February 2nd-8th, 2020

Weekly Practice Schedule

February 2nd-8th, 2020

All practices will run as scheduled this week. Please CLICK HERE to visit our website, and view the MAC weekly practice schedule.

Thursday’s Drill Practice: We will finish working on Starts (clean them up and make them more STREAMLINED), work on Backstroke Starts, and have fun with some Relay Starts as well!


1. Great Job to the MAC team who swam at Brighton meet today, nice to see such a HUGE MAC team turnout!  Swimmers included: Amy Brunner, Sarah Craft, Janette Heaton, Libby Silverson, Ana-Lisa Paolini, Carol Schemanske, Marilyn Reichenbach, Bill Porter, Don Kroeger, Tom Neal, Jeff Yenser, John Cassidy, Brandon Mariott, Mike Smith, George Sveda, Brice Chace, Bill Caldwell, Hong Weng, Greg Banish, Nat Evans, Jim Izzi, Melissa Richardson, Mitzi Amelon, Laura Gogola, Paul Chadwick, and Mike Schuldinger.

Congratulations to Mike smith finished the Check-Off Challenge for the 9th (or maybe 10th) year in a row!!

Congratulations Jeff Yencer, for winning the MAC meet attendance raffle of a $10 Lottery ticket.  At each meet this season we will have a MAC attendance drawing. You must come to a meet to get into that meet’s drawing!  Prizes will vary by meet.

2. MAC TRI AND CYCLE JERSEYS ARE NOW HERE! Show your MAC team spirit all season long! MAC Team Trathloni Shirts, and Cycle Jerseys ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Whether you are at the pool, swimming in a lake, or on a bike you can show off your blue and green team spirit. The Tri/Cycle Shirts match the team competition suits that were designed last year for State Meet and you can find more details about each item on the MAC website. Sizing kits for the Tri/Cycle Shirts will be on deck starting Monday, Feb 3rd.  We strongly recommend you try on a sample as the shirts run a bit small. If you place your order on our website team store from Monday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 9, it will ship with our group order for a just $1 shipping fee. All items will ship to coach Jim and once they arrive you can pick them up at the pool. You may still place an order at any time after February 9th but will pay regular shipping costs and the item will ship directly to your house. The sizing kit for Cycle/Tri-Shirts will only be available until March 1.

To ORDER MAC Team Cycle/Tri Shirts or Competitive Swimsuits visit the MAC Shop on our website: CLICK HERE

3. Beginning Monday February 10th, Monday and Wednesday PM practice will begin at 6:45pm instead of 7:00pm.

Swimmer of the Week:

Abbey Anselmi

Hi my name is Abbey Anselmi and this is my 3rd year with MAC.  I am a second grade teacher at St. Patrick School in Brighton and I have been teaching for 9 years. I love to travel and one of my goals is to make it to all 7 continents. I am currently at 4/7. I have 2 dogs, Dottie and Shelby, who love camping and being in any water with my husband and I. I am extremely competitive and board games are a favorite family activity.

One of my earliest memories is swimming to my mom as she was doing the “I’m not walking backwards” move so I had to swim farther. I first joined my summer swim team in Cincinnati when I was 7, and swam with them until I was 18. I was fortunate to be asked to join their coaching staff when I was 18, and I just wrapped up my 13th year coaching as their head coach. Coincidentally I coached a USA team in the winter called MAC for 5 years. Besides my summer club, I also swam for my high school team for 4 years and club at Miami University (OH) for 4 years. After college I joined my local masters team. In total, I have been competitively swimming consecutively for 24 years.

Masters practice in Cincinnati was where I met my husband Paul. If he thought I looked beautiful in a cap and goggles, it must be a good sign. Paul works for Toyota and we relocated to Brighton in 2017. After we moved, I still wanted to swim and luckily I found MAC. The coaching staff and swimmers are amazing and I have loved practicing and competing with them. I found out after state last year that I was pregnant with our first child. I kept swimming and competing all throughout my pregnancy; only butterfly seemed to make the baby mad. My husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl Rosalie Greer on January 7th. She was 7 lbs .03 oz and has beautifully long swimmer arms and legs. I pray she has my technique but Paul’s speed in the water.

MAC Swimmers are the greatest advertisements of all! We love how you share your stories on social media, with friends, etc. We would like to share your stories as well. Each week we will highlight a MAC Swimmer so we can learn more about the team.

CLICK on photo to view sculling demonstration video

Monthly Feature Article:


By: Kris Goodrich
Certified USMS Level 1-3 Coach, Certified ASCA Level 1-3, BS Kinesiology

How to Improve Your Movement Through the Water
My fascination with sculling began in a high school lifeguard class. My teacher taught us many different types of sculls and as the only girl in the class I took it upon myself to be the best in the class at the skill.  Most of the boys were faster swimmers than I but I could scull forwards, backwards, spin, and even hold my legs straight out of the water upside down. As I started teaching and coaching swimming I spent many years sculling forwards and backwards along with my swimmers. It was not only useful for teaching but I also got faster and stronger as well. I was feeling pretty confident about my ability to scull with my little hands until a chance encounter with a turtle while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands. A couple flicks of his flippers and the ungainly land animal was twenty feet away from me. I was left yards behind and as hard as I tried could not catch him. After all these years what was I doing wrong and how could I do it better?
What is sculling?
Sculling is a back and forth motion with your hand, like you are drawing a figure eight. Your elbows should stay relaxed and there is minimal movement from the shoulders. READ MORE.. CLICK HERE

CLICK on photo to view sculling demonstration video

Weekly Featured Workout:

400 (75sw, 25FR kick on BK)


8×50 1. One arm (25lt, 25rt)

2. People paddle

3. 2/2/4

4. Swim smooth

1-4 w/paddles and bouy, 5-8 w/o


16×25 w/snorkel and zoomers kick-swim

1-3 kick descend to F!

4 swim strong

4xthrough @:40/:50/1:00





2x(4×200) free @ :30rest between

1. straight through

2. broken at 100 for :15 rest

3. broken at 50’s for :10 rest

4. broken at 25’s for :05 rest


Between sets of 4-

200 ez choice (count strokes for average)

6×25 Smooth-Drop stroke per 25

2×100 FR 1. hold lowest count 2. Build

4×50 w/paddles and zoomers build and          descend each 50 @1:00 or :20rest

4×25 2 w/zoomers, 2 w/o

Odd Kick

Even swim Strong!


Countdown to State Meet Begins!

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, 2020
East Kentwood High School
Kentwood, Michigan

MAC Team information can be found on our website:  CLICK HERE

Swim Your Way to Bronze, Silver and Gold!

Earn Bronze, Silver and Gold medals by swimming events in practices, at meets, and at the 2020 State Meet. You can set goals to challenge yourself, race against teammates and even participate in our Medal Ceremony next spring! For complete details, visit our website – CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF worksheet, to keep track of your MAC Olympics progress, events and times, in addition to writing on the banner on the pool deck.

Spread The Word:

Share the fun and fitness we have created at MAC!.  We now have a flyer available on deck. It gives details about MAC and MAC Lite. Thank you for being a part of the MAC Family!  To view the flier, CLICK HERE for a printable PDF.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, Feb. 2nd, Brighton FAST Super Bowl Meet

Saturday, March 7th, South Lyon Spring Swim Meet

Saturday, March 14th, Milford Meltdown Swim Meet

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, Michigan State Championship Meet in Kentwood, MI.

Team Communication:

We use REMIND app/website, to send out last minute schedule changes, or messages. To sign up, and for more information – CLICK HERE

Coach Contact Info:

Dianne: h2oranger@hotmail.com
Kris: macswimgoblue@gmail.com
Jim: jimjtg@icloud.com
Maria: carpelacusnatavi@gmail.com
Melissa: jrichardson90@comcast.net

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