April Newsletter 2014

Dear Members,

While I was preparing last month’s newsletter I contemplated whether or not to address the construction of our new clubhouse. Ultimately I decided to not mention anything because there was no new progress from February. I find myself in the same position this month in that I do not have any further updates about when we will begin construction. We have one final fire regulation that unfortunately was only brought to our attention two weeks ago that we are working hard to resolve. We hope we can come to a resolution shortly but unfortunately we do not know how long that might be.

At this point we have decided that however quickly we resolve this issue we will not begin construction before we host the National 45+ Tournament in June. Both the players and our members are excited that we host this event each year and we do not want to jeopardize the quality of the event because of the potential inconveniences that will be associated with the construction.

With May just around the corner we are busy gearing up for our Cinco de Mayo Calcutta Tournament on May 9th and 10th. Dinner on Friday night will feature Mexican food and Margaritas. The player auction, handicapping and bidding for winning teams will follow dinner. Think you can win the tournament? Think you know who will win the tournament? Put your money where your mouth is and join the fun. It was a blast last year! The winners pocketed $400+ in prize money so come on out and see if you can pick a winner. The format and rules are available at the front desk and will also be explained at dinner on the 9th. Contact Calle Hansen at [email protected] if you have any questions.

As the weather heats up the pool is beginning to get busier. When all lanes are occupied members are required to share lanes. Please share your lane with a swimmer who swims at a pace similar to yours. Be sure to stop the swimmer who you are going to share the lane with and let them know you are about to start swimming in their lane. Also check to see if they would like to circle or split the lane in order to avoid any head on collusions.

Finally I would like to thank all of the sponsors for this year’s 45+ tournament. Without their generous support we would not be able to put on such a terrific event. Please help show our appreciation by supporting their businesses. Sponsors for 2014 include: Infinity of Thousand Oaks, Nissan of Valencia, K-Swiss, Sotheby’s, Pick Up Stix, LuggageBase, Pelican Products, Camp Bow Wow, Law Offices of Mark Brenner, Bablot, Conejo Valley Heating and Air and Vivo Pools.

Have a Healthy Day,

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

Member of the Month

imgWAC has chosen Brandon Lam as our member of the month. Brandon is 15 years old and proud to be a freshman at Westlake High School. He loves to compete on the tennis team which is undefeated this season. He has been playing tennis since he was four years old under the tutelage of his coach Louis Lam who is one of our Pros. He hopes to one day play for a Division 1 college. He is currently ranked in the top 20 in Southern California Boys 16U. This photo (left) is a picture of his recent win in San Diego at the 80th Annual Harper Ink tournament (USTA 2B). He practices every day between 2- 5 hours so chances are, you will run into him out on the court. Join me in congratulating Brandon for his 1st place finish at the Harper Ink tournament. All of us at WAC wish him good luck in his future tournaments.

Congratulations to our USTA teams

Congratulations to our 2014 Winter USTA 7.0 Mixed Doubles 18 and over Champions. Captained by Carrie Baumgartner, assisted by Dick Bowen, this newly formed team finished their Ventura County season with a record of 8-1. They are off to the Southern California Sectional Championships in Torrance, June 20-22. We Wish them Good Luck.

Another shout out to our 2014 Winter USTA 3.5 Ladies Champions. Captained by Nina Elo-Piacquad, Co-Captained by Rebecca Dorosk, the ladies finished their Ventura County season undefeated with a record of 8-0. They are off to the Southern California Sectional Championships in Fountain Valley August 15-17. Good Luck Ladies.


From Top Left: Angie Bentz, Jill Ann Feiler, Valerie Brecker, Karen Kolosieke, Wendy Jann, Jen Sutman, Lisa Shepard, Rebecca Dorosk (co-captain).

Front Row: Cindy Campbell, Nina Elo-Piacquad ( Captain ), Maria Goldberg, Laksamee Weilage
We will proceed to sectionals in the 40 and over 3.5 league August 15-17 in Costa Mesa.

