December 18




​Mon Dec 18, Tues Dec 19, Thurs Dec 21 Senior Bronze/Blue workouts 4:30-5:30 pm WSRC

The Dec-Jan holiday schedule for Senior Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue and Age Group Gold/Silver/Blue/Bronze is now posted on the website under the "Schedules" tab.

Senior Gold/Silver NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-27 inclusive.

Senior Bronze/Blue & Age Group Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-29 inclusive.

​Age Group Orange & Development NO WORKOUTS Dec.24-Jan.1 inclusive. Regular schedule resumes Jan.2.



CONGRATULATIONS everyone on some great racing last weekend, whether it was in Toronto at the Ontario Junior International, or Brantford at the Team Showdown, or at our Holiday Time Trial in London. Lots of personal bests established, lots of smart, tough racing and lots of team spirit on display.​ Special congratulations to our Orange Team at the Brantford Team Showdown, who won the overall team title, and to first-time all time Top 10 swimmer Lauren Campbell, first time Provincial Festival qualifier Jacob Seddon, and Maggie MacNeil for setting 4 club records. As we head into the holidays and enjoy a bit of time off, remember we are only 7 short weeks away from the Regional Championships being hosted right here in London Feb.2-4. Many of you will have to re-set your goals during your break, and when you come back make sure you are ready to get right back to work.

​Many sincere thanks to Brantford Team Showdown chaperones Marketa and Jay Myatt.



The next statements will be emailed approximately Jan 5th. If you have any concerns please contact Donna at



This meet is now available for sign up on the LAC website. The cost is $10 per event and $3.50 per relay. Once a swimmer has confirmed their attendance and the meet entries have been confirmed by meet management you will be responsible for your entry fees.



We are hoping to have backpacks and some more speedo warm up suits available this Friday from 3:30-6:00 pm at CGAC for pick up. Please check with Donna at after Thursday to see if yours is available. The next order will be placed in the new year. If you would like to place an order please print off the form on the LAC website under the "Swimmer Info" tab under the "LAC Swim Equipment" tab. Complete the order form and deposit it in the LAC mailbox at CGAC. Please include the payment with the order (cheques made out to London Aquatic Club).



Holiday Time Trial: We had another successful time trial on Saturday afternoon!  Thank you! to all of the people who came out to help and Congratulations to Dmitrij Zagidulin on doing a great job on managing his first meet!  

Rule Of The Week: Missed Swims?  Why did they not put my swimmer in that empty lane?  First of all, if the reason for missing the swim was an official’s error, and the Referee agrees that there was an official’s error, then the swimmer/coach can demand placement and we must comply, even if we need to add a heat. If the cause was not an Official’s error then the decision really comes down to the requirement to treat all swimmers equally.  You will find that the higher the level of meet, the less likely it will be that swimmers will get inserted in an empty lane.  In fact, as you get to very high level meets not only do you not get to swim but there can be fines and other penalties for missing a swim, even in the preliminary sessions.  So, what is the rule associated with this.  Basically it comes down to needing to treat all swimmers equally across all sessions.  If we allow one swimmer to change heats due to a missed swim then we should do the same for ALL swimmers who miss their heat.  If we do not have empty lanes then we might need to add heat(s).  This can be a real problem if ANY session in the meet is short on time.  One way to overcome this would be to specifically state in the meet package something like “Swimmers who miss their heat will be allowed to swim in another heat ONLY if there is an empty lane available in the SAME event.”  Swimmers who miss their heat in finals will NEVER be placed in another heat and are usually penalized in some way.  At time trials, because it is just our club, we have a lot more leeway on how we can solve this problem.           

12 and Under Celebration and WOSA Champs: If you are looking for opportunities to work senior positions at meets, it is never too soon to email the Competition Coordinator and let them know what you are looking for.  The Competition Coordinator for the 12 and Under Celebration and for the January 13 and over Time Trial is Denise McDonald: and I am the Competition Coordinator for WOSA Champs.  When making a request please send separate emails for each meet and include the meet name in the subject.

Volunteers Needed: Before I start this, I need to make it clear that session credits are only given for LAC Hosted meets, not for helping at another club’s meet.  That said, we get a lot of help from other clubs at our meets and it is nice if we maintain the good will by returning the favour, especially if you are there anyway.

Western is hosting varsity meets on:

Saturday, January 13th at 4:30 pm (Western and U of T) about 80 swimmers – one session, timed final, about 3 hours.

Thursday to Saturday, February 8-10 (OUAA championships).  A.M. heats and P.M. finals with the likelihood of a short afternoon time trial on the Saturday.  This was a great meet the last time Western hosted it.  It comes highly recommended.

If you can help at any of the Western meets please contact Paul Cappa (Long Time LAC president) at: or

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







 Sign  up  Deadline

 Jan 19-20

Toronto Grand Prix

  Univ of Toronto


  January 8

 Jan 20-21

 12/under Celebration


 ALL LAC 12 & unders

  January 5

 Jan 20

 13 & Over Time Trial


 ALL LAC 13 & overs

 January 15







Club hosted meets help to reduce membership fees by 20-25% as well as reducing travel costs by attending fewer out-of-town meets. To ensure the Club has sufficient resources to host meets, most LAC swim families are required to work a minimum of 22 sessionsduring club hosted meets (please see below for exceptions). These sessions may be worked through officiating or working at the club’s food canteen, awards or other positions. Any unfulfilled session credits will be billed at a rate of $40.00 per session to the swim family’s Swimmer Account at the end of the season. Please note that this is not meant to be a “fundraiser” but rather an incentive to participate in the running of home meets. Swim families may receive up to 5 donated session credits from another club family to complete their credits, however any more than the 5 donated session credits must be approved by the board. Session commitments are waived for first year swim families with no prior competitive swim club affiliation, as well as for introductory and post-secondary students training full time with the club and for varsity swimmers, although assistance during swim meets from these groups is greatly appreciated.  First year families ARE required to fulfill the LAC orientation program. This includes participating in an Introductory to Swimming clinic during the swim season and a follow up “on-deck” mentoring session.

*** Families of Development swimmers who are not in their first year of competitive swimming who do not have a swimmer in another level are required to fulfill only 11 of the assigned session credits.***

*The number of session credits will be reviewed by the board in the fall upon club enrolment and may be subject to change.

There is a session credit FAQ under the "Parent Info" tab under "Session Credits.



Instructions for ordering swim equipment can be found on the LAC website under “Swimmers Info” under the “LAC swim equipment” tab. Also found on the website is the TAS shark card, you will need this card when purchasing Team Aquatic Supplies merchandise at swim meets or in their stores.

If you have any equipment questions please contact



We have had a few requests to get this facebook (London Aquatic Club – Swim Team Equipment Swap) site up and running again. Feel free to post any items you would like to sell or any requests for equipment you might be looking for.



Information for the newsletter should be emailed to  by 10 am Monday mornings.