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LFSC Annual Duck-A-Thon

October 16th (Senior & Bronze Squads)

October 18th (Mighty Ducks, Yellow & Green Dquads)

at Lake Forest College

Please help us reach our goal!



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    Registration for the 2016-17 short course season is now open ... click here to get a tutorial doc ... or, simply click "Online Registration" ===> and follow the prompts.


    Jaguar Invite Hotel and Meet Information

    Jaguar December Invite

    December 8-10, 2017


    IUPUI Natatorium,

    The Jaguar December Invite is a new meet on our calendar. We expect great competition and a great team experience. The IUPUI Natatorium is one of the most well-known and fastest pools in the country. It has been the site of many National and International meets throughout it's illustrious history.


    The Embassy Suites will be the team hotel for this meet. Please call thehotel direct to make your room reservation.

    There is a very large (6200 person) auto racing convention is town this weekend and hotel rooms are very scarce ... we feel very lucky to have secured this hotel and rate.

    There is a 3 week cut-off date of November 15th ... please make your reservation immediately.

    Be sure to check the LFSC website regularly for updated information! Send any questions or comments to lfsc@sbcglobal.net.


    Duck-A-Thon, October 16th and 18th

    Day One of the Duck-A-Thon was a great One!

    Advika Ragnan from the Yellow Squad sets the bar high on Day One of the Duck-A-Thon with 200 laps. That beats her previous best of 160 laps!

    Now the challenge is to the rest of her teammates in the Mighty Ducks, Yellow, and Green Squads. How many laps can you swim in 2 hours? 50? 100? or 200, like Advika?

    Our Day One total funds raised sits at approximately $1500 with additional pledge dollars still coming in. That puts us about 25% of the way to reaching our goal and purchasing a new digital pace clock for LFA.

    Day Two is Wednesday, October 18th, 6:15pm at Lake Forest College, for Mighty Ducks, Yellow, and Green Squad swimmers. Senior and Bronze Squads will practice at LF Academy on Wednesday, 6:15 - 7:45pm.

    (Reminder: LFA lockerrooms open for us after practice ... come in your suit ready to swim.)

    Click here to download a Duck-A-Thon donor and prize packet.

    Click here to go to make your donation on our secure Donation Page.


    Swimmer Of The Meet -- Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon


    Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon

    Forest Bootery Swimmer of the Meet

    Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed in the Pumpkin Patch Penathlon. We had many outstanding perfromances over the weekend, new Championship Meet cuts and breakthrough swims.

    Be sure to visit the USA Swimming website and review your updated IMX/IMR score. The Swimmer of the Meet for each squad are listed below . . . pick up your award from Coach Michael or Coach Laurel in practice!

    Next up . . . LFSC Monster Mash Meet!!! ... stay tuned for results!

    Senior Sqaud --   Lukas Vla

    Bronze Squad --  Sid Jindal and Cassidy Meyer

    Green Squad --    Nate Steele and Anna Korzak

    Yellow Squad --   Brendan Jones and Emma Reininger

    When you need shoes ...


    Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon Results and More

    Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon Meet

    October 15, 2017 ~~ 8:30am

    Lake Forest College Sports and Recreation Center

    It was a great day in the Pumpkin Patch when 50 LFSC Ducks landed ready to swim.  It was great to see so many first-timers show their stuff and for everyone to get into the competition mindset.

    Special Thank You to our Meet Ref -- Eric Meier, Ace Admin Crew -- Mike Umbleby, Andy Zimmerman, Cara Meyer, and all of our Behind The Blocks Timers. We can't run a meet for the kids without you and you help is greatly appreciated!

    Big Congratulations also to Madison King, 3 new 8 & under Mixed Event Meet Records: 25 Free, 25 breast, 100 IM.

    Be sure to sign up for our upcoming meets on the Events Landing Page. Our next meet is the LFSC Monster Mash on Oct 28-29 at the RecPlex.

