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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 Distance Duck Meet at Lake Forest College! Watch the website for meet details . . .

The next LFSC hosted meet is the Windy City Open, January 10-11, 2015. The SignUp Genius button will be active soon . . . 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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You found us on the web, now join our mailing list. Simply click the link below to stay up to date with LFSC information. Be sure to tell us who you are so we can get you the right information.

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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 

      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.  


    Sign Up Now!

    Next up . . . the LFSC Windy City Open, 10-11 January 2015. SignUp soon!





      Get ready for the Distance Duck Meet, 20 December, at Lake Forest College!


     Lake Forest Swim Club . . . the home of Champion Swimmers!

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    Distance Duck Meet Update -- Warmup

    LFSC Distance Duck Meet

    December 20, 2014


    The Distance Duck Meet is an intra-squad meet with just 2 events (400 and 1500 free), held in December and June each year at Lake Forest College. The meet has been conducted continuously for 34 years, meaning almost every LFSC swimmer participated at some time.

    Special recognition is given to swimmers who achieve the greatest time improvement ("The Big Drop Award") and establish team records. Swimmers who break 20 minutes in the 1500 achieve prestigous status as LFSC Distance Ducks and earn a special t-shirt.

    All Bronze Squad swimmers are swimming the 1500 free; Yellow Squad swimmers are swimming the 400 free; Green Squad swimmers should check the Online Entry List as some swimmers will be in the 1500, some in the 400.

    NOTE: The Yellow Squad was mistakenly entered in the 200 Free and posted online. All Yellow Squad swimmers will swim the 400 Free. Warmup according to the schedule below.


    Warmup:   1500 free -- 9:00am          400 free -- 10:00am

    We will start as soon as we warmup and have timers in place.

              Meet Landing Page

              Live Results June 2014

              Entry List

    Be sure to check the LFSC website regularly for updated information. Contact Coach Michael with questions about the meet.

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    Home For The Holidays


    'Tis The Season

    The holiday season is a time to think about those who are near and dear to your heart. While you are searching for that perfect gift we hope you will consider adding LFSC to your gift list. The generous support of alumni and friends provides inspiring opportunities like our recent Conor Dwyer swim clinic.

    From all of us at the Lake Forest Swim Club have a wonderful holiday, we hope to hear from you soon. If you have already made a gift you have our most heartfelt thanks . . . your gift makes a difference to so many young people.

    To qualify as a charitable contribution for 2014, gifts must be received or postmarked by 31 December 2014. 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 or by visiting 


    Important Member Information

    Coach Michael trying to implement the new system.

    Over the holiday period we are making a transition to Team Unify, an administrative platform that integrates many current functions such as invoiving, registration and volunteer sign up. Our goal is to be operational with invoicing and online account payment on January 1st.

    Each current family/account will receive an email with login and account setup instructions. It is very important that your account be reviewed and setup prior to January 1st. On January 1st an invoice will be generated for each account and you will be able to pay any outstanding balance using a credit card or direct payment from your bank. You can also continue to mail checks to the office if you prefer.

    The setup instructions are being sent via email to the primary email listed with your existing account. If you do not receive this note by Friday, December 19, check you spam/junk folder. If you still cannot  find the note it likely means we have a bad or old email address; send a note to Coach Laurel if you need to update your email address.

    We anticipate some transition pains bringing everything online and ask for a lot of patience!


    On Sundays We Swim With Olympians!

    Yeah, we do!

    What a great day with Olympic Gold Medalist Conor Dwyer dropping to pass on tips drills to teammates.

    "It brings back a lot of memories to be back at my home club," Conor reminisced. "I swam a lot of laps in those lanes.

    "At least fifty percent of what got me to the 2012 Olympics happened at the Lake Forest Swim Club with Coach Mo, Michael and Laurel.

    "It's good to see the tradition of hard work and dedication still going strong. Take pride wearing that Duck on the side of your cap."

    More to follow! You can send pictures and thought about the day to Coach Michael. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures (you will be prompted to login to your Facebook account).


    Save The Date For A Little Spare Time!


    Gettin' Help From Our Coaches

    Coach Mo, Coach Michael and Coach Laurel cheer Saige Joseph on to a new Best Time at the Lake Central Winter Invite.



    Annual Giving Appeal


    Our Annual Fund Drive helps every part of the Club by providing programming for our youngest swimmers in the Mini Ducks and laying a foundation of fitness and skill aimed at long term success with our Bronze and Senior Squads.

    As you consider a donation to the Lake Forest Swim Club Annual Fund, think about what a gift will support — a coach who inspired your child, a special program in need of funding, or additional swimmer and coach education.

    Please make your tax deductible gift today at Gifts made by credit card or online must be received by December 31st to be eligible for a 2014 tax deduction.

    Your gift will make an immediate impact.  Thank you very much for your consideration. Call us at (847) 735-5372 with any questions.

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    Don't Miss The Windy City Open!


    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  .


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    A World Famous Duck Goes Around The World

    Hey, Ducks, Coach Michael here!

    Actually I'm about 7,000 miles away in Dubai which is in the United Arab Emirates. I will be here for a few days teaching coaches from this part of the world how to be better coaches.


    It takes a long time to get here and sleeping on a plane is not easy. I adjust pretty well to travel and take lots of naps so I can get on local time quicker. I always try to make do things to make things like home so the first thing I did? Order pizza! It was pretty good, check out the picture . . . and notice it's add your own tomato sauce (Heinz ketchup!).

    This morning I woke up and went exploring after breakfast. My hotel is in a kinda crazy area, vacant lots then a skyscraper. There's a 3 lane each direction highway out front with a 25 meter median between. It's a bit windy and the sand blows pretty steadily. There is a grocery store next door and I got LOTS of water. It's about 90 during the day and 75 at night. My driver said I'm lucky to be here during the cold season!

    I walked to a BIG shopping mall-- Sahara Centre-- and wandered around. I got there before they opened but was able to go for about a 3mile exercise walk, just like in States. It was 5-6 stories and about 2 football fields long, 1 field wide. It had a full amusement park on the 3rd level! Crazy shopping and the biggest food court I've ever seen.

    Tonight I went for a swim in the rooftop pool which was pretty fun but closed at 10pm. twenty laps . . . yep, perfect stroke.

    Then at 10:40 the fire alarm went off! They called and told me to stay in my room wait til they called again. Yikes!!! The alarm was piercing and my ears are still ringing.

    Keep up the good work in practice and I'll bring you more news and pictures soon.


    Ted Mullen "Leave It In The Pool" Relays

    Heads Up!!! Next Wednesday is the annual Ted Mullen "Leave It In The Pool" Relays.

    All squads will practice at the college. Check the schedule and watch the website for updated information.


    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.


    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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    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


    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



    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.