March 5




​There will be NO workouts for ALL LAC groups (except Senior Gold and Silver) during the March Break from March 12–17. SrGold/SrSilver March Break schedule is now under the "Schedules" tab of the website.

Friday March 30 NO Workouts



Congratulations to our swimmers who raced last weekend, whether at the Spring Provincials in Etobicoke or at the Waterloo Region Team Challenge Cup in Wilmot. There was lots of smart, tough, determined racing on display, and many personal bests achieved. We have 18 swimmers racing this weekend in Markham at the AA Provincials - good luck to you. As mentioned the last few weeks, almost all of you have reached the conclusion of your winter season. You have been training for 5 months and within that time you have accomplished many things - you are all, every one of you, better swimmers now than you were in September. Your mission now, as we look down the line at another 4 months of training and racing, is to take a little look back and be proud of what you've achieved, and after that start looking forward and thinking about where you want to be in June and July. Figure out your "why", remember that success comes by getting a little bit better, on average, over the long haul, and work consistently and confidently and together with your teammates toward your goals.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Carter Buck, who at Spring Provincials set a club record in the 13/14 boys 100BK, breaking a long-held 26-year-old mark from 1992, as well as qualifying for the Canadian Swimming Championships and the Eastern Canadian Championships; to first-time All-Time Top 10 Performer Holly Holden in the 15-17 girls 100 and 200 breaststrokes; to first-time Canadian Junior Championship qualifier Sarah Tyrrell; and to first-time Eastern Canadian Championship qualifiers James Quigley and Colin Shearer. Congratulations also to first-time Regional Championship qualifier Emma Winkeler.



TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $1860                                          


TOP FUNDRAISERS: Sam Elkami $775, Madison Cann $205, Catie Tennant $150, Lucy Levy $100 and Leah Boulianne $100. These swimmers will receive a fun swim cap for being the first swimmers to reach the $100 mark.

LEAD GROUP: Age Group Gold/Silver has 15 swimmers registered.

Swim-A-Thon is an opportunity for our young athletes to fundraise money to support their swimming as well as the growth of the London Aquatic Club. This is a great opportunity for your friends and family to support and acknowledge the time and commitment your athletes (and families) have dedicated to the sport of swimming. Our goals as a club are to use this money towards a new club record board, new electronic scoreboard, and the update of daily equipment. Some of these goals are quite big and we need all the help we can get. Together if we all work together we all gain a lot. ALL LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate in our annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, these swim times will replace our regular schedule that weekend.

What is Swim-A-Thon: The goal is to complete 200 lengths or as many lengths as possible in two hours. There will be refreshments and a special gift for all swimmers that raise funds after they swim.

Senior Gold/Silver 5:30 – 8:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Gold/Silver 5:30 – 7:30 am CGAC Sat May 5

Development 2 7:00 -9:00 am CGAC Sat May 5

Senior Bronze/Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CGAC Sat May 5

Age Group Orange & Development 1 6:30 – 8:30 am CHOCC Sat May 5

Age Group Bronze 8:00 – 10:00 am CHOCC Sun May 6

Age Group Blue 10:00 am – 12 noon CHOCC Sun May 6

Our fundraising efforts for swim-a-thon are done using Swim Canada's online fundraising program.

To register your swimmer (or swim family if you have multiple swimmers and would prefer one family page) please follow this link to get started and begin collecting donations.  Our club goal this year is $20,000 and there will be fantastic prizes available to win! The top 3 fundraisers will receive LAC spirit wear, and the top 12 fundraisers will be invited to a bowling party with the coaches and will be able to pick a prize from the prize table.

This year Swimming Canada is unable to issue any receipts in any circumstance.  There will not be tax receipts available this year. You may find out more information here:

If you have any questions about Swim-a-thon please contact Donna at



The next order will be placed March 9. 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). The next order date will be in March.



The next statements will be sent out today, PAD payments will process March 20. if you do not receive a statement by Mar 8 or if you have any concerns please contact Donna before March 18 at


Upcoming Clinics

I will be scheduling a final round of Clinics starting after the March Break.  If you have a clinic that you have been wanting to take and it always gets scheduled at a time when you are not available then please let me know and I will try to accommodate your schedule.  Of course if I get a lot of requests it is unlikely that I will be able to accommodate them all . . . so ask now.

You Learn Something New Every Day:

 I guess I did not make myself clear that I was hoping that someone would offer to learn how and then take over plunger maintenance.  Instead I have learned that out of all of the people who might read this newsletter, not one person knows how to strip a wire and use a pair of pliers!  What an amazing anomaly!

Rule of the week:

Have you ever noticed that there are some interesting inconsistencies in the rules of swimming?  Did you know that for the start of backstroke the swimmers must line up, in the water, facing the starting end with both hands holding the handles on the blocks?  There is nothing about the feet needing to be on the wall . . . until there is a backstroke ledge involved and THEN some part of both feet must be touching the wall or touchpad.   Why in Breast stroke are they allowed that one butterfly kick?  The butterfly kick is not a part of breaststroke.  Why in backstroke are they allowed to flip on to their front for the turn?  They haven’t always been allowed to do that.  The only thing that defines backstroke is that is it swimming on your back.  Here is another one.

Non-simultaneous or One Hand Touch in Butterfly and Breaststroke. If you have taken the Strokes and Turns clinic or have listened to the Strokes and Turns Briefing you will know that for breaststroke and butterfly at each turn and the finish the swimmers must touch the wall with two hands simultaneously.  That can be at, above, or below the water level.  The hands do not need to be at the same level.  One can be above the water and one below the water.   A few years ago they added that the hands cannot be stacked on top of each other meaning the PALM of one hand cannot be on top of the other.  The concept was that if one hand is on top of the other then it is a one hand touch.  What about the fingers of the top hand wrapping around and touching the wall?  Well, if the hands are stacked it does not matter if those fingers touched at the same time as the bottom hand.  So what does this imply?  Does it mean that the swimmer must touch with the PALMS of two hands simultaneously?  Well no, it turns out that that is NOT what it means at all.  The swimmer can touch hard and full on with one hand and touch simultaneously with just one outstretched finger tip of the other hand, as long as the hands are not stacked.  So what does this mean?  It means that you have to be in position above the swimmer and watching VERY carefully to be sure that they did not touch with two hands or that it was not simultaneous.  How they touch with the two hands does not need to be or look the same.  It just has to be at the same time with any part of the hand and then one of the hands can leave the wall instantly while the other hand stays on the wall to maximize the speed of the turn.  VERY close to simultaneous is good enough. They are not machines.  Benefit of doubt goes to the swimmers.               

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







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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.***

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.



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