March 29th – April 4th, 2020

Weekly Practice Schedule

March 29th – April 4th, 2020

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


1. GoSwim is offering a free subscription for the next couple of weeks. You can sign up by clicking HERE. You will get a daily e-mail with a video clip with a drill or good technique that you can watch.

2. MAC Team records on our website have been updated.  If you see something missed, please send coach Jim an email with complete details (date, meet, event, age, etc).

Swimmer of the Week:

The Entire MAC Team!

The 2020 Virtual State Meet was a rousing success! With 56 competitors, splitting the teams into 28 MAC competitors each on the Green and Blue Teams, it was a close race all weekend! It came down to the final day of events and the Blue Team came away with the victory! Blue triumphed with a score 3555 to Green 3440. It’s safe to say that MAC came out of this weekend with our 8th consecutive State Championship, thank you Blue Team, and our 1st ever Virtual Championship!

High point scorers for the teams are: 
Green – Matt Wuchte 385 points
Blue – Hong Weng 345 points

Age Group High Point:
18-24 Lexi Abernathy 235
25-29 Sarah Craft 125
30-34 Marcus Craft 85
35-39 Hong Weng 345
40-44 Dianne Johnson 145
45-49 Matt Wuchte 385
50-54 Lisa Pollack 185
55-59 Jacqueline Thorpe 210
60-64 Scott Thorpe 180
65-69 Carol Schmanske 270
70-74 Ellen Defever 65
75-79 Katie Meiners 100

MAC Saturday Night Zoom Cocktail Party 3/28:

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.

Virtual State Meet Refletions:

As many of you know, I was really looking forward to being on deck as a coach again this year. Last year was chaotic, hectic, busy and fun but in a totally different way. What I missed most throughout the entire meet was spending time with everyone not only coaching your events but catching up on life stories. So, to be part of early discussions about the possibility of cancellation even several weeks before the announcement was made was very nerve wracking. We knew that it would have a lot of implications for many people. What we didn’t know was that when we made the decision was that the most of the country would be shut down by the time we would have swam State Meet.
For the past two weeks it has been Hannah, Rowze (my photo-bombing long-haired Weimaraner!) and me at home. We have gotten out and been active and luckily Scott is still working. Still, it is lonely and I miss the interaction on deck with all of you, my kids at The Sports Club, and all my fellow coaches. I’ve picked up the phone a lot more in recent weeks to connect with people and as always text conversations are flowing. When Jim and Dianne and I in some random conversation (there are many – if you walk away you can often miss 30 texts!) started brainstorming the idea of a Virtual State Meet we had no idea what path it would take.
Today as I sit here writing and recovering I feel like I spent the weekend at on deck except for the fact that my feet don’t hurt from standing all weekend! My body aches, my brain is a little foggy, and I have that same feeling of what comes next? The best part to me is that it truly felt like a team atmosphere and even though we weren’t all together all weekend we participated in something with each other. We cheered each other on, we encouraged each other, we laughed out loud at each other, talked a little smack, and brightened each other’s weekend. For those of you that didn’t participate and just watched all weekend I hope that you learned a little more about what this team is about – family – the MAC family. And I have to say that being on deck at State Meet is exactly the same experience, nothing to be afraid of but more of just the same silliness, the camaraderie, friendships, learning more about yourself, and having fun. If you had told me I’d be doing videos in my bathing suit on a piano bench with a bowl of water just a few months ago I don’t think I would have believed you. It brightened my weekend tremendously. I enjoyed every minute of watching for the pictures, videos, and spending time on our Zoom ‘Cocktail Hour’. I can’t wait for our next event, whatever it may be.  I think this was my favorite State Meet ever – I know I’ll never forget it – thanks for the memories everyone.

This team never stops amazing me!  It truly is the best job in the world being one of your coaches!  When Dianne, Kris and I first started putting this event together last Wednesday (just 5 days ago), I thought we would be lucky to have 20 people sign up.  Much to my surprise… we had 56, in just 36 hours.  That is amazing. During the event, it was such a great distraction from all the crazy going on today. So many hilarious and creative Facebook posts… several times I truly “laughed out loud”.  From a coaches perspective, it was fun to see everyone embrace this event in true MAC style. Together.. we are strong!  #MACSTRONG   #BAN

