January 26th-February 1st, 2020

Weekly Practice Schedule

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

There WILL be practice on Saturday 2/1 (Brighton Meet is Sunday 2/2).

Thursday’s Drill Practice will be working on STARTS!


1. Great job to everyone who participated in last week’s 1-Hour Postal: Tuesday Swimmers (Many of them for the first time!!): Kitty, Paul, Janette, Sheryl, Mandy, Denise, Lexi A, Tricia, Terry.  Saturday Swimmers:  Elizabeth, Hong, Klisty, Nat, Dirk, Patrick, Coach Melissa, and Jason.

2. Brighton “Super” Swim Meet is next Sunday, February 2, 2020. Join us at the big meet before the big game, and collect more Silver Medals in the MAC Olympics! Registration closes at midnight on Friday 1/31. To register online, go to MichiganMasters.com. See you at Brighton!

3. Beginning Monday February 10th, Monday and Wednesday PM practice will begin at 6:45pm instead of 7:00pm.  This should give the PM swimmers some Hot Tub time after workout.

Swimmer of the Week:

Carol Schemanske

Hi.  My name is Carol. And I’m a swimaholic.

They lured me in slowly. They let me try for free the first few times. The first time was bewildering, baffling, perplexing, puzzling. But I came back and tried it again. It was intriguing, challenging, exhausting.  By the third time, I couldn’t wait to try it again. Before I knew it, I was hooked!

I started swimming with MAC in November, 2013. Almost 59 years old. I could make it across the pool, but never had a swim class in my life. I couldn’t even put my face in the water when I swam. MAC coaches taught me everything… stroke, kick, breathing, flips, starts… And believe me, that’s not easy because I am not a quick learner. I’m sure I have tested their patience to the breaking point…never did they imagine someone could find so many wrong ways to do a drill. But I stayed after class, repeating the drills until I was good enough to come back (and with more coaching) finally get it right. Our coaches have the patience of saints. And we still have a long way to go. By March of 2014, I found myself at the State Meet.

My pool swimming strengthened my lake swimming and I started “participating” in open water events.  “Swim to the Moon 10K” is one of my favorites. I’ve done local triathlons and swims to Lake George, New York; Teal Lake swim from Ispheming to Negaunee;  South Higgins Lake State Park to Rock Island with a TC swimmer;  Pointe to LaPointe, Wisconsin;  Provincetown, MA Swim for Life; Ugly Dog Tri. It’s made me a strong, safe, confident swimmer. I’ve swam in chilly lakes from mountain runoff with gorgeous views of snow covered mountains along the shoreline. MAC opened a new world of opportunities and adventures to me.

I’m the crazy lady swimming Dunham Lake in November! And I love every minute of it.

I love the challenge of new drills, 100 x 100, Brute Challenge. I love the friendships from MAC, the social gatherings, breakfasts at Americus, chatter in the lanes…I love the calm of swimming alone after practice, when I drift into my zone (I’m sure you’ve seen me, but I didn’t even see you). There are still times I HATE the anxieties and stress of meets, but I’ve come sooooo far in overcoming that….thanks to the support of coaches and teammates.  I’ve DQ’d, DNF’d, finished last, but haven’t given up.  It’s rewarding and fulfilling every time I reach a new goal…my first flip turn, first open water 5k, first 10K, first 200 fly, 400IM, first medal. Every time I overcome a difficult challenge or fear, I feel empowered. I hold the dubious honor at several events of “Oldest Female to Compete” That’s okay. I’ll take it.

Swimming gives me comfort. Keeps me fit. Burns calories. Relieves my arthritis. Motivates me. Challenges me. Improves my self-esteem and confidence. Teaches me perseverance.  Strengthens me, physically and emotionally. Cures the blues. Empowers me.  Makes me happy.

My quote for the year, from “Ford vs Ferrari” when race car driver Ken Miles is explaining to his son how he will maneuver a course…every curve, every gear shift, every acceleration…a perfect lap. When his son responds that every lap can’t be perfect, Miles says, “But we can try.”

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.

Weekly Featured Workout:

300 (75 sw, 25 fly kick on Bk)

16×25 w/zoomers fly kick on BK
Odd arms folded behind head (body position and kick technique)
Even streamline focus on lengthen underwaters

Main Set: mostly BK focus with some IM thrown in for variety and FR with paddles

5×100 BK #1 and 3 are IM (negative split each BK lengthening underwater kicks on 2nd 50)

200 FR swim w/paddles OverKick in red zone to lengthen walls with hard effort

4×50 BK (25 drill, 25 swim)

4×100 BK #1 and 3 are IM (negative split each BK lengthening underwater kicks on 2nd 50)

200 FR swim w/paddles OverKick in red zone to lengthen walls with hard effort

4×50 BK (25 drill, 25 swim)

3×100 BK #2 is IM (negative split each BK lengthening underwater kicks on 2nd 50)

200 FR swim w/paddles OverKick in red zone to lengthen walls with hard effort

4×50 BK (25 drill, 25 swim)

2×100 BK (negative split each BK lengthening underwater kicks on 2nd 50)

200 FR swim w/paddles OverKick in red zone to lengthen walls with hard effort

4×50 BK (25 drill, 25 swim)

1×100 BK Timed


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.

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