FEB. 3


Newsletter 2013-14 Issue 20



Sat Feb 8 NO Senior Orange due to SWA meet

Mon Feb 17 NO Senior Orange



GREAT SWIMMING by everyone at Regionals in Windsor last weekend! Over 300 personal bests and a 60% best time conversion rate, with 16 swimmers achieving 100% best times, led by Madison Boon at 10/10 and Leah Polito at 9/9!! As a club we finished 2nd overall behind the Windsor Essex Swim Team (WEST). 22 LAC swimmers collected a total of 73 individual medals (29 gold, 24 silver, and 20 bronze), another 23 swimmers finished in the top 10, and 5 LAC relay teams finished in the top 3. For a complete list of medalists see the "What's New" section of the website. Special congratulations to first time qualifiers Sam Cormier (Provincials), Katelyn Dickey and Mykaela Springer (Eastern Canadians and Provincials) and first time Top 10 LAC Performer Ellie Wong.
It was a busy meet, a VERY busy meet for some of you, racing up to 4 times in one finals session, others of you racing 2 or 3 events per session and relays. Good, thorough preparation is essential when you are racing that much, and many of you did an excellent job with it, warming up and warming down properly, staying warm and dry when you weren't in the water, and re-fuelling carefully and consistently. I was particularly proud to have a coach from another club tell me how impressed they were by our uniform coordination, wearing the same color T-shirt, and a different one each day. Finally, regardless of how your meet went, it's important to remember that success and failure are the same, in the sense that they are both stepping stones, NOT stopping points. Still lots more work to do and lots more racing opportunities on the near and far horizon...know where you're going, keep your eyes on the road ahead and your hands firmly on the wheel, stay positive, and DREAM BIG. "If your dreams don't scare you, they're probably not big enough!" GO LAC GO!


Wed Feb 19 Program Update 5:30 – 6:30 pm CGAC upper meeting room

Fri Feb 21 Nutrition 5:30 – 6:30 pm CGAC upper meeting room



This meet takes place at the Tillsonburg Community Centre Complex, 45 Hardy Ave, Tillsonburg. All LAC (non-regional) swimmers are invited to attend. Warm ups for this meet are as follows:

Friday February 7th - all ages / 800 free and 50's - NO changes

Warmup - 4:00pm  Start - 5:00pm

Saturday February 8th - 13 & Over - NO changes

Warmup - 8:00am Start - 9:00am

Saturday February 8th - 12 & Under - ** CHANGES **

Warmup - 11:00am Start - 12:00pm

Sunday February 9th - 13 & Over - NO changes

Warmups - 8:00am Start - 9:00am

Sunday February 9th - 12 & Under ** CHANGES **

Warmups - 11:00am Start - 12:00pm



We will be hosting the Age Group Provincial Championships at the end of the month. Hosting this meet brings some very high level swimming to London and also provides the club with a financial windfall. Further details on the meet including minor officials, canteen, food donations as well as other important information about the meet will be provided later this week in a separate communication.



This meet takes place at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr, Newmarket. All LAC swimmers Age Group Orange and above, not attending Provincials, are invited to attend. If there is sufficient interest, TEAM TRAVEL will be offered for this event. A bus will depart CGAC on Fri.Feb.28 at 4 pm, and will return at 10 pm on Sun.Mar.2. Approximate cost for transportation, hotel, and meals will be $250 per swimmer. Chaperones will be required - any parents interested in this position can contact Donna, Andrew or Maria Smith. Please indicate when you confirm your attendance whether or not you will require team travel.



This meet has been added to the meet calendar as a last short course racing opportunity for our Development and Introductory swimmers before the March Break. It takes place at CGAC. The warm up is at 12:30 pm. This meet is now available for sign up on the LAC website.



Swimmer Account Statements

Swimmer statements for meets up to this past weekend will be sent out later this week (possibly not until the weekend). The statements will be sent by e-mail to your login e-mail. Included in the e-mail will be options for making payment.

Amounts generally relate to meet entry fees but they also include misc. items and minor membership fee adjustments. General information on swimmer statements including payment options can be found by logging in to the website and looking under swimmer accounts. The entry summary tab includes details for meet fees (please note we do not currently use the website billing system).

Families are reminded that payment is due on receipt. As always, feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the postings on your account. For any questions requiring more than a simple e-mail, please see me at the pool or e-mail me so we can make arrangements to speak over the phone.




This is a reminder to all LAC officials who have not yet registered with OSOA, especially those who have taken a clinic this year. The Ontario Swimming Officials Association is moving towards requiring all officials working at a meet to register with OSOA.CA. To be proactive in that regard, if you have taken a clinic or plan on working at a meet in any officiating capacity, from timer on up, could you please register with OSOA.CA, if you have not already done so. To do this, go to and click on Register Now. Fill in the required information and continue until complete. It is very intuitive. Note that your region is Western and your club is London Aquatic Club. If you have any trouble with this or if you do not recall if you have already registered then please email me for assistance. Thank you to everyone who has already registered!

You may have noticed that there will be a time trial during the Provincial Age Group Champs that we are hosting. This is a good opportunity to take a clinic for a new position and try it at a LAC only event. If you are interested and willing to take the online clinic prior to the meet let me know and I will slot you in. You should have taken your stokes and turns clinic prior to trying higher positions and you should be level II to try starter. Referee has already been assigned.

We are hoping to have a new timing system in use for Provincials. There are a few small differences between ARES and Quantum but we would like to get as many people as possible who are familiar with ARES a try on Quantum as soon as we can. We will also want to train new people. It is a relatively easy job with a great view of the pool. If you are interested please sign up for this position at the meet on your OSOA account. If you have never operated ARES then please indicate that you are totally green so that you get a mentor. You can do this at any level. It was the first officiating job that I did!

The Western Region clinic day will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the St. Thomas Campus of Fanshawe College. The morning clinics will include Referee, Recorder/Scorer, Strokes and Turns, and Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics. The afternoon clinics will be Starter, Meet Manager, Clerk Of Course, and Chief Timekeeper. This a great opportunity to attend live clinics for those positions that are presented less often. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided and there is no charge for any of this. Mark your calendars. You can register on your OSOA.CA account. Email me if you have trouble doing this.

If anyone has any questions about anything officiating related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Lukings L.A.C. Co-Club Officials Chair



Feb 13-16 Eastern CDN Champs Windsor (qualifiers) Entry Deadline: Feb 4

Feb 15-16 Provincial Festival Brantford (13/U qualifiers) Entry Deadline: Feb 4

Feb 27-Mar 2 Provincial Championships - London (17/U qualifiers) Entry Deadline Feb 16

Mar 1-2 Newmarket Invitational (Age Group Orange & above) Entry Deadline: Feb 13

Mar 2 Late Winter Time Trial CGAC (open Development/Intro) Entry Deadline: Feb 13



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