MAC Weekly: April 12th-18th, 2020

Weekly Practice Schedule

April 12th-18th, 2020

At this time all MAC Practices have been cancelled until further notice. HVS has closed due to the COVID-19. Please refer to the HVPF website for up-to-date information on re-opening at:–fitness/


​It is time for the first Big Swim of 2020!

We try to hit the water by 10:00 and then lunch at noon.  Scheduled for June 20th, at Tom Welsh’s Home, on Long Lake in Hartland: (just 20 minutes from Milford).  The lake is approximately 2.5 miles around.  Any distance you want to swim is okay.  There will be a couple kayaks and a pontoon boat to support the swimmers. We’ll be jumping in around 10am.  Food and drinks will be provided and all the swimming you could ask for, especially now!  (a small donation can be made to the swim team – ALL proceeds going to the MAC Team fund).  MAC swimmers, guests, and non-swimmers are welcome.  Please RSVP to: The address is:  1411 Shady Crest, Hartland, MI.  Don’t miss this great event!

Come swim, eat and drink with us to help launch the post-pandemic swim season!

Coached Open Water Workouts:

Coach Maria will be offering coached open water workouts as MAC partners with The Mighty Grind.

For all interested, participants will need to either buy a session package (6 or 10 sessions) or pay the drop in fee.  Interested swimmers can purchase those at

Available to MAC Swimmers only: buy a package, and Coach Maria will add on 1 session free (to a 6-session pack, $130.00) or 2 sessions free (to a 10-session pack, $215.00).

For those not interested in a package, the drop in fee is: $25/session

The schedule and all event details are at:

This schedule shows all the swim workouts, including bike, and run workouts.  Note that the locations are all different from week to week!

The swim schedule is as follows:


TUESDAY NIGHTS 6:00 – 7:30pm SATURDAY MORNINGS  8:15 – 9:45am
  • June 16 at Bishop Lake (Brighton)
  • July 7 at Bishop Lake
  • July 28 at Spring Mill Pond
  • Aug 4 at Bishop Lake
  • Aug 25 at Spring Mill Pond
  • June 6 at Spring Mill Pond (Island Lake)
  • June 27 at Spring Mill Pond
  • July 18 at Spring Mill Pond
  • Aug 1 at Spring Mill Pond
  • Aug 15 at Bishop Lake


All interested swimmers will need to sign the waiver and either bring it to their first session or send directly to Coach Maria at:

Saturday Swim Spot:

MAC SSS (Saturday Swim Spots):

SSS information Printable version – CLICK HERE

We’ll continue to have our informal group swims on certain Saturday mornings starting July 11th.  This year Dunham Lake in Highland will be our “home” lake.

  • For those of you new to MAC…Coach Melissa leads a group swim on certain Saturday mornings during the summer months.  It’s not a formal practice and there’s no coaching – just a group swim of varying distances.  We use the buddy system and watch out for one another.  Various levels and speeds of swimmers – EVERYONE welcome!

It is required that all SSS swimmers swim with a swim buoy or lifeguard rescue tube.  and a whistle. You can easily find this at Swim Outlet, New Wave Swim or even Amazon. Here are links: Purchase a Swim Buoy – CLICK HERE

MAC Saturday Swim Spots – Schedule, and General Information

Saturday Swim Spots (SSSs) give you a chance to join a group open water swim. For the 2020 season, we will meet on the Saturdays listed below at Dunham Lake in Highland.   Please carefully read the guidelines below for what you need to know:

  • This is NOT a coached practice but instead a group swim of varying distances and speed. While we generally have a course/distance mapped out, you can adjust the swim for what you’re looking for in a workout.
  • This is NOT exclusive to MAC members! Invite anyone you want to join us.
  • ALL speeds and levels of swimmers welcome.
  • We watch out for one another in the lake. If you come…we expect you to buddy up with someone of a similar speed and keep a watch on your fellow swimmers.
  • It is required that all SSS swimmers swim with a swim buoy or lifeguard rescue tube.  You can easily find this at Swim Outlet, New Wave Swim or even Amazon. Here are links: Purchase a Swim Buoy – CLICK HERE
  • We will use Remind if there is a need to cancel a swim – if you’re not on the Remind App, use the directions listed below to sign up.
  • We will adhere to safety rules regarding lightning and take a conservative approach – if lightning and/or thunder is in the vicinity we will not swim and instead seek shelter as appropriate.







Directions for Dunham Lake:

Main Beach: 1010 Murray Hill, Highland, 48357

  • Take M-59 to Tipsico Lake Road north
  • 1/4 mile north Tipsico Lake Road curves left, but keep to the right (north)
  • Now you’re on Murray Hill
  • Murray Hill dead ends at the water – Main Beach is on your right
  • Park in the Main Beach parking lot


We are the guests of Carol Schemanske, Tricia Ham and Candi Good.  They have obtained permission from the subdivision association to use the lake and parking lot for our swims. Without their presence, we would not be able to swim here.  If anyone should ask you…be sure to mention your hosts. (And thank them too.) 🙂

This parking lot has a locked gate. The gate will be locked at 7:55 a.m. If you are not there by then, you will not be able to swim.

The lock works both ways. Most of us swim for the same amount of time and we will unlock the gate at the conclusion of the swim. If you need to leave early or are only planning on swimming a short time, please reach out to one of our hosts ahead of time and let them know so they can make arrangements to let you out.

Questions, contact Melissa Richardson:


To add yours, or to view others – CLICK HERE. to be redirected to the interactive google doc.  You can also find this link on the homepage of our website.

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.

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: