This is a long one, with a lot of repeat information, but, there is new info

This is the MAC News for Thursday, January 10th. 

This is a long one, with a lot of repeat information, but, there is new information as well.  Please read the entire message! 

On Tuesday, bag tags with the Maryland LSC Championship qualifying times were placed in the folders of all 14 and under swimmers who regularly attend meets.  We were given a limited number of these tags by Maryland Swimming.  If anyone who did not receive a tag is interested in getting one, please contact Laurel Brabson, our Athlete Rep, at by next Friday, January 18th and she will attempt to get some additional tags. 

Don't forget the practice schedule changes for this weekend due to the RAC Meet.  There will be no Senior Red and Black practice on Saturday as most, if not all, swimmers will be at the meet.  Senior White, Age Group I and Age Group II will all train together from 9:00-10:30 and Novice will swim from 10:30 -11:30 all in the bubble. 

With the upcoming holidays (MLK and President's Day), be on the lookout from some practice schedule changes for then as well.  They will be announced here once they are confirmed with Hood. 

There are some schedules changes for the meet this weekend.  On Saturday, the afternoon session's warm-up will be from 12:00-12:50 with a session start of 1:00.  On Sunday, the afternoon session's warm-up will run from 12:30-1:20 with a session start of 1:30.  Warm-ups for Sunday's finals session will go from 4:30-5:05 with the session beginning at 5:15.  All other times are unchanged.  We have been told that the use of lawn chairs will be prohibited in the stands.  Swimmers may use chairs on the deck.  In addition, the women's locker room in under construction.  It will be open for the meet however.  Finally, the UMBC men's and women's basketball teams have a double header on Saturday.  Everyone is welcome to attend - shirt, shorts, and shoes are required. 

There has been a change to the entry deadline for the GBSA Last Chance meet ( February 15-18 at CCBC.  Due to the very early deadline set by the host, all entries must be in the meet entry folder by 6:00 pm TOMORROW.  Remember, the coaching staff has asked that you or your swimmer talk to the coaches to determine which February meet to attend.  

The Robert J Hogan Memorial Mini Meet (, a meet that we host at Frederick High School February 2nd and 3rd, is open to ALL 10 and under swimmers.  Entries, along with a check to cover the fees, are due to the meet entry folder by Saturday at 11:00 am.  

On February 9th and 10th, ASC is hosting their invitational ( in Annapolis.  Entries for this meet, along with a check to cover the fees, are due to the meet entry folder by 6:00 pm Monday, January 16th.   

The Robert J. Hogan Memorial Mini Meet is fast approaching and preparation of the 2008 Meet program is underway. The Hogan meet is MAC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with a significant portion of our club's operating budget relying upon its proceeds.  In addition, the profits help to keep our membership fees down as well as provide funding of pool maintenance and repair costs.  Please help MAC by purchasing an ad for your family, OR, by securing an ad from a local business.  An copy of the ad form is may be found here ( Please contact Renee Hyrkas, with questions.

Sign up sheets for volunteer positions and concession donations for the Hogan Meet should be posted today.  Remember, as stated in the team handbook:  "Each family is required to supply a volunteer for two (2) sessions at the MAC-hosted meets regardless of whether of not your child is swimming in the meet.  If your family absolutely cannot attend either of the meets, it is your responsiblity to make arrangements with the meet director (in this case, Fred Manning - to help with a job prior to or after the conclusion of the meet.  Families who do not comply with this requirement (you must work 2 sessions) will receive supplemental billing after the meet with an assessment of $75.00".  

For those of you in need of hotel space for the Maryland LSC Championship meet Feb. 29-March 2, Renee Hyrkas has reserved 3 blocks of rooms for our team.  We have been notified of some changes regarding the reservation of these rooms. 

Courtyard Annapolis - King or Queen $109 1-800-321-2211 (Cut off is Feb. 6) Identify yourself from the “MAC” group or online use group code MACMACA for the king room and MACMACB for the double queen room.

Springhill Suites Annapolis - King or Queen $119 (Cut off is Feb. 4) Call 1-888-287-9400 or online use group code MACMACA for the king room and MACMACB for the double queen room.Best Western - Annapolis - Double or Single is $79.00. Call 1-888-333-7959. 

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:15, Senior White from 5:45-8:00, Age Group II from 6:00-8:00, and Senior Prep and Masters from 8:00-9:00 all in the bubble.  Novice I will be in the indoor pool from 5:30-6:30 and Novice II and III will be there as well from 6:30-7:30.  There is no practice today for Age Group I.  Seniors will have morning practice tomorrow from 5:15-6:30.