Contest for the cover of the Robert J Hogan Memorial Mini Meet program

This is the MAC News for Wednesday, January 16th. 

MAC will be holding a cover design contest for the cover of the Robert J Hogan Memorial Mini Meet program.  All swimmers are invited to participate.  Please be sure your cover design includes your name and place all entries in the Hyrkas folder no later than 6:00 pm Friday, January 25th. 

There are some practice schedule changes for Monday, due to the MLK Holiday.  Senior Red and Black will swim from 6:00-8:00 am and again from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Senior White and Senior Prep will train from 6:30-8:00 am and Age Groups I and II will swim together from 10:00-12:00.  All practices will be in the bubble. 

Dues payments for the first trimester of 2008 were due YESTERDAY either in full or at least 1/3 if you pay on the installment plan.  Please remember we rely on dues as our major source of income.  Prompt payments are greatly appreciated.  Any questions regarding billing should be directed to Fred Manning at 

Sign up sheets for volunteer positions for the Hogan Meet have been posted and are filling quickly.  If you haven't signed up yet, please do so 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".  

In addition, a sheet for concession donations has also been posted.  Any donated items may be dropped off in the indoor pool on Tuesdays or Thursdays to either Terri Carder or Jenny Beiter.  Helene Williams is the point of contact for drop-offs in the bubble most other nights.  If you have any questions regarding concessions for the meet, please contact either Terri at or Jenny at 

Don't forget to be working on procuring an ad, either your own or from a local business, for the Robert J Hogan Memorial Mini Meet program.  A copy of the ad form may be found here ( Please contact Renee Hyrkas, with questions. 

If you are interested in becoming a Maryland certified official or just learning about what is involved, our team will be hosting a clinic for entry level officials at the Robert Hogan Mini-Meet at Frederick High on Saturday, February 2nd.  The clinic will take place in the cafeteria beginning at noon and will run for about 1 hour. At the conclusion of that clinic, you could become an Apprentice Stroke & Turn Official and you could begin to learn during any meet which you attend, including the Hogan Meet.  Feel free to contact Referees - Jeff Reidler or Mike Thackston, Starters - Paul Brabson or Ed Goundry, or Stroke Judge - Ellen Colket (will become an apprentice Starter at the Hogan meet) for more information.  

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:30 and Age Group I from 6:00-7:45 in the bubble.  There is no practice today for Senior White, Senior Prep, Age Group II, Novice, or Masters.