

100 IM – seed: 1:42.75 final: 1:36.02

50 breast – seed: 50.00 final: 47.28

50 free relay split 37.06 (total 3 relays)

Heinz Hercher (3 points)– Heinz loves to compete. He started TCC off with an 8th place performance in the 1000 and dropped more than 14 seconds from his seed time. His results were:

1000 free – seed: 12:45.00 final: 12:30.84

100 free – seed: 55.60 final: 57.18

100 fly – seed: 1:09.00 final: 1:07.87

50 free – seed: 25.6 final: 25.58

200 free – seed: 2:11.00 final: 2:09.89

Michelle Maranon (1 point)– Michelle has just recently joined TCC Masters and is already making huge improvements in her swimming. Her results were:

100 breast – seed: 1:20.50 final: 1:23.64

100 IM – seed: 1:24.23 final: 1:19.88

50 breast – seed: 40.05 final: 36.61

Frank McKinley – Frank is what you call a team player. He was only scheduled to swim on Saturday, but because we were 1 short for relays he came back on Sunday and stayed the whole day. That relay was very special for Frank because he was able to swim on the same team as his daughter, Kayla. His times were:

200 breast – seed: 2:43.57 final: 2:45.12

100 IM – seed: 1:10.47 final: 1:09.62

Monica McLean – Monica is so much fun to watch at meets. Monica never grew up swimming, but she is so competitive and driven to be successful that she is now swimming at Masters Nationals. She was so excited to swim on her first ever relay this weekend! Her times were:

200 IM – seed: 3:10.00 final: 3:17.20

50 free – seed: 34.75 final: 35.97

50 breast – seed: 45.80 final: 45.55

Special thanks to Kayla McKinley, Darren McCormick (3 points), and Gregory Jung for swimming with TCC and helping us on the relays!

TCC Swim Scores at 2017 June Age Group Championships

The Claremont Club Swim Team competed at the 2017 Southern California Swimming June Age Group Championships (Irvine) and had lots of fast swims and best times.

Marly Lough, 14, was crowned JAG champion in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Marly also finished 2nd in the 200 back, 100 free and 50 free. “I thought Marly had a fantastic meet. She had lifetime bests and really raced,” said an impressed Head Coach John Ries. “This should be the start of a fast summer.”

Others TCC swimmers scoring in the Top 16 were:
Michael Babaian, 14

400 free, 100 free, 50 free – 5th place | 200 fly, 100 fly – 7th

Eric Bletcher, 17

200 free, 400 free – 15th | 800 free – 7th | 1500 free – 12th

Ryder Davis, 9

50 fly – 14th

Marco Dinarte, 14

200 IM — 9th | 200 breast – 5th | 50 free – 7th | 100 free – 12th | 100 breast – 13th

William Huang, 17

200 breast – 14th | 200 fly – 15th | 100 breast – 16th

Asha McClain, 12

50 fly – 2nd | 100 breast, 50 breast – 11th | 100 fly – 4th | 50 free – 8th

Marcos Santos, 14

50 free – 2nd | 100 free – 13th

Callum Stewart-Glavin, 10

200 free – 16th

Madison Thom, 14

400 free – 13th

Mercer Weis, 14

1500 free – 8th 2| 200 breast – 10th | 400 IM – 13th

“The entire team was lots of fun to watch this weekend. They were super at cheering for each other and our team relays did a great job,” said Coach Jennifer Altree. “We had several swimmers help out with relays – we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Sam Hale, 17 | Zach Turner, 13 |Tyler Tsukuda, 13 | Gerry Partida, 13

Olivia Savage, 8 | Declan Becher, 9

We would like to thank Jane Tsukuda and everyone else for a sensational Father’s Day Brunch. “I have coached for over 50 years and have never seen a spread like that one. It was unbelievable,” said a happy Head Coach.

The Claremont Club Swim Team will finish off the 2017 season with an RW STAR Meet, the CA/NV Sectional Meet, and the SCS Junior Olympics in Fullerton.

Fall Trends in Skincare

When asked to blog about skincare fall trends, I thought I was going to find trends in makeup and cleansers. Whoa to my surprise I found much more interesting information on this year’s fall trends. One trend stuck with me that not only includes great skin but overall wellbeing – a trend called ingestible beauty.kit01
Although there are mixed feelings about what you eat reflex on your skin, as a therapist I can say that what you eat affects your body and eating poorly can wreak havoc on your skin. According to Debra Jaliman MD, “the ingestible beauty trend is just getting started”. “2017 will be the year of beauty from inside out. Consumers are starting to recognize the effects that their food and beverage choices have on their skin and to have your best skin it’s not the surface but what you ingest as well”.

