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 and Rummel Associates Insurance for our annual Golf Outing and other 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.

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    Be the best that you can be at the Lake Forest Swim Club! With over 50 Illinois State Championship trophies and 10 Olympic team members you know your championship dream starts here.  To speak directly with a coach please call 847.735.5372

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    LFSC Named To Host 2016 Spring Sectionals

     Speedo Sectional Championships

    10 - 13 March 2016

    RecPlex Aqua Arena, 9900 Terwall Terrace

    Pleasant Prairie, WI   53158

    Mark your calendar and set your swimming goals for the 2016 Spring Sectional Meet. LFSC will once again be the host for this great event. This year, as in 2012, we will host the meet in long course format, allowing top swimmers from throughout the country a chance to qualify for the US Olympic Trials. Watch for more information as it comes in.



    Swimmer Of The Meet -- Barrington Mustang Classic

    Mustang Classic

    Swimmer of the Meet

    Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed in the Barrington Swim Club Mustang Classic. 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  Badger Winter Invite . . . stay tuned for results!

    Senior Sqaud --   Levy Nathan, Catherine Holecek

    Bronze Squad --  Colin Jette and Isabella Lewin

    Green Squad --   Ben Longeway and Cleo Meyer

    Yellow Squad -- Greta Duda-Anderson and Winton Thuente

     Meet Landing Page (all info)


    Don't Duck . . . Save The Date!

    The 2015 LFSC Wintrust Golf Outing was soooooooo much fun as you can tell from these happy smiling faces.

    Join us in 2016 . . . Save The Date . . . 10 June 2016 at Deerpath Golf Club!

    News clipping from Forest&Bluff, September 2015



    Get Ready For The Mustang Classic


    Barrington Mustang Classic

    November 20-22, 2015


    Barrington High School

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

    Be sure to check back regularly for new information.

    Our next competition is the Barrington Mustang Classic. Entries are now closed, log in to your family account to check your entry.

    • Warm-up Information   --    If you are late and miss the team warm-up you will not be allowed to warm-up in another team's slot. All swimmers MUST be behind the blocks in our assigned lane by the time posted below. Be sure to allow enough time to check-in and get settled in the team area
      • Friday PM -- (10&un 200 IM, 11/12 200 IM, Sr 400 IM, 12&un 500 free, 13&ov 500 free)
        • LFSC Warm Up -- be on deck no later than 4:50pm
        • Positive check in will close at 5:15pm
      • Saturday and Sunday AM -- (11/12, 9/10)
        • LFSC Warm Up -- be on deck no later than 7:00am
        • Positive check in will close at 7:30am
      • Saturday and Sunday PM -- (8&Under, Sr)
        • LFSC Warm-up be on deck no later than 12:20pm
        • Positive check in will clost at 12:45pm
      • Sunday 1650 Session
        • LFSC Warm-up --TBA
        • Saturday and Sunday AM -- (11/12, 9/10)
    • Timeline   Game day scratches may shorten the timeline. The warmup schedule is listed above.

    Mini Ducks Session 3 Starts Tuesday . . . Register Today

    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.



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

    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 3 -- Nov 17 - Dec 17, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 4 -- Jan 5 - Jan 29, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 5 -- Feb 2 - Feb 25, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty




    Ten Great Reasons to Support Lake Forest Swim Club

    A chill is in the air, the leaves are falling, and the Ducks have moved indoors to chase their dreams. Our 2015 Annual Fund Campaign is also underway and we are asking you to support those dreams by renewing your support of the Lake Forest Swim Club.

    To date LFSC Families and Alumni have contributed $2750 to support and enrich the LFSC experience for future generations. Please download a Donor Form and show your support today!