    Click here to find Meet Results

    Click here to sign-up for the Monster Mash

    Click here for a "How To Sign Up For Meets" tutorial

    Questions? ..... send a note to Coach Laurel


    Suzy Gavars Memorial Meet

    Suzy Gavars Memorial Meet

    November 17-19, 2017


    Barrington High School

    616 W Main St (Lake-Cook Rd & Hart Rd), Barrington, IL  60010

    LFSC sign-up deadine is October 10th. After this date a $15/swimmer Late Entry fee will be assessed.

    • General Info
      • Friday
        • Warm-up 4:30pm
        • 10&un 200 IM, 11/12 200 IM & 500 Free, Sr 400 IM & 500 Free
      • Saturday, Sunday
        • Warm-up 6:45am -- 11/12, 9/10
        • Warm-up noon -- Sr, 8&under
        • Separate 1650 Free Session
      • Positive Check-in
      • Assigned Warm-up

    Be sure to check back regularly for new information.


    What's Up Ducks? -- Oct 1

    What’s Up DUCKS???

    Be sure to check the club calendar (http://www.swimlfsc.org/calendar/ ) regularly for any practice schedule updates.

    This week … no Green/Yellow on Tues, Age Group Challenge Meet on Wed (Green/Yellow to LF College and Sr/Bronze to LFA).

    Coach Mo Update … Most of you are aware that Coach Mo had spinal fusion surgery earlier in September and has been off the deck since. She is out of the hospital and resting, taking recovery one day at a time, but not ready yet for individual contact from everyone.

    She stays in contact daily, doing a little admin work and checking on practices. LFSC sent her flowers and a noce Get Well card. If you would like to send a personal note see Coach Michael or Coach Laurel.

    Oct 1Be sure to check the practice schedule!!! Today, is the first day of Lake Forest College swim team practices. Practice time for the Senior and Bronze Squads changes accordingly. Be sure to check the Club Calendar regularly for any changes. We try to limit last minute changes but that is not always possible, on-campus activities always take precedence over our schedule. Pay special attention to practice schedules surrounding holidays.

     Click here to go to the Club Calendar

    LFSC Duck-A-Thon … our annual Duck-A-Thon fundraiser is set for Mon, Oct 16th (Sr/Bronze Squads) and Wed, Oct 18th (Mighty Ducks, Yellow and Green Squads), 6:30pm at LF College.

    Our goal is to raise $6000 which will allow us to purchase a digital pace clock for use at LFA! Have fun, support your team, make a big improvement at the training pool … sounds like a LOT OF FUN!

    Short Course Season Registration … If you have not already completed registration, please do that right away. The process is simple for both new and returning members. All members must go through the Online Registration Process unless you selected Annual Membership in April 2017. Be sure to update all information in your account including email, changes to contact information, and sizing information (especially t-shirts) for your swimmer(s).

    Contact Coach Laurel Liberty with questions regarding registration. Click here to get a registration tutorial doc.     

     Click here to go to the Registration Page.

    Short Course season Meet Schedule …  our Meet Schedule is complete, posted online and ready for sign up. Some information is still not available and will be posted ASAP. Each meet has an entry deadline which we must adhere to. Late entries, if accepted by the host, are assessed a $15/late entry fee.     Click here to go to the Events Page.

    LFSC Age Group Challenge Meets … our Age Group Challenge Meets are scheduled for the first Wed of each month at LF College. All Mighty Ducks, Yellow Squad and Green Squad swimmers should plan to participate. These are great intros to competition for inexperienced swimmers and a chance for more experienced swimmers to get in a little extra racing.

    Oct 15Pentathlon …  swimmers in the Senior, Bronze, Green and Yellow Squads and experienced Mighty Ducks should plan to participate in this intra-squad meet at the college. All four strokes and an individual medley gets your season off to a great start.

    Oct 28-29LFSC Monster Mash … spooky music, costumes and a little swimming to officially start the season. Recommended for swimmers in the Senior, Bronze, Green and Yellow Squads, and experienced Mighty Ducks.

    Nov 17-19Barrington Suzy Gavars Invite … great racing before we Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Recommended for swimmers in the Senior, Bronze, Green and Yellow Squads.

