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 sponsored by Activator Cycles and Activator Music Academy.

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 PX3 July Invite at the RecPlex! Watch the website this week for meet details . . .

The next LFSC hosted meet is the Monster Mash in October 2014. The SignUp Genius button will be active later in the summer . . . remember to volunteer 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 

     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.


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

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    Day 4 At JO's Was 100% Best Times

    Colin kept up the amazing efforts of the entire team with 2 more Best Time performances at the Illinois Age Group Championships in the 100 Fly and 50 free. That gives the team a 90+ Best Time score for the meet! Colin is moving on to the Central Zone Championships in Geneva, OH, later this week.

    Our Sr swimmers are heading to Munster, IN, for the Illinois Sr Championships, watch the website for updates and results.

    And don't forget to check back for information about the new season, start date September 2nd with New Swimmer Evaluations being announced online.


    Breaststroke Body Position Tips


    Yellow Squad teammates will recognize Coach Michael's "4 H's" in this video of Olympian Jessica Hardy. Viewing tip . . . focus on tips for good body position, not Jessica's style of swimming. Breaststroke has more variability in style than other strokes and Jessica's style may not be right for you. Fundamental body position however, does not vary.


    Sr Champs Meet, Coming Soon To A Pool In Indiana!

    ISI Senior Championship Meet

    July 31-Aug 3, 2014

    Munster High School

    8808 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN   46321

    The Illinois Sr Championship Meet is across the border once again in Munster, IN. The entry deadline is Monday, 28 July, and more information will be available after the deadline . . . please check back regularly or see Coach Mo for updated information.



    Take Off With The Ducks!

    The summer sun may be fading but that doesn't mean no more swimming. The new LFSC season starts on September 2nd with Team Registration beginning August 1st.

    New swimmers are evaluated by LFSC Coach Laurel Liberty to be sure that each swimmer is placed in the proper practice squad.

    Don't let the summer sun go down on you . . . New Swimmer Evaluations are currently scheduled at Lake Forest College on

         ~~ Monday   7/21   5:30pm

         ~~ Monday   7/28   5:30pm

    For more information or to schedule an evaluation call (847) 735-5372 or send a note to Coach Laurel today. Advance registration is not required but saves a little time in the evaluation process.

    Are you the next LFSC Olympian!


    ~~ Learn more about LFSC evaluations in Coach Michael's online article Listening, Learning and Swimmer Evaluations.

    ~~ Learn more about the LFSC swimmer development program in this online article Long Term Athlete Development.


    "I'm A Swimmer!"

    "I'm a Swimmer!" If that's you then you need to be part of the Green Squad. Swimmers in the Green Squad consistently qualify for both local and regional championship level competition. This is the place Olympic Dreams are forged . . .

    Read more below and  click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty. Registration for the 2014-2015 season will open August 1.

    Green Squad Landing Page

    The Green Squad is our "meat and potatoes" age group squad that helps young swimmers ages 9-13 establish a foundation of aerobic fitness and continue the development of good technical skills.

    Click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty and request an evaluation. Registration for the 2014-2015 season will open August 1.


    Thank You To All Of Our Golf Outing Sponsors


    "Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Free . . . Starts and Turns . . . Look At Me!!!"

    "Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Free . . . Starts and Turns . . . Look At Me!!!" You've learned the skills and maybe even swum in some meets. Now you're ready to sharpen things up just like the big kids. This is the place nearly every LFSC Champion started.

    Read more below and  click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty. Registration for the 2014-2015 season will open August 1.

    Yellow Squad Landing Page

    The Yellow Squad is the first step from novice skill development to swim meet participation. Swimmers in the Yellow Squad range in age from 7-12 and are able to consistently demonstrate the Foundation Skills learned in the Mighty Ducks.

    Click here to contact Coach Laurel Liberty and request an evaluation. Registration for the 2014-2015 season will open August 1.


    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.


    Coach Laurel's Medal Haul

    Coach Laurel comes home from teh US Masters national Championships with lots of hardware and some really outstanding performances.

    She got off to a great start with a huge 20 second improvement in the 1000 free to capture the Bronze medal on day one. She followed that up with 4th in the 200 fly, 3rd in the 100 fly and the 500 free, 11th in the 100 free and finished the meet with 3rd in the 200 free.

    The Masters Nationals were held in Santa Clara, Callifornia, at one of swimming's hallowed shrines, the George Haines International Swim Center.

    Congratulations Coach Laurel . . . we are proud of you!


    Understanding Talent and Development

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


    What To Talk About After The Meet


    Swimming World Partnership Announcement

    We are pleased and proud to partner with Swimming World magazine, home of the best coverage of all that happens in the water. This special partnership includes a one-year print subscription, online access to special content and a Swimming World t-shirt. This is typically a $59.95 investment in your favorite sport, available through this special partnership for just $29.95!

    Click this SPECIAL LFSC/SWIMMING WORLD PARTNERSHIP LINK to sign on. Not sure yet? . . . Swimming World is providing free copies to LFSC for distribution in practice! We expect these to arrive around October 1st so stay tuned. But . . . all of our coaches grew up racing to the mailbox for the latest copy of Swimming World and we are confident you will, too.

    Don't miss this special opportunity to keep up with your swimming idols!


    Getting Better Is More Than You Might Think

    A reminder of how a great partnership works . . .




    Order New Team Equipment From The Swim Team Store

    Everything you need for practice and meets! Order suits, snorkels, fins from The Swim Team Store. Click the picture above to go directly to the site.


    Coach Laurel, National Champ

    Coach Laurel is competing in the US Masters national Championships this weekend in Indianapolis. She got her meet off to a pretty good start, grabbing the top spot on the podium in the 1000 freestyle.

    Click here to follow the action.


    Helping Without Overdoing Things

    "How can I help my child get better" is a question we get regularly. There's no simple answer but doing too much is often a much bigger problem. Read this short article from Daniel Coyle (New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, Lance Armstrong's War, The Secret Race and Hardball: A Season in the Projects) to get fresh insight.

    Click the picture above to find the article.



    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


    Top 6 Things I Learned At The World Championships

    Top 6 Things I learned at the SC World Championships

    I’m back! Good to be home . . . I loved Istanbul; it is such a neat place right on the edge of both the European and Asian continent.

    I am so sorry I didn’t get to blog more but honestly we all know how busy prelim/final meets can be. Here are some of my observations on the meet; I hope they help you be better . . .

    1)”Early is on time and on time is late”

    This holds true in life as well as swimming but one of those things you just have to get. Doesn’t matter if you are Allison Schmitt (WR holder/Gold Medalist) or Becca Mann (Newbie to the national team) the bus will leave without you and the ready room will DQ you for being late. There are so many good reason to always plan on being 15 minutes early, everything from traffic getting to practice, forgetting a suit, or in Kathleen Hersey’s case having the FINA official discover you are not wearing an approved suit! You never want to be rushed in preparing for you race/practice; it makes it so much harder to succeed when you have shorted yourself on time.

    2) Pre-race and Pre-Practice routines

    So we got to Istanbul about 4 days ahead of the meet and swimmers just fell into their normal practice routine of going to the pool for AM and PM practice. Practice doesn’t start with 400 Fr though, practice starts with sit ups, pushups, stretching, and any number of other simple dryland skills, also something that I noticed this summer when we went to Moscow. You need to warm your body up before you ever begin to think about getting in the pool. Not everyone does the same thing but everyone does do something. Try it and see if you feel better in the water.

    3) Ferocious walls

    Races are won and lost on the walls, simple as that. I don’t think the ferociousness of these swimmers wall skills are evident when you watch them at the Olympics in a 50m pool, but in a short course pool where they go 15m underwater off EVERY wall it becomes obvious that the winners are able to do this and losers are not. It’s not simply being able kick that far or hold your breath that long but attacking with as much speed and power that you can muster EVERY wall EVERY time, in the heat of battle at finals or swimming through in prelims.

    4) Team is stronger that 1

    The USA relay tradition is strong, we have never lost the Men’s 4x200 Fr relay, and every athlete that gets to stand on the blocks and be part of a USA relay feels the honor and pride of being part of the US national team. It is the power of the whole team behind you as you dive into the pool. It is talked about in that way too, the coaches and athletes all know that when they get up for a race it is all of their teammates behind them too giving that extra to get the job done.

    Pride in your team and teammates starts now, don’t wait for HS or college . . . .  you can do bigger and better things when you stand with your teammates then when you stand alone.

    5) Race because you hate to lose, don’t race because you love to win

    You might say what is the difference here and I would say go watch Ryan Lochte’s 100IM, his last individual race of the meet. He was dead tired and only had 20 minute break between the 200Bk, which he lost, and the 100IM. He was angry after the 200bk and was trying to refocus in the warm down pool, but it wasn’t until he touched 2nd at the wall after 25fly in the IM where you can see him just dig in and say to himself “I will not lose this race”.

    I spoke with Conor about his races at the meet, and he would agree that he is not in the same shape he was in during the games however when asked about how he was swimming all he said was “I hate to lose”.  That is what you need to be driven by and what will keep you going.

    6) Be honest with yourself

    This is a tricky concept for a lot of people.  It’s easy to say . . . “the walls are slick”, “coach didn’t taper me right”, “the kid next to me swam slow”, but these are all things that put the result of your swim on someone else. There is no one else responsible for how you swim but you.  I sat with Tom Shields for a little while between prelims and finals one day, he was getting ready to swim the final of the 50 fly and he must have watched his prelim swim on video 100 times.  He analyzed everything from his start to his turn and everything in between, noticing how if he could make a better streamline or change his arm position slightly on the turn to be faster. He knew that he was the one that had to commit to making changes to be better, there wasn’t going to be an excuse or someone to blame. He was going to be the only person in lane 4 that night swimming his heart out.

    There are so many more examples of this. Many swimmers discovered that they didn’t like their outcomes and need to go home and work harder. Others realized they maybe hadn’t taken warm up seriously enough and it had affected their swim. Whatever the case maybe how you swim is a reflection of what you do to prepare for it, if you are honest with yourself you can adjust what you are doing to be better.


    Practice Is Only Half The Fun!

    Practice is only half the fun! Swim meets offer a chance to test yourself and what you've learned AND to meet new friends.

    We have started entering meets and need all swimmers to complete a meet schedule for the season. Meets in Wisconsin require advance reservation of a specific number of entries for each meet; our reservation must be accompanied by a check for entry fees. The reservation deposit assures teams of entry in the meet.

    When you submit your meet schedule you are saying "YES, I am attending these meets". Without a meet schedule we cannot enter any swimmer in a meet. Each meet has specific entry restrictions and deadlines which have to be met. It is very important to understand that meets are entered in advance, sometimes by as much as 5 weeks, and last minute entry is almost impossible.

    Read Meet Entries, Deadlines and Schedules for more information.

    You can find the Meet Schedule Form by clicking the Competition and Meets dropdown menu at the top of the homepage. Complete your Meet Schedule today . . . don't miss out on the fun!


    LFSC Partners With The Swim Team Store

    We are pleased to announce a new partnership with The Swim Team Store, one of the MidWest's largest distributors of swimming apparel and equipment.

    In addition to tremendous service and quality products, The Swim Team Store has built a dedicated online LFSC Swim Shop with team suits, warmups, backpacks and other swimming equipment.

    Visit the new LFSC Swim Shop using the link in the Navigation section to the right ---------->