    Ten Great Reasons to Support Lake Forest Swim Club
     #10       The Annual Fund helps every part of the Club from providing programming to our youngest swimmers who take part in the Mini Ducks, to the laying the foundation and necessary skills for long term success with our Bronze and Senior Squads.
    #9        We are unique among competitive swimming teams in Illinois in that we receive no support from public funds.  Our club is a not-for-profit organization and is solely dependent upon program fees, sponsorships, advertising, and contributions from members, friends and local businesses. 
    #8        The Duck friends you made here are your friends forever.
    #7        We have over 50 IL State Champions and 10 Olympic Team Members.
    #6        Outstanding coaches that transform lives.
    #5        For over 50 years LFSC swimmers and coaches have set the highest standards for themselves and have been richly rewarded with tremendous achievement at the highest levels of American swimming.
    #4        Lake Forest Swim Club attracts and retains the best swimmers and coaches.
    #3        Because giving feels good.
    #2        We adhere tightly to a plan of long term athlete development.
    #1        The reason Lake Forest Swim Club is special and important to you.
    As you consider a donation to the Lake Forest Swim Club Annual Fund, think about what a gift will support —the coach who inspired you, a special program in need of funding, or additional swimmer education.
    Your gift will make an immediate impact.  Thank you very much for your consideration.
    Please make your tax deductible gift today using this download/print form or by calling 1-847-735-53721-847-735-5372.  Gifts made by credit card or online must be received by December 31st to be eligible for a 2015 tax deduction.
    P.S. Does your company participate in a matching gift program?  If so, you could double your donation to Lake Forest Swim Club.

    Download A Donor Form

    Donate Today

    Mighty Ducks Session 2 Starts Monday . . . Register Today


    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.



    We know that our current members are our best resource for recruiting new members. Please pass this on to your swimming friends or send contact information to Coach Laurel Liberty.


    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 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 2 -- Nov 16 - Jan 8, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 3 -- Jan 11 - Feb 24, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

      Contact Coach Laurel Liberty



    Hour Of Power

    On Wednesday, 11 November, LFSC will participate in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay. This year is the 10th anniversary of the annual event and we hope that all Senior, Bronze, Green and Yellow Squad swimmers will join us to "Leave It In The Pool".

    Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006, swam at New Trier High School and is a Lake Forest Swim Club alum.  The annual swim relay, which now includes dryland teams as well, has grown from 15 teams in its first year to over 180 teams and more than 8,000 athletes in recent years.

    Click here to read the full press release..............check the club calendar for more details about the special practice schedule.


    Congratulations To Coach Laurel! OLYMPIC TEAM!!!


    Coach Laurel has just been named to the 2016 USA Olympic Team as Head Manager of the Open Water Team.

    She was also the the Head Manager for the Open Water World Championship Team in 2015 (Kazan, Russia) and 2014 (Shanghai, China), Assistant Manager for the 2012 World Championship Team (Istanbul, Turkey), and Assistant Manager for the 2010 Jr Pan Pacific Games Team (Honolulu).

    This is a very big honor for Coach Laurel and our club. More news to follow as it comes in.

    USA Swimming press release


    Coaches Do a The Mash, Too! 



    Ghosts and Goblins Are Doin' The Mash


    Badger Team Travel Meet Info -- Dec 4-6

    BAC Holiday Splash

    December 4-6, 2015



    University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium, 2000 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI   53707

    The Holiday Splash is a fun meet with great competition at the University of Wisconsin pool. Information for the meet is below; additional information will be posted as we receive it.

    We have a team hotel room block set-up at the Best Western InnTower Hotel, $129/night. The rate includes free breakfast, internet access and parking. A flyer with all necessary information about the hotel is below.

    Be sure to check the LFSC website regularly for updated information! Send any questions or comments to


    Understanding Talent and Development

    A great clip from my friends in Scotland.

    ~~ Coach Michael

    Some good advice for kids about developing a healthy perspective of themself.


    What To Talk About After The Meet

    Click To Get Some Great Sport Parenting Advice



    This article was recently published in the newsletter of the American Swimming Coaches Association, our professional coaches’ organization.