*not pictured - Marilyn Hewitson, Selina Cheng, Theresa Zobrist, Beth Bearer


On May 18th the Amgen Tour of California will be finishing in Westlake Village. The final leg of the race will be 3 laps around the lake. Beginning at 10:30am and ending at approximately 12:00pm West Triunfo Canyon Road will be closed to traffic. During these times cars will not be allowed to leave our parking or park out in front of the club. Any cars that are still parked in front of the club at 10:30 will be towed. Cars will not be permitted to park on the opposite side of Triunfo either and will be towed if parked there. PLEASE SCHEDULE YOUR MATCHES ACCORDINGLY. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND SCHEDULING MATCHES ON THE MORNING OF THE 18TH.  

Fitness Stuff

Meet your Trainers

imgJared Tavaolian
Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from CSUN with over 13 years experience in the field. Jared managed a corporate training facility where he was in charge of training and nutritional consultations for 500+ employees. Jared is certified in Yoga and for the past 2 years has been specializing in gymnastic training and hand balancing. He has traveled across the globe to study from the best in the world. Jared uses a blend of Yoga and mobility to restore lost range of movement and combines it with body weight strength training to keep his clients ready for the any challenges that life throws at them. Jared believes “before anything else we are movers and my goal is to help clients break down the barriers that are limiting their ability to move.” Jared’s extensive background and unique talents bring an exciting new dimension to our fitness programming.

Jared will be teaching both one-on-one personal training and small group strength training with 6 to 10 students per class. Stay tuned for a list of days and times.

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti has been helping people stay healthy and fit for over 20 years. Patti feels that fitness is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness and that getting fit is the first step to gaining a new and healthy lifestyle. As a certified personal trainer Patti specializes in custom training routines and likes to challenge and encourage her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries. As your trainer she will take your health and wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve all of your fitness goals. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.

Fitness Tip

img5 Exercises to Improve your Serve

  1. Standing Oblique Cable Crunch – This exercise can either be done on the cable crossover or functional trainer in the fitness center. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with the handle next to your head. Keeping your hips stable, flex your abdominals rounding your back. During the downward motion, twist your torso and your elbow toward your opposite knee. Return to the starting position. Perform 3 or 4 sets of 12 to 15 reps for each side.
  2. Hanging Leg Raise – This exercise can be done on the cable crossover in the fitness center. Using the chin up bar, let your legs hang, keeping your feet off of the ground. Slowly lift your knees toward your chest. Be sure to allow your hips to round forward to effectively target the abs. Hold for one second and repeat. Perform 3 or 4 sets of 12 to 15 reps.
  3. Hanging Oblique Crunch – This exercise is similar to the hanging leg raise but instead of lifting your legs straight to your chest you rotate to the right or left to activate the obliques. Perform 3 sets of 12 for each side.
  4. Prone Cobra – Lay face down on the floor. Slowly contract your lower back bringing your upper body off the ground. Try to extend your arms above your head. Hold this position for 30-60 seconds. Perform 2 or 3 sets.
  5. Squat jumps – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly lower yourself into the squat position. Drive your feet into the ground, explode up and off the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat. Perform 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps. Squats will help increase explosion and power in both the ground stroke and serve.

Swim Tip

3 Freestyle Swimming Drills:

imgHere are three very basic and simple freestyle drills that will make you a faster swimmer and that you can do on your own. These drills have been around for years…and they work.