Interesting enough on the market there is a rise of products that will give you the ingestible beauty you crave and desire. For example, probiotics have a beneficial affect on the skin. Because harmful bacteria can cause inflammation such as redness, acne, and Rosacea, ingesting probiotics on a regular basis can help calm these aggravating issues. Getting your gut in balance can help by providing good bacteria along with probiotics topically on the skin. For example, Rhonda Allison’s foaming peptide cleanser has fantastic probiotic benefits. This is great for all skin types and not only gives you a deep cleanse but can help calm and soothe redness and irritation, all while leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth.

Another ingestible beauty trend is Collagen. Along with supplements, this can help to rebuild the skin and can be ingested so it works from the inside out. Collagen is an anti-aging supplement. Pairing it with vitamin C helps to enhance the collagen.

Lastly, hyaluronic acid showing up in drug stores and can not only be used topically such as Dermalogica’s skin hydrating booster but can be ingested. This amazing humectant helps rehydrate the skin, giving lack luster skin a glow and rids skin or dehydration.

In conclusion, taking care of your inside can definitely reflect what you see on the outside. Along with eating right and adding ingestible beauty to your daily regimen can and will enhance your beauty wants and needs.

Writer: Emmy Munnis, Ambiance

When to use heat or ice according to massage therapist

Knowing when to use hot therapy vs. cold therapy is very important to healing because the two have opposite reactions to the body. Knowing which one to use will keep you from possibly doing further damage.

  • Heat therapy opens blood vessels, which increases blood flow, relaxes muscles and helps alleviate pain.
  • Heat is a great way to help loosen stiff joints and tight muscles and is a good method of pain relief for tension headaches and other chronic conditions.
  • Always wait 48-72 hours after an injury before considering heat therapy.
  • Don’t apply heat after exercise or after an acute injury.


  • Cold therapy slows down the blood flow to an injury, which reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain.
  • Ice should be used right after an injury or after activity that aggravates a chronic condition.
  • Ice is good for migraine headaches, bumps, sprains and strains that may occur with sports.
  • Beneficial for minor burns by applying cold water
  • May be used in both the immediate treatment of soft tissue injuries and in later rehabilitation

Safety Tips


  • Treat for no longer than 20 minutes at a time
  • Do not lie on a hot pack to avoid falling asleep and potentially burning yourself.
  • Do not use heat if you have no feeling in the affected body part.
  • Do not use heat if you have poor circulation, such as if you have Diabetes.
  • Wait 1 hour between heat treatments


  • Treat for no longer than 20 minutes at a time
  • During treatment, check skin every 5 minutes to make sure there is no damage.
  • Do not place ice packs directly on the skin, use a thin towel
  • Wait 1 hour between cold treatments.

The bottom line is: use whatever feels best for you! Your own preference is the tie-breaker and probably the most important consideration. For instance, heat cannot help if you already feel unpleasantly flushed and don’t want to be heated. And is unlikely to be effective if you chill and hate the idea of being iced. If you start to use one and you don’t like the feel of it, just switch to the other.

Writer: Casey Bingaman

Massage Therapist since October 2012 (at Ambiance)

Drowning is Preventable

Drowning is swift and silent. Luckily, there are several simple steps you can take to prevent any accidents and ultimately save lives. Knowledge is key.7854985_g

Here are the facts:

  • Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 14.
  • About half of all drowning’s, among children age 1 to 4, occur in home pools and spas.
  • For each child who drowns in a pool, another 9 receive emergency care, and about half are hospitalized. Many submersion-injuries sustain permanent disability, including brain damage.
  • More than 2/3 of children who drown in a pool or spa were last seen in the house.

How much time does it take to drown?

Drowning can happen quicker than we think. In the time it takes to (1) cross a room to grab a towel, (2) answer the phone, or (3) sign for a package at the front door, drowning can occur. All these activities take minutes. These are only three things out of a pool of many small things that can take our attention away from watching our children, siblings and other loved ones in the pool.

