May 13



Newsletter 2012-13 Issue  34




Mon May 20      HP/Senior         8:00 – 10:00 am          CGAC

Mon May 20      NO pm workouts due to Holiday


The summer schedule begins Mon May 27 and is now available under the "schedule" tab, CLICK HERE to view. There will be two schedules one running May 27 to June 30 and the other running July 1 to the end of the season.



Our Hollandia performance by the numbers:

899 personal bests out of 1161 swims, for a best times conversion rate of 77.4%.  We include first-time performances as personal bests, and congratulations to all of you who swam your first long course races in the 50m pool.  We had 86 swimmers who achieved personal bests in 100% of their swims - WOW!  As well, 29 LAC'ers won a total of 81 medals, 24 gold, 27 silver, and 30 bronze, while another 37 LAC'ers placed in the top 8. For a list of medalists please see the "WHAT'S NEW" section of the website.

Turn technique is always important, and generally the coaches were happy with our turns at Hollandia, but we need to emphasize that there are 50% fewer turns in the 50m pool than in the 25m pool - what this means is that clean swimming technique and fitness are even more important in the summer season than the winter season. So make sure as we move into the home stretch of the year that you are working harder than ever before on your technique and that your level of effort in your training is at its highest.  Another note on turns: whenever you are racing in your home pool (CGAC) you should be "hitting" every turn really well...since you have only done probably thousands of them in this pool! We should never be "out-turned" by swimmers from other teams when we are racing at CGAC!  We saw a lot of close races over the course of the weekend and were very happy to observe some very good focus on our finishes, faces staying in the water from the flags to the wall in FR and FL, BK'ers knowing their stroke counts and touching the wall on a good full stroke, and BR'ers finishing with their eyes down and their hips up!  In the "FINISH STRONG" department we were solid.

Special CONGRATULATIONS to the following first time qualifiers: Lauren Blaha (Age Group Nationals); Tessa Peerless (Provincial Championships); Cole DeCandido, Mohamed El Tatawy, Melissa Ellig, Madelyn Horner, Neil Huan, Robert King, Bram Majoor, Jorge Mendoza Alvir, Mikel Szabo, and Sydney VanBerkel (WOSA Regional Championships).

Not much time left in the season, some great opportunities on the horizon...we swam well at Hollandia, but there is still much work to be done and better results to be achieved.  Let's ALL keep our eyes on the road, our hands on the wheel, and our foot on the gas!  And let's all (swimmers, coaches and parents) ALWAYS remember that we're in this together, we're all on the same bus, we need to take pride in each other's successes and provide positive support when the result is less than expected.  GO LAC GO!

CONGRATULATIONS to LAC returnee Matt Roman, who was recently named men's swimming Freshman of the Year at the University of Kentucky. Matt scored points for the Wildcats at the South Eastern Conference Championships and maintained a 4.0 GPA.


The LAC AGM will be held on June 19th at 7 pm. Additional details will be posted to the website under the 'Events' tab closer to the date.

There are presently two vacant Board positions to be filled at the AGM. If anyone is interested in learning more about the vacant Board positions please contact Paul Cappa at



I would like to thank everyone that was involved with our Hollandia Spring Invitational this year.  The meet ran well and the swimmers seemed happy.  We had over 700 swimmers at the meet this year and it was because of you that we were able to make it happen.

A special thanks to Glenn Greig and Rose Bloch- Hansen, both of whom make the job of Meet Manager much easier.

Thanks again,

Margaret Marshall



Congratulations to all of the officials participating in this past weekend’s Hollandia Invitational.  It was another exceptionally well-run event and a big part of that success goes to the officials whose professionalism and attentiveness continue to make our club proud.

Special thanks to Margaret Marshall for her many hours of preparation in the weeks and months leading up to the event and for her three 15 hour days during the meet.  It was another job very well done.

Thanks to Glenn Greig, our meet referee, for his expertise in ensuring that our meet was run with consistency and to our usual high standards, and to those out of town officials who continue to give up their weekends to help us with our meets and for "moving up the ladder."

From our own club I want to take a moment to recognize first year LAC parent Fraser Gatt for getting his final sign-off for Level II.  Congratulations Fraser!  As a first year parent Fraser had no obligation to work any session credits but since he was going to be at his swimmer’s sessions anyway, at home and away, he thought he might as well help out, and since he was doing the work anyway, he might as well get the sign-offs to get a sense of achievement and to help LAC with its obligations to have officials moving up the ladder.  It really is that easy.  Thanks a lot Fraser!  There are some others out there doing the same thing and it is very much appreciated!    

Mark Lukings LAC co-COC



London Aquatic Club has booked a block of rooms for your consideration for the upcoming Age Group International being held in Etobicoke from May 30 – June 2.

Courtyard Mississauga, 5050 Creekbank Road, Mississauga 1-800-943-6706

2 Queen beds $89.00 + tax per night

Reservation code: London Aquatic Swim Club - AGI group

Booking Deadline: May 15/13



London Aquatic Club has booked a block of rooms for your consideration for the upcoming Summer Festival being held at the University of Toronto from June 1-2.

Holiday Inn, 280 Bloor Street W, Toronto.  Please contact Sonia via email at to reserve your room.

2 Queen Beds –129.99 + tax single/double occupancy

                134.99 + tax triple occupancy

                139.99 + tax quad occupancy

Parking - $22.00 per day

Booking Deadline:  May 17, 2013



London Aquatic Club has booked a block of rooms at 2 different locations for your consideration for the upcoming Long Course 12 & Under Regionals being held in Hamilton from June 22 - 23.

Staybridge Suites,20 Caroline Street South, Hamilton, 905-527-1001

1 Queen bed with pull-out couch. $139.00 + tax per night - Full kitchen facilities

Guest Parking: $5.00 per night extra

Breakfast included

Booking Deadline: May 31, 2013

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel,116 King Street West, Hamilton, 905-529-5515

2 Queen Beds. $125.00 + tax per night, includes parking fees

Cot charge – 25.00 per night

Booking Deadline: May 22, 2013 before 5pm



May 30-Jun 2       AGI                          Etobicoke    13 & O qualifiers    Entry Deadline: May 14

Jun 1-Jun 2         Provincial Festival      U of T         13 & U qualifiers    Entry Deadline: May 16

Jun 7-Jun 9         WOSA LC Champs     Western       13 & O qualifiers    Entry Deadline: May 21

Jun 8-9               WOSA Sting              Western      non-regional          Entry Deadline: May 16

Jun 22-23           WOSA LC Champs      Hamilton     12 & U qualifiers    Entry Deadline: Jun 6

PLEASE ensure that you are checking the “EVENTS” section of the website – you will find all meet information here. You will be required to log in with your password to view this information.

The full LAC meet schedule is available on the website under the "SCHEDULES" section.



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