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.


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.

LFSC Duck-A-Thon

Please help us reach our goal! All prize requests and donations are past due.

Calendar and Events

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

The next LFSC hosted event is the SwimFest, 13-14 June, at the RecPlex. Your help running this meet is greatly appreciated . . .

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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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    Superheroes Welcome

    A new season is just around the corner and we are looking for a few of your friends to be a part of the club. You know who we're looking for . . . kids with superpowers just like yours. So spread the word, send a friend to one of our upcoming New Swimmer Evaluation dates.

    September 2nd, 3rd, 4th
    Lake Forest College


    Suits and goggles required, capes optional.


    See The Action Up Close

    The new season starts with kids in the pool and new Officials Training Clinics from Illinois Swimming. Clinics are scheduled throughout the Chicago area and require advance registration.

    If you are new to officiating, please refer to the  Becoming an Official guide on the Illinois Swimming web site.  This guide will step a new official through the prerequisites for becoming an official. Please read before registering for your clinic as there is one prerequisite to registering.


    Click the links below for additional information or to register.

    Mundelein High School,1350 W Hawley St, Mundelein, IL 60060
    Sunday September 13, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM CDT

      Driving Directions

    Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
    Sunday September 20, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM CDT

      Driving Directions

    Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
    Saturday September 26, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM CDT

      Driving Directions


    Backstroke Todd, Another LFSC Champ!

    That's Coach Todd Keil poolside at the US Masters Nationals in a LFSC team T-shirt. His Libertyville Masters teammates call him "Backstroke Todd" and he lived up to his name, winning his age group in the 200 back.

    "Coach Laurel always gets the best out of me!" says Backstroke Todd.

    Congratulations to National Champ, Coach Backstroke Todd!


    The Champ!


    Coach Mo was crowned 2015 Lake County Golf Champ earlier this week at Midlane Golf Club in Wadsworth. She last won the title in 2008. Coach Mo also won the long drive contest with a mighty blast off the tee!

    Think you got game? Save The Date . . . June 10, 2016 . . . LFSC Wintrust Open!


    Registration for the Mini Ducks Is Open

    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 1 -- Sept 22 - Oct 15, 6:20-7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    Session 2 -- Oct 20 - Nov 12, 6:20- 7:00pm @ Lake Forest College

    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




    Clap! Clap! Clap! Championship Season Results

    The championship season is behind us and our swimmers enjoyed tremendous success at every meet. Highlighting our team efforts meets were:

    Regional Championships

    Gold Medal performances by Lauren Kingsley (500 free), Lilly Hemesath (200 Breast), Kalla Sturonas (200 fly) and Michael Hambleton (200 fly);

    LFSC results (PDF)


    Age Group Championships

     Zone Championship cuts from Mary Grace King (100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 50 back, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 IM), Jack Curtin (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100  breast), Colin Kingsley (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 200 IM), Nathan Gates (400 free, 1500 free, 200 fly);

    LFSC results (PDF)

    Senior Championships

    Championship final swims by Elyse Jacobs (1500 free), Nathan Levy (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free), Michael Hambleton (1500 free), Pat King (100 fly, 200 fly).

    LFSC results (PDF)


    And a very special “Put Your Hands Together” goes out for Levy, named ROOKIE of the MEET at Sr Champs!


    Patch news Press Release



    Registration for the Mighty Ducks Is Open


    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 1 -- Sep 21 - Nov 13, 6:20-7:00pm@ Lake Forest College

    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



    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!