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    October 24 SCOUT Spooktacular
    *** SENIOR ONLY! *** USA Meet ***
    October 25 LTY Time Trial
    *** 8&U/SEN/AGE ONLY! *** YMCA Meet ***
    October 26 Lattof Out-of-Shape Invite
    *** 12&U ONLY! *** YMCA Meet-USA Sanctioned ***
    October 31 Halloween!
    *** NO PRACTICES! ***
    November 1-2 Express Trick-or-Treat
    *** USA Meet ***
    November 8 Officials Training Clinic
    YMCA (Level 1 & 2) - Leaning Tower YMCA
    November 23 LTY Gender Wars
    *** YMCA Meet-USA Sanctioned ***
    We NEED ALL PARENTS to sign up for at least one volunteer shift!
    February 6-8 IUPUI JAGS February Invite
    *** USA Meet ***
    *** Team Travel Meet - Book your travel NOW! ***

    We will be taking orders now through Oct. 30th for Sharks' team spiritwear. Items should be in hand by Thanksgiving week in time for holiday gift giving.

    Please note the following procedures:
    • All payments are CASH ONLY. Please be sure to put your order into an envelope!
    • Oct. 30th is the LAST DAY...we will not be making exceptions to this as it will slow down the printing/shipping process.
    • Please ONLY deliver your order to the individuals listed and ONLY on the days/times specified!
    • Your order (in an envelope!) & payment (cash only!) can be delivered to the following individuals on the following days/times:
      • Traci Bowering...Monday (Oct. 27) from 5:00-6:30pm...Thursday (Oct. 23 & 30) from 5-7pm...Friday (Oct. 24) from 5-7pm here at the YMCA. ALSO you can find Traci at the Oktoberfest Meet (this weekend Friday PM, Sat/Sun AM sessions), and the Lattof Meet (Sun, Oct. 26th, AM Session)
      • Coach Ellen...During AG-1/2 practice times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Oct. 15, 20-22, & 27-29)

    If you have any additional questions about the order form, items available, or to confirm Traci Bowering (


    We are planning on ordering LTY Sharks woven towels. The towels are 34" x 60" looped terry cotton and will be personalized with the swimmer's name. Price for the towel is $35 (including swimmer's name and shipping). Since there is a minimum order of 50 towels, we first need to find out if there are enough interested to get the order in. If you are interested in purchasing, please use the link below to commit to buying you will need to indicate the quantity needed and provide the swimmer(s) name to be printed. Double check that the name is spelled correctly! The names will be printed all in CAPS.

    Please commit by Saturday October 18th. Once we know that we have enough people committed, we will collect the money and be able to place the order. The turnaround time is about 6 weeks so we should have the towels back before Christmas.

    LTY Shark Towel Order w/Mock-Up

    We also have a sample of the towel (different design) if you would like to see the quality of the fabric & size. We will have the towel available to view:
    • Tuesday October 14 at LTY from 6:30-8pm (look for Magda Kapusta in the Sub Room where the Swim Team Store will be.
    • Wednesday at LTY from 5:00 6:45pm (look for Sylwia Wajda at the West Pool bleachers)
    • Thursday at Maine South 7:00 8:00pm (look for Sylwia Wajda at the bleachers)
    • Glenbrook meet (Friday, Sat AM, Sun AM look for Magda Kapusta)

    Please contact Magda Kapusta ( if you have any questions.

    All swimmers in the AG-1, AG-2, Pre-Senior, Advanced, Elite, and Senior practice groups MUST register with USA-Swimming for the 2014-2015 season. Swimmers in all other practice groups MAY register, but are not required.

    Note that the fee has increased from $60 to $62 for 2015!

    If you are not currently registered for 2014, you'll need to do this before you can be entered into any of the USA meets on our schedule! Please return all forms and checks made out to "ILLINOIS SWIMMING" to Coach Bryan (DO NOT leave at the membership desk!).

    Two of the "YMCA" meets on our practice schedule are now available for registration at the membership desk. Please note that for these two meets...only those swimmers who have been registered at the YMCA membership desk will be entered into these meets!

    LATTOF 'Out-of-Shape" Meet (Sunday, Oct. 26 @ Lattof YMCA)...Session Code 14SPC...Program Code LTAQ14LATTOF

    LTY Sharks GENDER WARS Meet (Sunday, Nov. 23 @ Niles West HS)...Session Code 14SPC...Program Code LTAQ14GENDER

    Keep in mind that for all other will need to sign-up with the Google Doc on the link above in order for your swimmer(s) to be entered!

    Following our fall District meeting, there are several updates for you to consider and to know about for our Championship meets in March. Please take note of the following:
    • The Chicago DISTRICT Championships will be held on one day (Sunday, March 1) and will be changed to a Timed Final format. Girls will swim in the AM session and Boys in the PM session. Swimmers will be allowed to compete in up to 4 individual events, or 3 individual events plus relays--depending upon their age group.
    • The CLASSIC Championships will now be fully integrated into the DISTRICT Championship meet. That means that swimmers who have not achieved a District qualifying time will still be competing in the District Championships and in the same events as District-qualifying swimmers...but in the Classic "division". All individual events will be scored and awarded in the District & the Classic division. To better understand will be run and scored much like a High School "Varsity/JV" format.
    • Swimmers who have fewer than 4 District qualifying times will be allowed to compete in the Classic division of their other "non-qualified" events so that they will get to swim a minimum of 4 individual events at this combined Championship meet.
    • YMCA STATE will be held at Lake Central HS in St. John, IN (about the same distance from us as Rec-Plex). We have a block of rooms reserved for those that wish to stay overnight. If you know that your swimmer WILL QUALIFY for YMCA may want to book a room now just in below.
      Best Western Crossroads IN
      1905 Harder Ct.
      Schererville, IN
      Reservation under "LEANING TOWER"
      This is the LAST week that you can book a room in this block...any remaining rooms will be released after Sept. 20th!

    All Swim Meet fees have been input into our registration system and must be paid to register for the upcoming SC season.

    • Become a Meet Official!
      Becoming a meet official is an interesting and easy way to become more involved in the sport of swimming. Officials training classes occur throughout the year and the training is paid for by the team. Officials play an important role for the swimmers, providing the necessary guidance and direction that allows them to compete legally throughout their careers.

    ...searchable meet entry and result information can be found by linking to the Team Manager Online Entries and Results links on the left side of the website under Meet Info


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