I think it is safe to say that the team has come out of this weekend stronger! I wasn’t supposed to be at the State Championship in Kentwood. I was supposed to be in France with the Brighton Choir Program. I remember sitting in the Michigan Masters meeting last year when they chose this date and being devastated knowing that I couldn’t attend State Meet with the team.
As the 2020 State Meet approached and our France trip got cancelled I thought for a moment that I might be able to attend the meet but the closures and restrictions came swift and heavy. Needless to say, when Jim presented this idea for our virtual championship, I was all in! Special thanks to Coach Jim for his wonderful idea! This weekend felt just about as great as it would’ve felt having actually been at the State Meet with this wonderful team. Our MAC family was able to connect in a way that I would guess few teams are doing across the country. The situation that we find ourself in today can be very scary and anxiety producing but this weekend showed just how together we are not only as a team but as a family and most importantly a support system.
The 2020 Virtual State Meet Championship was one of the most fun events I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of, despite not swimming. Working with Kris and Jim to bring this to life felt just like being at State Meet and constructing/adjusting relays! Deciding which events to participate in felt just like picking my State Meet lineup. And most importantly, checking Facebook every 5 minutes for new posts, watching videos, and commenting on videos/pictures felt just like catching up and cheering for our team on the deck! I even got to critique some strokes along the way! Thank you MAC team for providing a wonderful release and getaway from the sometimes frightening and uncertain reality that we find ourselves in today.
I’ll say it again, we are a stronger team now than we were on Friday before 3:00pm! This team’s strength, fight, and resilience are unmatched! We are MACStrong and a #BAN!

Weekly Featured Workout:

Warm-up:   AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 5 minutes
·       High Knees x20  (or march in place x30)
·       Air Squats x15
·       Hand Release Pushups x10

Main:    Do each set for 5 min  AMRAP,  1-2 min between sets
Set A
Bear crawl   x20feet (there and back)
Reverse lunges x16
Pushups  x10

Set B
Mountain Climbers  x50
1-leg Romanian Dead Lift  Right side   x10
Bulgarian Split Squat Right Side x10
1-leg Romanian Dead Lift  Left side   x10
Bulgarian Split Squat Left Side x10

Set C
Jump Squats x10
Wall Sit x40-60seconds
Tri Dips on chair or bench  x10

Core: 2-3x   30s each / 10s rest between
·       Candlesticks
·       Supermans

·       Can-openers:
·       From plank, step R foot forward to runners lunge, Raise R arm up to ceiling then rotate down thru to L elbow and back to ceiling.
·       Switch sides.
·       Side Lunge with OH reach:
·       if step to the R, reach L arm far over head with side stretch
·       Walk out/Walk ins :
·       Bend forward, walk out on hands to plank, then back to forward bend and stand up.
·       Lunge with Twist
·       Step L leg forward into lunge, twist to the LEFT (over the front foot), and back to the Right.
·       Step back to feet together and then switch sides.
·       Plank Jacks:
·       From high plank (on hands), jump feet wide then back together, then wide again…. Keep it going.
·       In/Out Squats:
·       Squat with feet at shoulder width
·       Small jump and jump the feet out wide
·       Then small jump back together.
·       Keep it going
·       1-leg Romanian Dead Lift (or Tea Pots)
·       With R leg planted, tilt at the hips. Left foot comes up behind you.
·       Keep a STRAIGHT LINE from your Left heal to your head.
·       Tilt as far as you can, ideally to 90degrees / body horizontal to ground.
·       Walking plank:
·       From high plank (on hands), lower down to R elbow then L elbow to Low Plank (on elbows).  Then, back up Right side / Left side to high plank.
·       Keep it going.
·       Hand Release Push Up:
·       From High Plank (on hands), lower down like a push up until chest is on ground.
·       Lift hands off the ground, then set back down.
·       Then Push back up to Plank
·       Butterfly Bridge:
·       Lay on back with legs bent and BOTTOMS of feet together (Goddess pose).
·       Lift hips up as high as possible of the ground, keeping bottoms of feet together.
·       Bulgarian Split Squat:
·       With R foot on floor, lift L foot onto chair or bench behind you.
·       Squat down as far as possible on only R leg and back up.
·       When done with reps, switch sides.
·       Candlesticks:
·       Lay on back and raise legs straight into the air, knees as straight as possible and bottoms of feet parallel to the ground (flex your toes to your nose).
·       Curl up (shoulders off ground) and reach with R hand to your toes, then L hand to your toes.
·       Keep it going.
·       Supermans
·       Lay face down on mat.  Hands reach out in front of you.
·       Lift arms/shoulders AND your legs off the ground.  Then lower.

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

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