July 7

Newsletter 2014-2015 Issue 40 July 7

Coaches Reports
CONGRATULATIONS to our 16 swimmers who competed at Provincials in Nepean. We finished with our highest team ranking (9th) since the 2010 short course championships, and a very respectable personal best conversion rate of 57%. We had 7 different individual medalists: Maggie MacNeil led the way with 4G, 2S and 2B; Devin Gotell earned 3G and 1S (as well as the top male PARA performance of the meet); Jessica Allen claimed 2G; William Stewart earned 1S and 2B, David Armstrong raced to a silver medal, while Ryan Estabrooks and Madeline Goldhawk earned their first ever provincial medals, each claiming bronze. Our 15-17 girls medley relay teams also finished on the podium, the 4x50 team of Jessica, Sabrina Wang, Maggie and Eleanor Wong finishing first (setting a club record in the process) and our 4x100 team (Jessica, Nathalie Stackhouse, Maggie and Sabrina) finishing 3rd. For both Sabrina and Nathalie these represented their first-ever provincial medals as well. Dominic Cappa, David Hickey, Leah Polito and Menley Langham all placed in the top 8 in an individual event, while Tessa Peerless and Eleanora Pierre also raced extremely well.

Additional CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Allen for her club record in the 15-17 girls 100BK, and to first-time SNC Age Group Championship qualifier David Hickey.

GOOD LUCK to our swimmers competing in the Open Water Provincial Championships tomorrow, and to everyone racing at the Hauch Meet - stay hydrated, wear your sunscreen, race smart, race tough, and as always HAVE FUN!

For most of you this weekend signals the finish of a great swimming year. As with everything, there were ups & downs and twists & turns throughout the year for everyone. We leave you with these 3 reminders:

1) your competitive swimming career is a marathon, not a sprint

2) how you handle failure is far more important than how you handle success

3) the power in each of us comes from all of us

Pan-American Games tickets
Swimming Canada is currently offering a 20% discount on all remaining available tickets for preliminaries and finals. The first day of swimming is Tue.Jul.14 and the last day is Sat.Jul.18. Tickets are NOT inexpensive - $65 for prelims and $145 for finals, per seat, with the 20% discount. The club will not be organizing a group trip, so if you wish to see some of the swimming “live”, you can make your arrangements through the Swimming Canada website. We are still investigating the ParaPan Am Games, as we have 3 current or former LAC’ers competing.

Workout Changes
The June 29th to July 11th schedule is now in effect - Please check for schedule updates under the “schedule” tab on the LAC website.

Jul 10-12 Hauch Meet THAMES All LAC swimmers Entry Deadline: June 16

Laps for Lives 2015
Laps for Lives will take place on August 15th from 10am-4pm at Thames Park Pool. LAC swimmers in Age Group Silver and above are encouraged to swim on a team of 4 or more for a day of community, fun, and lots of swimming! Registration and pledge forms can be printed off the Laps for Lives website: Registration forms can be printed off, filled out and handed to Aitana, Emma or Katelyn or Tessa with the $25 registration fee by June 31st. Swimmers and families who do not participate are encouraged to come out on August 15th to support the swimmers and the cause. All money raised during this event will go towards the Adapted Fitness Centre, which introduces Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) youth to a healthy lifestyle of physical activity, exercise and well-being through fitness. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team at

Can’t wait to see you there!
Aitana, Emma, Katelyn and Tessa

LAC Swim Equipment
For your LAC swim equipment needs please contact

Hi LAC Officials,

In one week you will have a break until October before I am asking for your help at the October Time Trial.  But wait, please don’t go on officiating vacation yet! We still need your help. This weekend is the 38th edition of LAC’s longest running meet and we need your help. Just take a look at the minor officials sign-ups and you will see that as of right now we cannot run our meet. For those of you who are keen or have lots of family and friends lined up to help, the limit on sign-ups has been lifted. You can sign up for as many slots as you want now. This is a fun season-ending event for all of our swimmers.  Please do your part in making this event another LAC success! I checked with Swim Ontario and since this is an outdoor meet in potentially hot weather - they said Whites on top, but black is not required on the bottom so basically your choice on the bottom but preferably dressy casual. Shorts are fine, just try to keep them subdued.

Mark Lukings, Meet Referee, 2015 Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational

If you have any questions please contact me, Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair at

Dr. Paul Hauch Invitational Announcement - Prizes:
Hello Parents and Swimmers;
Our Hauch meet is fast approaching and in keeping with tradition we will be doing our famous bell heats. Instead of asking for a food donation for this meet, each family will be asked to donate $10 worth of prizes (broken up into smaller prize amounts if possible to spread the prizes out further.) Examples from previous years are $5 gift cards, Towels, Water bottles and a variety of fun toys for the kids to play with around the pool for the day.

When you have your prizes please bring them to your coach or Linda Szabo who is available during age group bronze workouts or can come by other times by arrangement. Please make sure to attach a swim family name when handing in your prizes so we make sure to credit your swimmer account and you don't get charged.

Thanks in advance to everyone and I look forward to seeing you all at the meet.
Fraser Gatt