    Dec 8-10 – Indianapolis Team Travel – Jaguar Invite … another Team Travel Meet to the IUPUI Natatorium. Team Travel is always fun with great results in the pool and a special Team Dinner. Watch for more detailed information soon or send a note to coachlaurel@sbcglobal.net with questions.

    Dec 16 – LFSC Distance Duck Meet … swimmers in the Senior, Bronze, Green. Yellow Squads and experienced Mighty Ducks should plan to participate in this intra-squad meet at the college. Who will be next to wear the Distance Duck t-shirt?

    Jan 13-14LFSC Windy City Open …  our first competition of 2018 will be our own Windy City Open hosted at the RecPlex. All swimmers (except Mighty Ducks and Mini-Ducks) are expected to attend this meet.

    Feb 2-4 – Schroeder A+ Meet … we head out on the highway to Brown Deer (WI) for the Schroeder A+ Meet, always a top level regional competition.

    Feb 9-11HPAC Invite … This meet is recommended for swimmers in the Senior, Bronze, Green and Yellow Squads, and experienced Mighty Ducks.

    Feb 18-19Arlington Last Chance Meet …  this is the final qualifying opportunity for the Regional Championships and the final regular season competition. All swimmers who have not qualified for a Championship Meet should plan to attend this meet.

    Feb - MarChampionship Meet Season … details about Championship Meets are coming together and will be available soon. Watch the website for details.


    New Swimmer Evaluations Swimming with your friends is fun! New Swimmer Evaluations are scheduled by appointment with Coach Laurel at Lake Forest College. Please ask your swimming friends to contact Coach Laurel to schedule an evaluation. Don’t forget … we have a new member referral program that offers account credit when your friend joins the team.


      Important Contact Information

    General Club Contact Info


    (847) 735-5372

    Coach Maureen Sheehan


    Coach Michael Lawrence


    Coach Laurel Liberty



    Coaches are generally available in the office 2:00-4:00pm Monday-Thursday. We make every effort to respond to messages within 48 hours, your patience is appreciated.


    Get Ready To Do The Mash!


    Monster Mash Meet

    October 28-29, 2017

     Lakeview RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace

    Pleasant Prairie, WI -  53158


    This meet uses the Wisconsin Reservation system for entries. Please complete the Reservation Form below and submit directly to Lake Forest Swim Club, 555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake  Forest, IL   60045. Contact Coach Laurel Liberty or Coach Michael Lawrence with questions.

    LFSC sign-up deadine is October 10th. After this date a $15/swimmer Late Entry fee will be assessed.

    • General Info
      • Saturday, Sunday
        • Warm-up 8:00am
        • Single Session, all age groups and Sr
        • Two pools if entries warrant
      • Pre-seeded
      • Check-in for heat limited events

    • Officials
      • officials are always need and appreciated
      • please send a note if you are available to officiate at the meet

    Be sure to check back regularly for new information.


    Day One At LFA...Important Reminder


    Plan Ahead ... Schroeder A+ Meet Hotel Block

    It's not too early to get ready for the Schroeder A+ Meet, February 2-4, 2018.

    Step one of course, is to qualify for the meet! Check the qualifying times in the meet information on the Meet Landing Page.

    Step two ... make your hotel reservation in the LFSC room block at the Four Points By Sheraton-Milwaukee North, details below:

    Dates for the Block:   Friday, February 2, 2018-Sunday, February 4, 2018

    Room Block Name:   Lake Forest Swim Club

    Call directly : 1-888-627-8238

    Rooms will be held until block is used or not later than January 2, 2018

    If you are unsure about qualifying for the meet check with a coach for help.



    Mini Ducks Fall and Winter Registration Now Open

    Be "Water Smart" ...

    The Mini Ducks helps youngsters age 5+ explore movement, increase comfort in the water, and develop solid swimming skills. The LFSC Mini Ducks teaches Water Smarts and builds your pathway to fun at the pool.

