April 9





ALL LAC swimmers are encouraged to participate in our annual Swim-a-Thon. It will take place the weekend of May 5-6, the swim times listed below in the Swim-A-Thon section will replace our regular schedule that weekend.



There was plenty of racing last weekend, Maggie and David at the Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal, and over 150 LAC'ers at our annual April Pentathlon. Maggie had 2 podium finishes in Montreal, winning gold in the 100FL and silver in the 100BK, both swims in club record time. On the strength of these swims Maggie was selected to both the Canadian Junior Pan-Pacific team that will compete in Fiji in August, and the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October. David raced to a big personal best in his 200BK and qualified for the B final in that event as well as the 100BK. Lots of great racing at the Pentathlon as well, with many of you swimming your first long course (50m) races of the year. Congratulations to our Pentathlon High Point Trophy winners (lowest aggregate time in 5 events combined):

9 Year Old Whitney Coome and Jackson Cooke

10 Year Old Maggy Yang and Ryan Ball

11 Year Old Niamh O’Leary and Jacob Seddon

12 Year Old Lauren Campbell and Ciaran Buyse

13 Year Old Sarah Tyrrell and Junsoo Pak

14 Year Old Sonya Demidenok and Carter Buck

15 Year Old Katie Callon and James Quigley

16 Year Old Leah Polito

17 Year Old Madelaine Shoemaker

And congratulations as well to first-time Regional Championship qualifiers from the Pentathlon Zachary Kostadopoulos and Frances Villaruz, and first-time Provincial Festival qualifier Maggy Yang.

Belated congratulations to first-time Provincial qualifier (from the Ontario Spring AA meet in March) Lucas Lin. 



Sadly, as you all heard, the Humboldt, Saskatchewan Broncos Junior A hockey team was involved in a serious bus accident in which there were 15 fatalities.  On behalf of the LAC family, please help us raise funds for everyone affected by this tragedy. We are asking that each family bring a donation to swim practice on Saturday morning at CGAC and sign a card offering condolences to the Humboldt hockey team, family, friends and community. Money will go directly to a fund being established by the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in order to assist with the physical and emotional healing of all involved. There will be a table set up inside the front door at CGAC with a card for your swimmer to sign if they would like to contribute. Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.



The club is not issuing tax receipts for 2017 as the government has discontinued the Child Exercise Tax Credit so they are no longer required for tax purposes.

Statements were sent out last week, please email Donna if you have not received one by April 7. If you have any concerns please contact Donna before April 15 at, PAD payments will come out April 17. 



TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $6365  ($770 raised this past week!)                      

LAC SWIMMERS REGISTERED: 72 (8 new swimmers registered this past week!)

TOP FUNDRAISERS: Sam Elkami $1175, Kyla Romero $445, Catie Tennant $300, Lucy Levy $270 and Madison Cann $260. Lucy Levy will receive a LAC hat for cracking the top five this past week.

JOIN the Swim-A-Thon it 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



Save the Date ~ Senior Swimmers (15 & older) **Moms & Dads welcome to join in the fun**

Apr 21, 2018 @ 2pm​, a FREE HOT YOGA CLASS with Angela Van Lanen (Jack and Grace Haycock's mom).

Bring with you: yoga mat, lightweight comfortable clothing, towel, water and an open mind.

*Donations to the food bank are graciously accepted in lieu of payment.

Class temperature - 100 degrees

Suitable for ages 15 and up.

PLEASE REGISTER at and click on the "Events" tab

Evolation Yoga 

100 Belmont Drive, Unit 4A 

London , ON , N6J 3T4


If you have any questions, feel free to contact


LAC Swim Camp  - Sign up now available on the events page.

When: July 9th-12th,  Approx: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM 

Cost: $150.00

Eligible Swimmers: LAC Swimmers born in 2006 or later

Previous Years Activities:

****Please note that swimmer attending swim camp do not attend regularly scheduled work-outs. They are scheduled to swim every morning at the beginning of camp only.***

Each day will begin with a practice at Thames Pool and will be followed by the activities listed below:

  • Beach Day at the Pinery
  • Bowling and Mini-golf at Fleetway
  • Bingeman's
  • Laserquest 

A schedule will be posted in late June. 

Swim Camp is a fantastic team-building week for our youngest competitive swimmers! Please e-mail if you have any questions. 



LAC Long Course Pentathlon


We had great meet on Sunday!  Both sessions were fully staffed, we had a nice relaxed pace, almost 40 people got deck sign-offs for the positions they were working and it seemed like people were enjoying themselves.  Special thanks to Bonnie Marceau for continuing to help with this meet as our Competition Coordinator.  Congratulations to Shawn Smith, our first time Meet Manager, on a job very well done!  Special thanks to the officials who keep supporting LAC meets long after their swimmers have graduated from LAC.  Finally, thank you to the volunteers from LAC’s membership.  Having all of the jobs filled shortly after the sign-ups are posted is a huge stress relief for everyone.  


LAC Hollandia Spring Invitational - May 11 to 13 - Senior Officials Please


Hollandia is just a few short weeks away and I know that our Competition Coordinator would love to start getting offers from people to work senior official positions.  These are all of the officiating jobs that are not Timing, and Turn Judges.  This includes Referee, Starter, Chief Timekeeper, Clerk of Course, Chief Finish Judge/Chief judge Electronics, Recorder/Scorer, Electronics Operator and Stroke Judges (walk the sides of the pool).  If you have taken (or are about to take) the clinic and can do the job alone or would like to try it with a mentor then please contact Greg Lewis with the sessions and the jobs that you would like to work.  If you would like a mentor for any of the jobs please indicate that for each job requiring a mentor. Oh, and if you are looking for a sign-off, please let Greg know that as well.       


Upcoming Clinics


The final clinics for this season are underway.  There are still 5 clinics to choose from.  I encourage you to take a clinic and actually try the job!  Officiating is much more interesting when you aren’t doing the same job every session.  If you were planning on attending more clinics this year then the time is now.  The only other clinics that I will be offering after these are a Meet Manager clinic and a Referee clinic.  The dates are still to be arranged for those.  Please sign up online, so that I can plan for the correct number of people, however, please do not sign up if you are not going to come. All of the remaining clinics will be held at Canada Games Aquatic Centre, in the Pool Level Meeting Room (Downstairs).


Clerk Of Course – Friday, April 13, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Downstairs

Chief Timekeeper – Saturday, April 14, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Downstairs

Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics - Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM to Noon – Downstairs

Starter – Friday April 27, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Downstairs

Recorder/Scorer – Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM to Noon - Downstairs

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



The March orders are now placed, The next order will be in May. 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.







 Sign  up  Deadline

 April 20-22

 MAC April Invit’l

 Markham Pan-Am

 Qualifiers SrB/AG

 March 30

 April 28-29

 Brock LC Invit’l

 St Catharines

 Non-MAC AG/Dvlp

 April 12

 May 11-13

 Hollandia Invit’l


 All LAC

 April 17



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.



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