It is important that eyes are on the pool at all times and little ones and non-swimmers are always under supervision. If you have to leave to go to the bathroom, make sure somebody can fill in on “lifeguard duty” for you for those several minutes. You can NEVER be too careful.

How much water does it take to drown?

One doesn’t necessarily need to be far out in the ocean for an accident to occur. Sure, waves and rougher conditions make this setting more dangerous, but a home swimming pool can be just as dangerous to a child who does not know how to swim.

It only takes inches of water for drowning to occur. In fact, ANY amount of water that covers the mouth and nose is enough water to cause a serious accident. Non-swimmers and those learning are those who need a keen eye kept on them at all times. However, experienced swimmers who have been in the water too long and hit the point of exhaustion can just as likely drown. In this case, it is also crucial to know your limit in the water and relax and sit out for a bit when your body is overworked.

Do people always yell for help?

Unfortunately, most children do not yell for help. This is why it is so important that young children are supervised so parents or lifeguards can jump in to help when seeing cues such as flailing arms and repetitive splashing. As for exhausted swimmers, they are unable to yell for help. Drowning victims may be struggling in the water so it is important that lifeguards and parents keep both ears and eyes open.

Common rules that are posted at aquatic facilities that can help with water safety

  • Children should swim only with a lifeguard or adult present
  • No swimming with open and infected wounds
  • Obey lifeguard instructions at all times
  • No rough play in the water
  • No sitting or playing near suction rings
  • No hyperventilating before swimming underwater or breath-holding contests
  • Dive only in designated areas
  • No alcoholic beverages before swimming

You Can Help Make A Difference

You can make a difference by providing constant and undistracted adult supervision of children in and around all bodies of water. Always designate a “water watcher” who is able to swim and who will remain vigilant and alert. Make sure you know how to perform CPR.

Enroll your children in swimming lessons, where they will maintain these skills year-round. Teach children water safety rules. Lastly, do not use inflatable toys or armbands when learning to swim.

Writer: Tressa Reis, Aquatics

Making our Club a Better Place for ALL with ALL our Differences

make-a-changeWe live in a world where there are many differences between people. For the first time ever there will be five generations working together, ages ranging from 18 to 80, each with a distinct set of values, attitudes, and behaviors. Often times, inclusivity brings about misunderstandings and conflict. With an open mind and an appreciation of each person’s contributions to this world, we can strengthen our relationships, our club, and our community.

As individuals, we must learn to show tremendous respect for all people, recognizing that great ideas, creativity, and innovation come in all shapes and sizes. There are several basic skills and behaviors that can help in these efforts: be a strong listener, practice empathy and compassion, lend a helping hand and overcome any prejudice that may exist.

As a Club with over 10,000 members, it’s essential that we have a vision and constantly strive for excellence. Developing, maintaining, and communicating clear expectations through a mission statement and core values, is essential. Holding people accountable will ensure a culture where everyone feels included and supported. There are six crucial behaviors we can inhibit to ensure we are doing our part to make the world a better place.

  1. Be Positive

Possess and radiate a positive attitude. Is your glass half full or is it half empty? Research shows that it’s not what happens to us that’s important, but how we choose to respond to it. There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.

Be appreciative and grateful for all you have. There is always someone who has it worse. I’m reminded of that on a daily basis when I see our clients in Project Walk struggling to get from one place to another, or just to function as an able body. It really puts things into perspective.

  1. Be Open

When we learn about others and respect our similarities and our differences, we understand more about the world and about ourselves, thus helping us to grow. It also opens the doors to many other opportunities, friendships, work prospects, travel possibilities or just a better understanding of the world in which we live.

  1. Respect Others

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, regardless of age, religion, national origin, disability, etc. Treating people with respect makes your world a nicer place, whether at home, at the club, or out in your community. The potion is simple – simply treat people the way you want to be treated.

  1. Be Kind

When you use kindness in your interactions with others, you give them the gifts of acceptance, love, and compassion – and this generosity is likely to be reciprocated by the other party in return.

  1. Be Grateful

When you focus on the blessings you have, you’ll be happy and content. When you focus on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.

  1. Give Back

We have an opportunity, and somewhat of an obligation to give back to those who are less fortunate. Not only are we improving the lives of others in our community at The Claremont Club, but also the work we are doing makes us feel good in our personal lives. We are giving our employees access to charitable work, which improves engagement and connection. The members of our community want to be associated with those to do good.