  1. Thumb-to-Thigh drill is an excellent drill to help facilitate a proper and complete underwater pull-through.
    The Drill: To begin, stand upright on a flat surface, feet about 4-6 inches apart. Drop your arms by your side and mentally mark where your thumbs naturally line up with each thigh. Once swimming freestyle, you want to lightly drag your thumb across this spot during the underwater pull-through. This will insure that your arm is extending behind you. Very simply, this drill taps into your muscle memory. You want to get used to pulling all the way through extending the arm behind you. Initially, this drill may be difficult or tiresome probably because your tricep muscles are weaker than you thought! I recommend adding some tricep work during your dry land/weight workouts.
    Practice Set: 10 x 25’s freestyle working on Thumb-to-Thigh, 15 seconds rest between each. Adjust your rest accordingly.
  2. Catch-up drill creates a long stroke by forcing the swimmer to reach out in front during freestyle.
    The Drill: NOTE: This drill does rely on your kicking as well. So feel free to wear fins until you feel comfortable with the technique. To begin, push off the wall, both arms extended in front of you. With either arm, begin a freestyle stroke while keep the opposite arm extended out in front of you. Complete the freestyle stroke with the initial arm and touch the extended arm out in front at the end of the recovery portion. Remember, keep the opposite arm extended until the recovery arm touches the hand out in front. Then complete the drill with the opposite arm. So basically you are swimming freestyle with each arm touching the opposite one out in front after recovery. Breath to whichever side is comfortable.
  3. Closed Fist drill is a terrific freestyle drill that helps the swimmer optimize the underwater pull through.
    The Drill: The drill is fairly self-explanatory. You are basically swimming freestyle with a closed fist. However, some of us tend to want to cheat just a bit once we discover the lack of "feel" we have for the water when we aren’t using the palms of our hand. And in doing so, we open our fist slightly, similar to that of a Karate Chop. This is not correct! Keep the fist closed! It won’t take long for you to realize how much you have been relying on the palms of your hands for power during freestyle. Initially, you will feel like you are going nowhere when swimming freestyle with a closed fist. And, at first, you will be slower. But you will develop a feel for this as your arms begin to play a significant part in your underwater pull-through. Remember, the pull-through must be complete for this drill to work.


Group Exercise Schedule


Class Day(s)             Time Teacher Description
 9am        Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga                  Mon/Wed 6pm Beth Beginner/Intermediate
 Fusion               Tue/Thurs 6pm Katie               Pilates/Yoga
 Sat  8:30am Katie Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga Sun 9am Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate



Masters Swim

Meet Your Masters Coach: Kari Davis

WAC welcomes Kari Davis as our new Masters Swim Coach. Kari was a Collegiate All-American swimmer that has over 30 years coaching experience. Kari began teaching swimming in San Diego in 1990. In 1991 and 1992 she was San Diego’s Age-Group Coach of the Year.

In 2005 Kari moved to Park City where she started a Masters Swim Team and began coaching triathletes. Kari loves coaching and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Kari lives with her husband in Westlake Village and has 2 grown children.

Masters Swim Schedule
Mon & Wed 12 to 1pm
Tues & Thurs 5:30 to 6:30am
Sat 7 to 8:15am

Tennis Stuff

Video clip fromChris Dudeck, Co-Director at WAC

Tennis Clinics

Ladies Inter. Mondays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Lorene
Ladies Begin.
Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Intermediate Live Ball
Mondays 6:00 -7:00pm Matt
Serious Tennis. Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cardio Lite
Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Men’s Live Ball Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Calle
Ladies Inter. Thursdays 10:30-12:00 a.m.
Live Ball Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Calle, Matt
Cardio Lite
Sundays 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Cardio Hard
Sundays 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Match Finder

Steve Hamburger is looking for 3.5-4.0 players for singles and doubles. The group will play week days 8:30 to 11am. Steve will maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Steve at [email protected].

Ed Kronstadt is looking for 4.0-5.0 players for singles and doubles. The group will play week days 9 to 11am. Ed will maintain an e-mail listing and help coordinate the matches. If interested please e-mail Ed at [email protected].

Evelyn Muller & Peggy Lorbach are 3.5 players looking for subs. Can play 8am Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat. Please contact them if you are interested.
Evelyn @ 805-496-1205 / [email protected]
Peggy @ 818-991-0975