Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Swim Team Information 5/19/10

Hi! Welcome to the Lexington Lakers Summer Swim Team! Here is some (a lot of) swim team information to keep you up to date! As always, please let me or Lindsay know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Final Schedule: Please review the attachment.

Sign-Ups: We are at 62 swimmers...and we would like to see more (especially boys and high school age swimmers)! Tell all of your friends it's not too late to sign up!

July 10 Lexington Invitational: We need every swim team family’s help that day! We also need a main contact for the following duties that day. Please let me know if you can help out!!!

• Volunteers -

• Swim Team Shop -

We have the following duties covered (thank you so very much!):

• Main Contact – Tammy Baker and Lindsay Duzan

• Facilities – Brad Fraher

• Bullpen – Rita Grunloh

• Officials - Laura Williamson

• Sponsors – Gina Lingle

• Computer - Tammy Baker

• Awards - Gina Lingle

• Concessions – Steve and Sally Whaley

• T-Shirts - Jenn Ebker

• Announcer – John Mohr

Invitationals (all-day meets): Please make plans to attend the Lexington Invitational! We also encourage attendance at the El Paso Invitational. Also, 40 swimmers will be able to attend the Pontiac Pentathlon. The Peoria Journal Star Meet, “B” Meet, and TCSC Meet are all optional!

Swim Suits: If you haven’t already ordered yours, please click here to do so:

Team Pictures: Thursday, June 24th at 5:00!

Volunteers: Each parent needs to volunteer at least 2x per swimmer at the home swim meets. Once you volunteer, you will receive your deposit check back! We still need a volunteer to coordinate the volunteers!

Absences: Can you please respond with any dates you know in advance that your swimmer cannot attend.

Concession Sign-Ups: Laura Williamson is in charge of this (thanks, Laura!) There will be a concession sign-up sheet coming soon! We are looking for parents to donate food, puppy chow, snacks, treats, etc. for each home meet! This is optional!

Clinics: Look for more information to come…but we are looking at having Monday evening clinics from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a limited number of swimmers on a first-come, first-serve basis to learn/improve on different strokes each week!

Practice Start Date: We are hoping to start on Tuesday, June 1! We will keep you posted on the progress of the pool opening over Memorial Day Weekend!

Volleyball Camp: The girls attending volleyball camp from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. June 1-4, will attend swim practice on June 1, 2, and 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm.

Practice Schedule: This year we are in a unique situation. Lindsay Duzan is our head coach, but she also has a day-time job. She works on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We also have Rebecca Silver as our assistant coach. Lindsay has changed her work schedule to start work at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. With Lindsay’s work schedule, we divided up the practices into two practices times (instead of three) and put the practices at an earlier start time.

We will have the younger/less experienced swimmers practice from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and the older/more experienced swimmers practice from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Lindsay will be available the entire practice times on Tuesday and Thursday and will have to leave at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Having the younger swimmers earlier ensures that they receive instruction from two coaches the entire practice time every day of the week The older swimmers will get 30 minutes with two coaches, and the last 30 minutes with one coach (3 days a week).

We feel this is the safest way to divide up our swim practices. We divided the groups as evenly as we could. We also factored in swimmers times from last year, swimmers ages, and tried to put siblings together (where applicable). Please let us know if you have questions!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lexington Lakers Swim Team Registration Information

Lexington Lakers Swim Team

Lexington is proud to be the home of the Lexington Lakers Swim Team. The Lexington Lakers Swim Team is a traveling swim team that participates in swim meets in June and July on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Although Lexington is a small town, we have a large and dedicated swim team with 70-80 swimmers participating each year. We swim against teams from Bloomington, Clifton, Colfax, Dwight, El Paso, Fairbury, Flanagan, Gridley, Metamora, Olympia, Pontiac, Roanoke, Streator, and Washington.

This year, our 4th Annual Lexington Invitational will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010. We have a great group of swim team parents that volunteer to make this swim meet the best Invitational held the entire summer! Since Lexington has taken over this Invitational 4 years ago, we have received numerous compliments and praises on this all-day swim meet.

Our swim coach for the past many years, Clif Morlan, will again be in Ireland this summer. Our assistant coach and past Lexington Lakers swimmer and Pontiac High School Co-Op Swimmer, Lindsay Duzan will be our Head Coach this summer!

The cost for swim team is only $35 per swimmer! The price has not increased in many years and is well below the price charged by surrounding towns. This price includes coaching, pool usage, and costs for participating in all Invitationals. With this low price, we also ask for a $35 deposit check per swimmer which is refunded after a parent volunteers at a swim meet 2x per swimmer during the regular season. Each home swim meet takes approximately 25 volunteers to ensure the swim meet runs smoothly. Each away meet is where the parents can sit back and relax and cheer for the team! Parents are also asked to volunteer at the Lexington Invitational.

