RAC NEWS Volume 16 - Season 2016-2017


Current & Upcoming Events

WHAT Snowball Classic ~ Dec 17th

BOUNCE! Danbury Fundraiser ~ Dec 21st

Thammara's BDay/Holiday Pool Party ~Dec 23th


Schedule Changes next week

(please see below)

What’s New


WHAT Snowball Classic Info

Swim-A-Thon Update

BOUNCE! Danbury Fundraiser

Thammara’s Birthday/Holiday Pool Party!

Fitter and Faster Clinic is filling up Quick, ACT NOW!

CT Swimming Travel Assistance

Region 1 Meet Announcement Updated

Are you a RAC Corporate Team Sponsor?

Meet Entries

Snowball Classic (Revised)

Zeus (Preliminary)

Meet Results

Junior Nationals

Franklin and Marshall

Motivational Quote

"Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick King". -J. Swift

Thinking Out Loud

Observations from Junior Nationals and the F&M Meet


Pics of the Week

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GREAT JOB AT JUNIOR NATIONALS! Kieran FatHeads will hit stores in time for Christmas

Click here for more Pics


Schedule Changes

December 12th to the 16th

there will be no dryland for the following groups

Age Group, Age Group Elite, Senior, Elite and National

The development groups will continue to hold dryland practices as scheduled.


No PM practice December 21st, everybody goes to BOUNCE! Danbury.


Coach's notes: To all swimmers, please be on pool deck 10Mins before all workouts. Swimmers should be in the water at the time all practices are scheduled to start. As a reminder, we are now following our Winter schedule, please

check your practice schedule for any changes.

Practice Schedule


Meet Results

Junior Nationals

Franklin and Marshall

LINK for past Results

Meet Registration Deadlines

Zeus 14th Annual Pat Spinola Age Group Qualifier ~ Dec 13th



What's New

Ridgefield Aquatic Club Recognized as Silver Medal Club on USA Swimming Club Excellence List

Gold, Silver, Bronze recognition awarded to 200 clubs for performance excellence


[Ridgefield, CT] –  RAC has been awarded the top honor of a Silver medal ranking in the   USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.


RAC, whose top athletes include National Squad Team members Kieran Smith, AJ Bornstein, Marcie Maguire, and Lindsey Gordon, tallied 11,142, finishing 64th and earning Silver Medal Club recognition.


“Ridgefield Aquatic Club is honored to be in the top 100 swim teams in the country, moving up 47 spots!” said Emmanuel Lanzo , RAC’s Head Coach and Chief Executive Officer. “This achievement is reached because of the dedication of our athletes, their coaches, and parents. It’s truly a ‘team effort’ for us to help every young athlete in our program reach their highest potential. Thanks to USA Swimming for the recognition.”


In its 15 th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level (last year RAc was ranked 111th, Bronze recognition).


Nation’s Capital Swim Club was the top team in the rankings for the third year a row with 89,635 points.


“Earning a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking has become a highly coveted honor for our club teams. The competition to earn a Club Excellence ranking continues to be more and more challenging,” said Pat Hogan , USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “On behalf of USA Swimming, I want to congratulate each of 200 clubs that have earned a ranking in the 2017 program.”


In addition to recognizing high-performing teams, the program provides grant funding that enables clubs to expand and enhance the services already provided to athletes. A total of $450,000 in grants will be distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.


Click here to view the complete 2017 Club Excellence Program results.


About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit .



WHAT Snowball Classic Info

Please see the following message from the meet host about the upcoming Snowball Classic.

If time allows, the Sunday finals session may start 30-60 minutes earlier, pending coaches approval.

Please do not park in any reserved spaces that say APT (Apartment), HD (House Director) or Porter vehicles. Please do not move cones or park in coned off areas.

Please follow parking signs for "Swimmer Drop Off."

NO swimmers will be allowed to be "Dropped Off" on Garden Street.


Parents can use:

·         Tennis Lot

·         Grist Mill Lot

·         Canal House Lot

·         Dr. Office Lot

·        Mill Lane - only one side of the street (going down the hill)

·        Garden Street - entire street from RT 4 down to Meadow - only on one side of the street opposite the pool. Do not park in coned off areas or move cones.  Please follow the parking map.


Saturday and Sunday Preliminary Session: WHAT Swimming will provide timers

Saturday and Sunday Finals Session:  Participating teams will need to provide timers based on a number of athletes attending finals session.  These assignments will be distributed during the finals sessions warm-up.