By adapting to these six particular behaviors and making them the foundation of our interactions and relationships in our personal lives, we are prone to express those behaviors and share them in our workplace, schools, and homes. When we exude these positive behaviors in these spaces, we are making an impact to many greater causes. Our part may be small, but it is important and contributes to a larger picture. I urge you to exude these behaviors in your everyday lives because the small things make a big difference. With the teamwork of all generations working for the same cause and similar intent, together we can make a difference and change the world.

Writer: Tracy Stepp, Human Resources Director 

What’s the best SPF to use and still get a tan?

Do you want to rid your pasty skin or dull complexion for the summer but are in fear of the damaging rays of the sun? Do you ever wonder if you can get a tan, while still wearing SPF? There are definitely options. Here’s how you can achieve great looking skin – wear an SPF without causing irreversible skin conditions such as hyper pigmentation, skin cancer, and premature aging.160315856resize

1: Do it yourself:

Glowy skin doesn’t always have to have a price tag on it. You can indulge in DIY, over the counter self-tanners. There is a large variety in today’s market and has been consistently perfected. St. Tropez is a self tanner that is among the “top 10 best do it yourself according to tan physics” according to tanphysics.com. This self-tanner is offered right here in the Ambiance Day Spa and Salon. And an SPF can be worn after application is dried and set.

2: Leave it to the professionals:
Self-tanning can take some skill and time to achieve the right color and overall flawless look of a natural looking tan. In the beauty industry, we always say leave it to the professionals. Ambiance offers spray tanning at a reasonable price. You will be sure to have natural looking radiance and even glow with a professional spray tan. Spray tanning takes a minimal amount of time and lasts up to about ten days. The best part is you don’t need to worry about sun damage and you still have a sun kissed look. SPF can be applied while spray tan is on the skin.

3: Wear SPF
It is in fact possible to tan or burn while wearing SPF. The lower the SPF amount, the minimal amount of time you have in the sun. The reality of getting a tan is that it will cause damage. If your skin is changing color due to the sun or a tanning bed, it is damaging your skin regardless of the method. For those who love the feel and glow of the sun, please use caution. The damage of what may appear to be a beautiful glow is irreversible. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but years from now these effects will reveal the consequences. Skin cancer is on the rise. Be careful, save your skin and health, and choose these trusted alternatives.

Writer: Emmy Munnis, Ambiance

Why Play Tennis Part 2: The Youth Edition

tennis_1Summer is an excellent opportunity for families to introduce children to new sports and activities. Even as parents and students are ready for the school year to wind down so they can have a break from schedules and homework, there is also the question of what to do with free time.

Tennis is a sport that all members of a family can participate in individually or together. Another reason to consider introducing young children to tennis if they are not already playing is stated well in an article in the USTA magazine. “ Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves and the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.” (as reported by the University of Illinois) Tennis truly is a sport that requires both physical and mental skills that can translate into other areas of life.

In an effort to make learning tennis more accessible for children, the USTA and other experts in tennis have been developing equipment and learning plans that are size and age appropriate for even the youngest players. At TCC, we have implemented the use of red, orange and green dot tennis balls. These balls are lower compression and easier to make contact with. We advocate for young players to use smaller racquets that suit their size and physical development and many of our courts are lined for the junior- sized players.

Enjoy your summer, and See You on the Courts!

Writer: Barry Friedman, Tennis Director

Practical Self Defense: Verbal Control & Power Projection

Personal protection takes many forms and there is a wealth of information available for those wishing to explore the various approaches to individual safety. Martial arts and fitness training (i.e. kick boxing) and other defensive strategies may help people stay safe while reinforcing confidence in everyday situations.


However, real self-defense may not be what you think. It is not what is thought in most martial arts schools or what we see in the movies. Although, I agree, it looks fascinating and it’s a lot of fun. Real self-defense requires an understanding of violence, awareness and prevention, effective techniques and strategies for unarmed and armed attacks and now, it looks like airline self-defense should be included as well.

Practical or Functional Self-Defense should be a comprehensive combination of training methods, strategies and techniques designed to provide the participant with efficient and effective self defense skills. It should cover all areas (i.e., stand up, ground, active shooter) of self-defense, from awareness and non-physical prevention to the use of weapons and multiple opponents.