This year we are offering an optional co-op with Bloomington Parks and Rec which will allow us to swim in two swim meets in Bloomington-Normal and participate in the Twin Cities Swim Conference (TCSC). The cost for this is an additional $10 per swimmer.

Practices will begin as soon as the pool is open! Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! Practice times are normally during the morning hours each day (including days of meets) and will run through July 23 (July 9 for those not participating in the optional Bloomington Co-Op). Practice times will be determined based on the numbers and ages of all swimmers. More information on practices will be forthcoming.

We need swimmers of all ages: Kindergarten to age 18! To be a member of the swim team, participants must be able to swim a full length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping. The age group for each swimmer is based on their age as of June 1, 2010. Age groups are: 6&Under and/or 8&Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15&Up. We especially need boy swimmers and high school swimmers. We can work with you to accommodate your work schedule, vacation schedule, and/or baseball/softball schedule. Swim Team is a fun way to condition and cross-train for other sports!

Registration and Swim-Suit Fitting Dates are as follows:

1. Monday, April 26 - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
2. Tuesday, April 27 - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
At the Lexington Community Center!

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Baker, Parent Coordinator, at 728-2333 or at Detailed up-to-date information can also be found on the Lexington Lakers Official Website:

2010 Lexington Lakers Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Tues. June 8th @Gridley
Thurs. June 10th Fairbury
Sat. June 12th Bloomington Parks
Tues. June 15th Roanoke
Thurs. June 17th El Paso
Sat. June 19th @El Paso Invitational
Tues. June 22rd Washington
Thurs. June 24th Flanagan
Sat. June 26th @Pontiac Pentathlon
Tues. June 29th @Dwight
Thurs. July 1st @Normal Anderson Pool *
Tues. July 6th @Pontiac
Thurs. July 8th Fun Meet
Sat. July 10th 4th Annual Lexington Invitational
Tues. July 13th @Crestwicke *
Sat. July 17th Peoria Journal Star Meet OR TCSC "B" Meet *
Sat. July 24th TCSC Championship Prelims *
Sun. July 25th TCSC Championship Finals *

Note: * indicates a Bloomington Co-Op Meet

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Local Swim Team Websites

Local Swim Team Websites:
  1. Bloomington Dolphins:
  2. Clifton Crocodiles
  3. Colfax (Octavia) Otters
  4. Dwight Dolphins
  5. El Paso Olympians -
  6. Fairbury (Stafford) Sharks
  7. Flanagan Flyers
  8. Gridley Gliders
  9. Lexington Lakers -
  10. Metamora Area Swim Team -
  11. Morton Otters -
  12. Olympia Country Swimmers
  13. Pontiac Pacers
  14. Streator Summer Stingrays
  15. Washington Water Jets -

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lexington Lakers Swim Team Information

Swim Team is right around the corner! Although it’s just now March, there is still plenty to do to get us ready. Here is some information to pass along:

1. Former Lexington Lakers swimmer, Lindsay Duzan will be the head coach this year!!!
2. We are looking into having some optional skill clinics taught by Lindsay this year.
3. You can still sign up for the ISU Swim Camp and/or Clinics
4. We are working hard on scheduling our dual-team swim meets for Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July with nearby towns.
5. We will have new 2-year suits this year. Think bubbles!
6. We are in the process of designing new sweatshirts, t-shirts, and flannel pants through The Lifeguard Store!
7. Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual 2010 Lexington Invitational on Saturday, July 10, 2010. We will need as many swimmers and parents and volunteers at this meet as possible to continue making it a successful meet and a major source of income for our swim team which helps to keep our registration costs low!
8. The El Paso Invitational is June 19 and the Pontiac Pentathlon is June 26.
9. We are working on an optional co-op with Bloomington Parks and Rec giving those swimmers who want “a little extra” the chance to swim 2 additional meets with Bloomington and the ability to swim in the ‘famous’ TCSC (Twin Cities Swim Conference) “B” Meet and “Championship” Meet on July 17 and July 24 respectively. More info will come on this exciting opportunity!
10. Sign-ups will be in April. More info will come on this as well!


2010 Lexington Invitational

Hi. I know a lot of teams are in the process of completing their summer swim team schedules, so I want to pass this information on to you!

Mark your calendars!

The 4th annual 2010 Lexington Invitational will be held Saturday, July 10, 2010.  In 2009, the following 12 teams from Central Illinois participated with approximately 270 swimmers:

1 Lexington Lakers 1,240
2 Pontiac Pacers 847
3 Clifton Crocodiles 657
4 El Paso Olympians 513
5 Washington Water Jets 462
6 Dwight Dolphins 410
7 Streator Summer Stingrays 299
8 Octavia Otters 220
9 Fairbury Stafford Sharks 169
10 Flanagan Flyers Swim Team 154
11 Olympia Country Swimmers 141
12 Gridley Gliders 47

We look forward to another successful meet and hope you can attend this year's Lexington Invitational! I will send current information for 2010 in June! If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!