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2022 Spring/Summer Season


Be inspired, at every practice.

Welcome to the 2022 Spring/Summer Season!

We are excited to kick off another season of Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics (MLA) swimming.  For our athletes, this season is a nice blend of local, regional, and some big-meet opportunities to inspire fun, fast racing.  For our MLA parents, we have just our mainstay Summer meets to host, nothing too much (NOT hosting a Champ Meet ;) 

The past few seasons have been a lot about, "what can we make work?," for our athletes due to limitations from pandemic and construction.  However, we are excited this season to see how we can better work for our athletes! With no current pandemic mandates & with construction swiftly coming to a close, things are opening up for us by the day!

What's new this season?  Multiple new training groups; 1) introducing a fourth, 14&U group to lower coach-to-swimmer ratios, 2) the addition of, "Senior-Light" group for those wishing for a more relaxed approach with their upcoming High School seasons in mind, 3) a new "College Group," starting in May to allow more appropriate off-season training plans, and 4) the implentation of our new One-on-One Sessions with video review that will be available weekly and ran by our High Peformance coach (begins in May).  

We are excited to be a program in the position to develop and nuture new ideas and we cannot wait to get to work with your athletes!  Practices for most groups begin Monday, April 11th.


The online registration process.

Our goal is to make this registration process very simple.  There will be a few documents to get through, then simple questions about your swimmer's t-shirt sizes and things; nothing major. Please do your best to answer the registration packet as thoroughly as possible.  Note: Be sure to sign-up for text alerts within your account, as we will use them often to communicate schedule changes and team news. 

When you are prompted to choose a practice group, here are some simple guides:

  • Those new to the program, typically 10&Unders are in the Red Group, 11-12's in the White group, 13-14's in the Blue, and 15&Overs in the Senior program. 
  • If you are a returning swimmer to MLA, you can simply enter your group from last season and leave group placement to your coaches. 
  • During these group placements/evaluations, we will try to keep in mind carpools and siblings' practice schedules. 
  • New swimmers to the program will be evaluated during the first week's practices.  Please choose, "Waiting for Group Placement."  
  • Age will not be the only thing to determine your swimmer's group placement.  We will do our best to get your swimmer(s) into an environment they will develop quickly in.  Please feel free to email us with any group placement questions.  

The practice schedule.

The Practice Schedule will be updated as far advanced as possible.  While we do not anticipate many changes to practice times this season, we are operating inside of a construction site (the HAC) and will need to adjust periodically.  Please make it a habit to check the calendar often. In the event of a practice change, we will send an email and text alert to your accounts to notify the team. 

The Holland Aquatic Center is now firmly in Phase 2 of its $30M renovation, with construction shifting almost entirely to the competitive side of the building.  This will create some inconveniences for us from time-to-time, including the first two weeks of practices, (April 11-23) when we will be utilizing spaces at the HAC Instructional Pool, the West Ottawa Harbor Lights Middle School facility, and at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center.  By the way, a huge shoutout to our West Ottawa and Spring Lake Schools for accommodating us!

The MLA Growth Track Structure. 

Group Name

Practice Days & Times

Full-Season Rate 

Monthly Rate

Red Group

Mon-Thursday (6:30pm-7:45p), This group begins April 25th.



White Group

 Mon-Thurs, Saturday (6:30pm-8:00p)



Blue Group I Mon-Friday (6:15pm-8:00p), Sat (10:15am-12:00pm) $560 $140

Blue Group II

Mon-Friday (6:15pm-8:00p), Sat (10:15am-12:00pm)



Senior Group

Mon-Fri (4:00p-6:15p), Sat (8:00am-10:00am)



Senior Group - Light Practice Times: This group begins June 13th $400 $100
College Group Practice Times: Mon-Thurs 6:30-8pm $400 $100

High Performance Group

Mon-Fri (4:00p-6:30p), Sat (8:00am-11:00am)










Please note that practice times listed above are typical practice schedules beginning AFTER the first two weeks of practice while we are displaced to other area pools.  Please keep an eye on the schedule during those weeks!  Each group price also includes a one-time $80 team registration fee that pays for 2022 USA Swimming annual registration, 1x team shirt, unlimited team caps, and our annual season team banquet in April.

A few final notes...

Remember, when you go to register, you may need to sign out of your TeamUnify account.  

Once registered, you will gain access to your private account that will enable you to easily declare for swim meets, sign-up for volunteer jobs, see your swimmer's fastest times, maintain your contact information, and so much more.

Thank you for being a part of the MLA tradition! 

MLA is proud of the following recognitions for its performances in 2021-2022!

  • 2021 Silver Medal Club recipient (Club ranked in the Top 40 Nationally) 
  • Nine MLA swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials
  • MLA was one of two clubs nationally, named as a Top-50 Age Group program & Top-50 Senior program by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA)
  • Coach Jim was nominated for ASCA Age Group COY in 2021
  • MLA currently has four swimmers on the World Top 100 18&Under Swimmers list.
  • Coach Jim Whitehead was once again named to the USA Swimming National Team in 2021!


Our mission is to inspire our athletes, at every workout - and we mean it! #GetHome! 

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