If a weather alert is issued, a coaches meeting will be held and the best decision for all the athletes and families will be made on whether to keep the session(s) as a prelim/finals format or make it a timed finals format.  In the event of inclement weather and Porter's campus  "closes", the session(s) for that day will be canceled.   We hope this decision does not have to occur!!



Swim-A-Thon Update

With the holidays just around the corner, don't forget to ask your family and friends to sponsor you in the upcoming RAC Swim-a-Thon.  You can ask for a dollar amount donation or a per-lap donation.  Don't forget, every swimmer has a minimum fundraising requirement.  If you have a business or know a local business that would want to become a Corporate Sponsor, please contact Tracy Inall for further details and to ensure you get the credit.  If you secure a corporate sponsor, that will count towards your minimum fundraising requirement.  

Please contact Tracy Inall - [email protected] - if you want to help organize this great event or if you have a great raffle prize to donate.



BOUNCE! Danbury Fundraiser

Come join RAC at BOUNCE! Danbury on December 21st from 4pm-7pm for what is sure to be a fun-filled night!  RAC will receive a total of 45% of admissions when paying at the RAC register.  Come help us BOUNCE our way to better sound in the pool! There will be no practice that afternoon.  More info here.

Coach Thammara’s Birthday and Holiday Party!

Come join RAC as we celebrate two momentous occasions!  The first will be Coach Thammara’s birthday, the second will be the upcoming holiday festivities.  We will be having a pool party at RAC December 23rd 7:15 to 9:15 will open swim.  We hope you can join us!



Fitter and Faster Clinic is filling up Quick, ACT NOW!

      Register here for the 12 and over high performance

Register here for the 11 and under  Getting  Race Ready

Has your 11 and under been particularly good this year?  Have they found themselves on the “Nice List”?  Why not give the gift of FAST swimming!  We have a ton of space in the 11 and under clinic, register now for what is sure to be a great experience!



CT Swimming Travel Assistance

The Senior Committee has opened the Athlete Travel Assistance application for the 2016-2017 season. Please notify the athletes and their parents that will or have attended eligible meets.

The submittal is designed to be edited so meets may be added as the season progresses.

The deadline is September 7, 2017.



Region 1 Meet Announcement Updated

Please click here for updated information on the Region 1 Meet



Thinking Out Loud ~ Observations from Junior Nationals and F&M

As the fastest swimmers from RAC and the coaches return from the mid-season championship meets, there is a lot to reflect upon.  Sure there was fast swimming, good times and goals achieved, but that isn’t what we took away from it.  One word “TEAM”.  What is usually a foreign concept in swimming, somehow magically manifested in these two meets.  Swimmers supporting each other, regardless of the training group, friend group, age, gender and even different teams at Junior Nationals.  

One story of amazing TEAM support came from Franklin and Marshall, Saturday Night at 9 pm.  It was the last event of the finals session, 500 freestyle and Connor Hunt was up on the blocks ready to battle for a top three finish.  At this point, the bus had taken swimmers back to the hotel to rest and eat...with the exception of a few swimmers.  When asked why they had stayed, they simply stated: “Well, we all have been supporting each other and we want to be here for Connor when he swims this race”.  Even though these swimmers had been at the pool all day and had their own respective races the next day, they found it important enough to stay behind all in the spirit of “TEAM”.

Another amazing story of “TEAM” came from Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.  Deck space was at a premium and as the meet moved along, it only got worse.  When we asked Coach Emmanuel about how we were able to get such a great seat, he simply replied

“Well, once one Connecticut team sat down, the rest joined in.  In a sense, RAC came in as a team of three and ended up being a team of 20 plus every day.  They may have been from different teams, but when we were there, all of that went away.  We were one team, with one goal in mind.  We were there for each other.  Something as simple as finding good deck space brought together teams from across Connecticut.”

So where do we go from here?  How do we take the experiences that were gained from the meets and progress them forward?  Simple, we keep up the standard that was set.  We support each other, we cheer for each other, we offer the shoulder to cry on, we offer unconditional love, we continue to operate as a TEAM.  Not just a group of individuals that swim in the same pool.  We challenge you to live out these ideals in the days, weeks, months and years to come.  If you see a RAC cap in the pool during a race, go behind their lane.  Don’t know them?  Introduce yourself.  Already know them?  Find out what motivates them and be that person for them.  See someone upset?  Give them a hug and let them vent.  See someone triumph?  Don’t be envious that wasn’t you, find pride in that you were a part of it.  These simple truths to live by will help our TEAM move forward into championship season as well as the often grueling winter training.






Swimfinity Swimming

Swimfinity will donate $50 to RAC for every new student. Please write " RAC " in the referral section of the registration form


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