LFSC Fundraising, Sponsorships and Advertising


The Lake Forest Swim Club is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are deductible under current IRS regulations.

LFSC is proud to have the support of Wintrust Financial, the Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company, Rummel Associates Insurance, and L3 Capital/Market Square for our annual Golf Outing and other swimmer recognition programs.

The LFSC Mini Ducks program is currently seeking a sponsor. If you or your business would like to sponsor the Mini Ducks please contact Coach Michael Lawrence.

LFSC team apparel and equipment is available at Kiddles Sporting Goods in Lake Forest.

For information about sponsoring one of our events or programs, or to advertise in one of our club communications please contact Coach Michael Lawrence.

Calendar and Events

Next up . . . the LFSC Monster Mash at the RecPlex! Watch the website this week for meet details . . .

The next LFSC hosted meet is the Monster Mash, October 25-26, 2014. The SignUp Genius button is now active . . . please volunteer today and help us run a great meet!

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To see detail (location, start/finish times, etc) for any practice squad click the squad name in the calendar below. You can also print the schedule using the "Print" icon.

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    Membership in the Lake Forest Swim Club is open to young people of all ages and abilities. Click the links in the Navigation area (right) for more information about any LFSC program. To speak directly with a coach please call 847.735.5372 

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    Volunteer today to help at the Monster Mash Meet, October 25-26!



      Get ready for scary fast swimming at the Monster Mash Meet!


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    Annual Business Meeting, Meet The Coaches (Updated)


    Click the image above to download and print the flyer.


    Monster Mash Results Files For Teams and Coaches


    Monster Mash Meet

    October 25-26, 2014

    Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 Monster Mash a great success. Click the links below to download results. Contact Coach Laurel Liberty or Coach Michael Lawrence with questions.

    See you in January for the 2015 Windy City Open, 10-11 January, at the RecPlex!


    Swimmer Of The Meet -- Monster Mash Meet

    LFSC Monster Mash Meet

    Swimmer of the Meet

    Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed in the Monster Mash. It was another great LFSC team effort with many new outstanding performances!

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

    Next up . . . the PX3 Welcome To Winter Meet, 14-16 November, at the RecPlex!

    Overall Team  --   Zach Holecek and Jessica Gitzinger

    Senior Sqaud --   Wyatt Foss

    Bronze Squad --  Nathan Gates and Isabella Lewin

    Green Squad --   Thomas Dupont and Cleo Meyer

    Yellow Squad --   Connor Boyle and Marissa Gitizinger

    Meet Landing Page (all info)


    Costume Fun At The Mash!

    The Winners! Friends (and Nerds) Kristen Benetti (PX3) and Laurel Liberty (LFSC) show off their winning look. The box says it best!


    Go Nathan!

    Nathan Gates and family traveled to Tempe for the Soma Lifetime Triathlon this past weekend.

    Nathan was second out of the water in the men's division with a time of 31:13 for 1.2 miles!!!

    More to follow, stay tuned.


    Illinois Top Time -- Long Course 2014

    The 2013-2014 Illinois Swimming Long Course rankings are out and LFSC was well represented by Colin Kingsley, Dylan Boyd, Pat King and Zeynep Kivanc. Congratulations to all . . . see the summary below.

    Colin -- (10 & under) 50 free (30.94, 4th), 100 free (1:08.28, 3rd), 400 free (4:54.53, 1st), 100 breast (1:31.42, 8th), 50 fly (34.25, 5th), 100 fly (1:17.62, 6th)

    Colin-- (11 year old) 50 free (30.29, 9th), 100 free (1:05.56, 7th), 200 free (2:18.30, 3rd), 400 free (4:47.36, 1st), 800 free (9:56.44, 1st), 1500 free (19:14.35, 1st), 200 breast (3:16.22, 9th), 200 IM (2:45.28, 10th)

    Dylan-- (15 year old) 500free (25.75, 8th), 200 free (1:58.08, 1st), 400 free (4:12.58, 3rd), 800 free (9:06.14, 8th), 100 fly (58.76, 4th), 200 fly (2:14.51, 5th), 400 IM (4:59.33, 10th)

    Pat-- (18 year old) 200 fly (2:09.03, 3rd)

    Zeynep-- (16 year old) 200 free (2:09.70, 6th), 100 back (1:05.68, 2nd), 200 back (2:20.50, 3rd), 200 IM (2:23.38, 2nd)


    Don't Forget These Important Things

    Use the links below to complete registration or ask a question. Mark your calendar with the important dates . . . see you poolside soon!


