Flying Fish News - 1/8/2020
For the calendar
  • Saturday, January 11-Sunday, January 12: LFSC meet; see below.
  • Saturday, January 11-Sunday, January 12: Premier Series Senior Midwest Open; see below.
  • Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19: YMCA/YWCA Crosstown Classic; see below; note practice changes on Jan. 17.
  • Monday, January 20: No regularly scheduled practices due to Martin Luther King Jr Day; some groups may add a practice; see below.
  • Friday, January 24-Sunday, February 2: Annual swim marathon; see schedule below; practice changes to come.
Practice changes Friday, 1/17 and Monday, 1/20
Please note the following practice changes:
  • Friday, January 17: There will be no practices for Diamond, Yellow, White, Red, Blue, Iron or Silver due to the Crosstown Classic swim meet. Thunderfish and Greenfish will practice at their normal times.
  • Monday, January 20: No regularly scheduled practices due to the holiday. Some groups may add a practice; look for an email from your coach to confirm.
Thank you, Flying Fish families!
The coaching staff extends a heartfelt thank you for the monetary gifts we received because of your generosity. We also want to thank all of the swimmers and their families who gave us cards, baked goods, and other wonderful gifts during the last few weeks. All of these expressions are reminders of how truly special the Flying Fish community is. Thank you!
Swim marathon info and schedule
It's almost time for our annual swim marathon! All swimmers should have received marathon pledge forms in their folders at the YWCA.

You'll find details about our upcoming marathon  here, including how to set up your own fundraising page if you'd like to get pledges that way.

And did you see the fun video about the swim marathon starring Flying Fish swimmers?

We've posted our schedule for the swim marathon here and you'll be able to sign up for a slot soon. If you have a conflict with the schedule, talk to your coach.
Winter meet updates
We've updated our winter meet schedule. Please note:
  • The LFSC meet at the Rec Plex January 11-12 will be one AM session on both days for all age groups. Check in is at 7:45 am.

  • The Sunday 10-under session of the YMCA/YWCA meet (Jan. 19 at the YWCA) is a PM session, with warm up beginning at 1 pm.

  • February 7-9 we will be splitting the team and attending two separate meets. All Diamondfish and 13-overs who signed up for the Highland Park meet will now be entered in a prelim/final format meet hosted by Swift. All other swimmers will remain entered in the Highland Park meet.

  • Note this change to the Highland Park meet: The Friday session is a PM session, but Saturday and Sunday are both AM sessions for our swimmers (12-unders).
Water polo this Sunday
We'll start our girls water polo club again after the marathon in February.

In the meantime, all genders age 10-14 are invited to join us for a one-day water polo clinic on Sunday, January 12, noon-1 pm at the YWCA. The fee is $10.

Email Pete if you're interested.
Swimming opportunities for adults
Parents, if you're looking for a way to jumpstart your New Year's resolutions for personal growth and fitness, check out these Flying Fish Aquatics opportunities for adults:

  • Adult swim lessons - Sundays, 8:45-9:30 am; 5-week session for $85 begins January 12;
  • Masters swimming - drop in for $15 or buy a 10-session pass for $135 if you don't want to fully commit. Learn more about Masters and view the schedule here.
  • Workout group - join other adults who want to swim for fitness at their own pace; Fridays at 2 pm and Sundays at 8:30 am; beginning January 10.

If you're interested in any of these, contact Pete for more information.
Upcoming swim meets
Lake Forest Swim Club Windy City Open @ Rec Plex, Pleasant Prairie, WI
Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12

Our updated entry is posted here. Please note this change from the original meet schedule: There is only one AM session for all ages on both days. Check in at 7:45 am, warm up at 8 am. We sent an email with details about this meet last week.


Senior Midwest Open @ Northwestern University
Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12

Our entry is posted here. This meet has a prelim/final format.
  • Sat/Sun prelims warm up - 8:15 am; meet starts 9:30 am
  • Sat/Sun finals warm up - 4:15 pm; meet starts 5:30 pm


YMCA/YWCA Crosstown Classic @ YWCA and YMCA
(10-unders at YWCA; 11-14 year olds at McGaw YMCA)
Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19

Our entry for 10-unders is posted here and our entry for 11-14 year olds is posted here. Look for event sheets and a meet email in the days ahead.
  • Friday 11-older at YMCA - warm up at 4:15 pm; meet starts at 5:15 pm
  • Friday 10-under at YWCA - warm up at 6 pm; meet starts at 6:30 pm
  • Sunday 11-older at YMCA - warm up at noon; meet starts at 1 pm
  • Sunday 10-under at YWCA - warm up at 1 pm; meet starts at 1:30 pm


Swift Prelim/Final Meet @ Niles North High School, Skokie
Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

Diamondfish and 13-overs will attend this meet, while 12-unders will attend the Highland Park (HPAC) meet the same weekend. You'll find the Swift meet entry here. Details to follow.


HPAC Go for the Cut Meet @ Highland Park High School, Highland Park
Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

You'll find our initial entry here. This meet has a Friday PM session and Saturday and Sunday AM session for our swimmers who are entered. Details to come.
Meet results
Greenfish Meet @ YWCA
Friday, December 13

Results are posted here. Great job, swimmers!


Flying Fish Distance Time Trials @ YWCA
Friday, December 13-Sunday, December 15

Results are posted here. Congratulations to all who participated.
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