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Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 31



Sat May 3 Senior Orange 3:00 - 5:00 pm WSRC

Sun May 4 Introductory has been changed to 8:00 – 9:00 am at CHOCC

Mon May 5 NO am workout for Senior Gold & Senior Silver

Tues May 6 Senior Gold & Senior Silver 6:05-7:15 am WSRC

Thurs May 8 NO am workout for Senior Gold & Senior Silver                                            

Fri May 9 NO LAC workouts at any pools due to Hollandia

Sat May 10 NO LAC workouts at any pool with the exception of any Introductory or Development 2 swimmers not attending Hollandia they will have a practice at CHOCC from 8:00 – 9:00 am.

Mon May 12 NO Senior Gold am or pm workout; no Senior Silver am workout

Sat May 17 Senior Gold & Senior Silver 6:30 - 8:30 am WSRC

Sat May 17 Senior Blue 4:30 – 6:30 at CHOCC (NO WSRC workout)

Sat May 17 NO pm WSRC workout for Age Group Gold (still am at CHOCC)

Mon May 19 NO workouts due to Victoria Day Holiday

The next schedule (June 2 - 28) has been re-posted to the LAC website. This schedule may be subject to change and conditional on the opening of Thames Park Pool. **Good news - as of today Thames Park Pool is half-full!



Last week we talked about the importance of maximizing power and minimizing resistance. There are three types of resistance swimmers want to minimize: FORM, FRICTIONAL, and WAVE. FORM resistance simply is that created by your "shape" in the water - what characteristics do we want in a "fast form"? 1) a pointed lead, like that of a canoe or a seal 2) the longest shape possible...the longer the boat, the less the resistance 3) a smooth shape with minimal rough angles catching water. Make sure your elbows and knees spend more time straight than they do bent! How seal-like can you make your form when you are swimming? FRICTIONAL resistance is that which is created when water flows over any surface. This type of resistance is minimized mostly through bathing suit technology, swim caps, and shaving down (for senior swimmers). WAVE resistance is created by turbulence in water - swimmers at speed generate waves, these waves hit walls and bounce back, creating turbulence. Good pool construction helps lower wave resistance, but it will always be there. How can we minimize its effect? By always seeking out the calmest, quietest water possible. Where do we find that? Below the waves! There is less resistance (and more speed) half a meter below the surface than at the surface. Thus the importance of getting as good as you can at the underwater elements of your swimming. So, show lots of persistence in lowering resistance, and you will become a faster swimmer!


This meet takes place at WSRC (Western) and all LAC swimmers are invited to attend. Warm up and start times for each session are posted under the meet on the LAC website.



Swimmer Account Statements

Thanks to all the families that have already paid their outstanding balance. If you have not paid the balance outstanding, please try to pay it by this weekend. We are still working on trying to get the LAC box set-up at CHOCC. In the meantime, you can give your cheque to one of Andrew, Donna, Cindy, Liz or Meggin and they will be sure to pass it along to me this weekend.

A reminder that swimmer accounts are payable upon receipt of your statement. As per club policy, amounts not paid within 30 days of receipt of the travel statement can result in swimmers not being able to compete for the club so please pay on a timely basis. This time of year is very busy for me so if I do not get back to you within a couple days, please do not hesitate to send me a reminder of your request. I will be catching up on overdue accounts and other matters during the upcoming weekend.

As always, feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the postings on your account. For any questions requiring more than a simple e-mail, please see me at the pool or e-mail me so we can make arrangements to speak over the phone.




Hollandia is fast approaching and the sign-ups are posted but far from full.  Please do not wait until the last minute - sign up now to help out at your club’s biggest home long course meet of the season.  If you have already signed up and can work another session please do so.  For timing you do not have to take the Timer clinic - it is just strongly recommended.  For all other positions it is mandatory to have the clinic behind you.  For this reason it is harder to get Strokes and Turns officials than timers.  If you are Strokes and Turns qualified then please make that your first choice when signing up. High school students who work at any meet can get volunteer hours toward their graduation requirement AND a session credit for the family.  We may have formal marshalling at the Friday afternoon and evening 50s.  This involves lining up the swimmers in the hallway in their heats so that things run a little more efficiently and calmly.  This does not require a clinic.  If you would be interested in this unique job please let me know.      

If anyone has any questions about anything officiating related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair


May 9-11 Hollandia Western University (ALL LAC swimmers) Entry Deadline: Apr 17

Jun 6-8 WOSA 13/O Champs Brock University (13/O qualifiers) Entry Deadline: May 20

Jun 7-8 WOSA Sting Brock University (non-regional qualifiers) Entry Deadline: May 20

Jun 14-15 WOSA 12/U Regionals Western University (12/U qualifiers) Entry Deadline: May 27



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