In my self-defense workshops, the purpose is to promote personal safety through awareness and preparedness—to prevent attacks and respond in the best ways possible when they do occur. However, I have noticed that one of the components of self-defense that is often overlooked is verbal self-defense or projecting power through verbal control. When most people come to a self-defense workshop, they just want to learn how to fight. However, they don’t realize that if someone is trying to harm you, there is a good chance they have selected you for a reason. You may have exhibited some type of weakness that portrays you as an easy target.

If you practice and exhibit good situational awareness, you may be able to utilize verbal control to diffuse a situation before it turns physical. Verbal control is defined as using verbal communication in a forceful, definitive manner to influence a situation and demand any behavior you don’t like to stop immediately.

An assertive, forceful presence also involves a mindset, attitude and verbal communication. Learning how to de-escalate a situation and communicate in a confident and assertive way can significantly change the dynamics of a potentially dangerous situation in your favor.

Verbal Self Defense not only allows you to project power, but surprises your opponent, alerts others around you and communicates clear consequences and state boundaries. In order to achieve this, practice and familiarity with such scenarios is crucial. It is true that we all have different personalities and this body and verbal language might not come natural to us, but we can all learn how to be more assertive and express ourselves in a more positive and confident way.

Stay tuned for our next Self Defense Workshop at The Claremont Club, where we explore effective and practical verbal and physical self-defense tactics for many common situations.

Writer: Nurys Saldana, MS, NSCA-cPT – Isshin Ryu Karate 5th Dan.

First Aid

firstaidpicforblogFirst aid is classified as the initial care provided to an individual who is injured. The help given can alleviate suffering, and in severe cases, save a life. This care is provided in the immediacy of the moment, and sustained until professional emergency medical personnel arrive to provide more advanced treatment. Numerous studies have indicated that it is absolutely paramount that during the first moments after an injury, a calm knowledgeable assessment followed by controlled treatment with basic first aid skills, can make the difference. Annually, thousands of injuries become fatal due to the inaction, timidity, and lack of knowledge of witnesses. Rescue breathing and prevention of blood loss are basic skills that can reap immeasurable rewards.

Common injuries encountered in outdoor activities, household chores, and in the workplace are open wounds. These are further categorized into abrasions, or removal of surface skin with little bleeding, lacerations, or cuts in the skin with jagged edges, and punctures, deep wounds from a protruding object such as a nail or blade. These result in a breakage of the skin followed by external bleeding. These surface wounds are categorized by capillary bleeding, a steady stream of blood which oozes from the entire affected surface. Nature arrests this bleeding by clotting the blood, which in healthy individuals takes from three to five minutes on average. Staunching the flow of blood at the point of escape helps clot the blood more quickly. It is important to elevate the wound and reduce the amount of blood pressure at the affected site. Doing so will render the clotted area undisturbed and result in faster complete clotting. When treating these injuries, protect yourself from pathogens with the use of medical gloves. If these are unavailable, have the victim apply pressure to their exposed wound with their own hand, for your personal protection. Once the wound has been elevated, apply direct pressure, utilizing also a sterile bandage or gauze. It is important to always be conscious not to introduce bacteria or foreign elements into the wound, as they can render the healing process and cause infection.

Cleaning the wound is exceptionally important for the prevention of infection. High risk injuries include animal bites, dirty wounds, wounds that result from crushing, abrasions etc. Bleeding will recommence due to the disturbance of the clot, but it should be done regardless for shallow and surface injuries. Execute this cleaning with soap and water, using water with substantial pressure (such as a faucet) to flush away particulates. Any remaining particulates should be removed with tweezers. After washing, the application of a sterile dressing should follow to staunch the flow of blood and resume clotting. Prior to applying permanent bandages or dressings, apply conservative amounts of antiseptic ointment (hydrogen peroxide is not recommended) to shallow and surface wounds. Punctures should not receive these substances as they interfere with drainage. Change wet and dirty bandages immediately, as these environments are ideal for bacteria to thrive.

These basic wound care principals will serve any individual well to know, particularly persons who frequently participate in outdoor activities or work in potentially hazardous environments. Injuries are frequently unforeseen and thus unavoidable, but the knowledge of basic first aid being possessed by a greater percentage of the public at large can mitigate the greater dangers of delay and inaction.

Writer: Kurt Berntsen, MOD/Safety

Mathew, Simy. “Awareness of First Aid Among Undergraduate Students in Ajman, UAE.” IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences (IOSR-JDMS) 14th ser. 15.6 (2016): n. pag. Web.