MAY 12

Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 33



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

Fri May 23 Age Group Gold & Age Group Silver 4:30 – 6:00 pm THAMES

Sat May 24 Senior Blue 7:00 – 9:00 am THAMES (no WSRC)

Sat May 24 Senior Orange 4:30 – 6:30 pm CHOCC

Sat May 24 Age Group Gold and Age Group Silver 7:00 – 9:00 am THAMES (no CHOCC or WSRC)

Sat May 24 Age Group Blue 8:30 – 10:30 am THAMES (no CHOCC)

Sat May 24 Age Group Orange 10:00 – 11:30 am THAMES (no CHOCC)

Sat May 24 Development 1,2 &3 11:30 am – 12:30 pm THAMES (no CHOCC Sun May 25)

Sat May 24 Introductory 10:30 – 11:30 am THAMES (no CHOCC Sun May 25)

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.

The schedules for July have now been posted.



GREAT swimming at Hollandia everyone! Lots of personal bests, lots of first-time swims, and lots of great team spirit. 49 LAC'ers collected a total of 157 medals (48G-54S-55B).This was our 2nd long course (50m) competition of the season, and an important reminder to everyone, but especially to our newer swimmers and parents: racing in the long course (50m) pool is a TOTALLY different sport than in the short course (25m) pool. To any of you who perhaps think you didn't do as well as you would have liked: do NOT compare your long course (50m) times to your short course (25m) times!  While there is a conversion factor that can be used to compare 25m and 50m times, it is math, it is not the physical performance, on the day, under whatever conditions apply.  Long course swimming involves much more...well...swimming, less turning (fewer opportunities to "rest" on the wall) and requires more clean swimming fitness.  The fastest speeds in swimming are achieved at the start and off the turns - races in the 50m pool have 50% less turns, so it's really important to make sure you're holding great stroke technique. A generally accepted rule of thumb: if you are able to duplicate your short course (25m) times in the long course (50m) pool, that is a good achievement, and an elusive one at the top levels.   

A big THANK YOU as always to our meet management team and all of our parents, without whom we wouldn't get such a great opportunity to practice racing!

Congratulations First Time Regional Qualifiers: Samantha Fish, Madeline Goldhawk, Isaac Hulet Gatt and Matthew Tennant

Congratulations First Time Provincial Qualifiers: Bill Deng, Tyler VanBerkel and Ricky Wang

Congratulations First Time All Time Top 10 Performer Tessa Peerless.


13 & Over Regionals T-shirts

Anyone wishing to order a 13 & Over Regional t-shirt needs to email Donna their order by Sat May 17. Short sleeve t-shirts are $15 and long sleeve t-shirts are $20. Please include your t-shirt size. Your order will be billed to your swimmer account.



Tomorrow (Wed.May 14) each LAC family will receive via email a link to an online survey. We are interested in hearing your thoughts on what we're doing well and what we can improve upon, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.



The Annual General Meeting of the London Aquatic Club will be held on Monday, June 23 at 7:30 pm in the upstairs room at Medway Arena. Further information will follow in the next newsletter and it will also be posted to the web site.

Attendance is not mandatory; however, we do encourage at least one parent from each swim family to attend.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Paul Cappa, Past President



Hollandia Weekend

Our Hollandia Meet  was a huge success! Thank you to everyone from both the home team and from those visiting clubs who stepped up to time in the afternoon sessions. I would also like to acknowledge everyone who signed up to volunteer as soon as the sign-ups opened. Knowing the meet is staffed is a huge stress relief for meet management, so thank you. Thanks also to those volunteers who took lead roles with meet set up, program sales and awards (Dave C., Mike J., Mary A., Lianne W. and their helpers).

Special thanks to Mimi and Anthony Prier for doing a great job preparing the food for our many volunteers and officials this weekend. It was a challenge to keep everyone fed without the benefit of a stove, refrigerator, or kitchen facilities.  

We could not run our meets without the consistent help that we receive from everyone who shows up from across the region. Thanks to these dedicated people for coming out meet after meet! They are a great bunch of people - move up the ladder and get to know them!

Speaking of "up the ladder", we were successful in this area as well! With our new deck sign-off form we realized 31 sign-offs for minor officials - hopefully the momentum continues with our last two hosted meets of the season! We also wish to extend our congratulations to Ben Balkwill of Windsor on achieving Senior (Level 4) official and Bonnie Marceau of St. Thomas on becoming the Western Region’s newest Master (level 5) official.

I would also like to thank Western University for the use of their beautiful facility.

Lastly, I found a very nice pair of ladies athletic shoes at the deep end before I left. If anyone lost these please let me know...I think they belonged to an official.

Next Clinic

If there is sufficient interest we will provide a  Timekeeper and Strokes Clinic prior to the Regional Champs meet that we are hosting June 14-15. More information will follow as soon as I confirm rooms and dates.

Introduction to Chief Finish Judge Position

Last week I introduced Clerk of Course. This week I will review the Chief Finish Judge position. Remember this is a very brief outline of the usual duties

The Chief Finish Judge –First of all, most of the time this job is done in an air conditioned office with a view of the pool! There is usually enough slack time that you can get up from the job, walk out on the deck and watch your swimmer’s race. So what is this job all about? It's about taking the times reported for each swimmer and deciding what the official time will be. If there is a pad time, and a plunger time that is within 0.30 seconds of that time then the pad time is the official time. If there is no plunger close enough then there might be a light touch and the plunger times will be compared. If they are within 0.30 seconds of each other then usually the average of these times will be used. Occasionally you might have to obtain a watch time from the lane timer to back up the pad or the plungers and sometimes you might need to ask the Referee and the Starter for the order of finish. The rules are all very simple and most of the time all of the work is done for you by the computers and you only need to look into the exceptions highlighted by the Meet Management software. Piece of cake, comfortable temperature, dry, good view, can go the washroom without asking the chief timer, and there is usually food in the room! Next week, Chief Timer!

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



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

Jun 28-29 Provincial Summer Festival - Nepean  - (13/U qualifiers) – Entry Deadline: Jun 10

Jul 3-6 Provincial LC Champs – Brantford – (qualifiers) – Entry Deadline: Jun 12

Jul 11-13 Paul Hauch Invitational – THAMES – (all LAC)

Jul 16-19 Nationals – Saskatoon – (qualifiers)

Jul 23-27 Age Group Nationals – Winnipeg – (qualifiers)

Jul 24-27 Ohio Sr Champs – Ohio – (Senior qualifiers)



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