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Congratulations to Raya Hudhud

This is the MAC News for Wednesday, November 14th. 

THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE, SO PLEASE READ IT ALL CAREFULLY! 

Congratulations to Raya Hudhud who finished first in the 9-10 girls 100 breaststroke at the HARY meet last weekend.  In addition, the 7 & under girls 100 free relay of Jacqueline Greeves, Teresa Reidel, Leila Leskuski, and Hannah Kirby also brought home blue ribbons!  Way to go! 

Below is a letter to all MAC families from John Borgersen, our board president, regarding air and water quality at our facility:

To MAC Parents:

We are concerned about improving the air and water quality conditions in which our swimmers practice, and we have taken the following steps.  Concerning air issues, we have thoroughly cleaned the vents through which the air flows to inflate the bubble.  We also recently had the bubble thoroughly cleaned via power washing.  Finally, we have invested in a new industrial strength fan (which brings us to two on deck) to help with air circulation.  I have heard from a number of people that these steps seem to have improved the air quality in the bubble.

MAC is award of recent issues associated with chlorine and its impact on the water quality.  We take this situation very seriously and are working with Hood to resolve issues in this area.  We realize that some of our swimmers have asthma and are very sensitive to changes in the chloring levels.  Andy manages the impact on swimmers by changing his workouts and providing rest breaks.  But we need to get at the "root cause", so swimmers are not missing training time, and are not negatively impacted by the changes.  We also want to make parents award of water conditions in a timely fashion.  MAC is a tenant at the Hood pool and we will be working collobratively with Don concerning water quality issues.  I will be meeting with him on Friday and will get back to our community as soon as possible. 

The following is the practice schedule for Senior Red and Black for the next several weeks leading up to the Christmas meet along with some information regarding tapering.  Schedule changes for the remaining groups will be posted as they are available.  

When tapering, the senior swimmers will taper longer than the age group swimmers. The senior swimmers will rest for a greater period of time than the age group swimmers due to physiological differences.  In order to perform at a peak level in important swim meets, swimmers need to taper and shave down. The muscles in the body need to recover because the swimmers have worked hard in the preceding eight weeks. When tapering the athletes swim less volume and at a slower pace to rest for the meet. The swimmers also decrease the time spent in our strength program (chords & medicine balls). During the taper phase of the season, we emphasize pace work, stroke technique, starts, turns, relay starts, and speed.  The coaches will concentrate on the mental aspects of swimming in the next few weeks before the NBAC Invitational as this is very vital to ones success. 

Current Practice Schedule (this all pertains to Senior Red and Black ONLY)
 
M-W-F      4:00-6:30pm
T-Th          4:00-6:15pm
Sat           6:45-9:00am
 
Taper Schedule for the Christmas Meet
 
November 26, Monday                                               4:00-6:00pm
November 27, Tuesday  thru  November 30, Friday       4:00-5:30pm
December 1,  Saturday                                              7:30-9:00am
December 3,  Monday                                                4:00-5:15pm
December 4,  Tuesday   thru December 6, Thursday     4:00-5:00pm
December 10, Monday  No Practice for Senior Black and Red
 
Morning Practice Schedule
 
November  14,19, 21, 26, 28    5:15-6:30am

December  14,17,19, 21 

It's almost a week past the deadline and we still have a few swimmers who haven't turned in their 2008 USA Swimming Registration and payment ($64 made payable to MAC)!  If you have not yet completed this process, please do so today!  If your child is planning to stop swimming at the end of December, please let Ed Goundry know (fgoundry@vglaw.org).   

If you pay your MAC dues on the installment plan, don't forget the final payment of the first trimester is due NOW.  Please be sure your account is up to date by the end of the week.  This includes both the dues and the Annual Fundraising fee.  Contact Fred Manning at fredmanning@comcast.netwith any questions or problems.  We are a volunteer organization and appreciate your prompt payment! 

For those of you who do not yet have hotel accomodations for the Christmas meet, the team has reserved several blocks of rooms for Dec. 6-9.  These rooms will be released back to the public tomorrow, so make your reservations now!  Details may be found in Friday's news. Please be aware that  our club also has these hotels reserved for the State Meet Feb. 27- March 2nd.  Families may make reservations now.  

The meet notice for the GTAC/MAC Winter Frolics meet (www.mdswim.org/Schedule/2007GTACMACWINTERFROLICSMEETNOTICErev.doc), December 14-16, at McDaniel College in Westminster, will be posted this evening at both pools.  All entries, along with a check to cover the fees, are due to the meet entry folder by Tuesday, November 27th.  This meet is open to any MAC swimmer who would like to participate, regardless of the time standards.  Coach Andy is asking all Senior Red swimmers to train on Saturday morning and chose at least one event to swim on Sunday.  Senior Black is encouraged to swim on both days and Senior White on all three days. 

We are co-hosts of this meet and as such, are required to provide timers for all sessions and donations to the concession stand.  Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet for these opportunities soon!  Remember, as members of this club, each family is required to provide a volunteer for at least 2 sessions of the meets we host.  This one is great one to volunteer for as the swimmers are down on the deck with the coaches and do not require parental supervision. 

Did you know we are still participating in the SCRIPS program?  Renee Hyrkas still has grocery SCRIP cards on hand (Giant $25 & $100’s, Weis $100’s, Giant Eagle $25 & $100’s, and Superfresh $100’s).  For these cards, simply e-mail Renee at rhyrkas@hyrk1.comand she will make arrangements with you to receive the cards.  Renee will also be placing an order for Scrips in the next week or two.  Families are encouraged to visit www.shopwithscrip.com(there is also a link on our website) and peruse the retailer list for stores (at the top of the page) they plan on patronizing for the holidays.  Please contact Renee to place an order so you can direct you.  We also have a place on our website that will allow you to order with our enrollment code number for those who are familiar with the routine.  If this is your first time using the website to order, you must register following the easy directions provided on the site. 

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:30, Age Group I from 6:00-7:45, and Senior Prep from 8:00-9:00 all in the bubble.  There is no practice today for Senior White, Age Group II, Novice, or Masters.  Don't forget, there is NO morning practice for Seniors on Friday.