TODAY is the deadline to return your 2009 USA Swimming registration......

This is the MAC News for Friday, November 7th. 

TODAY is the deadline to return your 2009 USA Swimming registration form and $65 check (made payable to MAC) to the Membership/Registration folder.  Don't forget, current registrations (this does NOT include swimmers new to MAC) will expire on December 31st.  Registrations must remain current in order for your swimmer to practice and compete.  Any questions should be directed to Ed Goundry at 

There is a minor practice schedule change for tomorrow that affects Senior Red and Black.  There will be NO Senior Red and Black practice tomorrow morning.  Any swimmer in either of these groups that is not attending the NBAC meet tomorrow should plan to attend practice with Senior White from 9:00-10:30 am. 

There is also a practice schedule change for NEXT weekend that will affect Age Group I.  Any Age Group I swimmer not attending the GBSA meet should plan to swim with Age Group II from 9:00-10:30 am in the bubble.  There will be NO regular Saturday practice next week for Age Group I. 

Don't forget, if you pay your MAC dues on the installment plan, your final payment of the trimester is due next Saturday, November 15th.  Payment may be dropped in the Dues folder at Hood or mailed to Fred Manning, whose address is on your bill.  If you have questions regarding your bill, Fred may be contacted at  Swimmers whose accounts are not kept current will be unable to participate in practices or meets. 

Ever wonder what those colorful patches are adorning many of our swimmers' bags?  MAC participates in a chevron recognition program.  Swimmers of all ages may earn chevrons (one per stroke per age group) by achieving certain time standards set up by USA Swimming.  The time standards may be found here -  You will notice that the standards are divided into 3 groups - Long Course Meters (MAC competes in these pools in the summer months), Short Course Yards (MAC competes in these pools from now until approximately May), and Short Course Meters (MAC does NOT compete in these pools).  If you are interested in participating, once your child achieves a standard for the first time, fill out the Chevron request form located in the Chevron folder of the file cabinet in the baby pool area and return it to the WILLIAMS folder.  Chevrons earned will be placed in your swimmer's folder.  Also, J&M Dry Cleaners (located between the AAA and the barber shop in the Giant Eagle shopping center on 7th Street) can put grommets in the chevrons to allow for easier attachment to your swimmer's bag.  In addition, Maryland Swimming provides AAAA bag tags for any swimmer achieving a AAAA time (one per stroke) for the first time.  These will automatically accompany a AAAA chevron if it is the first time a AAAA time has been achieved in that stroke by a swimmer.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Helene Williams at 

If you placed an apparel order at the Welcome Back pool party back in August and wish to determine the status of your order, please contact Linda Adams at 301-865-5069. 

Here is the practice schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays -   

Wednesday       November 26      Red and Black     6:45-9:00am
                                                    White, AG II         9:00-10:30am
                                                    AG I                    10:30am-12:00pm
Thursday           November 27         All Groups Off
Friday               November 28         same as Wednesday

Saturday           November 29         Regular Schedule 

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:30, Senior White 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 Senior Prep, Novice, or Masters.  The practice schedule for Saturday is normal with the exception noted above - Senior White (and any Senior Red or Black swimmers not at the meet) and Age Group II from 9:00-10:30 and all Novice groups from 10:30-11:30 in the bubble.  Age Group I will swim in the indoor pool from 7:30-9:00.  There will be NO morning practice on Monday for Seniors. 

Best of luck to everyone competing in the NBAC meet this weekend!