    Registration for Mini Ducks and Mighty Ducks now open.

    The Mini Ducks is an advanced swim lesson for children ages 5+ who are comfortable (floating) in the water but have not mastered arm strokes and breathing in freestyle or backstroke arms and kicking. In addition these swimmers need basic "Water Smarts" and are able to use a kickboard.

    The goal of these lessons is to build on learning and listening skills, increase comfort in the water, let children explore movement, and put them on a path to joining the swim team.

    Teaching Fundamental Body Position, back stroke arms and kicking, and rhythmic freestyle side breathing are the target goals of the Mini Ducks. All swimmers must be able to independently use locker rooms and observe facility and team rules.


      Register for The Mini Ducks

    Session 1 -- Sept 19 - Oct 12, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 2 -- Oct 17 - Nov 9, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 3 -- Nov 14 - Dec 14, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 4 -- Jan 2 - Jan 25, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 5 -- Jan 30 - Feb 22, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty

     Registration for the Mini Ducks Spring and Summer Sessions opens March 1st.



    Mighty Ducks Registration and Team Evaluations Now Open

    Ready to swim like a Champion?

    If you said “YES!” then you are ready for our Mighty Ducks Squad. In the Mighty Ducks you will learn advanced competitive stroke skills, starts and turns. You will also participate in our “Age Group Challenge Mini Meets” to test yourself.

    Skill evaluation and registration are now open.

    The Mighty Ducks squad is for young swimmers (generally 5-10 yrs) who have progressed beyond basic swim lessons and would like to make further progress to our competitive team.

    Contact Coach Laurel Liberty for a skill evaluation

    Swimmers in the Mighty Ducks must be at least 5 years old and complete a skill evaluation of the following skills:


     25 meters of freestyle with correct side breathing and arms completely out of the water

    25 meters of backstroke with horizontal body position, arms out of the water and a basic backstroke kick

     comfort in a group learning environment, basic "Water Smarts" and be able to use a kickboard

     other skills as may be necessary

    The goal of the Mighty Ducks Squad is to build on the skills of the Mini Ducks, swim lessons or other competitive team experience. Most swimmers progress to the Yellow Squad after about 18 months in the Mighty Ducks.

         Register for the Mighty Ducks

    Session 1 -- Sept 18 - Nov 10, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 2 -- Nov 13 - Jan 5, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 3 -- Jan 8 - Feb 21, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty

    Registration for Spring and Summer Sessions of the Mighty Ducks opens March 1st.




    Elyse Jacobs posts her ribbon to the Ribbon WallπŸ₯‡β—️πŸ₯‡β—️πŸ₯‡ Six years ago Elyse missed the JO cut in the 400 free by 3 seconds and has been chasing the cut since.

    Lake Forest Swim Club's portrait.
    🏊‍πŸ†πŸŠ‍πŸ†πŸŠ‍ Yesterday her perseverance paid off as she qualified for Sr Champs in the 400 🌈 🏊‍ 🌈 🍯 ❗️



    Blue Devil May Mania Results

    Blue Devil May Mania

    19-21 May 2017


    LFSC swimmers were on fire at the May Mania! Leading the way, capturing Individual High Point Honors in their age groups, were Madison King (8 & under girls), Audrey Zimmerman (9/10 girls) and MaryGrace King (11/12 girls).

    Here's a list of Championship swimmers from the meet:

    Regional Champs -- Connor Boyle, Riley Crouch, Aliah Levinson, Amanda Martuszewski, Cassidy Meyer, Delaney Umbleby, Marideth Watters, Audrey Zimmerman, MaryGrace King, Ben Longeway, Bora Hopali, Elyse Jacobs, Isabella Lewin, Emma Suh, Sofia Vazquez

    JO and Sr Champs -- Cassidy Meyer, Delaney Umbleby, Audrey Zimmerman, MaryGrace King, Ben Longeway, Helena Blumenau, Nathan Gates, Levy Nathan

     Sign up for future meets through your online account! Please! Be sure that you have entered all meets you plan to attend immediately and heed all reminder notices!