    October 25 & 26th  – LFSC Monster Mash at the Rec Plex.  Great fun with a costume contest for coaches, officials and meet worker . . . and sppoky fun for little ghosts and goblins, too!

    We need a full-team volunteer effort for this event from parents. Watch the website for details and use Sign-up Genius to volunteer.


    November 19 – Annual Meeting -- We hold our Annual Swim Club Business Meeting at Lake Forest College followed by a lively coach’s panel discussion with a Q &A. Make sure not to miss this great event.

    January 10-11, 2015th – LFSC Windy City Open -- at the Rec Plex.  All parents should go to the LFSC website and volunteer on Sign-up Genius today.

    February 22, 2015th – Last Chance Meet more details to follow but make sure to put this great season ender on your calendar.


    Make sure to follow all club activities and schedules on the website.

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    2 New Pentathlon Meet Records!

    LFSC newcomer Bora Hopali made the most of his first racing opportunity as an LFSC Duck! At the Rising Star Pentathlon he set new meet records in the 11/12 Boys 50 Fly (32.92) and the 100 IM (1:17.45). His times surpassed the previous records set by Josh Hodges in 2003.

    Great swimming BORA!


    How To Reach Your Goals . . . 

    Coach Mo likes to say "You eat an elephant one bite at a time" when talking about going for your goals. Well one little girl got it right . . . and tried to eat a WHALE! And here's what happened . . .

    ~~ Melinda Mae, by Shel Silverstein


    Great Swimming At The Age Group Challenge

    Fifty-four Mighty Ducks, Yellow and Green Squad swimmers raced in our first Age Group Challenge Meet. Energy was high, efforts were great and we saw a lot of new Best Times.

    Here are the top performers and performances at the meet:

    Greatest Combined Time Drop -- Ethan Lane (Yellow Squad), Anna Gates, Jack Curtin (Green Squad)

    Greatest Freestyle Time Drop -- Abby Reich, Fox Duelli (Yellow Squad), Anna Gates, Thomas Dupont (Green Squad)

    Greatest Backstroke Time Drop -- Katelyn Heydorn (Mighty Ducks), Ethan Lane (Yellow Squad), Leyla Reininger, Ben Rosa (Green Squad)

    The next Age Group Challenge Meet will be on Wednesday, 5 November, at the College.


    Breaking News!

    Lake Forest Swim Club is now officially sponsored by ARENA!


    Arena suits and apparel are the choice of the USA Swimming National Team and champion swimmers around the world. We are proud to join the best in the world on Team Arena.

    LFSC Team Suit Fitting and Equipment Day

    Presented by our new team supplier Kiefer

    Date:  Sunday, Oct. 12th

    Time:  8:00am-11:30am.

    Location:  Lake Forest College    (During LFSC Pentathlon Meet)

    Stay tuned for more details on new Arena team suits, bags, warm-ups, towels, training equipment and customized team caps.

    Be sure to make your purchases on this day as you will get a discount and help the team!


    Training Animal Awards Are Back!

    Work works. Hard work really works.

    The Training Animal Award for swimmers in the Yellow, Green and Bronze squads returns this season! Swimmers who achieve 90% practice attendance receive a special T-shirt given only to your Training Animal teammates.

    LFSC is proud to have the support of the Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company for our swimmer recognition programs. For information about sponsoring one of our events or programs, or to advertise in one of our club communications please contact Coach Michael Lawrence.