    The author of the article is John Leonard, Executive Director of the ASCA. John is considered one of the smartest swimming and coaching minds in the world. He was also the Head Coach of LFSC from 1978-1984.

    The subject of the article hits close to home . . . it’s about one of Coach Laurel’s team meetings with the Green Squad. It’s quite an honor to be published in the professional journal of American swim coaches so read the article and take Coach Leonard’s advice to find a lesson that smoothes your child’s swimming.

     Coach Michael


    Illinois Swimming Honors Eight From LFSC

    Illinois Swimming honored it's top three swimmers in each event last weekend at the annual ISI Awards Banquet. The keynote speaker for the event was LFSC Alum and Olympic Gold Medallist Matt Grevers.

    Congratulations to Colin Kingsley, Mary Grace King, Elyse Jacobs, Summer Hemesath, Kalla Sturonas, Colin Kingsley, Nathan Gates, Levy Nathan on all of your great accomplishments in 2015 . . . best to all LFSC Ducks in 2016!

    Long Course Rankings are listed below.

    Mary Grace (Banquet Invitee) -- 10&under Girls-- 50 free (8th), 100 free (8th), 200 free (8th), 400 free (4th), 50 back (3rd), 100 back (3rd), 50 fly (7th), 100 fly (6th), 200 IM (6th).

     Colin Kingsley (Banquet Invitee) -- 11 yr old Boys -- 50 free (6th), 100 free (3rd), 200 free (2nd), 400 free (2nd), 800 free (1st), 100 breast (8th), 50 fly (8th), 100 fly (5th), 200 fly (8th), 200 IM (3rd)

              12 yr old Boys -- 200 free (7th), 400 free (6th), 800 free (3rd)

    Elyse Jacobs -- 16 yr old Girls -- 1500 (6th)

    Summer Hemesath -- 18 yr old Girls -- 800 free (9th)

    Kalla Sturonas -- 18 yr old Girls -- 800 free (10th), 200 fly (6th)

    Nathan Gates -- 14 yr old Boys -- 1500 (10th)

    Levy Nathan -- 15 yr old Boys -- 200 free (6th), 400 free (5th), 800 (3rd), 1500 free (3rd)


    How Coaching Works . . . A Video Explanation


    Great Racing, Best Times and Records!

    Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon Meet

    Great swimming at the Pumpkin Patch Pentathlon from the entire team! It was a great start to the new season with 85% new Best Times, 4 new Pumpkin Patch records, and 15 first time meet participants.

    New Meet Records were established by Mary Grace King (9/10 50 Free-- tied record with Tori Alland, 33.28; 50 Back-- 39.00) and Colin Kingsley (11/12 50 Free-- 29.57; 100 IM-- 1:16.95).

    LFSC Meet Landing Page

    Live Results

    Print Results

    Next up . . . the LFSC Monster Mash Meet, 24-25 October at the RecPlex.

    Click here to sign-up for meets


    Hanging Out With The Greats

    That's Coach Michael hanging out with Peter Banks, Nathional High Performance Director for Ireland Swimming. Coach Banks was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame last week in Clveland. Coach Michael and Coach Banks are longtime friends and colleagues with a tradition of taking a picture everytime they cross paths.

    Peter was the longtime coach of Olympic Champion Brooke Bennett, 800 freestyle (1996, 2000) and 400 freestyle (2000). Sidenote . . . Coach Laurel swam for Coach Banks with Brooke during her collegiate days.


    Ray Essick, Hall of Fame Coach and LFSC Founder

    The man in the middle is Ray Essick, founder of our club. Ray is being honored with induction into the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame. Ray went on to coach at SIU and Harvard and became the first Executive Director of United States Swimming in 1980.

    On the left is Bob Steele, currently a High Performance Consultant for USA Swimming. Bob coached at New Trier HS with Ray, Deerfield HS, and at LFSC in the mid-60's. Bob also coached at SIU prior to joining the staff at USA Swimming.

    Induction ceremonies are tonight at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland.