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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.


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.

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Next up . . . the LFSC Distance Duck Meet, June 6, at Lake Forest College.

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    Important Club Calendar Information

    Effective immediately Google Calendar will once again be the official club calendar.

    The calendar function of the new Team Unify service was simply difficult to use and a quick check with several teams brought us back to Google. You can access the calendar from the LFSC Information and Activities dropdown menu at the top of the page or the Club Calendar button to the right.

    Our schedule for September is posted and we are getting the full schedule posted as quickly as possible. The  competition schedule is in "Save The Date" mode right now and will be finalized as we get information from the meet hosts.

    If you spot a scheduling error or conflict please send us a note.



    You Are A Part of Team Arena Water Instinct


    It's Off To The Races In Kazan!

    Off to the races!

    Well it is time to test our preparations. We made it here to Kazan Tuesday morning and our first set of races starts tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Things always get a little harder the closer to competition that you get but the coaching staff has been very conscience about not sharing our stresses with the athletes. The coaches and athletes have done the work and prepared carefully, now it is time to let them race.

    Competing internationally on this stage presents its own set of unique challenges. We were able to choose so much of our daily needs at camp in Slovenia. Here the venues are more crowded, with athletes and coaches from all over the world speaking languages we don't understand and the practice times are set.

    We are at a hotel with the rest of the US delegation (all US water sports) and things are a bit crowded especially in the dining hall. It takes longer to use the bus system since they seem to have a mind of their own. But despite all that the staff has to work through the USA athletes look great, feel great and are ready to go!!!!

    Here is a rundown of the Open water events over the next week . . . .

    Saturday - Men/Women 5K, Open water's sprint event ;)

    Monday- Men 10K (Olympic qualifier) US has the potential to put two swimmers on the Olympic team. Swimmers must place in the top 10 to move on. Look for Sean Ryan a veteran or Jordan Wilimovsky.

    Tuesday - Women 10K (Olympic Qualifier ) Same rules for women, look for Haley Anderson, 2012 10k silver medalist and Chicago Native Becca Mann.

    Thursday - 5K Team Pursuit, Talk about team work, each country has to get 3 swimmers (at least 1 female) to swim the fastest possible 5k. They strategically draft off each other to help the weakest swimmer go faster and conserve energy.

    Saturday - Men/Women 25K, Wowie get your brain wrapped around this 6 hour swim, its more about positioning and pacing.

    Looking forward to see some hard work pay off,

    GO USA!!!!!!!

    GO LFSC!!!!!!!

    Coach Laurel


    Coach Laurel Says "Hi!"

    Hey from Bled, Slovenia!

    So far Team USA is working hard in preparation for the world champs that start next week. We are here in Bled, a beautiful lake community, practicing both in the pool and out in the lake. Being with the Open Water team is so exciting and a very unique experience.


    I get to be so much more hands-on helping out by jumping in a kayak, getting equipment ready for race day and generally helping the athletes get prepared for race day. The world championships is the qualifying event for the Olympics next summer in Rio and we have the potential to put 2 women and 2 men on the team in the 10k.

    The OW group is special because it is so small, 4 women/4men and staff. We have become a tight knit group very quickly. Funny thing about swimmers, you just seem to have a common bond and understanding after so many hours staring at the black line.

    Yesterday we took a trip into Lublijana with a local swimming hero Sara Isakovic (2008 silver medalist, 200 free). The city was stunning, and interesting mix of Central Europe and Eastern influences, but listening to the stories of Sara's life and how different her swimmer career has been was fascinating.

    I am shocked to hear that coaches here and in a lot of other places as well, don't really focus on their athletes, they scream and yell or completely ignore them at practice and meets. She said that there is no doubt the USA is the best swimming nation because there are coaches that care about their athletes and really coach them to performance.

    It's back to the lake for us shortly and we have heard rumors of giant catfish, although none have been spotted! A few observations about race preparation as you get ready for championship meets . . .

    -focus- the second we walk on deck or out on the dock the athletes and coaches know what we have to do. They know that this workout is part of what will lead them to their ultimate goal and that is always forefront in our minds.

    -recovery- it is just as important as practice. Both immediately after workout with stretching, chocolate milk/Gatorade and rest between workouts.

    -nutrition- we have been eating like kings, however all the food is so healthy. Prior to coming here a USA Swimmjng nutritionist approved all the menus at the hotel, so we have had the best fruits and veggies. Fish. turkey, chicken everything is made from scratch.

    Good luck to everyone at championship meets over the next few weeks!!!!

    Go LFSC!!!

    Go USA!!!


    Age Group Champs Update #1 -- Psyche Sheets

    ISI Age Group Championship Meet

     23-26 July 2015



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


    Follow the website daily for any new information we receive. During the meet new information is explained to the swimmers at pre-meet Team meetings.

    Warm-up at this meet is always very crowded and difficult. We have had great success in the past warming up at home, followed by a short warm-up and sprinting at the meet.

    Follow the schedule below for this meet-- 11/12 and 13/14 swimmers will warm-up at home then go to the meet; 10&under swimmers will warm-up at the meet.

    • Warm-up Information
      • Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun           6:15am      Heats -- 11/12 and 13/14 age groups
        • Thursday warm-up will be at the Lake Bluff pool
        • Friday/Saturday/Sunday warm-up will be at Lake Forest College
      • Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun          12:15pm     Timed Finals -- 10 & under
      • Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun           3:45pm      Finals
    • Timing Assignments
      • Illinois Swimming rules require that all teams provide timers for the meet.
      • Please plan to take a turn behind the blocks.

    Hi From Bled, Slovenia!

    Coach Laurel says "Hi! GO LFSC! Go USA!" from Bled, Slovenia, with the U.S. Open Water World Championship Team. The team is in training at a mountain lake prior to the World Championship event in Kazan, Russia. Watch the website for updates from Coach Laurel.


    We Got Spirit, YES We Do!


    Let's Get It Started In Here!

    We are off to a great start the Regional Champs! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ on Friday night Lauren won the 500 free followed by Saylor in 3rd. Ben finished 8th in the boy's event.

    This morning we picked right up with great efforts in the 500 free-- Holly 16th, Anna 10th and Selin 9th. In the 100 fly Saylor finished 6th, Saige 4th, Lauren 2nd and Ben 2nd.

    We expect a full day of great efforts but don't expect real time updates from the deck!!! Go LFSC!


    Regional Champs, Update #2 -- Relays and Last Minute  Details

    ISI Summer Regional Championship Meet

    July 17-19, 2015

    Mundelein HS, 1350 W Hawley, Mundelein, IL   60060


    LFSC Team Flyer          Meet Landing Page          Psyche Sheet

    Relays -- Our primary focus at this meet is on peak individual performance and we have limited relay entries.

    • 10&under Girls -- Abby, Saige, Saylor, Lauren
    • 10&under Boys -- Liam, Connor, Ben, Dylan
    • 12&under Girls -- Camille, Selin, Anna, Holly
    • 12&under Boys -- No Relay

    Be on time -- By all accounts the facility is a bit cramped for spectators and on deck; it will likely take more time to do everything. On time means ready to get in the pool-- checked in, comfortable in the team area, and personal needs tended to.

    Warm-up Information

    • FRIDAY
      • 2:40 pm -- Positive Check-in, Team Warm-up, Team meeting 
      • 4:00 pm -- Start
      • 6:40 am -- 10 & under and 12 & under events
      • 11:40 am -- 14 & under, Sr event

    Heat Sheets -- Buy a heat sheet for your swimmer. Coaches need to focus on the meet, not writing events on little arms. We teach your swimmer how to read a heat sheet, help us with that. Do Not rely on any online information! The online info requires updating by meet admin officials/volunteers and is not always Real Time accurate.

    Team Uniforms -- Each swimmer has a NEW Championship season t-shirt to wear at the meet. All swimmers benefit from a tight new Team Cap; we will have these available at the meet. All swimmers should be in a tight racing suit. We are an Arena sponsored team and ask that any racing suit you purchase be an Arena suit. Vintage team t-shirts are also available to add to yoru collection.

    Other Equipment -- Do not try out new equipment at a Championship Meet! Too many times swimmers show up with nose plugs, new goggles, special swim caps, suits that don't fit and other gear that compromises their performance. Elite Athlete Rule: practice is for trying out new equipment also.

    DIRECTLY FROM THE HOST --  Mundelein HS has LIMITED seating the in pool bleacher area. Parents will be asked to stay in the gym when their swimmer is not swimming. There will be no saving of seats. The gym is where we will have all swimmers stay when they aren’t swimming. We will have volunteers helping to make sure swimmers are fully aware of event numbers etc. so they don’t miss events. Swimmers will NOT be allowed to keep their belongings on the pool deck.

    Timing -- Timing Assignments have been made and posted on our website. Please take a turn behind the blocks.


    PX3 July Invite Results


    PX3 July Invite

    10-12 July 2015

    Great swimming at the PX3 meet!



    Swimmer Of The Meet -- PX3 July Invite

    PX3 July Invite

    Swimmer of the Meet

    Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed in the PX3 July Invite. 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  Championship Season . . . stay tuned for results!

    Senior Sqaud --   Anna Manning and Levy Nathan

    Bronze Squad --  Nathan Gates and Isabella Lewin

    Green Squad --   Colin Jette and Cleo Meyer

    Yellow Squad -- Jessica Gitzinger and Connor Boyle

     Meet Landing Page (all info)


    Staying Race Ready

    Look closely . . . that's either the Loch Ness Monster or Janine Loveland doing a little open water training over the 4TH of July weekend.

    We're betting it's Janine staying in fighting form for the championship season.


    Congrats! State Records Go Down!

    It took a little time (too long?) but Illinois Swimming has finally recognized 2 LFSC swimmers as State Record holders.

    Please put your hands together, raise the roof and tip your hat to Zeynep Kivanc and Mary Grace King . . .

    Z set the ISI standard in the 15-16 50 Back SCM (30.70)  and the 100 IM SCM (1:06.55). Mary Grace King made her mark in the 10 and Under 1500 Free SCM (22:59.75).

    Congrats from your LFSC teammates!


    Lake, Pond, Pool . . . LFSC has It Covered

    Congratulations to the mighty LFSC Open Water swimmers! We sent 7 swimmers to the Central Zone Open Water Championships last week and scored 47 of Team Illinois 408 points. Mary Grace King led the way with a top o' the podium performancein in the 10&under girls race, followed closely by Lauren Kingsley in 11th place.

    Colin Kingsley led the way for the boys with a 3rd place finish (11/12) while Nathan Gates captured 11th place in the 13/14 boys class. The LFSC Sr squad was led by strong performances over the 5k course by Elyse Jacobs (25th), Robin Bender (32nd) and Anna Manning (33rd).

    Full results are here. It's great to see some new faces on the Open Water team and we are looking to fill out all age groups in 2016. Coach Laurel, a member of the 2015 World Championship Open Water Team, will continue to spearhead our efforts; contact Coach Laurel if you would like to be a part of our OW team.

    Great job all!!!


    Feeling Very Olympic Today!


    Our trip to Atlanta has been great, highlighted by some new first time State Meet qualifiers. Nathan (200 fly), Selin (200 breast), Janine (200 back) and Kalla (100 fly) will head State later this summer. Congratulations!

    Stay tuned for updates and more pictures.


    Distance Duck Meet Results

    LFSC Distance Duck Meet - June 6, 2015

    It's been a little hectic here lately but we wouldn't want to forget to recognize all of our Distance Duck Meet competitors. We had a great turnout for the meet and nearly 100% Best Times for the meet.

    Congratulations to Nathan Gates and Bora Hopali, our newest Distance Ducks! Welcome to the Club.

     Awards . . .

    Distance Duck     Nathan Gates, 17:55.98     Bora Hopali, 19:46.58

    Big Drop 1500     Nathan Gates, 2:41            Saige Joseph, 2:17

    Big Drop 400       Jessica Gitzinger, 1:30       Ben Longeway, :32

    Mark the calendar for December 2015 and the next Distance Duck Meet.


    Coach Mo established the Distance Duck Meet in 1981 as a test of toughness and to help age group swimmers understand that new events were not really all that scary. For 34 years we have continued the challenge and tradition of the meet every December and June. Almost every age group swimmer has participated, starting with the 400 free and progressing to the 1500.

    The Distance Duck Meet originally had only 2 events, the 400 and 1500 free, and was restricted to 12 & under swimmers. Over time we have added the 200 free for Mighty Ducks and expanded entry to all non-High Schoolers. Awards however, have never changed: there are only three.

    The first and most important award is the Pride and Satisfaction of competing in a new event or achieving a new personal best time. Our second award is The BIG Drop award, given to two swimmers in each event (Boy, Girl) who post the greatest time improvement. And the most prestigious award is the Distance Duck award.

    The Distance Duck award is presented to any swimmer who completes the 1500 in under 20 minutes. This is a tough challenge, rewarded with a special t-shirt that can only be earned in the meet. No one, not even a Coach Mo, has ever received the Distance Duck T-shirt without besting the required time standard. The t-shirt and logo were designed by one of the very first Distance Ducks, Paul Luhmann,  in 1981 and has never changed.


    Current Distance Duck Records


    Big LFSC Thank You, Elaine!!!

    We send a big THANK YOU to Elaine Gilbert, longtime club member and volunteer official. Elaine, with Coach Mo, will be heading east to Connecticut and officiated her last meet this weekend.

    Elaine's two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsey, have finished school and now starting professional careers in the east, after long LFSC swimming careers. Elaine has been a fixture at our meets and always willing to answer a last minute call for help.

    We will miss all the Gilbert Girls . . .

    Thank you, Elaine!


    The Champ!

    Congratulations to Max Reininger, 50 fly State Champ!!!

    Max is swimming in the Illinois Special Olympics the weekend at Illinois Wesleyan University In Bloomington.

    Yay, Max! Represent!

    Bring home some more GOLD!



    And Now For A Little Fun


    Day One At The Bluff

    The first long course practice is always fun. Thanks, Mother Nature for letting us finish in the sun!