    Bronze Squad -- Catherine Holecek, Colin Kingsley, Selin Sonmez, Caitlin Walsh

    Green Squad --   Holly Doyle

    Yellow Squad -- Dylan Walsh, Abby Reich, Jessica Gitzinger, Marissa Gitzinger


    Eadie Wetzel is an LFSC alum in need of our prayers

    Cards and notes are welcome! Whit and Casey (sons) request messages to Eadie be upbeat, full of love and good wishes. Please honor their wishes by refraining from writing expressions of sadness or sorrow.

    Send your mail to:

    Eadie Wetzel Davis
    c/o Casey Hansen
    377 Rector Place, Apt 18D
    New York, NY 10280

    On behalf of Eadie Wetzel Davis and her family, thank you for sharing her story and for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.

    More on Eadie here



    Be Quick Off The Blocks In 2015!


    Windy City Open

    January 10-11, 2015

    Lakeview RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie, WI   53158 

    Join us at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, WI, for the LFSC Windy City Open. The RecPlex is the newest and fastest facility in the region and has hosted many Wisconsin, Illinois, Zone and Sectional Championship meets.

    Information and entry files can be found below. Secure your team's entry using the Reservation Form below. Send any questions or comments to or call (847) 735-5372(847) 735-5372  .


    Get Ready For A Great High School Season

    Your best high school swimming season starts with quality preparation.

    Improve technical skills, increase fitness, and build strength for your next high school season in our High School Prep Squad. Whether you are getting ready for another great High School season or want to keep the season going our HIGH SCHOOL PREP program is ready for you!



    Read more and complete registration using the links below or click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty.

     Click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty or call (847) 735-5372(847) 735-5372 for more information.


    Mighty Ducks Registration

    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.

    Swimmers in the Mighty Ducks must be at least 5 years old, complete a skill evaluation with a LFSC coach (usually Coach Laurel, and be able to complete the following abilities:

    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 safety 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

      Register for the Mighty Ducks -- Session 2

      Register for the Mighty Ducks -- Session 3

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty

    Visit the Mighty Ducks Landing Page for detailed information.


    Registration For The Mini Ducks Is 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 to be water safe and 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.

      Register for The Mini Ducks -- Session 1

      Register for the Mini Ducks -- Session 2

      Register for the Mini Ducks -- Session 3

      Register for the Mini Ducks -- Session 4

      Register for the Mini Ducks -- Session 5

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty

    Visit the Mini Ducks Landing Page for detailed information.


    World Champs Bling!

     Congratulations Coach Laurel on your performances at the World Championships!

    10th place in the 200 fly
    5th place on the 400 free

    We are so very proud of you and what you teach our swimmers.


    Bring It On!


    Coach Mo received a wonderful season recap from one of our Sr swimmers. As the author writes, "Bring on" the new season!



    Looking back on the 2014 long course season, it seems almost impossible that anyone could wake up at 5am five days a week and still make it to afternoon practice.

    In the end however, this heavy practice load allowed the dedicated swimmers to reach their maximum potential at main swim meets, such as Purdue, Regionals and the grand finale, the state meet.

    Who could forget Michael Hambletons incredible 1500 freestyle where he averaged 36 seconds per 50 meters, or Pat King coming in second in the 200 butterfly with a speedy time of 2:09.03.

    The Lake Forest Swim Club Senior squad altogether achieved success from getting through obstacles and still reaching maximum potential, like Kalla winning her event after tearing her speed suit or Robin bouncing back after adding time in various events to drop time in the 200fly and make the C final at state.

    Our team has shown amazing swims and will continue to drop more and more time as the new seasons come up.

    Bring on Short Course season 2014-2015!


    This was posted without crediting as it was received privately. If the author would like to be acknowledged send a note to Coach Michael.


    Two Tough Ducks

    It was a daily honor to coach these guys. Olympians Doug Lennox (2008, Puerto Rico) and Conor Dwyer (2008, 2012, USA). They had some tough training days in the pool for sure, but never two in a row.