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 Rising Star Pentathlon at Lake Forest College! 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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    And The Winner Is . . .

    Congratulations to Coach Michael, elected today to the Board of Directors of the American Swimming Coaches Association in Jacksonville, FL. With approximately 9000 members the ASCA is the largest professional swimming coaches association in the world.


    Be Quick Off The Blocks In 2015!


    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 .


    Are You Ready For Some Racin'?



    Monster Mash Meet

    October 25-26, 2014

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

    Join us for a weekend of devilishly fun swimming at the Midwest's premier competition venue. Our unique meet format and schedule allows for a fun fast-paced meet . . . and young swimmers will have plenty of time for Trick Or Treat fun, too.

    This meet uses the Wisconsin Reservation system for entries. Please complete the Reservation Form below and submit directly to Lake Forest Swim Club, 555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake  Forest, IL   60045


    What’s Up DUCKS???

    What’s Up DUCKS???

    The new season is upon us with our first practices set for Tuesday, September 2nd. We are set for another exciting season with a few new meets and events on the calendar.

    A new practice schedule gives our Bronze Squad swimmers easier ability to participate in dryland sessions and maintain a strong healthy injury-free swimming body. Our Age Group Challenge Meets are being expanded to include the Green Squad which will help everyone develop their competition skills.

    Use the links below to complete registration or ask a question. Mark your calendar with the important dates . . . see you poolside soon!

    September 4th Meet Schedules are due!  Fill out a Meet Schedule form online and submit by September 4th to ensure you get into all the meets you want to attend. Swimmers who compete improve at a much more rapid rate than those that do not! Please attend all of the age/ability appropriate meets on the short course schedule. 

    September 15-30 – Team Equipment Days, make sure you have all the equipment you need to have a great practice. Kiddles in downtown Lake Forest and The Swim Team Store (online) both carry all the swim goodies you will need.

    *****September 24th or 25th – Mandatory LFSC Parent Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm in the Tiernan Room at LFC. This meeting will cover the basics of the club operations and other info you need to know help your child make progress. All practices will be held at LFC on this night. You must attend one of these two days.

    1st Wednesday of every month –Age Group Challenge Meets!!! -- For all Green, Yellow and Mighty Ducks swimmers. These meets are a good way to help your swimmer get your feet wet in competition.  Make sure to look for them on the practice schedule.

    October 12th -Rising Star Intra-Squad Meet --  8:30am warm up . . .  make sure to sign up with a meet schedule for this season kick off. This is a great for every swimmer on the team.

    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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    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.


    Bring It On!


    Coach Mo received a wonderful season recap from one of our Sr swimmers. As the author writes, "Bring on" the new season!



    Looking back on the 2014 long course season, it seems almost impossible that anyone could wake up at 5am five days a week and still make it to afternoon practice.

    In the end however, this heavy practice load allowed the dedicated swimmers to reach their maximum potential at main swim meets, such as Purdue, Regionals and the grand finale, the state meet.

    Who could forget Michael Hambletons incredible 1500 freestyle where he averaged 36 seconds per 50 meters, or Pat King coming in second in the 200 butterfly with a speedy time of 2:09.03.

    The Lake Forest Swim Club Senior squad altogether achieved success from getting through obstacles and still reaching maximum potential, like Kalla winning her event after tearing her speed suit or Robin bouncing back after adding time in various events to drop time in the 200fly and make the C final at state.

    Our team has shown amazing swims and will continue to drop more and more time as the new seasons come up.

    Bring on Short Course season 2014-2015!


    This was posted without crediting as it was received privately. If the author would like to be acknowledged send a note to Coach Michael.


    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.


    Understanding Talent and Development

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


    What To Talk About After The Meet


    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 ---------->