    2:06.67 ... New World Record in 200 Breast ... Video

    Watch Japan's Ippei Watanabe blast his way to a new World Record in the 200 breaststroke. Watanabe is the first swimmer to break through the 2:07 barrier. A few things to watch ...
    • great body line through the 4H's
    • relatively flat back with almost no head/neck movement
    • wide press with his elbows parallel to the surface
    • late kick into a streamlined body position
    Watch, learn, try it in practice!


    Windy City Open Results

    Windy City Open

    January 14-15, 2017

    We had a great weekend of racing at the Recplex in the LFSC Windy City Open. Hats off to the swimmers who set 25 new Meet Records! Special thank you to all of our volunteer officials, timers and LFSC parents who made the meet special for the swimmers.

    Post event results and other files for team management are posted below. Please contact us with any questions or if you find a result that doesn't look right.

    We hop to see you in the long course season at the Daniel Jaekel Friendship Classic (May 2017) and the LFSC SwimFest (June 2017). Event information will be available and distributed soon.Questions? ... contact us at lfscentries@sbcglobal.net or call (847) 735-5372.


    WOW!!! Awesome Performances At The Distance Duck Meet!!!

    LFSC Distance Duck Meet

    What a great showing from our Age Group swimmers at the Distrance Duck Meet!

    In the 1500 free ... Colin Kingsley blasted his way to a new Distance Duck Record with a time of 17:13.73, taking down the 1998 record of Justin Gorson ("The Gorse") ... Mary Grace King ripped through the 20 minute barrier with a time of 19:02.24, becoming our newest Distance Duck ... Colin Jette captured Big Drop Honors for boys besting his previous BT by 5:10 ... Abby Reich grabbed the Big Drop award for girls with a time drop of 2:11 ...

    The 400 free was equally exciting as Delaney Umbleby chased the 1998 Meet Record, falling just a bit short with a time of 6:03.22 ... Katie Borgerding was the girls Big Drop winner with a 2:03 BT ... Nate Steele was the boys Big Drop champ with a drop of 1:05.

    Emily Martuszewski and Sienna Soroka were our only Mighty Ducks competitors and we look forward to great swims from them in the future.


    Levy Roks The Blocks In Texas!

    Winter Jr Nationals

    December 8-10, 2016

    LFSC's Levy Nathan enjoyed a spectacular meet at the 2016 USA Swimming Winter Jr National Meet in College Station, TX.

    He recorded 100% Best Times in the 200 Free (1:39.75), 500 Free (4:29.74) and the 1650 Free (15:34.34). He also posted a BT in the 1000 Free (9:21.26) on the way out in the 1650.

    His performance in the 1650 earned him entry into the 2017 Summer Jr Nationals in August and surpassed the 2016 Winter National time Standard!

    Congratulations, Levy!

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    LFSC Annual Giving Campaign, Please Donate Today

    Friends for life! And it all started in the pool ...

    The first LFSC splash was in 1958 ... make yours today

     Kara Devlin, Marie Lombardi, Pam Lechner and Marcia Wolf (circa 1981)

    With your help the Winning In The Water never stops.

    Please make your tax deductible donation today.





    To qualify as a charitable contribution for 2016, gifts must be received or postmarked by 31 December 2015. Checks made payable to LFSC may be given to a coach at practice or mailed to Lake Forest Swim Club, 555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

    Online donations can be made immediately using the button above.

    11th Annual Ted Mullin β€œLeave It In The Pool” Hour of Power

    11th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave It In The Pool” Hour of Power


    On 9 November 2016 LFSC joined thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 11th Annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams. 

    The Hour of Power event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former LFSC and Carleton College swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006. 

    In the event’s first ten years, participating teams have raised over $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.  


    To learn more about the 2016 Hour of Power go to http://go.carleton.edu/HourOfPower.  You can also contact Carleton College head coach Andy Clark at aclark@carleton.edu or Rick Mullin at rmullin@tedmullinfund.org .