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Congratulations to Hanne Borgersen who was recently named to the USA Swimming

This is the MAC News for Monday, January 14th. 

Congratulations to Hanne Borgersen who was recently named to the USA Swimming's Eastern Zone Select Camp team for 2008.  Hanne was the fastest 13 year old 100 LCM freestyler in our zone!  This honor allows her to attend a select camp this summer hosted by USA Swimming.  More information about the program and the other honorees may be found at www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=0&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en&ItemId=1877&mid=2943. 

MAC had a good showing at the RAC meet this past weekend.  As usual, a recap will be provided here once the complete meet results are available.

With snow in the air, just a quick reminder about cancellations.  Should Hood close for the day, we are unable to use the facilities and all practices will be cancelled.  The phone hotline (301-696-8588) and the website will be updated as quickly as possible.  In addition, an e-mail will be sent.  You may also sign up to receive closing alerts from Hood (these would apply to the college, not necessarily to MAC) by clicking here www.schoolsout.com/view/school/97.  If in doubt about the weather, please check one or more of these sources before heading to practice. 

Don't forget, tonight (by 6:00 pm) is the deadline for entries and fees for the ASC Senior Invitational February 9 and 10 in Annapolis.  Tomorrow is the deadline for your dues payment, either in full or at least 1/3 if you are on the payment plan.  Questions about billing should be directed to Fred Manning at fredmanning@comcast.net. 

Anyone who did not receive a Maryland Swimming bag tag with the LSC Championship qualifying times on it that is interested in getting one, please contact Laurel Brabson, our Athlete Rep, at swmrgrl13@yahoo.com by Friday and she will attempt to get some additional tags. 

Sign up sheets for volunteer positions for the Hogan Meet have been posted.  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 - fredmanning@comcast.net) 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  Tcarder5867@aol.com or Jenny at frbjdb@comcast.net. 

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 (www.macswim.net/files/fundraising_letterhead1.doc). Please contact Renee Hyrkas, rhyrkas@hyrk1.com with questions. 

The following is a note from one of our USAS registered officials, Jeff Reidler:

I would like to encourage swim parents to become USA Swimming officials.  We are hosting a clinic for entry level officials at the Robert Hogan Mini-Meet at Frederick High on Saturday February 2, 2008 at Noon in the Cafeteria for 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.  Normally, the apprentice will serve 5 or 6 sessions learning with another official, then become a full-fledged Official. You might have noticed the crew in blue shorts and white tops on deck.  That's US!  We are volunteers at each meet, consisting normally of several Stroke & turn officials, one Starter, and one Referee. There are many advantages of working as an Official.  I enjoy the knowledge of strokes and the fine points of when and why a DQ or False Start call is made, as well as when and why a call is NOT made. In addition, there are tax deductions for mileage, food, and hotels when you travel to meets because USA Swimming is a Not-for-Profit Organization and you are a volunteer. Our local meet hosts need help at each meet, and they treat us very well, providing free food, programs, and relaxation during breaks in a hospitality room at each meet. The Maryland LSC has one of the best officials organizations in the country.  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).  My apology in advance if I forgot anyone. So please attend our clinic at Noon on Saturday 2 February at the Hogan meet in the Cafeteria.
 
Jeff Reidler, jreidler@msn.com  

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:30, Senior White and Senior Prep from 5:45-8:00, and Age Group II from 6:00-8:00 all in the bubble.  Age Group I will be in the indoor pool from 4:30-6:15.  There is no practice today for Novice or Masters.